A New Holiday Is Going Down the Drain!

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 »

Does CRF Work?

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.

Duck Dynasty is Everywhere

  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 »

Do You Know Who John Abraham Was?

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.

Long-Term Change from a Short-Term Mission

Today’s guest post comes to us from Kyle Mitchell.  You can read more from Kyle and his wife Lynea at kyleandlynea.blogspot.com ____________________________________________ Kyle Mitchell visited the Hogar de Niños, a CRF children’s home in Catacamas, Honduras in 2003. His experience there changed his life and we want to share it with you! During the summer of 2003, the course of my life changed forever. I was 19 and had finished my first year at college. My best friend was interning at the Branch Church of Christ in Texas that summer, and insisted that I go with his church on a trip to Honduras. I’d never been out of the country before and was reluctant to answer yes. But answer yes, I… Read more »