Famine Update

In last month’s newsletter, we told you the sad news that the persistent drought and famine that has troubled the Horn of Africa for many years is back and may be worse than ever before. This month we want to tell you what we’ve been able to do with your support so far and what we plan to do with your continued support! God is doing great things through you! We have been able to immediately ramp up our water drilling projects in Kenya to provide even more clean water to people in need! We have expanded our goat distribution programs to rebuild flocks in areas where we have provided a plentiful water source. We are also on the ground… Read more »

Remembering Ken Welke

“Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10) No one did this better than Ken Welke. He made everyone feel special. We are going to miss Ken so much after his recent passing. Ken is the perfect example of why you should go on a mission trip with CRF. When Ken went to Kenya, he ended up sponsoring seven kids and got a life dream to build a high school there. Ken’s sponsored child, Kevin Owuor, caught his encouraging spirit. Here is what Kevin wrote to Ken and his wife Julie. I was once a street boy who could eat rotten food, sleep in the cold and drink wasted water. One who could be called a thief, one who could… Read more »

Moses—What a Difference a Sponsor Makes

It couldn’t have been a better promise. As Andrew Brown and I were dining and talking with three CRF students in Liberia, they wanted to say “Thank you!” for their sponsorships. And then Moses said, “I promise to spend my life being faithful to Jesus and changing the country of Liberia.” The next morning I looked on the front page of the Monrovian newspaper. And there he was. Moses was standing with the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He had been chosen by the President for a special fellowship to help with the government’s top priorities ­—agriculture, health, education, peace, and security. Gondah Moses Zolue didn’t begin his journey with the president. In 1990 when Liberia was experiencing one… Read more »

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 »