Love is Shining

Guest post from Emily’s blog Emily is Smiling.  Emily interned at CRF this summer. We love her passion for ministry and we know you will enjoy reading about her sponsorship experience! __________________ Lavin was a beautiful little girl with big brown eyes, short curls, and a smile that could light up an entire photograph. As soon as I saw her, my heart whispered, “She is God’s daughter. She is my daughter.” Lavin’s smile shined up at me from one of the several picture frames blanketing the Christian Relief Fund table. She seemed thrilled to be wearing her pale blue school uniform, excited for the opportunity to have a sponsor of her own. I was fifteen at the time and a… Read more »

Growing Up Like Jesus

It’s easy to think of Christian Relief Fund only as a compassion and justice ministry… Maybe we don’t explain enough about the other dimensions of what we do. The other day a church put us in their missions budget because they said it was hard to find anything more evangelistic than what we are doing. I think that church understands. As an example when I was in Kisumu, Kenya a couple of weeks ago, I got to witness 53 baptisms in Lake Victoria. If I would have made it to Emmanuel’s Farm a few days earlier, I would have seen over 80 people baptized into Christ. And it is not just Africa, in Nicaragua, we had 40 baptisms in one… Read more »

Oasis of Hope Challenge

If I evaluated our situation in Kenya, I would conclude that our biggest problem is our success… We have saved so many children in the slums who would have otherwise died. And we have educated them very well. In fact, they are so smart that they are getting accepted into some of the country’s best secondary schools. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a good longterm plan for raising so many orphans with incredible minds and a desire for further education. In most cases CRF operates our own primary schools and the sponsorship fees from CRF are able to pay for the children’s primary education. But when these children get older, we don’t have a secondary school for them and the cost of education is more than we can afford. The best answer is… Read more »

Thunder from God

This is a guest post from CRF President Milton Jones’ blog, Through Orange Colored Glasses. As I was sleeping in Turkana, I heard a huge noise. Being 2:30 in the morning, it startled me out of bed. I ran outside to see what had made the disturbing noise. It sounded like a truck had run into the building. Others were outside trying to figure it out too. When we looked up into the sky, it was obvious. We had heard thunder. And soon we saw lightning. And then the most unusual thing happened. We felt rain. It is unusual because it has been years since some of the people of Turkana have had any rain. And now I was witnessing… Read more »

How much should you pay the guy who picks you up in the desert?

This is a guest post from CRF President Milton Jones’ blog, Through Orange Colored Glasses. How much should you pay the guy who picks you up in the desert? Well, my trip to Turkana started out with one of those “small world” deals. Barbie and I taught at Puget Sound Christian College for a couple of decades. Gene Morden graduated in 1993, and we had kind of lost track of him. It turned out that he is living in Turkana doing mission work and drilling water wells. I told Francis Bii, our relief director for the Horn of Africa, to try to find him and see if we could partner in some way. Francis had made three trips to see… Read more »