Sharon’s Story

A young girl who lives in Kenya and is sponsored through Christian Relief Fund wrote a letter to her sponsor recently. Her story touched my heart and I hope it touches yours as well. Sponsorship has equipped Sharon to continue her education, have enough food to eat, and find hope for a brighter future. -Emily Whelchel, CRF intern Dear sponsor, Get more greetings from I, Sharon. I am glad to write to you this letter just to say a word of thanks for your mercies and for what you have done for me. Surely I was going to sink in a hole and I would never come out. My life since I was young was very bad and terrible. I… Read more »

Ronnie & Roonie

Ronnie and Roonie were twins born in the Kipkaren slum near Eldoret, Kenya. Their dad died of AIDS. And their mom feeling overwhelmed simply dumped Ronnie and Roonie in a trash heap and disappeared. Presumably she was HIV positive too. A Good Samaritan recognized the children who had been dumped and knew that they had a grandmother nearby. So Ronnie and Roonie were taken to her little mud house in the slum. Their grandmother didn’t want them but didn’t know how to get out of the predicament. This is the plight of so many in Sub-Saharan Africa. Parents die and older grandparents are left to raise the children. AIDS has caused a whole generation to disappear from this area. Ronnie… Read more »

Freely You Receive, Freely Drink

Blue Hills. That’s what they called it. I couldn’t find anything blue. And I certainly didn’t see any hills. But we were there because they told us that there wasn’t any water. Blue Hills is right outside of Cap Hatien, Haiti. It’s not that far from the airport, but it seems like it takes forever to get there because of the lack of roads. We had been contacted by some church members about their lack of water, so we had drilled a well there. Now I was going with a team to see if they needed water purification so the people didn’t get cholera. After the team had put up some overhead tanks and was working on the system, I… Read more »

Want to Work for CRF?

No, we are not hiring right now. Yes, I was trying to get your attention. But we do need a lot of help. I guess you could say we messed up. I guess you could say I messed up. I guess you could say we were let down. But the end of the story is that a lot of children need help. When we first began our work in Eldoret, Kenya—I was sitting in a room of 150 AIDS orphans. All of them needed to be sponsored. I didn’t know in the beginning if we had the leadership there to do a CRF program. So I told them that we would try a program with 30 children and if it… Read more »

Outside Listening In

“I never met my father,” Daniel said. “That’s why I like CRF so much.” “I was an orphan,… I never even saw a picture of my dad. All I know is that he told my mother before he died— ‘Get this boy an education!’” Daniel Chengo’s mother did everything that she could to send him to school. With huge sacrifices, she helped Daniel get through the fourth grade. But by the time he got to the fifth grade, tuition increased and they were out of money. Daniel went to school anyway. He sat in the classroom until he was chased out of class for not paying his fees. But Daniel didn’t go away. Every single day, he would arrive and… Read more »