Hope lives in Samabul

We’re happy to share this update from our mission team currently visiting CRF sponsored children in Kenya! Our team traveled for two hours across unpaved roads, rocked back and forth by the endless movement of our matatu. We waved at shrieking children as we passed by in our packed van, and we eventually arrived in a village that is the origin of our director in Eldoret, Francis Bii. Samabul is a rural region. Without a car, the distance to the city of Eldoret is incredibly difficult. Most people survive by farming small pieces of land, even quarter acres. When crops fail, there is nothing. Before sponsorship, children are often expected to continue the path of their parents – working the… Read more »

Stopping on the Side of the Road

Do you remember that VBS song “Roll the Gospel Chariot Along?” If someone is in the road, what do you do? You stop and pick him up. That song could have been written about Moise Toussaint. Moise Toussaint is our CRF director in Cap Hatien, Haiti. He takes care of 600 children, directs an old folks home, preaches at a church, does welding and even leads a marching band for children. Here’s how I first met Moise. Shortly after the Haiti earthquake, I arrived to help with the disaster. We were driving a huge truck from Port au Prince to Cap Haitien to get medicine and tents. It was a twelve-hour drive through mountains and bandits on some of the… Read more »

Graffiti

Graffiti on the walls. What do you expect? It’s Mexico. There are gangs around. There are drug cartels in this place. And what would you expect the graffiti to say? Gang names? Bad words? Not CRF, that’s for sure. Yet if you go down the streets of Saltillo, you might find the unexpected. There’s a big graffiti version of CRF on the wall. Where did it come from? Why is it there?

House on Fire

As Bobby Moore was giving a short-term mission group a tour of the Town Square in Saltillo, a tour guide approached him and asked if he could show them around. After guiding them around the huge cathedral in the center of the city, he asked Bobby if they would like to see anything else. Bobby explained that he wanted to be taken to the barrio where the poorer people lived so that they could help them. It wasn’t the usual tourist site, but he obliged them. Upon arriving at the barrio, the group found a house on fire. Bobby and his group quickly assembled a bucket brigade to extinguish the flames.

Give-A-Goat

Bad water and malnutrition. It seemed to be the source of Lopei’s polio. Lopei Chudang had a series of tragedies. She lived in the village of Nadabal where it hasn’t rained in nearly seven years. In the midst of one of history’s greatest famines, Lopei also lost her husband. And she had seven children. It was extremely difficult to support her family, and then the unthinkable happened—her polio affected her foot to the extent that it prevented her from walking. And it also prohibited her from working. Her situation looked hopeless. But then two incredible events happened. Her little village in Kenya received a water well from Christian Relief Fund. Now, at least, she and her family would not die… Read more »