‘Christmas will be Different’

Christian Relief Fund started a new program in Kimilili, Kenya this past July. Milton had heard about Kimilili and visited this impoverished area in the spring, and wanted to bring help. He found a small school with a bunch of orphans. These children had lost a parent or both parents to either HIV/AIDS or through tribal conflict. Their school was made from sticks, stones and mud, and was falling apart. The latrine was collapsing, and there seemed to be no end to the poverty they faced.

Little Milton

Little Milton – by Milton Jones, CRF President He was wearing an orange shirt. I think he had borrowed his shirt just because he was coming to see me. He lived in a slum. He was hoping to go to a school for AIDS orphans. He was poor. He had a big tumor on his back. And he wanted to meet me. He came over to shake my hand. And I asked him his name. “My name is Milton,” the little boy said. Here was little Milton in the orange shirt. And he was standing beside Big Milton in the orange shirt. He had so many strikes against him. I had so many things going for me. Why him? Why… Read more »

Trouble on Mt. Elgon

Sister Mono patiently waited to talk to me as I was visiting Emmanuel’s Farm near Bungoma, Kenya. When I made my way to talk to her, she gave me a letter requesting help for her children — all 1500 of them. “The mentioned children are more than 1500 from affected families because of the armed conflict, the SLDF, and army operations which led to the deaths and disappearances of some parents. During these operations women were sexually abused leading to infections of HIV/AIDS. Most of the children are either total orphans or half orphans.” – excerpt from Sister Mondo’s letter. It sounded like one of those Joseph Kony and Invisible Children stories—only this one may have been even more violent…. Read more »

Love is Shining

Guest post from Emily’s blog Emily is Smiling.  Emily interned at CRF this summer. We love her passion for ministry and we know you will enjoy reading about her sponsorship experience! __________________ Lavin was a beautiful little girl with big brown eyes, short curls, and a smile that could light up an entire photograph. As soon as I saw her, my heart whispered, “She is God’s daughter. She is my daughter.” Lavin’s smile shined up at me from one of the several picture frames blanketing the Christian Relief Fund table. She seemed thrilled to be wearing her pale blue school uniform, excited for the opportunity to have a sponsor of her own. I was fifteen at the time and a… Read more »

UPDATE: Hurricane Isaac Relief

  UPDATE: 9/15 We thank God that Hurricane Isaac has not been as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina, but many people have still lost their homes and possessions in this disaster. We are continuing to partner with Disaster ResponseTeam to provide emergency food and care to those affected. Soon they will be helping in the rebuilding process of the disaster. Right now, we are focusing on Slidell, Louisiana and Pearlington, Mississippi. While Mississippi has not been as covered by the media, some areas there seem to be just as bad as Louisiana. As Mark Cremeans of Disaster Response Team sat up to help in Slidell, he could see over 500 houses under water just in walking distance. He said that the… Read more »