Trouble on Mt. Elgon

Sister Mono patiently waited to talk to me as I was visiting Emmanuel’s Farm near Bungoma, Kenya. When I made my way to talk to her, she gave me a letter requesting help for her children — all 1500 of them. “The mentioned children are more than 1500 from affected families because of the armed conflict, the SLDF, and army operations which led to the deaths and disappearances of some parents. During these operations women were sexually abused leading to infections of HIV/AIDS. Most of the children are either total orphans or half orphans.” – excerpt from Sister Mondo’s letter. It sounded like one of those Joseph Kony and Invisible Children stories—only this one may have been even more violent…. Read more »

Love is Shining

Guest post from Emily’s blog Emily is Smiling.  Emily interned at CRF this summer. We love her passion for ministry and we know you will enjoy reading about her sponsorship experience! __________________ Lavin was a beautiful little girl with big brown eyes, short curls, and a smile that could light up an entire photograph. As soon as I saw her, my heart whispered, “She is God’s daughter. She is my daughter.” Lavin’s smile shined up at me from one of the several picture frames blanketing the Christian Relief Fund table. She seemed thrilled to be wearing her pale blue school uniform, excited for the opportunity to have a sponsor of her own. I was fifteen at the time and a… Read more »

Growing Up Like Jesus

It’s easy to think of Christian Relief Fund only as a compassion and justice ministry… Maybe we don’t explain enough about the other dimensions of what we do. The other day a church put us in their missions budget because they said it was hard to find anything more evangelistic than what we are doing. I think that church understands. As an example when I was in Kisumu, Kenya a couple of weeks ago, I got to witness 53 baptisms in Lake Victoria. If I would have made it to Emmanuel’s Farm a few days earlier, I would have seen over 80 people baptized into Christ. And it is not just Africa, in Nicaragua, we had 40 baptisms in one… Read more »

Oasis of Hope Challenge

If I evaluated our situation in Kenya, I would conclude that our biggest problem is our success… We have saved so many children in the slums who would have otherwise died. And we have educated them very well. In fact, they are so smart that they are getting accepted into some of the country’s best secondary schools. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a good longterm plan for raising so many orphans with incredible minds and a desire for further education. In most cases CRF operates our own primary schools and the sponsorship fees from CRF are able to pay for the children’s primary education. But when these children get older, we don’t have a secondary school for them and the cost of education is more than we can afford. The best answer is… Read more »

Haggai

This is a guest post from CRF President Milton Jones’ blog, Through Orange Colored Glasses. Haggai. It’s one of those books in the Bible that is seldom read. Maybe we should read it more. This minor prophet reminds God’s people that all the silver and gold belongs to Him not them. It’s a pretty good message. We so often think that all of the money that we have really belongs to us. No, it belongs to God. He lets us use it. And when I walk on the streets of Africa among the orphans, I often wonder if I am using His money like He wants it used. It seems that I am always convicted that He wants His money… Read more »