Hurricanes: Asking the Right Question

Five hundred gallon water tanks were blown off the roof. Then the roof was blown off. Roads collapsed and washed away. Water wells were contaminated. Water sources were completely under water. This is what Bobby Moore and I saw as we observed the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in northern Haiti. And this wasn’t as bad as the damage in Puerto Rico, the Florida Keys or south Texas. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last sermon talked of the story of the Good Samaritan. He said the parable revolved around two questions. Upon seeing the distressed man on the side of the road, the priest and Levite asked, “What will happen to me if I help?” Dr. King said that was… Read more »

Hurricane Irma

I have never seen so many major disasters at one time. We started helping with Hurricane Harvey—and before you know it, there is Hurricane Irma. I haven’t even mentioned the immense fires plaguing the Western United States (we will also take donations to help here) or the earthquake in Mexico. Irma is a very difficult situation for CRF and all disaster relief groups. It is so huge, and it so close to the time of Harvey. We have all of our disaster equipment already in Texas and had planned on staying for perhaps years. We already have groups going to Portland, Houston, Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Wharton, Ingleside, and Beaumont. But we are determining just how we can help… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey Relief Updates

SEPT. 18 Update by Milton Jones My major professor in graduate school told me of his first trip to Calcutta to deliver a few thousand pounds of grain. He was overwhelmed with the poverty as he literally had to step over dead bodies on the street. He felt so small and his help so insignificant. In his discouragement, his mentor told him— “People are born one at a time, people live one at a time, and people die one at a time. You have to start somewhere with someone.” When I think of the overwhelming nature of Hurricane Harvey, I too feel small and our help insignificant. But you have to start somewhere with someone. All of us do. It… Read more »

The Orange City Update

You may remember the terrible Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in November of 2013. The high winds and flooding killed more than 6,000 people, and left millions homeless. And CRF donors answered the call to create a city of hope — an Orange City — on a picturesque island outside of Cebu. We are excited to announce that the Orange City is complete! Through the generous support of CRF donors and partnerships with M.A.R.C.H. for Christ and Habitat for Humanity, 350 new homes are now finished and are providing high-quality, long-term housing for more than 1,000 people! The Orange City is a testament to the fact that God is stronger than any storm! CHECK OUT THIS AERIAL VIDEO OF… Read more »

Elkatarot Ekamaals 2003-2017

THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY ELKATAROT’S SPONSOR, JIM SHELBURNE, A MINISTER AT WASHINGTON AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN AMARILLO, TX. I’m filled with a strange sadness and joy as I try to wrap my brain around the news that one of the children my wife and I sponsor in Turkana, Kenya has died. He drowned in a freak accident—a flash flood in a desert where it rarely ever rains. Elkatarot was out gathering firewood (a daily ritual in Turkanan life) when he and several other children were caught up in a flash flood. Field workers were able to save the other kids, but Elkatarot could not be reached. This news made me sad in many ways. Holly and I sponsor several… Read more »