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 »

It’s Never Too Late

Education is the best way out of poverty. That’s why child sponsorship is so important—it gives a child an education. Coming out of poverty, disease, and disaster makes it very difficult for a child to finish school. And it is why we rejoice so much when they do. Paul Onyango Ogolla was from a large family. He had five siblings and no employed parents. He lived with extended family in a small house made from mud and sticks covered in concrete. He had no running water or electricity. He was happy if he could just get some beans and rice. Because of a lack of funds, Paul was delayed in starting school. He simply didn’t have the money that Kenyan… Read more »

The Letter You Always Wanted

For a long time. Through thick and thin. Even between jobs—Matt and Felicia Carter supported Elvies (pronounced Elvis). And they just received what every sponsor wants to receive—the letter. Elvies is one of our biggest CRF heroes. When he was in primary school at the Ring Road Orphan’s Day School in Kisumu, Kenya, government officials tried to shut down our school with the accusation that our school in the slum was inferior because AIDS orphans weren’t intelligent. The school was made to jump through all kinds of hoops until the ultimate challenge came one day. They were going to make all of our students take the national achievement test to prove the academic inadequacies of our children. But there was… Read more »