Vida Nueva is our CRF work in Piedras Negras, Mexico. When Jair Castillo went to the dump there 35 years ago, he realized that it wasn’t just a place for trash — it was also where families got their groceries. Families went through the Citadel dump to find food and anything else useful in order to survive. It was where children played instead of going to school. And diseases were killing the kids. Children were dying not only from diseases but also trying to escape the poverty of this Mexican border town. One day a child whom Jair had told about Christ drowned in the river trying to get to the U.S. Jair couldn’t stand to see the tragedy any… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Central America
Hello, I am Hazell Patricia Chacón Ruiz. I was born on September 12nd, 1991 in Managua, Nicaragua. I am the daughter of Thelma María Ruiz Reyes and Marvin Chacón. I started pre-school at age 4 at a public school that was just few blocks from home. Despite the many economic difficulties that my family faced, I always got good grades. When I was 6 years old, my dad died. My mom worked hard, day and night, to support me not only materially but also spiritually. While she was working outside the house, my grandmother would take care of me.
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 »
Janeth Moncada was a special woman of God and my sister in Christ. She lived and worked for CRF in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Janeth lived to serve her God above all else. I was honored to attend her burial service on January 23rd, not far from the neighborhoods where she worked tirelessly for children and families through CRF for 29 years. She was a wonderful mother to her own and hundreds more children who received her love, correction, training, and encouragement over the years.
Diego is one of four siblings. He lives in a quiet community just 10 minutes outside the bustling city of León, Nicaragua. His mother Alejandra works long hours washing clothes — hard work for very little pay. Lorenzo, his father, farms on the family’s small plot of land. His average monthly income is $80. Diego wakes up every morning at 6 am to feed the chickens. His house is small with dirt floors and walls made from scavenged plastic, wood and tin. A few years ago, Diego’s parents had no clue how much God would bless Diego (and their entire family) through CRF sponsors and one of our partner programs: “Las Maripositas” Christian Preschool. When Diego started preschool at age… Read more »