Going the Extra Mile — Milton Jones

We so often say that sponsors save children’s lives. And they do. But it wouldn’t work if there weren’t people in our CRF office and on the other end in the far-off country to take care of the child. I’m so impressed with it all—CRF has great sponsors, CRF has great supervisors in the office, and CRF has great directors in the field. Let me tell you how this works. Brian Omondi was two years old when his father died. If that wasn’t bad enough, shortly after the death of his father, his mother was sentenced to life in prison for murder. No one knew what to do with Brian. As a result, his relatives dumped him at the gate… Read more »

Mother of Naomi

Emily Whelchel is our Kenya Programs Director. Here is her story of seeing her CRF sponsored child, Naomi. — When I saw my sponsored daughter, my world stopped. Naomi has been in my life for a year and a half now. I get her letters twice a year, a new photo of her to hang on my wall with my other family photos, and I even get a report card so I can see how she’s doing in school. I chose to sponsor Naomi because I knew there was a reason God was putting her into my life. I knew I could support her through school. “Welcome Emily, mother of Naomi,” the children at the CRF school sang. Everything was… Read more »

We Have Come from Far

“We Have Come From Far. We Are Far. We Are Going Far.” If you hear it once, you hear it a thousand times. It’s the slogan of Oasis of Hope. They are going far. They have hope. Oasis of Hope is a high school that is managed by Haggai Kadiri. Haggai loves children. He is also an attorney specializing in the rights of abused and abandoned children. CRF is a partial owner of Oasis of Hope. We bought part of the school in order for our children at the Ring Road Orphans’ School in Kisumu to have a place to go to high school. Our children there are guaranteed an entry to Oasis of Hope and are also charged the… Read more »

Evans

I don’t want to be redundant, but something was so striking that I simply have to share it.In this year’s annual report, I described a little boy named Evans in this way— There was something about Evans’ countenance that stated the pathos of a broken world as well as any I’ve ever seen. Maybe it was the white hair. Children don’t have hair that color where Evans lives. Maybe it was his eyes. They seemed to have lost hope. Maybe it was his weight or lack of it. I thought it was malnourishment. Perhaps that caused the color of his hair. Maybe it was simply the pain of being an orphan. Or it could have been the horrors of the… Read more »

Don’t Forget to Pray

At CRF we certainly are grateful for your generous donations, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. But don’t forget to pray for us too. You have heard about our extraordinary water well drilling efforts in Turkana, Kenya. Dennis Tenai, our Hope Water International leader, tells about one of our unsuccessful efforts. Yes, sometimes you don’t get water. And how tragic it is when you don’t get water in a desert where it hasn’t rained in nearly seven years. The Turkana people were watching our drillers with hope and anticipation of getting water for themselves and their goats. After it was apparent that there was not going to be water flowing, Dennis said that an old man came… Read more »