World Challenge Stories | Page 39 | World Challenge

World Challenge Stories

  • The Widows of Guatemala

    Rachel Chimits
    April 18, 2019

    Those who have lost loved ones need extra compassion, and sometimes that love can take very practical forms.

    In the United States, there are nearly 14 million widows and widowers, and over 11 million of these are women.

  • A Man Reborn

    Rachel Chimits
    April 17, 2019

    “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” —John Chrysostom, "Doctor of the Church"

    “Hopeless as a penny with a hole in it.” These were the words of some Kamdini residents to describe Robert Moro as they knew him a few years ago. 

    You would be hard-pressed to recognize him anymore based on that description, and these days his neighbors are the ones seeking him out for help.

  • Preparing for Easter

    Rachel Chimits
    April 16, 2019

    Some of the great symbols of our faith have been sadly misused in history, but this doesn’t make them any less important.

    My mother observed Lent and always wore all black to church on Good Friday. One time, shortly before we left the house, I asked her why. 

    “Today is kind of like remembering Jesus’ funeral. Of course, we know he’s alive and waiting for us in heaven, but first he had to die.”

  • Compassion’s Light in Kenya

    Mark Buzzetta
    April 15, 2019

    One woman lost everything and turned her loss into blessings for others.

    Mathare is the third largest slum in Africa and sixth in the entire world. It is here, though, where God’s love is shining brightly through a lady whom I had the honor of meeting in person.

  • Heart of Healing for Burundi

    Iteka Santi
    April 12, 2019

    Burundi is called the heart of Africa, and when you look at it on a map, you can see why. The small country is shaped very much like our body’s most vital organ. 

    Learning to Lead by Serving

    When I was in school, I thought I would be a doctor because I was good in science.

  • New Life in Uganda

    Rachel Chimits
    April 11, 2019

    One village sent out someone to track down help for them, and today their lives are transformed.

    In February, heat shimmers over the road. This is Uganda’s summer season, and temperatures soar to 95 degrees or higher at midday. This heralds the beginning of the Lira sub-region’s rainy season. 

    Orumo’s residents are gathered under a mango tree as Steve Voyen, World Challenge’s director of Sub-Saharan development programs, and Dan, Uganda’s development director, pull up. 

  • The Word in Your Language

    Rachel Chimits
    April 10, 2019

    “I have also undertaken to translate the Bible into German. That was necessary for me; otherwise I might have died someday imagining that I was a learned man. Those who think themselves scholars should try to do this work.” —Martin Luther

  • Helping Hands for U.S. Students

    Rachel Chimits
    April 9, 2019

    Local churches, nonprofits and businesses have joined forces with their school district to help underprivileged students with spectacular results.

    A few years ago, the Federal Department of Education found that 94 percent of teachers pay for classroom materials or students’ supplies out of their own pocket.

    On average, these teachers spent around $480 with some footing a bill as large as $1,000 for school necessities.

  • Lost in Cambodia’s Jungle

    World Challenge Staff
    April 8, 2019

    One woman fought a tremendous but losing battle to provide for her family alone until she met the God who saves.

    Sokun, her husband and their three young children lived a village near the border of Cambodia and Thailand. The family had little income but were still making ends meet; Sokun sold vegetables in the local market, and her husband worked as a logger. 

  • The Healing of Washing Hands

    Rachel Chimits
    April 5, 2019

    “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness…. I will give you long, full lives” (Exodus 23:25).

    In the Lira region of Uganda, people were consistently afflicted with health issues that could sometimes turn deadly. Violent stomach illnesses and skin infections were often considered an unfortunate but unavoidable part of life.