Letters for Lavin

Check out this great blog post from Emily, a CRF Child Sponsor.  You can read more of her posts on her blog, Emily is Smiling. And for our sponsors: Have you written your child lately? Why not do it today? _____________________________________________ Every month for 2013, I will be sending a letter to my sponsored daughter, Lavin.  Sponsored children love communicating with their adopted parents.  It means the world to them! This month, I already sent a letter to Lavin, telling her that I would be returning to Kenya in June of this year.  However, I have another card to send to my sweet girl, so I thought I would share it with you to possibly help inspire you of ideas… Read more »

Sponsors’ Lives Change

It’s not every day that you get to ride a camel. And it certainly isn’t every day that you get to ride a camel in Kenya with one of your best friends. But one day Ken Welke and I rode a camel together. I will never forget that trip. But it wasn’t camels that changed Ken’s life. It was children. Ken lives in Everett, WA where he is CEO of Welcome Communications, a supplier of communication products and accessories. I often think that Ken was misnamed. If I were naming Ken, I would call him “Barnabas.” There is simply no one more encouraging than Ken Welke. He is the epitome of a positive and optimistic person. And he has found… Read more »

Merry Christmas – Milton Jones

“May Your Christmas be more Glorious than Grand!” One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is to watch “A Christmas Carol.”  But we don’t just watch any version of it. Every single year we watch “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.” It’s my favorite. We sing the songs together. We laugh at the same stuff year after year. And it really isn’t that bad a rendition of Dickens’ classic novel. The theme of Magoo’s Christmas is summed up in a song. It is the one about “figgy pudding” if you remember it. But the chorus has all the animated characters singing in jubilation — “May your Christmas be more glorious than grand!” And perhaps that is the essence of how we miss… Read more »

Little Milton

Little Milton – by Milton Jones, CRF President He was wearing an orange shirt. I think he had borrowed his shirt just because he was coming to see me. He lived in a slum. He was hoping to go to a school for AIDS orphans. He was poor. He had a big tumor on his back. And he wanted to meet me. He came over to shake my hand. And I asked him his name. “My name is Milton,” the little boy said. Here was little Milton in the orange shirt. And he was standing beside Big Milton in the orange shirt. He had so many strikes against him. I had so many things going for me. Why him? Why… Read more »

Long-Term Change from a Short-Term Mission

Today’s guest post comes to us from Kyle Mitchell.  You can read more from Kyle and his wife Lynea at kyleandlynea.blogspot.com ____________________________________________ Kyle Mitchell visited the Hogar de Niños, a CRF children’s home in Catacamas, Honduras in 2003. His experience there changed his life and we want to share it with you! During the summer of 2003, the course of my life changed forever. I was 19 and had finished my first year at college. My best friend was interning at the Branch Church of Christ in Texas that summer, and insisted that I go with his church on a trip to Honduras. I’d never been out of the country before and was reluctant to answer yes. But answer yes, I… Read more »