Remembering Emmanuel

When was Emmanuel born? Christmas day – of course. Maybe we don’t know the exact day of our Lord’s birth, but Emmanuel Namunyu was born on December 25th. And he just recently died. I know many of you have prayed for him and support Emmanuel’s Kids (thousands of AIDS, famine and war orphans in Kenya). I was asked recently to tell more about him so maybe this will help you know him better. Emmanuel was a great husband, father, educator, minister, and so much more. He was named appropriately. When Emmanuel was in our presence, we were reminded that God was with us. He saw the world differently. There was a gleam in his eyes that was absolutely unique. It… Read more »

Typhoon Yolanda Relief

UPDATE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 – 3PM CST Donate Now On November 7th, 2013 the strongest typhoon ever recorded struck the islands of the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) destroyed millions of homes and killed more than 5,200 people with sustained winds comparable to an F3 tornado. Yolanda hit very close to home for CRF. When Bread for a Hungry World merged with CRF earlier this year, we inherited a child sponsorship program on the island of Cebu called Arapal Children’s Home. This program supports about 100 children in the local area. Yolanda’s eye passed just a few miles north of the children’s home and destroyed much of our facility. And in the wake of the… Read more »

Photos in a Briefcase – Milton Jones

The first child in poverty that I ever helped was in Haiti. It wasn’t through CRF but through a man who sat on an airplane. Before boarding my flight, I noticed a rather unusual man in the airport. He looked afraid to fly, fidgety, and the kind of guy who might enter all of my personal space on the flight. I hate to admit it, but I was hoping that he wouldn’t sit beside me. Of course, he did. I didn’t know where he was from but knew it wasn’t the U.S. He just couldn’t speak English very well. His name was Bethonne. When I didn’t understand what he was talking about, he opened up his briefcase and sat it… Read more »

Streams in the Desert

It hasn’t rained in six years in parts of Turkana, Kenya. So women and children are carrying jars on their heads after traveling miles just to get water. Did you know that women and children carrying water like this have to make this walk twice a day. On an average, it is a four-hour walk to get water. It is their only choice. It is why most children don’t go to school. They have to carry water. And the water is most often a Trojan horse. Do you remember that story? It was the gift that was hiding their death. Inside their container is a mixture of water, dirt, algae, camel and goat feces, bacteria, mosquito larvae, and other insect eggs,… Read more »

Does CRF Work?

Well, we certainly believe CRF works. And we’re sure that you think it works. But every once in a while, it is nice to have some confirmation and validation. There have been two recent articles written that evaluate works like CRF (especially child sponsorship). We wanted to let you know what they said in case you didn’t see them. The BBC News published one of them, and Christianity Today wrote the other. More than nine million children around the world are sponsored by organizations like CRF, and these recent reports have determined that sponsorship indeed does improve children’s lives.