UPDATE: Help Tornado Victims

May 23, 2013 It’s been a couple days since the terrible disaster in Moore, OK. Here is an update on what CRF is doing. We have partnered with the Disaster Response Team (DRT) for our on-the-ground effort.   The team has been in Moore since day one and is busy bringing help and hope to the hardest hit areas in Moore by providing spiritual, emotional and physical care. To GIVE to the continued relief effort, please visit our donation page. To GO to Moore as a volunteer relief worker, you can sign up here and we will contact you with more information Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Distribution      -      Property Clean Up Rebuilding/Repair of Properties    … Read more »


When people find out that I’m a teacher, they often tell me that teaching is a “noble profession”. Teaching can be exhausting work at times. The classrooms are crowded, the hours often reach beyond the school day and into the evening, sometimes parents are very demanding and difficult to deal with, and all of this is for less than desirable pay. But my complaints stopped when I met Joan (pronounced “Jo-ann”). Joan’s story is like so many stories in Kenya. She was born in the city of Eldoret. Her mother was a single parent and Joan never knew her father. Later, when her mother married and moved to a different area, Joan was left with a grandmother. However, living in… Read more »

Drive Thru

It was a nice peaceful day at the CRF office. And then it happened. I thought a bomb went off in the building. It was so loud and so full of destructive sounds — I could think of nothing else. It had to be a bomb. I quickly ran around the building to see what was demolished and what was the source of this incredible noise. When I got to Julie Castillo’s office, there was a truck that had driven into it. Yes, someone had driven through the outside wall and had entered her office. Just for your information, CRF doesn’t have a drive thru at our building. Well, not until this moment. What happened? We still don’t know.

Letters for Lavin

Check out this great blog post from Emily, a CRF Child Sponsor.  You can read more of her posts on her blog, Emily is Smiling. And for our sponsors: Have you written your child lately? Why not do it today? _____________________________________________ Every month for 2013, I will be sending a letter to my sponsored daughter, Lavin.  Sponsored children love communicating with their adopted parents.  It means the world to them! This month, I already sent a letter to Lavin, telling her that I would be returning to Kenya in June of this year.  However, I have another card to send to my sweet girl, so I thought I would share it with you to possibly help inspire you of ideas… Read more »