What do you want for Christmas?

“If you could have anything in the world, what would you want?” That’s the question Larry Wu asked all of the CRF children at the Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya. It’s a pretty thought provoking question, isn’t it? It’s a lot like, “What do you want for Christmas?” If someone asks me what I want for Christmas, my mind can explore all kinds of options. And most of them are possible. This year I want that new Kindle reader that’s waterproof. And I kind of want a high tech camera too. Will I get them? Probably. I have the means. I have the desire. I tend to get what I really want. It’s possible. Not so much for AIDS orphans at Lakeside.

After Christmas morning, a little girl was asked, “Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?” She replied, “Why? It’s not my birthday.” She was right. It wasn’t her birthday. And it’s not my birthday or your birthday either. Christmas is the day to remember Jesus being born into our world. Sure—we don’t know the exact day. But we are celebrating His birthday, not ours. And I for sure was born in July.

So how did the Lakeside children answer Larry? “We would like to have meat once a week!” If they could have had anything in the entire world, they didn’t want a Kindle or a camera—they wanted food. When I heard their answer, I felt a bit selfish. And I also felt very rich. I have a lot of food. And there is an abundance of meat in Amarillo, Texas.

I’ll probably get what I want for Christmas. Maybe you will too. But wouldn’t it be nice to make an orphaned child’s dreams come true too? Larry did on that day. He started providing funds so that they were able to eat meat once a week. But there are still a lot of kids out there with similar wishes. Could you help their wishes come true by giving to our feeding program or sponsoring a child this Christmas season?

— Milton Jones, CRF President

CRF Got a Christmas Present Too!

WHAT DID CRF GET FOR CHRISTMAS?

MORE MATCHING FUNDS FOR WATER WELLS!

We are happy to announce that our matching funds for water wells have been renewed for 2018! Every single dollar you give for water wells will be matched! And for every $5,000 we receive, we will be able to drill another well!

Over the last few years, CRF’s water ministry has been able to provide clean water to nearly 200,000 people. We never could have come this far without God’s faithfulness, our matching funds, and every donor who has given to help us make clean water access a reality for someone in need. We are so grateful to all of you!

We know it can be difficult to comprehend the huge impact of clean water “on the ground” in the places where we work, so we wanted to share this thank you report from a mission compound in Kenya that we recently partnered with to drill a well.

 

—     A THANK YOU FROM A RECENT WATER WELL PARTNER     —

A very common sight at our mission house is to see women and children carrying 40-pound jerry cans on their heads as they leave the well where they get water for their daily needs. Both people and animals heavily use this well. It is normal to wait in long lines and then have to shoo camels, goats and cows away in order to get to the water. The location is muddy and vey unsanitary. Those who are close enough to walk for water are fortunate. Many have to dig down in the dry riverbeds to find water. The water they find is often full of parasites, disease, animal feces, and dirt.

Clean water—what we take for granted as we stand under 15 minute showers—is life to them.

We teamed up with CRF to drill a new well at our mission compound. We wanted to express our great appreciation to CRF for partnering with us to provide a source of clean water to the Pokot people in the village of Kamketo, Kenya. Our thanks to CRF’s staff for making all of the arrangements to have a well drilled. The well is working great, and the Pokot people are so very thankful for it. It brings more people around the mission compound and is a great outreach, providing both physical water and the opportunity to share the Living Water with them.

Thank you seems so inadequate for what has been provided to us. CRF does an amazing work. We hope to partner again with you in the next year or so to bring water to at least two other villages that do not have access to water. God bless you!

- Tierney Christian Mission

DONATE TO HELP US DRILL A WATER WELL!

Every dollar you give will be matched to double your impact!


Our Ongoing Relief Work

CRF is continuing to help in South Texas. We have partnered with Disaster Response Team.  We are currently in the rebuilding stage. Our team will probably be there for years.  If you want to join them in rebuilding, contact us. Rebuilding is always the most expensive part of disaster relief, so we could use more funds to help.

Carlos Carbajal (right) grew up as one of our sponsored children in Honduras. He now has a powerful ministry in Miami. Carlos led a team to help Hurricane victims in Immokalee, Florida. This was one of the poorest places in the US before the hurricane; now it is worse. Hardly any assistance went to this area until Carlos and CRF helped.

The earthquake near Mexico City may have led to more fatalities than all other recent disasters.  Eli Garcia, our CRF director in Piedras Negras, has led a relief team to feed, encourage and help rebuild this devastated area.  They have especially focused on the Cholula, Puebla area that was incredibly impacted by the earthquake.

Most people don’t even know that Haiti was hit by Hurricane Irma. But if you saw our CRF schools, churches, and roads—you would know that it was hit. Bobby Moore and Milton Jones (seen here with a new water tank) have been in Cap-Haitien, Haiti making sure that our buildings and water sources are restored.

And that’s not the end of it. Probably no one was hit harder than Puerto Rico.  And then there were the fires in California. CRF was out of teams to send, but we are supporting teams with some of our partners to do as much we can to help those impacted by these tragedies.

DONATE TO HELP US CONTINUE OUR DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS

 

It’s Bed Time!

I have slept most of my life on a waterbed. I guess I’m just an old hippie, but I like them. However, Barbie talked me into buying a new bed. It’s a traditional bed, and I hate to admit it—but it is so comfortable! Whether it is comfort, relaxation, sleep, or whatever—it’s like this bed has changed my life. It wasn’t that expensive, but what an investment it was. If you are bed shopping, contact me, and I’ll tell you about it.

I love my bed, and I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have it. I don’t even want to go back to my waterbed. And I certainly can’t imagine not having a bed at all. Yet, that is the case with a bunch of our children. They don’t have beds. And if they do, they have to share them with too many other children. Kevin Wasner told me he visited a school recently and saw five kids in a single bed. That’s too many!

Lately, we have been building a lot of schools with dorms. And in many locations, we just don’t have enough beds for the children. It’s time for beds. When children don’t have a bed, they obviously don’t get a lot of sleep. But they are also tired which makes it hard for them to concentrate in school. Can you imagine sleeping on a hard floor? Wouldn’t it make your efficiency worse?

At a seminar, I heard a guy plea for “a bed for every head.” I like that. Could you help us to make sure that every one of our CRF children has a bed?

You can buy a mattress for only $25. If you wanted to add a mosquito net, you could do so for another $10. If you could help us with a bunk bed frame, it would be $100.

I got a new bed. I think that it’s time to get our kids new beds too. Can you help? A bed can help change the life of one of our kids. — Milton Jones, CRF President

 

GIVE A BED TODAY!

 

Give Your First Christmas Gift!

Yes, we know it’s only October, but in just a few short weeks, Christmas will be here! Children all over the world will climb into bed, force their eyes shut and anxiously await the gifts that will be under the tree. Maybe you remember similar experiences from your childhood.

But can you imagine being a child and not getting a present? It happens all over the world. But CRF is trying to do something about that.

At CRF, we have the joy of giving Christmas gifts to thousands of children every year! It’s one of the most exciting things we get to do. And we want to invite you to join us!

Every year, every child in the CRF program receives a $10 gift at Christmas.

While $10 might not seem like much, it is the first gift many of our children ever receive. Their faces light up with joy, and for just a moment the weight of their circumstances is lifted. They know someone cares enough to give them a present!

By providing a Christmas gift for a child, you are telling them that they are not alone – someone cares. And most of all you are telling them that their Father in Heaven will always provide for them.

Could you give a little extra this holiday season to make sure our children have a little extra hope on Christmas morning?

 

GIVE A CHRISTMAS GIFT!

 

SPONSORS: Your donations for Christmas gifts will first be credited to your sponsored child(ren)’s account(s). Every additional $10 you give will provide a gift for a child who is unsponsored or whose sponsor did not send a gift.