What a Difference a Name Makes!

The Club — Drinking alcohol and fighting were about all that was happening in a town called “The Club.” It was named after what is commonly known as an “elder’s club,” which is a stick with a big knot on the end of it that is perfect for clobbering someone over the head. Francis Bii, our CRF director in Eldoret, grew up in this village in Kenya. His parents gave him alcohol for his breakfast every morning. There was so much unnecessary violence in this community that the nearest hospital in another town refused to take care of them. The chief brewer and the source of all the booze was William. The mischief of the village stemmed from his influence…. Read more »

Indonesia Earthquake

More than 430 people have died from the earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. Thousands more have been injured. 350,000 people have been displaced from their homes because of the destruction. Nearly 75 percent of residential structures have been destroyed in northern Lombok because of poor construction that was unable to withstand strong tremors. Since CRF is a relief organization, we are always concerned about disasters. But this one takes on a special significance to us. Patrick Jones, the son of our president Milton Jones, and his family live in Indonesia. Although Patrick’s home is in Jakarta, he ministers frequently in Lombok.  The church where he serves when he is in Lombok has been demolished and many members have lost their homes. CRF… Read more »

Verna’s Goat

Have you ever looked back and been able to pinpoint one thing that seemed to change everything else? Maybe it was a job opportunity in a new city, a chance meeting with an old friend, or a word of encouragement spoken at just the right time. A day that starts off like any other can become the day that—when you look back years later—changed the course of your life. Verna, a sponsored child in Kenya, has had one of those experiences too. And it came in the form of a goat. Verna joined the CRF program in 2012. At just 10 years old, she had already lost both of her parents to AIDS. She was living with her elderly grandmother… Read more »