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  • God in the Midst of Sorrow

    Rachel Chimits

    When tragedy strikes, we are often tempted to believe that God doesn’t love us, but World Challenge’s partners in Peru are working to show the Lord’s love to widows through the care of the church.

    Rosa married young and with hopes of building a vivacious family. In her community high in the mountains of Peru, a good home and many children were considered signs of divine blessing or the spirits looking upon you benevolently, depending on who you asked.

  • A Need for Acceptance

    Morgan Pracht

    World Challenge’s partners are working to build a meaningful community for widows in northern Egypt.

    For Talia*, a woman from a small village in northern Egypt, loneliness had become a way of life.

    Earlier this year, Talia lost her husband to COVID-19. He was healthy and young, so his death was unexpected. Life for a widow in the rural villages of Egypt is difficult under any circumstances, but the fact that Talia’s husband died of COVID-19 made it exponentially worse.

  • No Fig Leaves for Sale

    World Challenge Staff

    People are inclined to hide their flaws, but the Bible takes a brutally honest look at humanity’s brokenness for a very important reason: only God is perfect, and we can only be transformed if we believe that powerful truth.

    Once upon a time, ‘heroic nudity’ was as thing.

  • Neighbors Supporting a New Mother

    Richard Grangaard

    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.

  • Ask for Anything in God’s Name?

    World Challenge Staff

    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!