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  • The Holy Ghost in Cambodia

    Rachel Chimits
    July 9, 2020

    One man found the key to escaping his culture’s long-held fear of evil spirits and sorcery in a simple search for new work.

    Cambodia, like many of its Southeast Asian neighbors, is a hotbed of spiritual beliefs.

    The country is at a central point of the peninsula and home to Cham, Chinese, Vietnamese and French philosophical counterpoints where sacred traditions and animism have blended into a chimera of religion.  

  • When We’re a Friend of Job

    Rachel Chimits
    July 8, 2020

    When we’re trying to comfort or advise someone who is suffering, we want to be truthful but also careful and loving, so how do we balance both?

    There’s a good man. He fell in love and married young; he and his wife went through some rough times, but they overcome together. They have years of faithful, worthy marriage under their belts.

  • A Growing Boldness to Evangelize

    Rachel Chimits
    July 7, 2020

    In spite of many challenges and dangers, God has revolutionized one man’s impact on his own church and community.

    In the Kamalpur community of India, there is little freedom to share the gospel. Government officials can make life very hard for believers if they make themselves known in the neighborhood or openly share their hope in Christ.

  • Surviving COVID-19 in the D.R. Congo

    Rachel Chimits
    June 30, 2020

    While their country is rocked to its core by conflict and hardship, our partners in the Congo are working to support and build up their churches and communities.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many wondered if it would have relatively little impact in Africa. The majority of countries and cities there had no active cases. The move to close international borders, however, has proved to be extremely detrimental to African nations’ economies.

  • South America Emerges from the Pandemic

    World Challenge Staff
    June 25, 2020

    Local communities in Brazil are taking the initiative to continue learning and find ways of thriving despite the COVID-19 lockdowns.

    This has been a challenging time for so many of us. Lives have been upended; jobs have been lost, and celebrations have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Jacob’s Well communities in Brazil have faced similar challenges, compounded by poverty and limited health care access.

  • The Gift of “Laborious Doing”

    Rachel Chimits
    June 24, 2020

    Every dream or highly anticipated project has a honeymoon period, but why does the glow fade and do we have to stick with it afterward?

    In C.S. Lewis’s brilliant book The Screwtape Letters, senior devil Screwtape writes to his nephew, advising him on how to handle his patient who has just become a Christian (all references to The Enemy are to God since these are, after all, a pair of devils writing to one another).