CRF Sundays

Have you had a CRF Sunday at your congregation?

Let us know if you would like Milton to speak at your gathering! If he can’t make it on a specific Sunday, Bobby Moore or Kevin Wasner also give inspiring messages of hope filled with CRF stories.

Listen what others are saying about having Milton visit their church!

- CRF Team

 


 

Partnering with CRF is one of the most significant things we have ever done as a church! Of course it makes sense to sponsor orphans; how could there be any argument on that? Through these sponsor- ships, lives are changed and many lives and souls are saved.

But awakening and embracing a heart that beats for these little ones who have been forgotten by almost everyone but God —that might actually save the life and soul of your church, as its own heart begins to beat like the heart of Jesus Christ. Give CRF a call; have Milton Jones come and infect your congregation with a loving, winsome and irresistible “discomfort” that will help them come to see that the plight of orphans simply must matter to them. Once it does matter, everything changes!

- Jim Shelburne,Washington Avenue Christian Church — Amarillo, TX


 

Milton Jones is one of the best preachers I know. Not only does he have extremely wise insight into the scriptures, he also is an incredi- ble story teller. His style makes him a huge hit with our youth and young adults, but he is truly loved by people of all ages. While his sermons often move people to tears, they always leave you with hope and have truly inspired our congregation to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and around the world.

Partnering with the Christian Relief Fund has given our people a very simple, inexpensive and meaningful way to carry out James’ definition of pure religion and truly give life to orphans. Several of our people not only sponsor children in Africa and South America, they also correspond regularly with them.

In addition, our partnership with CRF has been a great blessing to our elders and ministry staff in times of natural disaster. When disas- ter strikes anywhere in the world, our people always want to provide relief and assistance to those who are affected. Because we know and trust CRF, we take up a collection and then just allow CRF to see that the money is spent in a manner that does the most good, because they have trusted agents who are on the ground in the actual area that has been struck.

I highly recommend Milton Jones and the Christian Relief Fund to any church looking for a wonderful guest speaker and a partnership that serves the Kingdom in a powerful way!

- Jim Barnett, Preston Road Church of Christ — Dallas, TX 


 

For seven straight years we have brought Milton to Oxford to speak to our students at Ole Miss. He has spoken to a wide range of groups—from our midweek Bible class for college students to our church family on a Sunday morning.

His lessons always inspire and inform. And it is always a highlight of our fall semester. Before Milton arrives, he works with us to be sure he is bringing a message that is timely for everyone.

Many people want to help globally but don’t know how. Let me encourage you to bring Milton to your local ministry and the Spirit will show you how you can be part of God’s amazing global work!

- Casey Coston, Rebels for Christ, Ole Miss Uni. — Oxford, MS 

HOST A CRF SUNDAY
Email us at speakers@christianrelieffund.org for more information 

The Salvation of Suresh

If this letter from a sponsored child doesn’t make you glad you support CRF, we don’t know what will!

I am Suresh. My parents suffered heavy debts raising cotton on leased land to pay the debts. The moneylender took my father and mother to North India to work on a road contract. I was stopped from going to school and made a cattle herder. My friends didn’t come near me because I smelled of cattle dung. My friends went to the fields to cut and carry grass to my master’s house. I washed buffaloes while my friends listened to their teachers.

I thought my happy childhood was over. One day a cow went missing, and my master tied me to an electrical pole and beat me mercilessly. Hearing my wails, the village officers got me released. He informed my plight to the housemother at New Horizon Cottage at CRF in Chandrakal. By lunchtime the next day, I came into the care of CRF. I ate a full meal after three months. The next day I went to school. Madhava Reddy taught me to play cricket. Sister Thulasi taught me to sing. I learned action songs.

Every night I was told stories from the Bible. I came to know about Jesus. I personally feel He untied me from the electrical pole that day and saved me. I feel his love through CRF, my sponsors, and my new mom and dad at New Horizon Cottage. Whenever I go to my village, I tell them amazing stories I learn from the Bible. At home I help my younger brothers with their homework and school projects. With your help God willing I will be a Hindi language teacher in three years time.

Had CRF and my sponsors not helped me, Suresh the herd boy would have been herdsman Suresh. Praise be to our Lord for this new life.

May God Bless You, Suresh 

Sponsor a Child like Suresh

 

Haiti — Where the Rains Don’t Stop.

A local nursing home being evacuated due to flooding

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti with a devastating blow in early October, but the hardest hit area was in the Southwest. Most of CRF’s works are in the Northeast part of the island. We thought we were in the clear.

Photo of recent flooding in Cap Haitien, Haiti

However, after the hurricane hit, it started raining in the areas where CRF is most heavily located. And it didn’t stop for weeks. Currently, it looks a lot like the devastation in Louisiana after Katrina hit.

All of this was happening during the run up to the US elections. As a result, the media didn’t cover it much, and CRF didn’t get many funds to help with this horrible disaster.

You can see how much damage the rains have done. And the flooding has caused water sources to become polluted resulting in cholera for so many people.

CRF needs funds to help with the reconstruction of Haiti and to drill for clean water. Could you help?

Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund to Help Haiti

 

 

Going the Extra Mile — Milton Jones

We so often say that sponsors save children’s lives. And they do. But it wouldn’t work if there weren’t people in our CRF office and on the other end in the far-off country to take care of the child. I’m so impressed with it all—CRF has great sponsors, CRF has great supervisors in the office, and CRF has great directors in the field.

Let me tell you how this works. Brian Omondi was two years old when his father died. If that wasn’t bad enough, shortly after the death of his father, his mother was sentenced to life in prison for murder. No one knew what to do with Brian. As a result, his relatives dumped him at the gate of our Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya.

Quickly Kevin Wasner, our executive director at CRF in Amarillo, started working on the situation. The incredibly sad story was posted on Facebook. Within minutes, Kevin’s daughter, Lauren Prugh, and her husband, Conrad, sponsored Brian. And now Brian is a healthy six-year old thriving in the safe and spiritual environment of Lakeside Orphanage.

 

But one thing was missing. With no parents or extended family, Brian was lacking a place to go during school breaks. As a result, Beatrice Apondi, who not only took care of him at Lakeside, also decided to take him home with her when it came time for any holidays in the school year. It’s like Brian was one of her own kids.

 

Don’t you love the way CRF works? A child is abandoned. A CRF person in Amarillo starts doing something about it. The next thing you know—the child is sponsored. And then there is someone taking care of the child like the child belongs to her. And this is happening thousands of times all over the world.

Thanks Kevin! Thanks Lauren and Conrad! Thanks Beatrice! Thanks CRF! And thanks Brian for being such a good kid!

Christmas Around the World – Milton Jones

I love Christmas. It just seems so sad that a child might not be able to celebrate this wonderful time of the year. To make sure that none of our CRF children miss the holiday or a gift—we try to remind donors to give a gift now in order to help us have Christmas around the world.

 

I don’t get to see all of our kids at Christmas, but I try to make it a tradition to get to Piedras Negras, Mexico. If you get to Piedras Negras in December, you will experience one of the greatest celebrations around this globe. My son, Patrick, and I have gone regularly to experience the Christmas Party at Piedras Negras.

 

You may wonder what happens when you send a Christmas gift. If you do, I can assure you from my experiences in Piedras Negras that good things happen. Jair and Lorena, our directors, throw a big party. Food, food and more food are at this festivity. Pinatas hang from overhead. There are gifts galore from sponsors. Members of the Montgomery Avenue Church of Christ in Albuquerque even send extra presents so everyone will have the best Christmas possible. Entertainers come—acrobats, musicians, magicians and more. And there is quite a bit of orange to go along with the green and red. It’s kind of a CRF explosion of hope into the traditional Christmas spirit. Parents and guardians come. Neighbors come. The problems of a Mexican border town are quickly forgotten in the joy of the season.

It’s one of my favorite events of the year. I love it, in and of itself, but it makes me remember that this kind of event is happening all over the world thanks to you!

Can you help make sure every CRF child receives a Christmas gift this year?
Every $10 you give will give a gift to one more child!