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 »
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Today is a holiday. Did you forget it? Maybe you didn’t even know, but it is worthy of note. And if you really understand it, it’s worthy of celebration. This is the first year that this holiday has been officially recognized by the UN. What is it? Today is World Toilet Day. We nearly forgot about it until our friends at the Water Center at the University of Oklahoma reminded us about it and helped us remember why it is so important. Did you know that a child dies every minute for lack of a toilet? Bill Gates has seen the importance of this so much that he is offering a huge sum of money for anyone who can come… Read more »
Well, we certainly believe CRF works. And we’re sure that you think it works. But every once in a while, it is nice to have some confirmation and validation. There have been two recent articles written that evaluate works like CRF (especially child sponsorship). We wanted to let you know what they said in case you didn’t see them. The BBC News published one of them, and Christianity Today wrote the other. More than nine million children around the world are sponsored by organizations like CRF, and these recent reports have determined that sponsorship indeed does improve children’s lives.
It wasn’t exactly the picture you were expecting to see when Giovana, one of our CRF sponsored children in León, Nicaragua, was asked to hold up a picture of her sponsors. Yes, it was Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty. There’s hardly anyone busier or more popular in the television industry right now than the Robertsons. But they aren’t too busy to help children. In fact, the family of Duck Dynasty was helping CRF for a long time before their TV popularity. They not only sponsor children in Nicaragua but have also participated on regular mission trips to our CRF site in Neyba, Dominican Republic. We hope you will join the Robertsons and sponsor children through CRF. Maybe… Read more »
I asked that question to about 800 school children at the John Abraham Christian School in Neyba, The Dominican Republic. I was there visiting the school and the principal asked me to give some encouragement to the kids. Many come from very poor living conditions and needed some encouragement. So that is how I opened my talk at the assembly. Not one of them knew the story that tells the beginning of the Christian Relief Fund. So they listened as I spoke about a man who gave his life serving others in India.