The Sharks

The Sharks are ALIVE and WELL!

A popular doowop singing group from Amarillo, Texas is making the rounds again in Amarillo, Dallas and soon to be Midland.

They are an entertaining a cappella group full of fun, nostalgia, and harmony. Back in the day, they even opened up for Bill Cosby.

The Sharks are singing again to prove they are ALIVE and helping CRF by drilling water WELLs.  If you get a chance, go listen to them or do what they are doing—creatively doing something to bring water to people in a famine.

If you want to help a Shark get further into water, help us drill a well!  

We hope the Sharks inspire you like they inspire us!

What talents do you have that could be used to give water to those in need?

Orphan Sunday

On Sunday, November 2, Christians worldwide will be standing for the orphan on Orphan Sunday.

As Christians, we are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress.

Because you support CRF, we know that you care deeply for the cause of the poor and the fatherless. Could you encourage your church or group to join us in remembering and supporting the world’s orphans on November 2nd (or on the closest available day)?

You could do this by encouraging your minister to preach a sermon on orphans. Asking members of your small group to sponsor a child that has no family. Or inviting some friends over for Sunday dinner to pray for the orphans of the world.

To help you organize your event, we want to send you a resource packet including Orphan Sunday literature, CRF brochures, and Child Sponsorship Promos.

Just let us know by filling out our online form.

Your prayer and support can do big things, because we serve a big God
who is a Father to the fatherless.


Thanks a Trillion Times, Larry Wu!

To some people he is known as the guy who picked the flavors for Starbucks Coffee. To others, he is the one who invented the McGriddle.

But at CRF, we will always know Larry Wu as the one who loves children.

Over the last few years, Larry has been serving as CRF’s Vice President of Field Operations and especially focusing on Africa. Now he is going back to Seattle to pursue some of his other interests. Larry expressed to me how excited he was to be back in the same city with his family. He also told me that he was so thankful that he had the opportunity to work for his very favorite charity and will stay actively involved in CRF in various ways. We are already planning a trip to Africa next summer!

I have known and loved Larry since he was a college student at the University of Washington. There is no one else like him. It’s always an adventure when you are with Larry. He is a life of the party guy and fun to be around. But ultimately, he is always asking us to join him for the festivities at the party of the Lord.

Larry is a legend, and all of us love him. God will continue to have great plans for the one and only Larry Wu. I’m thankful for all he has done for CRF and our children. We could think of nothing better to honor Larry (and he loved the idea) than drilling a much-needed water well on Emmanuel’s Farm to bring life to the needy orphans there.  That’s what Larry is all about.


UPDATE: Ebola Relief

UPDATE: September 15, 2014

The Ebola pandemic in West Africa, specifically Liberia, has greatly impacted CRF and our sponsored children.  Liberia is still in lockdown to prevent the further spread of Ebola.  The need is great, but your prayers and donations are making a huge impact! 

Here is a report from Brother Maxwell J. Whea, a minister at Smythe Road Church of Christ in Monrovia, Liberia.

In response to the Ebola pandemic, the Smythe Road Church of Christ hosted three days of prayer services as a means of calling on God for His divine intervention in Liberia. Up to 90% of those infected with Ebola die, but as Christians our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. We know that our first line of defense is Jesus Christ.

We are also focusing on raising awareness. We showed an Ebola documentary during each day of the Prayer Service. The film educated our community and children about Ebola and how to protect themselves and their families. These films were copied and distributed to each congregation in the area. We are also actively doing Ebola seminars in rural communities. The seminars focus on signs & symptoms, modes of transmission, misconceptions, facts and prevention.

Along with our awareness work, we are distributing relief items to thousands of people in desperate need.  As a result of the Ebola crisis, the cost of living has increased and made life almost impossible for the extreme poor including many children in the CRF program. We are focusing on distributing food and clean water to make certain that our children are well taken care of. We are also distributing chlorine, hand soap and washing buckets to prevent the spread of Ebola.

We want to thank CRF and all those who help us provide needed items for the suffering people of Liberia.  The Elders, Deacon, Ministers and members of the Smythe Road Christ highly appreciate your donation and pray that the God richly bless you for assisting us during these times of crisis in our Country.

May God Bless You All,
Maxwell J. Whea


The Scariest Word I Know


It is one of the scariest words I know.

Someone called me last week when they heard that I had caught some disease in Africa and wondered if it was Ebola. No, it wasn’t that serious. If you haven’t kept up with the news, Ebola is spreading over Western Africa—and it is usually fatal.

Dr. Kent Brantly who was trying to save people in Liberia contracted Ebola. There are no words adequate to describe his heroism. He was willing to risk his life to save the life of another.

This Ebola scare is a dramatic concern for us at CRF because we have so many children in Liberia where Dr. Brantly caught Ebola. Liberia is no stranger to problems. It is one of the very poorest countries in the world. It has also been one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Liberia began with a noble cause. U.S. President Monroe released slaves to go back to Africa to begin anew in Liberia. But when they returned, there ended up being a constant conflict between the released slaves and the indigenous Africans which exists to this day.

In recent years they were ruled by Charles Taylor, one of the most ruthless leaders ever, who ended up being indicted for crimes against humanity. And now there is Ebola. (more…)