It’s Not Over Until…

… the orphans are sponsored. What did you think we were going to say? The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is down. There was only one new case last week. School is going to start again this week. Hopefully, the economy will finally take a step forward. CRF has been thanked over and over again for the part we played in helping the victims of the Ebola crisis. And we did play an important part in bringing relief for the glory of God. But it’s not over. MacAnthony Siaker, our CRF leader in Croezerville, reminded us of the tragedy that people are forgetting. When this many people have died, many orphans are left behind. Building orphanages isn’t… Read more »

Be Like Casey

I was going into a gorgeous building at Ole Miss. It was on one of the prettiest campuses I’ve ever seen. Casey Coston told me that Kelsey Raymer and Kelly Litzelfelner and some sorority girls from Alpha Omicron Pi wanted to talk to me about drilling a water well in the Horn of Africa. So I walked into the sorority house. I expected to talk to a few members of the chapter. But to my surprise—all of them were there. It looked like there were a hundred people sitting on the floor. They listened intently. They asked questions. And then they gave enough to drill a well. They wanted to help girls who didn’t get to go to school because… Read more »

Hey, I Lost My Sponsor

I got a friend request on Facebook the other day. I couldn’t believe who it was. He certainly didn’t seem old enough. And how in the world did he get on a computer? I remember him as a little kid. I remember him as an AIDS orphan at the Lakeside Orphanage outside of Kisumu, Kenya. But now he is grown up. Now he has a job. Now he is able to talk to me on Facebook. His message was simply a message of gratitude. And he wanted to know about the well being of his two sponsors. Yes, two sponsors. He was thankful for both of them. I knew both of his sponsors. One was family. One was a friend…. Read more »

2014 Year End Letter – Milton Jones

2014 was a great year!  If you haven’t read our Annual Report yet, you can find it here. Here is a year end letter from our President Milton Jones. ____________________________________________________ When I think of 2014, I will always remember it as the year of WATER for CRF. We have drilled wells in the past, but last year was different. We were so graciously given a rig in 2013. But 2014 is the year we truly became a full-fledged water ministry. In fact, our water ministry has a name—Hope Water International. During this last year, we drilled nearly a well a week. Over 40 wells were drilled in areas of the Horn of Africa where it hadn’t rained in around seven… Read more »

Coming Home to CRF

To quit or not to quit? That was Brandon’s dilemma. There are upwards of ten million teens in Mexico that have decided for one reason or another to stop going to school. And when they do—problems like unwanted pregnancies, drug use or even drug trafficking can be right around the corner. Why would a kid quit? It could be to start working. Maybe a child’s family can’t handle the costs of sending their child to school. Or it may simply be that the child doesn’t see the hope of a better future with or without an education. That’s why it is so exciting that Brandon came back! He was one of our first sponsored children for CRF in Saltillo, Mexico…. Read more »