Each of them has chosen to work with the least fortunate members of that neighborhood out of love and compassion. Their belief in Jesus Christ compels them to take on this responsibility. They could easily take their education and training to another hospital or clinic in a better setting, but they choose to work here, with CRF. It makes a huge difference to the community when it isn’t just a job for these workers. (more…)
She lived and worked for CRF in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Janeth lived to serve her God above all else.
I was honored to attend her burial service on January 23rd, not far from the neighborhoods where she worked tirelessly for children and families through CRF for 29 years. She was a wonderful mother to her own and hundreds more children who received her love, correction, training, and encouragement over the years. (more…)
Vincent is one of the Clinical Officers at the Jones-Ringroad VCT and Health Clinic. He has held that post since 2011. He has proven himself to be a very calm leader in the clinic, which can be a very busy and overwhelming place. His main responsibilities are to ensure the proper handling of incoming patients. He screens them and determines the best plan of action required to help meet their medical needs. He also liaises with the doctor at the clinic to determine the best protocols for the very difficult cases that come into the clinic.
He is the main breadwinner for his family and his extended family. Vincent is married and has a 15 month old at home. He also has 4 siblings and aging parents that he feels a responsibility towards, and helps them as much as he can financially. “This is the way it is in Kenya,” he says with a broad smile on his face. His mother suffers from chronic gastric ulcers and Spondylosis from a previous spinal cord injury. This is why he turned to a career in the medical field. He was driven by the passion to serve the underprivileged in society.
Vincent has a degree in Clinical Medicine from a Nursing College in Kisumu, Kenya. He is also a certified Public Health administrator. He would like to pursue a masters degree at some point in the future.
He is very grateful for the job that he has at the clinic. He had this to say, “I really love the set up we have here, and feel motivated all the time to work with this group of people that I call ‘my family.’ I don’t know who to thank in person, or who to thank directly, but I say here today that wherever this help comes from, I am grateful and thankful for it. I can’t be thankful enough as I reflect on my life and my family’s lives. We are all so thankful for our supporters.”
I recently returned from a visit to see the CRF programs in Liberia. People have been asking me how it was. I have mixed feelings about the country. Historically, Liberia should have all the amenities, government, economy and services like the US. It was founded by freed slaves after our Civil War. But it doesn’t. After years of corruption, abuse, their own Civil War, dictators, coups, and neglect, Liberia is a country that has so many needs. If I had to sum it up, it is as if a developed country slipped back into becoming a developing country again. But the people have tremendous hope; they see a better Liberia on the immediate horizon. I feel it too. I met enough people and heard their stories that it provides a beautiful vision over the next few years. (more…)
As I stepped into the building, I couldn’t see much. It felt dark because the windows all seemed to be small, and the old building was darkly painted inside. It was quiet, but every once in a while I could hear what sounded like muffled voices, which I followed to a small, dark classroom. The students were learning math. The teacher was teaching in sign language, and the kids were answering back out loud. When they saw me, they all stopped, looked at me, and then started signing, “I love you!” in American Sign Language. We all know that sign…hold up your hand with your thumb, index finger and pinkie all extended and your ring finger and middle finger down. They waved the sign around towards me indicating their excitement. Some of the students even held up the sign on both hands! (more…)