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  • When Rivers Move Mountains

    Rachel Chimits
    September 18, 2020

    We might feel like we have no impact on the world at large or even the people and events around us, but we must never underestimate what God may be doing through us, if we’re following his lead.

    Perhaps one of the greatest influences on Martin Luther’s life was a man named Johannes von Staupitz, the vicar-general of the Augustinian order and Luther’s confessor.

  • The Courage of an Ambassador

    World Challenge Staff
    September 17, 2020

    Several believers in Kyrgyzstan are learning how to be a more powerful witness in their communities as they work to bless their neighbors.

    When a drop falls into still water, it creates circles far bigger than the size of a drop itself. We want to tell you a story of one little drop named Dilaram*.

  • The Love of Compassion and Charity

    Rachel Chimits
    September 15, 2020

    In Kenya, some children are finding a safe place to stay and go to school thanks to World Challenge’s partners.

    Agape Hope Children Center was established to take care of orphans and other vulnerable youngsters in Nairobi, Kenya. Close to 150 children live at the orphanage and are educated at the center’s school. Another 500 children are part of the food program, and World Challenge’s support has empowered the center to impact the lives of the whole community.

  • Go Down to the Valley

    Rachel Chimits
    September 14, 2020

    We often talk about and praise mountaintop experiences, but what if we prized walking through the valleys just as much?

    In 1 Kings, Israel had just won a monumental victory against their enemies. God had promised them that he would hand these attacking nations over to them, but that might’ve been easy to forget in the wake of the battle. This wasn’t the end of their troubles, though.

  • A Survivor of Chernobyl

    Rachel Chimits
    September 11, 2020

    In Russia and the former Soviet states, the word “liquidator” needs no explanation. These people are a mix of survivor, victim and hero.

    When the Chernobyl reactor blew highly radioactive graphite and ash across the nearby towns and forest, the Soviet government called in liquidators to contain the disaster.

  • A Golden Ribbon Day: Talking About Suicide

    Rachel Chimits
    September 10, 2020

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we wanted to recognize the struggle of many believers who deal with depression and suicidal ideation or have a loved one who does.

    Charles Spurgeon, the great evangelist and preacher, was a peculiar study in contradictions. For one, he took great delight in jokes. Victorian England was not the most amenable place for humor, particularly in the hallowed halls of church. In that case, Spurgeon was a most egregious offender.

  • Dressing Ourselves to Do Battle

    Rachel Chimits
    September 9, 2020

    We all want to do our best in conflict or crisis, but what do we do when we fall short or mess up at the critical moment?

    Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is famous for its titular character, but it also follows a young man named Levin as he builds a marriage with a young woman named Kitty. Only two months after their wedding, Levin receives news that his brother is dying of tuberculosis.

  • Consumed From the Inside Out

    Rachel Chimits
    September 8, 2020

    One ministry in Kyrgyzstan works with tuberculosis patients to share with them the hope and healing message of Christ’s death and resurrection.

    In some cultures, tuberculosis (TB) is associated with witchcraft or familial curses. This is due in part to ignorance about how TB is spread and it often being associated with HIV, poverty, drug use, homelessness, imprisonment or being a refugee.

  • Does God Care if I’m a Coward?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 7, 2020

    While we all may admire people who demonstrate courage, we may find that we fall pretty far short ourselves, but are some people just made to be more courageous than others?

    Jo Saxton and Steph O’Brien talked on the Lead Stories Podcast about situations that require courage, likening them to standing outside someone’s door, knowing that you have to go in and tackle a hard or painful topic with them.