The Big Test… Or Taste

The cup was shaped just like a communion cup. But it was a little bigger. A prayer of blessing was invoked before we shared it. We stood in a circle as we passed it around. It was a holy moment for us, but it wasn’t the Lord’s Supper. Nearly every- one from our Ole Miss mission trip had a taste from the cup. But one person was saved for last as we drank. He was different. He was a local man from this community in Haiti. He should not have to go first in this taste test. No, we weren’t drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid. But it was pretty dangerous still. We had just spent the last few days installing a… 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 »

The Domino Effect of Clean Water

For the past few years, news about the famine in the Horn of Africa has been a frequent subject of our newsletters. That’s because it’s one of the largest humanitarian crises facing the world today! And you never let the news fall on deaf ears. Thousands of donors have given sacrificially to help others have clean water to drink. From student groups to individuals—from $10 to $10,000—we’ve been able to match each dollar to drill a well for every $5,000 given, thanks to some generous grantors! The big day finally arrives!  Funds are sent to our team in Kenya, the community gathers to pray over the drilling crew, the work begins and, before long, water erupts from the ground in… Read more »

Haiti — Where the Rains Don’t Stop.

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti with a devastating blow in early October, but the hardest hit area was in the Southwest. Most of CRF’s works are in the Northeast part of the island. We thought we were in the clear. However, after the hurricane hit, it started raining in the areas where CRF is most heavily located. And it didn’t stop for weeks. Currently, it looks a lot like the devastation in Louisiana after Katrina hit. All of this was happening during the run up to the US elections. As a result, the media didn’t cover it much, and CRF didn’t get many funds to help with this horrible disaster. You can see how much damage the rains have done. And… Read more »

Hurricane Matthew – How You Can Help

UPDATE: OCTOBER 12, 2016 – 11:00 AM One week after Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti, the death toll has surpassed 1,000. Thousands more are injured. And now another problem is endangering everyone in the country—cholera. Haiti already had one of the highest cholera rates in the world before the hurricane, but the massive flooding caused by Matthew’s rainfall has amplified the spread of the waterborne disease. Many hand dug wells have been contaminated and are no longer safe for drinking. The World Health Organization is sending 1,000,000 cholera vaccine doses to Haiti in an attempt to prevent a larger outbreak. CRF is now focusing on providing food and clean water to those who no longer have a safe water source… Read more »