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Community Development Continues Years After Natural Disaster

Five years ago a series of violent volcanic eruptions devastated many villages, killing 350 people and displacing 350,000. During the months that followed the end of the eruptions, members of One Challenge, with local partners, began the long process of helping the people impacted by the eruptions to return to their villages and rebuild their lives, while also seeking to sensitively share the gospel with people as the Lord gave opportunity.

Work Continues Today

Today, the community development work continues. For four years, a One Challenge team teamed up with a medical team from the United States, to provide medical, emotional, and spiritual service. The One Challenge team, along with local partners as the facilitators of the trips, provided translation and recruited local medical professionals and consultants to partner with the U.S. medical team.

group at clinicThis year’s team visited three villages. 895 people were served during the five days, both physically and spiritually. During the weeks following the clinics, OC’s local partners have been returning to the villages to follow up with those who needed follow-up consultations or wanted spiritual guidance.

This medical trip has been instrumental in leading people on the path to follow Christ. As a result of the medical trip and clinics that were conducted two years ago, over 775 people have come to faith. As a result of last year’s clinics, 678 people came to faith and joined 128 new believer groups. We pray that this year’s clinics and the follow-through ministries carried out by our local partners will result in hundreds of people coming to know the precious Savior. Also pray that they will band together in small groups to help each other grow in Christ.

Please Pray

  • Pray for OC’s local partners, that He would direct them to mentor the right people.
  • Pray for the new believers in this nation, that they would remain firm and grow in their faith.
  • Pray for the One Challenge team as they empower local partners, so that more people will become dedicated followers of Christ who serve others.

Holistic Ministry
One Challenge is an international agency committed to bringing God’s transforming love and hope to all people. We identify and work to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals and communities, providing opportunities for deeper level relationships and deeper levels of change. These ministries include education, medical services, agricultural development, community development, and small business mentoring … helping local people to build a healthy community.

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