Coming Full Circle

They have the same last name. They have the same journey. They have the same occupations. And now they are doing the same thing. And they are right back where they started. The stories of Samson and Samuel Methari (no kin just the same name) start and end with CRF. I don’t have a “before” picture of Samuel, but the one of Samson is priceless. CRF started in India. A few years after it began, Samson (the shirtless boy in the old photo) was brought to our children’s home. He was poor and had no food to eat. He came with his sister (to his left) who was also blind. Not long after this, a little destitute girl named Jyothi… Read more »

2015 Year End Letter

2015 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 it is all said and done, CRF is all about the children. We sponsor children in about 20 different countries and help in nearly 30 countries. We have 86 different CRF works around the world. We sponsor 6,805 children in a full-time capacity but help many thousand more through feeding, disaster relief and providing education. By the time we reached 2015, bringing clean water became one of the major ministries of CRF. This has happened because of the incredibly generous gift of a rig to drill deep wells, matching… Read more »

Small Beginnings

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. – Zechariah 4:10 NLT – Isn’t that the Christmas story? A small beginning. It was a baby in a manger. People despised the humble start of the Christ child. Others ignored it as insignificant. Others still wanted to stop the influence of this God in flesh because it was not the manner in which a King would present Himself. But the Lord wasn’t finished with the small beginning. Indeed, He was rejoicing to see the work begin. I recently heard Phoebe Miriam give her testimony. She couldn’t stop quoting this verse. Phoebe quit using her last name because of the abuse she received from her… Read more »

Too Special to Open

I never could eat my chocolate Easter bunny. It was just too special. I would usually leave it in the box. So I knew exactly how Isaac Silva felt. Christian Toruno and Rafael Romero took me to the community around our CRF school called “Las Maripositas” near Leon, Nicaragua. That’s where I met one of our sponsored children — Isaac Silva. Upon meeting him, he quickly ran inside his little house and brought back his Christmas present. He was so proud of it and honored to show it to me. But it was still in the box. Why? It was so special he simply couldn’t open it. Esteban Valle, our director there, had bought Isaac a toy truck. What a great… Read more »

We Plant Churches Too!

As I finished speaking at a church the other day, someone came up to me and said, “And you plant churches too?” Yes, we do. When I speak, I guess I sometimes forget to mention all the churches we plant. Most everyone knows CRF is a relief organization. We help destitute children, and we drill wells where there is no water. But we are very holistic and don’t want people to miss out on the gospel. Our greatest desire is for our sponsored children to grow up loving Jesus. I tell so many stories about Francis Bii and his dynamic work with children in Eldoret, Kenya. But did you know that his ministry has planted over 70 churches in the… Read more »