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 »

Singing in the… Desert?

As we were driving a Land Cruiser through one of the most remote deserts on earth, we spied a group of guys walking across the parched ground. We immediately wondered who they were. We thought that we should drive over to check them out—but then again—these men could be dangerous. But we went over anyway. As we got closer to them, they spread out and circled our car. Then they marched around it. It was pretty scary. As you can see in this picture, these weren’t the kind of people I saw walking around in Amarillo,Texas. It also didn’t help that they were carrying spears.

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 »

What I Needed Was Always Here

Luke was his name. He was an elder of a tribe in Barwessa. He had asked me to sit down with him and have some tea. I thought it might be safe — especially since we had just drilled for some clean water. Luke had some things on his mind. He wanted to have a little talk. I first knew of the dilemma of Barwessa the day I heard that kids there were eating rats. They had no other food because they had no water. It was a big famine. Only the rats were surviving. CRF drilled six water wells in Barwessa. Then we planted a church. And we started a school. Things were indeed looking up. Luke wanted to… Read more »

Stopping on the Side of the Road

Do you remember that VBS song “Roll the Gospel Chariot Along?” If someone is in the road, what do you do? You stop and pick him up. That song could have been written about Moise Toussaint. Moise Toussaint is our CRF director in Cap Hatien, Haiti. He takes care of 600 children, directs an old folks home, preaches at a church, does welding and even leads a marching band for children. Here’s how I first met Moise. Shortly after the Haiti earthquake, I arrived to help with the disaster. We were driving a huge truck from Port au Prince to Cap Haitien to get medicine and tents. It was a twelve-hour drive through mountains and bandits on some of the… Read more »