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 »

Orphan Sunday

On Sunday, November 13, Christians worldwide will be standing up for the orphan on Orphan Sunday. As Christians, we are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Because you support CRF, we know that you care deeply for the cause of the poor and the fatherless. Could you encourage your church or group to join us in remembering and supporting the world’s orphans on November 13th (or on the closest available Sunday)? You could encourage your minister to preach a sermon on orphans, ask members of your small group to sponsor a child, or invite friends over for Sunday dinner to pray for the orphans of the… Read more »

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 »