It’s Never Too Late

Education is the best way out of poverty. That’s why child sponsorship is so important—it gives a child an education. Coming out of poverty, disease, and disaster makes it very difficult for a child to finish school. And it is why we rejoice so much when they do. Paul Onyango Ogolla was from a large family. He had five siblings and no employed parents. He lived with extended family in a small house made from mud and sticks covered in concrete. He had no running water or electricity. He was happy if he could just get some beans and rice. Because of a lack of funds, Paul was delayed in starting school. He simply didn’t have the money that Kenyan… Read more »

The Letter You Always Wanted

For a long time. Through thick and thin. Even between jobs—Matt and Felicia Carter supported Elvies (pronounced Elvis). And they just received what every sponsor wants to receive—the letter. Elvies is one of our biggest CRF heroes. When he was in primary school at the Ring Road Orphan’s Day School in Kisumu, Kenya, government officials tried to shut down our school with the accusation that our school in the slum was inferior because AIDS orphans weren’t intelligent. The school was made to jump through all kinds of hoops until the ultimate challenge came one day. They were going to make all of our students take the national achievement test to prove the academic inadequacies of our children. But there was… Read more »

Will You Run to Help?

She had a tear running down her cheek. But she wasn’t crying. Djinailove’s dad was in prison. Her mother had just been murdered. She had recently moved to Cap Haitien, Haiti and was hoping to go to school. She needed a place to stay and food to eat. She had plenty of reasons to cry. But her tears were actually caused by a medical issue—a hole near her eye that somehow caused tears to run down her cheek. She needed a doctor to help her with her unusual problem—but that took money. What Djinailove really needed was a child sponsorship. Have you ever left a worship service before it was over? That’s what Dr. Rachel Philip did, but not for… Read more »

What do you want for Christmas?

“If you could have anything in the world, what would you want?” That’s the question Larry Wu asked all of the CRF children at the Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya. It’s a pretty thought provoking question, isn’t it? It’s a lot like, “What do you want for Christmas?” If someone asks me what I want for Christmas, my mind can explore all kinds of options. And most of them are possible. This year I want that new Kindle reader that’s waterproof. And I kind of want a high tech camera too. Will I get them? Probably. I have the means. I have the desire. I tend to get what I really want. It’s possible. Not so much for AIDS orphans… Read more »

It’s Bed Time!

I have slept most of my life on a waterbed. I guess I’m just an old hippie, but I like them. However, Barbie talked me into buying a new bed. It’s a traditional bed, and I hate to admit it—but it is so comfortable! Whether it is comfort, relaxation, sleep, or whatever—it’s like this bed has changed my life. It wasn’t that expensive, but what an investment it was. If you are bed shopping, contact me, and I’ll tell you about it. I love my bed, and I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have it. I don’t even want to go back to my waterbed. And I certainly can’t imagine not having a bed at all…. Read more »