I Love Baptisms!

I love baptisms. And we sure see a bunch of them on the field. Dyron Howell from Amarillo just got back from preaching at Redeemer, our church plant in Eldoret, Kenya. He was so excited because on the weekend he was there, they had 33 baptisms! I can identify with his enthusiasm. On the last trip I had to Kisumu, Kenya—we had 82 baptisms. And one of them was a child Barbie and I had been sponsoring for fourteen years. They asked me if I wanted to do all of the baptisms. I declined because in the past I caught a parasite in Lake Victoria that nearly killed me. And the baptisms were also in a place called Hippo Bay…. Read more »

Unsponsored Children

CRF is often asked what happens to children that lose their sponsor. When you sponsor a child, we have money to devote to the health, education and spiritual training of that specific child. When a child loses their sponsor, I think that it would be unkind for us to cut off their support where they could no longer go to school, be housed, or receive food. As a result, when a sponsored child loses his or her sponsor, we don’t quit supporting them. But this money no longer comes from a donor. So the money has to be taken out of general funds that are devoted to paying for other CRF programs. For our finances to work, CRF has to… Read more »

Shalini’s Sponsorship

It sounds like the opening episode of “This is Us.” A baby is left at the doorstep. Only this wasn’t a television episode. It was real life. Shalini Angel Sharma was left on the doorstep of CRF’s Howard Peacock Cottage in India on January 5, 1992. She was only one day old. Her parents were never found. What a sad story! Can you imagine abandoning a newborn baby? But she could never have been left at a better place—the birthplace of Christian Relief Fund. Yes, in 1971 Baxter Loe started Christian Relief Fund here in India. Shalini was going to receive care. She would get an education, a place to live, and good food. She would be raised knowing about… Read more »

The ABCs of Child Sponsorship

CRF directors in the field find the most needy children and gather their information to enroll them in a CRF program where they wait to be sponsored. CRF sponsors orphans and vulnerable children in 20+ developing countries worldwide. As soon as you sponsor a child, major changes start to happen in their lives.  They start attending school, get new clothes and shoes, and start eating a much more balanced diet.  Most of all, they experience a new level of love and support through their sponsors and CRF program staff. Sponsored children love the opportunity to connect with their sponsors through letter writing, and send at least two letters each year.  They are ecstatic when they get a letter back! Once… Read more »

The Unlikely Roots of Child Sponsorship

Jared Odhiambo, Kotieno Thomas, and James Were from Kisumu, Kenya decided to go on a picnic. As they walked up the road, they came upon a man beating a boy. “Why are you beating the boy?” they asked. “Because he stole from me,” replied the man. “How much did he steal from you?” It was approximately 5 to 10 cents in US money. They asked the boy, “Did you steal from this man?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Why?” They asked. “Mommy and Daddy both died of HIV/AIDS, and my grandmother is too sick to take care of me.” At this the young men noticed a crowd of other children gathering. They were also hungry children. Jared, James, and Thomas asked… Read more »