Bruiser

Bruiser. That’s what Jeremy named him. It was years ago, but I will never forget it. Yes, my youngest son took the money that his grandmother gave him for Christmas and bought a pygmy goat. Why couldn’t he have bought a video game or a CD? No, he bought a goat. The problem was that we didn’t live on a farm. We lived in Seattle. And you can’t keep goats in the city. Or at least you are not supposed to do so. Bruiser made too much noise to keep outside. So we had a goat living in our house. I learned a lot about goats living with Bruiser. I learned goats like to climb. Yes, Bruiser wanted to be… Read more »

What a Gift!

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 »

Beautiful Feet in the Desert

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?

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 »

The Unlikely Roots of Child Sponsorship

Jared Odhiambo, Kotieno Thomas, and James Were from Kisumu, Kenya decided to go on a picnic. As they walked up the road, they came upon a man beating a boy. “Why are you beating the boy?” they asked. “Because he stole from me,” replied the man. “How much did he steal from you?” It was approximately 5 to 10 cents in US money. They asked the boy, “Did you steal from this man?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Why?” They asked. “Mommy and Daddy both died of HIV/AIDS, and my grandmother is too sick to take care of me.” At this the young men noticed a crowd of other children gathering. They were also hungry children. Jared, James, and Thomas asked… Read more »