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 »

Does CRF Work?

Well, we certainly believe CRF works. And we’re sure that you think it works. But every once in a while, it is nice to have some confirmation and validation. There have been two recent articles written that evaluate works like CRF (especially child sponsorship). We wanted to let you know what they said in case you didn’t see them. The BBC News published one of them, and Christianity Today wrote the other. More than nine million children around the world are sponsored by organizations like CRF, and these recent reports have determined that sponsorship indeed does improve children’s lives.

Best Seat in the House

Larry Wu is CRF Director of Field Operations.  He has been visiting CRF programs in Uganda and Kenya for the past few weeks. In every home Larry visited, he noticed a very special custom.  We’re excited to share his story with you and we hope it motivates you to honor one another! _______________________________________________________ Kenyans believe visitors are a blessing to their home. Their greeting to any and all is “karibu!” meaning, “welcome!” A visitor from a far away place is doubly honored because they understand the difficulty in making a long trip, and yet you have decided to visit their home. A surprise visit is treated the same as if it were well planned and expected. They still greet you… Read more »

Thunder from God

This is a guest post from CRF President Milton Jones’ blog, Through Orange Colored Glasses. As I was sleeping in Turkana, I heard a huge noise. Being 2:30 in the morning, it startled me out of bed. I ran outside to see what had made the disturbing noise. It sounded like a truck had run into the building. Others were outside trying to figure it out too. When we looked up into the sky, it was obvious. We had heard thunder. And soon we saw lightning. And then the most unusual thing happened. We felt rain. It is unusual because it has been years since some of the people of Turkana have had any rain. And now I was witnessing… Read more »

How much should you pay the guy who picks you up in the desert?

This is a guest post from CRF President Milton Jones’ blog, Through Orange Colored Glasses. How much should you pay the guy who picks you up in the desert? Well, my trip to Turkana started out with one of those “small world” deals. Barbie and I taught at Puget Sound Christian College for a couple of decades. Gene Morden graduated in 1993, and we had kind of lost track of him. It turned out that he is living in Turkana doing mission work and drilling water wells. I told Francis Bii, our relief director for the Horn of Africa, to try to find him and see if we could partner in some way. Francis had made three trips to see… Read more »