Don’t Play with Matches

“Don’t play with matches.”  It seems like your mother told you that a million times when you were growing up. Why didn’t his mother give him the message? Because he is an orphan. Should he have known anyway? Probably so, but nevertheless, the boy played with matches and the CRF orphanage in Benjamin, Haiti burned down. Benjamin is a place of extreme poverty. CRF has 137 children there. We praise God that none of the children were hurt. This is the place where we just got the water in “the Deep Hole” story of a few months ago. But the new well was too far away to get a bucket brigade and save the building. We lost beds, clothes, books,… Read more »

Give a Goat

As I looked across the desert, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Surely my eyes were playing tricks on me. Yes, I was looking at a man who was wearing a Texas Tech shirt. Texas Tech is my alma mater, and this guy wasn’t with me. I was in a remote place in the desert of Turkana trying to help with the famine there. What in the world was he doing there? I introduced myself and said, “Are you from Tech?” Not only was he from Texas Tech, he was a professor there in the animal science department. His name was Dr. Mark Miller. Dr. Miller explained that he was in this area of Kenya because there had been… Read more »

Meet Vincent Ojuok

Vincent is one of the Clinical Officers at the Jones-Ringroad VCT and Health Clinic. He has held that post since 2011. He has proven himself to be a very calm leader in the clinic, which can be a very busy and overwhelming place. His main responsibilities are to ensure the proper handling of incoming patients. He screens them and determines the best plan of action required to help meet their medical needs. He also liaises with the doctor at the clinic to determine the best protocols for the very difficult cases that come into the clinic. He is the main breadwinner for his family and his extended family. Vincent is married and has a 15 month old at home. He… Read more »

Martha’s Sacrifice

I recently returned from a visit to see the CRF programs in Liberia. People have been asking me how it was. I have mixed feelings about the country. Historically, Liberia should have all the amenities, government, economy and services like the US. It was founded by freed slaves after our Civil War. But it doesn’t. After years of corruption, abuse, their own Civil War, dictators, coups, and neglect, Liberia is a country that has so many needs. If I had to sum it up, it is as if a developed country slipped back into becoming a developing country again. But the people have tremendous hope; they see a better Liberia on the immediate horizon. I feel it too. I met… Read more »

A New Holiday Is Going Down the Drain!

Today is a holiday. Did you forget it? Maybe you didn’t even know, but it is worthy of note. And if you really understand it, it’s worthy of celebration. This is the first year that this holiday has been officially recognized by the UN. What is it? Today is World Toilet Day. We nearly forgot about it until our friends at the Water Center at the University of Oklahoma reminded us about it and helped us remember why it is so important. Did you know that a child dies every minute for lack of a toilet? Bill Gates has seen the importance of this so much that he is offering a huge sum of money for anyone who can come… Read more »