Elkatarot Ekamaals 2003-2017

THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY ELKATAROT’S SPONSOR, JIM SHELBURNE, A MINISTER AT WASHINGTON AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN AMARILLO, TX. I’m filled with a strange sadness and joy as I try to wrap my brain around the news that one of the children my wife and I sponsor in Turkana, Kenya has died. He drowned in a freak accident—a flash flood in a desert where it rarely ever rains. Elkatarot was out gathering firewood (a daily ritual in Turkanan life) when he and several other children were caught up in a flash flood. Field workers were able to save the other kids, but Elkatarot could not be reached. This news made me sad in many ways. Holly and I sponsor several… Read more »

Your Church + CRF

At the CRF office, we’re continually inspired by the ideas our partner churches come up with for encouraging their members to make an impact. Whether it’s sponsoring more children or raising funds for a school, health center or water well, it’s incredibly exciting to see a congregation fully committed to changing the lives of children in need for the glory of God! We wanted to share some recent stories to express our gratitude for the creativity and compassion we see across ALL of the amazing churches we partner with, and to maybe inspire you to incorporate CRF deeper in how your church reaches out to the world!   —  LCBC Church  -  Pennsylvania  — We are so grateful for the… Read more »

Faces in the Famine

Children LOVE their sponsors! Here are some inspiring stories of Kenyan sponsored children from our Kenya Director, Emily Whelchel. Computer (what a great name!) is sponsored by my cousin, Juliana. Computer lives thousands of miles from her sponsor, but she carries her wallet-sized photo in a small plastic bag with her everywhere she goes. Computer is an orphan, so she feels so loved to have someone to pray for her and provide for her needs.   Teressa was in 8th grade and unsponsored. Teressa’s parents had both died in a war, and we didn’t know that she was being abused by her current guardian. One day at school her teacher found a note that said “My life is hell. God… Read more »

Moses—What a Difference a Sponsor Makes

It couldn’t have been a better promise. As Andrew Brown and I were dining and talking with three CRF students in Liberia, they wanted to say “Thank you!” for their sponsorships. And then Moses said, “I promise to spend my life being faithful to Jesus and changing the country of Liberia.” The next morning I looked on the front page of the Monrovian newspaper. And there he was. Moses was standing with the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He had been chosen by the President for a special fellowship to help with the government’s top priorities ­—agriculture, health, education, peace, and security. Gondah Moses Zolue didn’t begin his journey with the president. In 1990 when Liberia was experiencing one… Read more »

The Salvation of Suresh

If this letter from a sponsored child doesn’t make you glad you support CRF, we don’t know what will! I am Suresh. My parents suffered heavy debts raising cotton on leased land to pay the debts. The moneylender took my father and mother to North India to work on a road contract. I was stopped from going to school and made a cattle herder. My friends didn’t come near me because I smelled of cattle dung. My friends went to the fields to cut and carry grass to my master’s house. I washed buffaloes while my friends listened to their teachers. I thought my happy childhood was over. One day a cow went missing, and my master tied me to… Read more »