Remember the Poor

Remember the Poor. That’s what the ministry is called right outside of Lodwar, Turkana in Kenya.

We drilled for water there and helped save the lives of children in this famine area. But sometimes wells break.

If you help us to drill a well, we wanted you to know that we not only drill wells, but we also help maintain them. We just fixed the well here, and water is flowing again.

Don’t you love this picture? The street boys pictured are of a group of children who have been rescued and rehabilitated from their glue sniffing and other addictions. These former criminals are changing their behavior and learning to love and trust the Lord.

You can see by the desert terrain why there is such a need for water. It hasn’t rained here in years. The temperatures average between 100 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, they are going to plant some trees now that there is water for them. It’s easy to see why the water you give is such a blessing.

Can you help us bring more water to another group of children like “Remember the Poor”?

 

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Thank You, Linda!

It seems inconceivable. It touches your tear ducts. It makes you give thanks for the past. And you want to do the most you can do to honor Linda Purdy.

Yes, she is retiring from CRF. But her leadership and love for children will keep on going for years into the future—in fact forever.

The plaque that the CRF board gave her says it so well —

With our Deepest Appreciation to
LINDA PURDY
Whose Compassion For Children, Gifts Of Leadership,
And Vision For Helping The Poor
Have Guided CRF For 33 Years

APRIL 15, 2016

We congratulate Linda Purdy on these 33 years of service to Christian Relief Fund. When you think of CRF, how can you not think of Linda? Her kindness, direction and affection for children have permeated every area of our organization.

Baxter Loe, the founder of CRF, hired Linda back when she was a teacher because of her technological ability. He wanted Linda to help get CRF moving toward the future. Well, it sure happened. It is hard to comprehend the growth of CRF since she has been here. CRF has grown from a humble start in India with a few kids to thousands of orphans and destitute children around the world. As our executive director, Linda made sure that these children were not only accounted for with integrity but also loved.

We thank God for Linda and want to honor her for her many years of service and also for what is even more important to CRF—the spirit and attitude that she brings that has touched every aspect of Christian Relief Fund. It has been contagious in the office in Amarillo and has transformed our works with children around the world.

Linda will still be around Amarillo when she is not with grandkids in Lubbock. No one could ever stop her from helping CRF. She still will be a great blessing to our work. She simply won’t be directing the daily work of CRF. And she will be missed immensely.

Thank you, Linda!! Our donors, children and staff love you! You are the best!

— Milton Jones on behalf of CRF’s Staff, Board and Children

 

HELP US HONOR LINDA PURDY

 DONATE IN HER HONOR 

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“Now We Aren’t Hungry Any More!”

 

Place of Joy. That’s what it is called. And that is what it could be.

But it hasn’t had a lot of joy in quite some time.

Place of Joy is in Cap-Hatien, Haiti. The government of Argentina built it after the great earthquake there. It is hard to believe how nice of a facility they built. It is over 70 acres with a school, dormitories, health facility, ranch, farm and church building. It has the potential to take care of hundreds of children.

The government of Argentina delegated the supervision and overall care of Place of Joy to the Catholic Church. But for whatever reason, Argentina and the Catholic Church pulled out. They left the facility and around 50 children who were living there.

After the abandonment of the facility, the Haitian government took charge. But they didn’t devote people to run the school or provide funding for it.

As a result, the government asked Altagrace Touissant, who works for CRF’s Sovereign School in Cap-Hatien, to be the director there. There was only one problem—there was no money. The government had stopped funding the children and the facility was wasting away.

CRF’s Bobby Moore has been in talks with the Haitian government, and they are now willing to give control of Place of Joy to CRF. This facility is bigger and has more potential than any place CRF works.

There is now hope for Place of Joy! But we need some help.

Bobby said that if 8 individuals would give $500 a month, we could renovate and bring some joy to Place of Joy. We would also need sponsors for the 50 kids immediately.

Could you do one of these?

We started bringing food to Place of Joy. As soon as the groceries arrived—Bobby Moore, Rick Chandler, and Mike Biggers heard from a child, “Now, we aren’t hungry any more!”

The children had been starving. Now there is food. There can be so much more if you can help us! We also need some mission trips going to Place of Joy to do some hands on work to get this place cleaned up and fixed up, so let us know if you are interested in visiting!

Help us bring joy back to Place of Joy!

 

What Your Letters Mean

From Sarah Nicholson, a missionary working with CRF in Kenya:

When you write to your sponsored child, they finally understand that someone on the other side of the world cares about them. When I show up at school with letters to hand out, the excitement among the kids is contagious. I just say a name, and they all run to find their friend and tell them the good news that they have received a letter!

After the child reads their letter, they pass it around to their friends so everyone can share in the joy. For children who don’t have anyone in Kenya that loves them enough to invest in their life, this letter represents God’s provision in their lives. It represents that fact that God is big enough to send someone to them from the other side of the world.

In Sunday school the children sing, “My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty!” Just how big is this God that they are learning about? He is big enough to move the heart of someone in the richest country in the world to provide for one of the world’s poorest children.

Believe me when I say that if you were here to see your sponsored child’s face when I place that envelope in their hands, you would understand how important your letters truly are.

Please consider writing a letter to encourage and connect with your sponsored child today!

 

I Miss My Mom

I miss my mom. She died last year when I was over in Haiti. No one exemplified James 1:27 more than the life of Helen Jones. I am who I am because of her. She gave me an example, encouraged me, and helped me in every phase of my life. More than anything I want to honor her with my life and work.

When she died, a lot of people made donations to CRF in her memory. I love flowers, but I really like CRF even more. And with the money given a school was built on Mt. Elgon in Kenya. David Marangach thought it was a great idea to remember my mom with this building on the campus of Milton Simotweet School. And I can’t think of a better memorial for her legacy than a place for perhaps the world’s most needy children to get an education and learn about Jesus.

As I was a little melancholy today with the absence of my mom, I also was smiling when I saw these pictures of the school and some of the children who would be attending there. There couldn’t be a better tribute for my mom. There’s nothing that she would have loved more than helping these precious children. It’s kind of like a part of her lives on in this area of Africa.

I think CRF does a good job with memorials. I have always believed that—but when I faced grief firsthand—I really became convinced that we provide a good service in the help of healing.

You may have seen all the memorials on the back of our newsletter. If you aren’t familiar with them, you can send a donation in your loved one’s memory when they pass away. We will notify the family with a nice memorial card and use the donation to help children around the world. Other people do the same things with honor gifts to recognize people who are still alive.

One of the greatest needs at CRF is for buildings for our children around the world. We take care of the needs of children with the $35 a month—but it won’t cover buildings needing to be built.

But maybe you will want to make a donation to build a building in their memory like we did for my mom. Or you could even drill a water well in someone’s memory.

I am so pleased with what happened in the life of my mother and how she will be honored for a long time in the future. And I wanted to share this experience in case one of you wants to do something similar in the future.

Thanks for remembering my mom. She was the best!!