Mother of Naomi

Emily Whelchel is our Kenya Programs Director. Here is her story of seeing her CRF sponsored child, Naomi. — When I saw my sponsored daughter, my world stopped. Naomi has been in my life for a year and a half now. I get her letters twice a year, a new photo of her to hang on my wall with my other family photos, and I even get a report card so I can see how she’s doing in school. I chose to sponsor Naomi because I knew there was a reason God was putting her into my life. I knew I could support her through school. “Welcome Emily, mother of Naomi,” the children at the CRF school sang. Everything was… Read more »

Evans

I don’t want to be redundant, but something was so striking that I simply have to share it.In this year’s annual report, I described a little boy named Evans in this way— There was something about Evans’ countenance that stated the pathos of a broken world as well as any I’ve ever seen. Maybe it was the white hair. Children don’t have hair that color where Evans lives. Maybe it was his eyes. They seemed to have lost hope. Maybe it was his weight or lack of it. I thought it was malnourishment. Perhaps that caused the color of his hair. Maybe it was simply the pain of being an orphan. Or it could have been the horrors of the… Read more »

Words Matter – Jim Barnett

We’re so happy to share this post from Jim Barnett, a CRF Advisory Board Member. Words truly matter, especially to sponsored children! ________________________________________________________ In our fast paced, high-tech world, we have achieved the ability to communicate with more people using fewer words than ever before. In the process, sometimes we forget how powerful and important our words can be. We’ve certainly lost the art of letter-writing and opted for email, texting, voicemail and a dozen other communication applications where a few sentences here and there afford us the opportunity to keep in “constant conversation” without much meaningful dialogue. A couple of years ago, my 15 year old daughter Kennedy and I were reminded of how important a hand-written letter can… Read more »

Hope for Honduras

Children are so precious in Campamento, Honduras. They have so many needs, but there is so much hope! We wanted to share these two photos with you from a recent trip! Barbie Jones holds this eight-year-old child who is unable to walk, talk or see. But he gives the best hugs in the whole world. His family needs a lot of extra help to take care of not only this child and his special needs but also several others. They are so graciously trying to raise these kids, but they need some help. – Even when the children don’t have special needs, they still need food & education. Bobby Moore, our Vice-President, shows how wonderful these children are. SPONSOR A… Read more »

I Have Another Daughter

We’re excited to share this firsthand account of a sponsor meeting their child with you. Casey Coston is a longtime child sponsor and a campus minister at Ole Miss University. Do you know why I wanted to travel to the small village of Benjamin, Haiti? I have another daughter there! Let me explain. Benjamin is only 40 miles from Cap Haitien, a large city on the northern coast of Haiti, but it takes at least 4 hours to drive there due to very rough roads. This year it took 7 hours. The scenery is breathtaking. The jungle is dense. And the rivers are wide. While the trip is always tough, this year it was even worse. At one point, we… Read more »