David’s Story

Emily Whelchel is a member of the CRF blogging network.  She wrote the following story of struggle and redemption and we’re excited to share it with you! Emily blogs at www.emilytheperson.com  ___________________________________ Let me tell you a story about a family living in a small village a few hours outside of Eldoret, Kenya.  It began almost five years ago. Helen is a widow. Exhaustion was evident in her eyes as she gathered her youngest children to come outside and meet my dear friend Barbie and me.  We were looking for children that would match with CRF’s sponsorship program: partial or total orphans, children who were in desperate need of support.  Helen’s family sure seemed to fit this description.

Thankful

Amy White is a member of the CRF blogging network. She has some wonderful thoughts about thankfulness and appreciation that we’re excited to share with you! — I saw this quote recently and it felt like a punch to the gut: “Someone else is praying for the things you take for granted.” We recently camped and had a water spigot on our camp site.  I think I am ruined for life, but I couldn’t help but think about how we even have access to clean water when we live outside for a few days.  All the while, other people around the world have to walk for four hours one way to find access to dirty and disease-infested water. This is… Read more »

Spiritual Adoption

This guest post was written by Emily.  Emily is an intern for Christian Relief Fund as well as a member of the CRF Blogging Network. She blogs at Emily is Smiling. ——— “Do you know my sponsor?” This was a question I heard probably two hundred times during my two weeks in Kenya with CRF this summer.  Wherever I went, children would gather around me to ask questions about what it is like to live in the United States. They all assumed I knew their sponsors personally.“Please tell my sponsor I am praying for her.  Tell my sponsors I love them very much!”  Every child I encountered knew their sponsor by name. I thought this was sweet, but the impact… Read more »

The Value of Letter Writing

Chris and Sarah Nicholson are missionaries living in Kisumu, Kenya.  They serve the children sponsored by CRF at Ring Road Orphan’s Day School.  Sarah recently wrote about the value of writing letters to your sponsored child.  We wanted to share her thoughts with you! Have you written your child lately?   www.christianrelieffund.org/write

The Ripple Effect – Guest Post

We’re honored to share this guest post from Amy who is a member of the CRF Blogging Network.  She is a big advocate for adoption and orphan care.  She shares the Lord’s heart for loving the fatherless! Check out her blog at Greater Expectations: Phil and Amy’s Adoption Journey. ________________________ I think as humans, we can only handle so much information at once. It is easy to overlook suffering because there are so many people with so many different needs. We get overloaded if we look at the numbers, like an estimated 153 million orphans worldwide (this number could be less; it is hard to estimate the actual number) or an estimated 146 million children in developing countries are underweight,… Read more »