I Love Troy University

Rick Cochran and Bobby Templin, who minister to college students at the Christian Student Center and the Collegedale Church of Christ, invited me to Troy recently. What a great ministry they have, and what great hospitality they showed me. The highlight of my trip was going to the Troy Trojans’ football game. The athletic director, Jeremy McClain, got us seats in the luxury area. At the first timeout, I couldn’t believe it, but the public address system boomed, “We would like to welcome Milton Jones today!” And then they put on their big jumbo screen monitor the CRF logo and a picture of a water well we had drilled. If that wasn’t enough, the announcer thanked us for the partnership… Read more »

God of the Hills and Valleys

One of the things we often hear from sponsors is that they love how CRF allows them to meet their sponsored children in person! Every year hundreds of CRF sponsors join us on mission trips where they have the opportunity to visit their children and serve their communities for the glory of God. We wanted to share this story from sponsor Rachel Shoener of LCBC church in Pennsylvania about her recent experience visiting her family’s sponsored children in Honduras! —————— What an incredible trip! We saw some amazing mountain views, walked over hills and valleys to visit families, and shared a love that was beyond words – and an overwhelming love was shown to us. There was not a day… Read more »

Mother of Naomi

Emily Whelchel is our Kenya Programs Director. Here is her story of seeing her CRF sponsored child, Naomi. — When I saw my sponsored daughter, my world stopped. Naomi has been in my life for a year and a half now. I get her letters twice a year, a new photo of her to hang on my wall with my other family photos, and I even get a report card so I can see how she’s doing in school. I chose to sponsor Naomi because I knew there was a reason God was putting her into my life. I knew I could support her through school. “Welcome Emily, mother of Naomi,” the children at the CRF school sang. Everything was… Read more »

Words Matter – Jim Barnett

We’re so happy to share this post from Jim Barnett, a CRF Advisory Board Member. Words truly matter, especially to sponsored children! ________________________________________________________ In our fast paced, high-tech world, we have achieved the ability to communicate with more people using fewer words than ever before. In the process, sometimes we forget how powerful and important our words can be. We’ve certainly lost the art of letter-writing and opted for email, texting, voicemail and a dozen other communication applications where a few sentences here and there afford us the opportunity to keep in “constant conversation” without much meaningful dialogue. A couple of years ago, my 15 year old daughter Kennedy and I were reminded of how important a hand-written letter can… Read more »

I Have Another Daughter

We’re excited to share this firsthand account of a sponsor meeting their child with you. Casey Coston is a longtime child sponsor and a campus minister at Ole Miss University. Do you know why I wanted to travel to the small village of Benjamin, Haiti? I have another daughter there! Let me explain. Benjamin is only 40 miles from Cap Haitien, a large city on the northern coast of Haiti, but it takes at least 4 hours to drive there due to very rough roads. This year it took 7 hours. The scenery is breathtaking. The jungle is dense. And the rivers are wide. While the trip is always tough, this year it was even worse. At one point, we… Read more »