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  • The True Love of Saying “No”

    Steve Otradovec

    World Challenge’s partners are helping others see how setting boundaries can be not only loving but also an opening for the gospel.

    Many believers assume that relationship boundaries are unloving and therefore unchristian. A popular idea is that self-sacrificial living should mean having no defenses or lines that shouldn’t be crossed, but it ignores many verses in the Bible that order us to have discernment and enforce consequences for sinful behavior.

  • Women Growing in Faith and Strength

    Rachel Chimits

    World Challenge’s partners in India are working to help widows and their daughters discover the hope and purpose God has for their lives.

    Amara* was crushed when her husband died from COVID-19 in April. She was left to support her two children as well as their grandmother alone. As if the grief and being the home’s sole source of income weren’t enough, she also had to contend with enormous medical bills from her husband’s hospitalization.

  • A Prayer for Divine Healing

    Steve Otradovec

    God is moving miraculously in the churches of Southeast Asia as a testament to his glory as many people come to faith in him.

    New believers are finding physical freedom through faith. One pastor, who is a World Challenge partner in Southeast Asia, shared that he and his church have witnessed incredible miracles during home visits. One involved a woman named Miss Toon who is 50 years old.

  • The Source of God’s Pain

    World Challenge Staff

    Believers often point to God’s pain at our sin, but why exactly sin causes God pain is rarely examined in scripture and even more rarely discussed.

    Max Letizi was 12 years old when he began to experience double-vision and then painful, reoccurring headaches.

  • The Power of Relentless Love

    Rachel Chimits

    World Challenge’s partners are offering help and hope to widows in the war-torn villages of Ukraine.

    In many parts of Ukraine, like other cultures around the world, women who have been widowed rely on family members to care for them. Sadly, that family support system is not always in place. Some widows have no family at all, and others have relatives who live too far away or are unable to take care of them.

  • God the Cosmic Narcissist?

    World Challenge Staff

    When we approach the Lord in prayer, how do we make requests of him and are we possibly treating him like a megalomanic whom we must appease?

    Kimberly Perlin is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland. She had just set up her new website when one of her clients of many years abruptly called her up. He informed her that he wanted to terminate therapy. Naturally, she asked why. His reasoning was out of the ordinary, to say the least. 

  • Young Leaders Rising Up

    World Challenge Staff

    Reading, Pennsylvania might seem like the city to escape from for young people, but World Challenge’s partners are discipling youth leaders who are passionate about bringing God’s light to their city.

    Amid the ordinary news updates about Tik Tok challenges wreaking havoc on Reading, Pennsylvania’s schools is a far larger issue that looms over many of these students’ futures.