Kenya Elections

It’s certainly not a disaster like a hurricane, but it has been a disaster to us. The whole world has been watching the elections in Kenya between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. The last time these two men ran against each other, it produced extreme violence. When they went at it again this August, the reported results showed that Kenyatta was re-elected with 54% of the vote, but his opponent alleged voter fraud and refused to accept the vote. When it was contested in the Kenyan Supreme Court, the results were annulled, and they are going to do the election over again in October. Christian Relief Fund has more sponsored children in Kenya than any other country. And this… Read more »

Sponsors Make Dreams Come True

Johnny Miller’s dream seemed impossible. He was an eleven-year-old Liberian boy who had just survived a seven-year civil war. 600,000 people had been killed. His country was in shambles. He was surrounded by poverty and brokenness. War was all he remembered. How could a boy like Johnny ever become a doctor? All hope seemed lost. But then Johnny found his way to Ford-Madden Christian Academy (FMCA) and was sponsored by Troy and Katie Link. That’s when everything changed! Literally without their support, I wouldn’t have reached where I am today! I remain grateful to my sponsors whose prayers and financial support contributed immensely to my life and encouraged me to reach for my dreams. And Johnny definitely reached for his… Read more »

Total Orphans – by Milton Jones

What is the difference in a partial and a total orphan? It’s sad that we have to use those designations. David Marangach contacted me today to tell me that we have two new total orphans at our CRF school on Mt. Elgon in Kenya called Milton Simotweet. Caleb Kiplangat and Rehema Churtolin, brother and sister, had their dad die. They had already had their mom violently die, and now the second parent was gone, making them total orphans. “It was a dark morning!” David declared. “The air was filled with cries and prayers.” Caleb and Rehema lost their only living parent on that day as some unknown people attacked them and shot them to death. If this were not bad… Read more »

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 »