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  • The Virtue of Patience in Pain

    World Challenge Staff

    God often permits pain to enter into his children’s lives, and he promises to gloriously transform these moments to joy, but the space of waiting between those two moments can be agonizing.

    Stanford University may not have the long history of Oxford or Cambridge, but it’s prestigious and both its professors and students tend to be well-heeled. On campus, they have the grand Memorial Church, which has been called the University’s “architectural crown jewel.”

  • A Thief Reborn and Transformed

    Steve Voyen

    God is the only one who can completely change a hard heart, and he has done exactly this in one man who lived wildly and dangerously.

    Emanuel Rop lives in the Rift Valley, in an area that borders two tribes called Kipsigis and Luos. He is 45 years old, and nothing about his life these days with his wife and four children would hint of his wild past before meeting God.

  • Those Who Love God in Afghanistan

    World Challenge Staff

    World Challenge partners are working to help those believers who are facing an uncertain future after their nation fell to the Taliban.

    Few of us will be able to sponge away the images of desperate Afghans clinging to the landing gear of planes taxiing down Kabul’s airport runways. Some chose to fall to their deaths rather than be trapped in a country that was swiftly being taken over by the Taliban.

  • How We Escape Binding Sins

    World Challenge Staff

    Many of us struggle with problems that have such a grip on us that we feel like we’ll never shake them off, so how do we find freedom?

    Bill Wilson was a polite young man on the verge of getting shipped off to France for World War I. He was invited to a party before being deployed where someone handed him his first cocktail. He took one sip, and the rest was history.

  • Mother and Child Saved

    World Challenge Staff

    One woman shares her journey of redemption and healing here, thanks to a Teen Challenge center in Russia that partners with World Challenge.

    My name is Natalya. I was born in Novokuznetsk in 1981. At that time, my mother and father were working at the steel plant. My parents are wonderful people; they have tried to give their best to us.