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 »

Faces in the Famine

Children LOVE their sponsors! Here are some inspiring stories of Kenyan sponsored children from our Kenya Director, Emily Whelchel. Computer (what a great name!) is sponsored by my cousin, Juliana. Computer lives thousands of miles from her sponsor, but she carries her wallet-sized photo in a small plastic bag with her everywhere she goes. Computer is an orphan, so she feels so loved to have someone to pray for her and provide for her needs.   Teressa was in 8th grade and unsponsored. Teressa’s parents had both died in a war, and we didn’t know that she was being abused by her current guardian. One day at school her teacher found a note that said “My life is hell. God… Read more »

Will You Tell the Bad News?

We need some people to be like Agabus. Do you remember him? Agabus appears twice in the book of Acts, and both times he is told to tell bad news. Later in the book of Acts, he is the one chosen to tell of the Apostle Paul’s upcoming arrest. But it is the first time he is mentioned that is important to us today. In Acts 11:27-30, Agabus announces a severe famine that would spread over the entire Roman world. He lets people know. And now it’s our responsibility to let people know about a famine. The worst famine in over half a century is currently hitting the Horn of Africa, affecting more than 10 million people. After losing crops… Read more »