World Water Day

Every year in March, the UN hosts World Water Day.

It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. And it’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

Thanks to the provision of God and the support of our donors, CRF has been able to provide clean water wells to tens of thousands of people over the last few years. Our drilling rig in Kenya averages a new well every week. And wherever we provide clean water we also preach the Living Water: Jesus Christ.

We are humbled that God is using CRF for such an important work. And we anticipate the great work He will accomplish in the future.

But as we celebrate the huge impact made in bringing water, we also remind ourselves that the work is not finished. There are still 748 million people in the world who do not have access to an improved source of drinking water.

Please join us in prayer for those in need of clean water. And help us share their needs with your family and friends.

WATER FACTS

 

Give-A-Goat

Bad water and malnutrition. It seemed to be the source of Lopei’s polio.

Lopei Chudang had a series of tragedies. She lived in the village of Nadabal where it hasn’t rained in nearly seven years. In the midst of one of history’s greatest famines, Lopei also lost her husband. And she had seven children. It was extremely difficult to support her family, and then the unthinkable happened—her polio affected her foot to the extent that it prevented her from walking. And it also prohibited her from working.

Her situation looked hopeless. But then two incredible events happened.

Her little village in Kenya received a water well from Christian Relief Fund. Now, at least, she and her family would not die from thirst. But it was not enough. She needed some nutrients for the children and herself.

And seemingly, out of nowhere, Lopei got a goat. Some students from West Texas A&M had a Give-a-Goat project with CRF, and Lopei was the receipient of a goat. This goat provided the milk that was the only nutrition to keep not only Lopei but also her children alive.

“The goat is a blessing from God!” Lopei declared.

And now the goat is about to have a kid. Where she barely had enough milk for all her children, now she will have enough. And to make matters even better, CRF is giving her another goat to start a business where she can work again. She will be selling nutritious goat milk in her community. And her children will now be able to go to school.

Water is such a big deal. A well can save thousands of people. One goat seems like such a little deal. But one goat saved the lives of eight people. You can give a goat for only $50. A well takes a little more. Invest in lives however you can.

A Family Well

You’ve got to love the Gary and Marci Ayers family. Listen to their story —

After reading Max Lucado’s book, we have been dreaming of and praying for ways to “outlive our lives.” For more than 3 years now, one of the opportunities that God placed in our hearts was to drill a well for clean water in a desolate area of Africa.

When we read about the matching grant through CRF, we quickly became ecstatic that the Lord had made a way for us to drill a well despite our limitations. Although we could by no means do this alone, we knew that if we gathered our family together and transmitted the excitement, we could drill a well together as a family for Christmas! We prayed diligently for our passion to become contagious as we spread the news. It did.

Accomplishing our goal as a family has brought great joy to everyone. Many determined to forego Christmas gifts in order to give a better gift that would outlast us all. We could not be more excited that our dream has been granted us by the Lord! We thank you all at CRF for the opportunity that gave us the ability to accomplish a long-term vision!

Most humbly and sincerely in Christ,
Gary and Marci Ayers
Fort Worth, TX

Here’s what Gary and Marci shared with their family —

This Christmas, our family is drilling a water well in Africa! We want to outlive our lives, and we’ve been watchful for opportunities to do so. 

For about 3 years now, we have dreamed of someday being able to drill a much-needed water well in Africa—in order to provide clean drinking water and irrigation for a community. There are places where they haven’t seen rain in 6 years, where people walk for 4 hours every single day just to carry a heavy 5-gallon bucket of stagnant water for their family’s survival. Even though they know the water is contaminated, it is their only choice.

Half of the world’s hospitalized population is due to water-borne illness. But we take sanitary water for granted.

CRF, a highly accountable organization we have supported for many years, can now drill a well for $10,000 because of a donor who helped them purchase their own drilling rig (was $20,000/well prior to that). And now there is a matching fund which will match every donated dollar 100%. This means we can fund an entire well if we raise only $5000!

This was still cost-prohibitive for us individually, but then we began to think bigger: What if? Just what if we came together on this, and we drill a well as a FAMILY? A family well!

GOOD NEWS
Our generous matching gift makers have continued to match past Christmas.
You and your family can still drill a well like the Ayers did.

Visit christianrelieffund.org/water to donate today!

It’s Not Over Until…

… the orphans are sponsored.

What did you think we were going to say?

The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is down. There was only one new case last week.

School is going to start again this week. Hopefully, the economy will finally take a step forward.

CRF has been thanked over and over again for the part we played in helping the victims of the Ebola crisis. And we did play an important part in bringing relief for the glory of God. But it’s not over.

MacAnthony Siaker, our CRF leader in Croezerville, reminded us of the tragedy that people are forgetting. When this many people have died, many orphans are left behind.

Building orphanages isn’t always the best option. But we need to start one in Croezerville for the many Ebola orphans we are now serving there.

We’ve all heard a lot about the Americans who gave huge sacrifices to help in Liberia. But we also don’t want to forget the names of the Liberians like Jeremiah Cooley. Jeremiah was a CRF teacher who died of Ebola along with his wife. They left four orphans behind.

Our dream is to build a place for many of these orphans who were left behind.

Liberia is not going to be in the news like it was. We are going to hear that the crisis is over—but it’s not.

It’s not over until. . .

HELP US BUILD AN ORPHANAGE

Be Like Casey

I was going into a gorgeous building at Ole Miss.

It was on one of the prettiest campuses I’ve ever seen.

Casey Coston told me that Kelsey Raymer and Kelly Litzelfelner and some sorority girls from Alpha Omicron Pi wanted to talk to me about drilling a water well in the Horn of Africa.

So I walked into the sorority house.

I expected to talk to a few members of the chapter. But to my surprise—all of them were there. It looked like there were a hundred people sitting on the floor. They listened intently. They asked questions. And then they gave enough to drill a well.

They wanted to help girls who didn’t get to go to school because they were carrying water all day.

And then Casey took me to meet William Kneip of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Once again the whole fraternity was there. I’ve never seen a group of guys more respectful and interested. They listened and asked incredibly insightful questions. And then they staged a fundraiser to drill a well.

Next Casey and I went to see the president of Ole Miss—David Jones. He loved what we were doing and encouraged us to enlighten students and show them how they can make a difference in the world. He wanted students at Ole Miss to learn all of those important lessons of life that you might not learn in a classroom. We went to thank him for the opportunity, but he thanked us even more for being there.

From there, we went to Alpha Omega that houses the campus ministry where Casey ministers. It didn’t take long to notice all the pictures of CRF children on the wall and around the coffee bar. And then there was a table to sponsor new children. These students love CRF. They go to our children’s work in Cap Hatien, Haiti every year to help.

Next Casey had me speak at his church. More orphans were sponsored.

Then Eric Dahl, one of Casey’s elders, hosts an annual bicycle ride to raise money and awareness. More children in Haiti and Uganda were sponsored.

Since then Casey has preached at other churches where even more children were sponsored. When I heard him speak at the Campus For Christ conference last year, he spoke about how CRF can help your campus ministry.

Casey doesn’t work for CRF. But Casey works for CRF.

I wish everyone could be like Casey. It’s like he talks about CRF everywhere he goes. He brings CRF into environments where you might not first expect to receive a lot of help—but they do help.

We have a lot of children presently who need sponsoring. I’m going to do everything I can to help. But I’m confident that we will get new children sponsored, old children sponsored again, and bring even more water to areas of drought.

It’s because Casey is out there… And so many others like Casey.

Be like Casey because Casey loves children like Jesus does.

______________________________________________

BE A CRF ADVOCATE

- Share CRF blogs and newsletters with your friends -

- Encourage your minister to learn more about CRF -

- Join us on a mission trip! -

- Encourage others to donate for your birthday, graduation or anniversary -

- Sponsor a child -