Give-A-Goat

Bad water and malnutrition. It seemed to be the source of Lopei’s polio. Lopei Chudang had a series of tragedies. She lived in the village of Nadabal where it hasn’t rained in nearly seven years. In the midst of one of history’s greatest famines, Lopei also lost her husband. And she had seven children. It was extremely difficult to support her family, and then the unthinkable happened—her polio affected her foot to the extent that it prevented her from walking. And it also prohibited her from working. Her situation looked hopeless. But then two incredible events happened. Her little village in Kenya received a water well from Christian Relief Fund. Now, at least, she and her family would not die… Read more »

A Family Well

You’ve got to love the Gary and Marci Ayers family. Listen to their story — After reading Max Lucado’s book, we have been dreaming of and praying for ways to “outlive our lives.” For more than 3 years now, one of the opportunities that God placed in our hearts was to drill a well for clean water in a desolate area of Africa. When we read about the matching grant through CRF, we quickly became ecstatic that the Lord had made a way for us to drill a well despite our limitations. Although we could by no means do this alone, we knew that if we gathered our family together and transmitted the excitement, we could drill a well together… Read more »

Be Like Casey

I was going into a gorgeous building at Ole Miss. It was on one of the prettiest campuses I’ve ever seen. Casey Coston told me that Kelsey Raymer and Kelly Litzelfelner and some sorority girls from Alpha Omicron Pi wanted to talk to me about drilling a water well in the Horn of Africa. So I walked into the sorority house. I expected to talk to a few members of the chapter. But to my surprise—all of them were there. It looked like there were a hundred people sitting on the floor. They listened intently. They asked questions. And then they gave enough to drill a well. They wanted to help girls who didn’t get to go to school because… Read more »

2014 Year End Letter – Milton Jones

2014 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 I think of 2014, I will always remember it as the year of WATER for CRF. We have drilled wells in the past, but last year was different. We were so graciously given a rig in 2013. But 2014 is the year we truly became a full-fledged water ministry. In fact, our water ministry has a name—Hope Water International. During this last year, we drilled nearly a well a week. Over 40 wells were drilled in areas of the Horn of Africa where it hadn’t rained in around seven… Read more »

The Christmas Gift You Really Want

Maybe you can look back on a Christmas of the past and remember a gift that was incredibly special. It was just what you wanted. Did your parents ever give you one of those? I was thinking of one of those. Of all the memorable gifts, I think my favorite was the one of 1966. My dad had promised me that if I ever shot a certain score on the golf course that he would get me a new set of clubs. And I had shot the score. But 1966 wasn’t the best year for the Joneses financially. And then in December, they came to the pro shop. A brand new set of matched woods and irons made by Royal…. Read more »