When It Rains It Pours

When it rains it pours! But at least you hope you get water out of it and not troubles. No, in the Horn of Africa it rains troubles. Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia have not received water in over six years. The people there believe that God has turned off the faucet. A few years ago CRF started bringing relief to this area. We brought in food. We brought in water. Schools were started. Churches were planted. Then we stepped it up—we were given our own water well drilling rig and started drilling like crazy. But things just kept getting worse. I don’t know how. How can something be worse than terrible? Yet the people there say it is… Read more »

Year End Letter – Milton Jones

When I think of 2013, I will always remember it as the year that CRF and Bread for a Hungry World merged. Bobby Moore contacted me with the vision of us becoming one. We dreamed together, listed the pluses and minuses, saw how similar we already were, and then knew that we would be better together than apart. I don’t know how a union could have come together more smoothly than this one. Truly, God was behind it.

Thankful

Amy White is a member of the CRF blogging network. She has some wonderful thoughts about thankfulness and appreciation that we’re excited to share with you! — I saw this quote recently and it felt like a punch to the gut: “Someone else is praying for the things you take for granted.” We recently camped and had a water spigot on our camp site.  I think I am ruined for life, but I couldn’t help but think about how we even have access to clean water when we live outside for a few days.  All the while, other people around the world have to walk for four hours one way to find access to dirty and disease-infested water. This is… Read more »

A New Holiday Is Going Down the Drain!

Today is a holiday. Did you forget it? Maybe you didn’t even know, but it is worthy of note. And if you really understand it, it’s worthy of celebration. This is the first year that this holiday has been officially recognized by the UN. What is it? Today is World Toilet Day. We nearly forgot about it until our friends at the Water Center at the University of Oklahoma reminded us about it and helped us remember why it is so important. Did you know that a child dies every minute for lack of a toilet? Bill Gates has seen the importance of this so much that he is offering a huge sum of money for anyone who can come… Read more »

Streams in the Desert

It hasn’t rained in six years in parts of Turkana, Kenya. So women and children are carrying jars on their heads after traveling miles just to get water. Did you know that women and children carrying water like this have to make this walk twice a day. On an average, it is a four-hour walk to get water. It is their only choice. It is why most children don’t go to school. They have to carry water. And the water is most often a Trojan horse. Do you remember that story? It was the gift that was hiding their death. Inside their container is a mixture of water, dirt, algae, camel and goat feces, bacteria, mosquito larvae, and other insect eggs,… Read more »