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  • Churches Breaking Like Biscuits

    Rachel Chimits
    October 2, 2020

    Believers in the West have more religious options and liberties than ever, but the church seems to be struggling in direct proportion, so what’s the problem?

    “Marriages these days are breaking like biscuits,” laments Sima Taparia, otherwise known as Sima Aunty to her clients in Netflix’s popular show Indian Matchmaking.

  • A Voice Calling on the Wind

    Rachel Chimits
    October 1, 2020

    Burundi’s churches are using the radio to endorse COVID prevention methods and the hope of the gospel to their entire nation.

    As COVID-19 began to hit the continent of Africa, many churches faced the difficulty of inaccurate reports and contradicting instructions from their governments. In some places, people simply had no idea what was happening to their country and the entire region.

  • What if I Don’t Wait for God?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 30, 2020

    When the answers to our prayers seem to get delayed, our greatest temptation often becomes trying to help God out.

    Texting someone and then waiting for their response can sometimes feel like agony. I imagine that sending letters with high-stakes content was similar, but the problem with phones is that the return message could come any minute. If it doesn’t, then I have questions.

  • A Desperate Cry for God

    Patrick Dow
    September 29, 2020

    The next generation in the Ukraine is desperate for Christ’s healing and power to make a difference in their lives and their nation.

    “Nicky! Nicky! Pray for me!”

    We had just finished a huge crusade in Chernivtsi, western Ukraine near the Moldova and Romania borders. As the altar call ended and the crowd was being dismissed, a desperate, heavily accented voice cried out to me from the edge of the stage.

  • When Is It Okay for Me to Judge?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 28, 2020

    We often hear that we shouldn’t judge others, but does this mean that we shouldn’t speak up if we notice sin or problems in someone else’s life?

    David Wilkerson wrote about a small but jarring experience he once had in a bank. He’d walked in to make a withdrawal from his account. All was moving along as per usual until the teller handed him the cash he had requested.

  • Living on Top of the World

    Rachel Chimits
    September 25, 2020

    Greatness in achievement and position is something that our culture idolizes, but how does Christianity support or contradict that goal?

    The Battle of Thermopylae is one of the best Western examples of ultra-macho greatness. In it, 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians held the pass against a Persian force that historians believe numbered between 100,000 and 150,000 strong.

  • God Granting Freedom From Addiction

    Rachel Chimits
    September 24, 2020

    One young man staying with World Challenge’s partners in Eswatini shares his journey to freedom from the pain and addiction that haunted him for many years.

    Simiso grew up in a small village in the Shiselweni region of Eswatini. His mother raised him alone, though she told him who his father was, and he was able to get to know some of his father’s family.

  • Single Dads in Eastern Europe

    Anna Kozlyuk
    September 22, 2020

    God is providing for two single-parent families in ways that neither could have predicted only a few short years ago.

    Life has been hard for parents this year with the COVID-19 pandemic closing parks and schools. For those unused to having their children home all day long and for kids who suddenly found themselves stuck indoors day after day, the lockdowns proved to be a tough and, in some cases, discouraging season.