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 »

Going the Extra Mile — Milton Jones

We so often say that sponsors save children’s lives. And they do. But it wouldn’t work if there weren’t people in our CRF office and on the other end in the far-off country to take care of the child. I’m so impressed with it all—CRF has great sponsors, CRF has great supervisors in the office, and CRF has great directors in the field. Let me tell you how this works. Brian Omondi was two years old when his father died. If that wasn’t bad enough, shortly after the death of his father, his mother was sentenced to life in prison for murder. No one knew what to do with Brian. As a result, his relatives dumped him at the gate… Read more »

Christmas Around the World – Milton Jones

I love Christmas. It just seems so sad that a child might not be able to celebrate this wonderful time of the year. To make sure that none of our CRF children miss the holiday or a gift—we try to remind donors to give a gift now in order to help us have Christmas around the world.   I don’t get to see all of our kids at Christmas, but I try to make it a tradition to get to Piedras Negras, Mexico. If you get to Piedras Negras in December, you will experience one of the greatest celebrations around this globe. My son, Patrick, and I have gone regularly to experience the Christmas Party at Piedras Negras.   You… Read more »