World Challenge Stories
The church in South Asia has gathered around one woman in a way that almost certainly saved her life.
World Challenge’s partners in Bangladesh work in one of Dhaka’s small neighborhood communities where almost everyone is considered a lower caste Hindu. The people who live in the neighborhood are mostly poor day laborers making a living by shining shoes, selling cow and goat skins or driving trucks.
The Bible’s instructions on prayer sometimes seem at odds, so it can feel confusing whether God gives us whatever we request or whether there are provisos on this promise.
“If you need healing,” wrote Gloria Copeland on her husband’s website, “you can’t sit back and wait for God to drop it down on you. You have to do what it takes so you can rise up in faith and take what rightfully belongs to you!
God is reaching refugees from all camps in Turkey through World Challenge’s partners as these families dream of returning home.
“The Kurds are sometimes called the world’s largest nation without its own independent state.” The Economist reported this spring, “Some 30m or [sic] them are scattered mostly across Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.
Those who have experienced tremendous loss are finding God’s heart of compassion and healing within the church.
World Challenge’s partners, Triumphant Mercy, in Lebanon met Nadira when she passed in front of their window at the new community center. She stopped and chatted with the center’s workers, asking them what they do. She started to share her grief and hopelessness, so they invited her to join their trauma healing group that had just started.
Clearly, the church needs accountability and restoration for people struggling with imbedded sin, but just as clearly, some approaches do more harm than good.
Mars Hill Church in Seattle became notorious in 2014 when its senior pastor was forced to step down from leadership. One of the more infamous aspects of church life there was the often abusive atmosphere in their ‘redemption groups.’