Place of (it’s getting closer to) Joy!

As we have communicated, CRF is moving in the direction of obtaining Place of Joy in Cap Haitien, Haiti. It will be the biggest facility that we have. Currently, it is a sad place where children have been abandoned with no food and no supervision. We are trying to change all that. But Place of Joy is much more than a place with tremendous potential—it is full of children with tremendous potential. Find out how you can help us bring joy back to Place of Joy! This is Jeffery.  He is a 12 year old street kid who one day was riding his bicycle and bumped into a car.  The driver got out of the vehicle and slammed Jeffery on… Read more »

How Close is Your Water?

I’m never been more than a few minutes from clean water where I live in Amarillo. Usually I’m only a few seconds from clean water that is free for me to drink. And yet I hear people complain about water all the time. They think that the free water doesn’t taste good enough. So they go and buy bottled water that probably cost more per gallon than their gasoline. But in Labelmere, Haiti—there is no clean water close, and there is none to buy even though you couldn’t afford it if there was. Dorvil Djounio, one of our CRF partners in Pignon, recently went to Labelmere and took some of our short-term mission group from Mississippi with him. It’s over a… Read more »

“Now We Aren’t Hungry Any More!”

  Place of Joy. That’s what it is called. And that is what it could be. But it hasn’t had a lot of joy in quite some time. Place of Joy is in Cap-Hatien, Haiti. The government of Argentina built it after the great earthquake there. It is hard to believe how nice of a facility they built. It is over 70 acres with a school, dormitories, health facility, ranch, farm and church building. It has the potential to take care of hundreds of children. The government of Argentina delegated the supervision and overall care of Place of Joy to the Catholic Church. But for whatever reason, Argentina and the Catholic Church pulled out. They left the facility and around… Read more »

Stopping on the Side of the Road

Do you remember that VBS song “Roll the Gospel Chariot Along?” If someone is in the road, what do you do? You stop and pick him up. That song could have been written about Moise Toussaint. Moise Toussaint is our CRF director in Cap Hatien, Haiti. He takes care of 600 children, directs an old folks home, preaches at a church, does welding and even leads a marching band for children. Here’s how I first met Moise. Shortly after the Haiti earthquake, I arrived to help with the disaster. We were driving a huge truck from Port au Prince to Cap Haitien to get medicine and tents. It was a twelve-hour drive through mountains and bandits on some of the… Read more »

Be Like Casey

I was going into a gorgeous building at Ole Miss. It was on one of the prettiest campuses I’ve ever seen. Casey Coston told me that Kelsey Raymer and Kelly Litzelfelner and some sorority girls from Alpha Omicron Pi wanted to talk to me about drilling a water well in the Horn of Africa. So I walked into the sorority house. I expected to talk to a few members of the chapter. But to my surprise—all of them were there. It looked like there were a hundred people sitting on the floor. They listened intently. They asked questions. And then they gave enough to drill a well. They wanted to help girls who didn’t get to go to school because… Read more »