Posts By: CRF Media

What a Gift!

Posted by & filed under Africa, Child Sponsorship.

What a gift! I can’t remember receiving anything nicer. I will always cherish it and remember where it came from. But when this story began, it seemed like the whole thing was a big mistake. I was a little upset about it and a quite a bit embarrassed too. On a previous trip to Kenya, I had met a man named Lawrence. He asked me if we could start a child sponsorship program through CRF at his location. He had many orphans living at his home, and the poverty in his community was terrible. At the time, CRF had too many children to sponsor in our other works near Kisumu—so I told him that maybe we could do it at… Read more »

The Big Test… Or Taste

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Haiti/Caribbean.

The cup was shaped just like a communion cup. But it was a little bigger. A prayer of blessing was invoked before we shared it. We stood in a circle as we passed it around. It was a holy moment for us, but it wasn’t the Lord’s Supper. Nearly every- one from our Ole Miss mission trip had a taste from the cup. But one person was saved for last as we drank. He was different. He was a local man from this community in Haiti. He should not have to go first in this taste test. No, we weren’t drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid. But it was pretty dangerous still. We had just spent the last few days installing a… Read more »

I Love Baptisms!

Posted by & filed under Child Sponsorship, Devotions.

I love baptisms. And we sure see a bunch of them on the field. Dyron Howell from Amarillo just got back from preaching at Redeemer, our church plant in Eldoret, Kenya. He was so excited because on the weekend he was there, they had 33 baptisms! I can identify with his enthusiasm. On the last trip I had to Kisumu, Kenya—we had 82 baptisms. And one of them was a child Barbie and I had been sponsoring for fourteen years. They asked me if I wanted to do all of the baptisms. I declined because in the past I caught a parasite in Lake Victoria that nearly killed me. And the baptisms were also in a place called Hippo Bay…. Read more »

Beautiful Feet in the Desert

Posted by & filed under Africa, Devotions.

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! — Romans 10:15 — “How many wells did CRF drill last year?” Andrew Brown told me 90 had been drilled. That’s a lot of water! “How many churches did we plant?” Francis Bii told me 108 in the last three years. That’s a lot of churches planted! But our goal was to plant a church with every well, and I realized that we fell short. I asked Francis again, “Why do we drill three times as many wells as we plant churches?” His first answer was obvious—“Because it takes longer to plant a church than it does to drill a well.” But his second answer was a little… Read more »

What Do You Do When You Don’t Have a Preacher?

Posted by & filed under Africa, Clean Water, Education.

Sometimes we drill a well, and we go ahead and plant a church without a preacher. We do everything that we can do to get them one as soon as we can. But we drill wells so quickly (in six days on average), and it takes some time to train a preacher (usually a year). So what do we do in this in-between time? That’s where Proclaimers come in. You may not know what a Proclaimer is, but they have become invaluable where we plant churches. A Proclaimer is like a boombox only it has the Bible recorded on it. You can get them in nearly any language with a native person who speaks that language reading God’s Word. They… Read more »