A Day in a Life in the Ebola Crisis

— Thoughts gleaned from experiences of children in Monrovia, Liberia.  — I am so glad to be in school! I will never forget the day Arthur David came to me and told me I was sponsored by CRF. I would now get to go to Ford-Madden Christian Academy. Ford-Madden is one of the best schools in Liberia. To me, it is the best. Not only do I get an education—I also get food to eat. I come from a poor family. My father was killed in the war when Charles Taylor took over the country and became president. I also lost my brother to the conflict. Taylor kidnapped him and made him a soldier even though he was just a… Read more »

UPDATE: Ebola Relief

UPDATE: September 15, 2014 The Ebola pandemic in West Africa, specifically Liberia, has greatly impacted CRF and our sponsored children.  Liberia is still in lockdown to prevent the further spread of Ebola.  The need is great, but your prayers and donations are making a huge impact!  Here is a report from Brother Maxwell J. Whea, a minister at Smythe Road Church of Christ in Monrovia, Liberia. In response to the Ebola pandemic, the Smythe Road Church of Christ hosted three days of prayer services as a means of calling on God for His divine intervention in Liberia. Up to 90% of those infected with Ebola die, but as Christians our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood… Read more »

The Scariest Word I Know

Ebola. It is one of the scariest words I know. Someone called me last week when they heard that I had caught some disease in Africa and wondered if it was Ebola. No, it wasn’t that serious. If you haven’t kept up with the news, Ebola is spreading over Western Africa—and it is usually fatal. Dr. Kent Brantly who was trying to save people in Liberia contracted Ebola. There are no words adequate to describe his heroism. He was willing to risk his life to save the life of another. This Ebola scare is a dramatic concern for us at CRF because we have so many children in Liberia where Dr. Brantly caught Ebola. Liberia is no stranger to problems…. Read more »

In The Shadow of Mt. Elgon

If you ever have read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, you know how scary Ebola can be. The Hot Zone is a suspenseful and frightening book much in the spirit of a Michael Crichton novel—only this story is true. Richard Preston tells the story of the origins of Marburg Fever which is closely related to Ebola. And he traces most of the cases back to a single cave called “The Elephant Cave” on Mt. Elgon. This is especially disturbing to me because Barbie and I unknowingly visited this cave. It is a very creepy cave with thousands and thousands of bats hanging from the ceiling. You can be sure that I will never enter it again. But Mt. Elgon… Read more »

The Orange City

“They passed us by!” the fisherman said as he reflected upon the countless relief workers that had come to bring help to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda. Yes, if you were on the small island near Bantayan, Philippines, there was not a single relief worker or agency who stopped to give assistance. And yet, every house on the island had been damaged. It’s not only that their houses were destroyed, their livelihoods also vanished. On this island the main industry was seaweed farming. But because of the travesty of Yolanda, all the farms were destroyed. It seemed there was no hope. To make matters worse, the loss of their homes and income was complicated by the fact that no one… Read more »