A Family Well

You’ve got to love the Gary and Marci Ayers family. Listen to their story — After reading Max Lucado’s book, we have been dreaming of and praying for ways to “outlive our lives.” For more than 3 years now, one of the opportunities that God placed in our hearts was to drill a well for clean water in a desolate area of Africa. When we read about the matching grant through CRF, we quickly became ecstatic that the Lord had made a way for us to drill a well despite our limitations. Although we could by no means do this alone, we knew that if we gathered our family together and transmitted the excitement, we could drill a well together… Read more »

It’s Not Over Until…

… the orphans are sponsored. What did you think we were going to say? The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is down. There was only one new case last week. School is going to start again this week. Hopefully, the economy will finally take a step forward. CRF has been thanked over and over again for the part we played in helping the victims of the Ebola crisis. And we did play an important part in bringing relief for the glory of God. But it’s not over. MacAnthony Siaker, our CRF leader in Croezerville, reminded us of the tragedy that people are forgetting. When this many people have died, many orphans are left behind. Building orphanages isn’t… Read more »

Hey, I Lost My Sponsor

I got a friend request on Facebook the other day. I couldn’t believe who it was. He certainly didn’t seem old enough. And how in the world did he get on a computer? I remember him as a little kid. I remember him as an AIDS orphan at the Lakeside Orphanage outside of Kisumu, Kenya. But now he is grown up. Now he has a job. Now he is able to talk to me on Facebook. His message was simply a message of gratitude. And he wanted to know about the well being of his two sponsors. Yes, two sponsors. He was thankful for both of them. I knew both of his sponsors. One was family. One was a friend…. Read more »

2014 Year End Letter – Milton Jones

2014 was a great year!  If you haven’t read our Annual Report yet, you can find it here. Here is a year end letter from our President Milton Jones. ____________________________________________________ When I think of 2014, I will always remember it as the year of WATER for CRF. We have drilled wells in the past, but last year was different. We were so graciously given a rig in 2013. But 2014 is the year we truly became a full-fledged water ministry. In fact, our water ministry has a name—Hope Water International. During this last year, we drilled nearly a well a week. Over 40 wells were drilled in areas of the Horn of Africa where it hadn’t rained in around seven… Read more »

A Choice No One Should Have to Make

It is with our deepest sorrow that we tell you that Jeremiah Cooley died of Ebola. Jeremiah worked for CRF helping orphans in Croezerville, Liberia. A week after his death his wife also died leaving four children as orphans. Now MacAnthony Siaker, our CRF director, has to make a choice. Do you take in the four new orphans from Ebola to the orphanage or not? If you don’t, they will be isolated and probably starve to death. If you do, you risk the deaths of the other orphans that you are taking care of. But it’s not just Jeremiah’s orphans. Others are coming and seeking refuge. No one should have to make this choice. There are no rules. There are… Read more »