Emily Whelchel is a member of the CRF blogging network. She wrote the following story of struggle and redemption and we’re excited to share it with you! Emily blogs at www.emilytheperson.com ___________________________________ Let me tell you a story about a family living in a small village a few hours outside of Eldoret, Kenya. It began almost five years ago. Helen is a widow. Exhaustion was evident in her eyes as she gathered her youngest children to come outside and meet my dear friend Barbie and me. We were looking for children that would match with CRF’s sponsorship program: partial or total orphans, children who were in desperate need of support. Helen’s family sure seemed to fit this description.
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Janeth Moncada was a special woman of God and my sister in Christ. She lived and worked for CRF in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Janeth lived to serve her God above all else. I was honored to attend her burial service on January 23rd, not far from the neighborhoods where she worked tirelessly for children and families through CRF for 29 years. She was a wonderful mother to her own and hundreds more children who received her love, correction, training, and encouragement over the years.
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.
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 »
The first child in poverty that I ever helped was in Haiti. It wasn’t through CRF but through a man who sat on an airplane. Before boarding my flight, I noticed a rather unusual man in the airport. He looked afraid to fly, fidgety, and the kind of guy who might enter all of my personal space on the flight. I hate to admit it, but I was hoping that he wouldn’t sit beside me. Of course, he did. I didn’t know where he was from but knew it wasn’t the U.S. He just couldn’t speak English very well. His name was Bethonne. When I didn’t understand what he was talking about, he opened up his briefcase and sat it… Read more »