Shalini’s Sponsorship

It sounds like the opening episode of “This is Us.” A baby is left at the doorstep. Only this wasn’t a television episode. It was real life. Shalini Angel Sharma was left on the doorstep of CRF’s Howard Peacock Cottage in India on January 5, 1992. She was only one day old. Her parents were never found. What a sad story! Can you imagine abandoning a newborn baby? But she could never have been left at a better place—the birthplace of Christian Relief Fund. Yes, in 1971 Baxter Loe started Christian Relief Fund here in India. Shalini was going to receive care. She would get an education, a place to live, and good food. She would be raised knowing about… Read more »

Emily’s Idea

Don’t you love watching children? I do. It doesn’t matter whether a child is working or playing. And if they’re really into something, it’s often hard to tell the difference. Children “dance like nobody’s watching.” You’ve seen it, perhaps at the grocery store as a young girl accompanies her mom. Mom works her way up and down the aisles lost in the mental planning of next week’s meals. The young girl skipping along, oblivious to people and goings-on around her. She’s singing, creating a story as she points and scans the shelves. Or the 30 second walk to the mailbox turns into a 20 minute adventure as the boy detours along an ant trail or picks a handful of weed… Read more »

$228

$228. That’s how much it cost. I was shocked. How can one bottle of medicine cost me that much? But I didn’t have an alternative. I had malaria. That was the only medicine available. What can you do? You pay it. But I thought of all my friends living in Kenya where I got malaria. Most of them couldn’t pay that much for malaria drugs. Maybe their pharmacies don’t charge U.S. prices, but they still often don’t have enough to cover the cost. So they do without. Some are ok. Unfortunately, some are not. More than 1,000 people die from malaria every day because they can’t access or pay for the medical care they need. And many others can’t afford… Read more »

Will You Run to Help?

She had a tear running down her cheek. But she wasn’t crying. Djinailove’s dad was in prison. Her mother had just been murdered. She had recently moved to Cap Haitien, Haiti and was hoping to go to school. She needed a place to stay and food to eat. She had plenty of reasons to cry. But her tears were actually caused by a medical issue—a hole near her eye that somehow caused tears to run down her cheek. She needed a doctor to help her with her unusual problem—but that took money. What Djinailove really needed was a child sponsorship. Have you ever left a worship service before it was over? That’s what Dr. Rachel Philip did, but not for… Read more »

Sponsors Make Dreams Come True

Johnny Miller’s dream seemed impossible. He was an eleven-year-old Liberian boy who had just survived a seven-year civil war. 600,000 people had been killed. His country was in shambles. He was surrounded by poverty and brokenness. War was all he remembered. How could a boy like Johnny ever become a doctor? All hope seemed lost. But then Johnny found his way to Ford-Madden Christian Academy (FMCA) and was sponsored by Troy and Katie Link. That’s when everything changed! Literally without their support, I wouldn’t have reached where I am today! I remain grateful to my sponsors whose prayers and financial support contributed immensely to my life and encouraged me to reach for my dreams. And Johnny definitely reached for his… Read more »