Indonesia Earthquake – Field Report

A field report from Patrick Jones who is leading our relief effort following the devastating earthquakes that struck Lombok, Indonesia. – Last month something happened that happens every few months. I woke up, turned on my phone and found out that there was an earthquake in Indonesia, the country I now call home. The funny thing is, I didn’t find out from a local weather service. I didn’t find out from the news. I found out because a friend in America saw that there was an earthquake and sent me an early morning text message. He was afraid that I was dead. Luckily for me and my family, Lombok is over 800 miles away from where we live. But this… Read more »

Hurricane Florence Relief

UPDATE 9/26/2018: CRF is continuing to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. And we need your help to continue the relief and rebuilding effort. Through our partner, Disaster Response Team, we have set up bases of operation in New Bern and Wilmington, NC. In New Bern alone, more than 4,300 homes were heavily damaged by Florence. And many thousands of people are still displaced throughout the region. Your donations are supporting five large trailers that are currently on location dispensing food, clean water and other supplies to thousands of people who have lost most of their worldly possessions to this terrible hurricane. We are also coordinating clean up crews that are helping tarp damaged roofs and remove debris so homes… Read more »

Indonesia Earthquake

More than 430 people have died from the earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. Thousands more have been injured. 350,000 people have been displaced from their homes because of the destruction. Nearly 75 percent of residential structures have been destroyed in northern Lombok because of poor construction that was unable to withstand strong tremors. Since CRF is a relief organization, we are always concerned about disasters. But this one takes on a special significance to us. Patrick Jones, the son of our president Milton Jones, and his family live in Indonesia. Although Patrick’s home is in Jakarta, he ministers frequently in Lombok.  The church where he serves when he is in Lombok has been demolished and many members have lost their homes. CRF… Read more »

Bruiser

Bruiser. That’s what Jeremy named him. It was years ago, but I will never forget it. Yes, my youngest son took the money that his grandmother gave him for Christmas and bought a pygmy goat. Why couldn’t he have bought a video game or a CD? No, he bought a goat. The problem was that we didn’t live on a farm. We lived in Seattle. And you can’t keep goats in the city. Or at least you are not supposed to do so. Bruiser made too much noise to keep outside. So we had a goat living in our house. I learned a lot about goats living with Bruiser. I learned goats like to climb. Yes, Bruiser wanted to be… Read more »

Our Ongoing Relief Work

CRF is continuing to help in South Texas. We have partnered with Disaster Response Team.  We are currently in the rebuilding stage. Our team will probably be there for years.  If you want to join them in rebuilding, contact us. Rebuilding is always the most expensive part of disaster relief, so we could use more funds to help. Carlos Carbajal (right) grew up as one of our sponsored children in Honduras. He now has a powerful ministry in Miami. Carlos led a team to help Hurricane victims in Immokalee, Florida. This was one of the poorest places in the US before the hurricane; now it is worse. Hardly any assistance went to this area until Carlos and CRF helped. The… Read more »