Indonesia Earthquake – Field Report

A field report from Patrick Jones who is leading our relief effort following the devastating earthquakes that struck Lombok, Indonesia. – Last month something happened that happens every few months. I woke up, turned on my phone and found out that there was an earthquake in Indonesia, the country I now call home. The funny thing is, I didn’t find out from a local weather service. I didn’t find out from the news. I found out because a friend in America saw that there was an earthquake and sent me an early morning text message. He was afraid that I was dead. Luckily for me and my family, Lombok is over 800 miles away from where we live. But this… Read more »

CRF Named in Top 3% of Charities

We were honored to receive the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator for the 8th consecutive year!   From Charity Navigator’s President Michael Thatcher: “Only 3% of the charities we evaluate have ever received eight consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Christian Relief Fund outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation sets CRF apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” We are grateful that Charity Navigator has recognized our firm commitment to impact and financial accountability. Thank you for joining with us in our mission to create more hope in the world as effectively as possible in the name of Jesus!    

Changing a Name for Good

When I recently visited Kitale, Kenya, one of our directors, Priscilla Wairimu introduced me to one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. As beautiful as the baby was, his story was anything but beautiful. His mother had been sexually assaulted and decided to give the child to our children’s home in Kitale where Priscilla and our staff would provide for his needs. The father only wanted to have one thing to do with the child. He wanted to name the new baby. He searched for what he thought was just the right name and chose Ishmael, which in Kenya means rejected one. Can you imagine this name being placed on you for life? In the compassionate atmosphere of the Kitale… Read more »

I Love Troy University

Rick Cochran and Bobby Templin, who minister to college students at the Christian Student Center and the Collegedale Church of Christ, invited me to Troy recently. What a great ministry they have, and what great hospitality they showed me. The highlight of my trip was going to the Troy Trojans’ football game. The athletic director, Jeremy McClain, got us seats in the luxury area. At the first timeout, I couldn’t believe it, but the public address system boomed, “We would like to welcome Milton Jones today!” And then they put on their big jumbo screen monitor the CRF logo and a picture of a water well we had drilled. If that wasn’t enough, the announcer thanked us for the partnership… Read more »

Hurricane Florence Relief

UPDATE 9/26/2018: CRF is continuing to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. And we need your help to continue the relief and rebuilding effort. Through our partner, Disaster Response Team, we have set up bases of operation in New Bern and Wilmington, NC. In New Bern alone, more than 4,300 homes were heavily damaged by Florence. And many thousands of people are still displaced throughout the region. Your donations are supporting five large trailers that are currently on location dispensing food, clean water and other supplies to thousands of people who have lost most of their worldly possessions to this terrible hurricane. We are also coordinating clean up crews that are helping tarp damaged roofs and remove debris so homes… Read more »