When It Rains It Pours

When it rains it pours! But at least you hope you get water out of it and not troubles. No, in the Horn of Africa it rains troubles. Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia have not received water in over six years. The people there believe that God has turned off the faucet. A few years ago CRF started bringing relief to this area. We brought in food. We brought in water. Schools were started. Churches were planted. Then we stepped it up—we were given our own water well drilling rig and started drilling like crazy. But things just kept getting worse. I don’t know how. How can something be worse than terrible? Yet the people there say it is… 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 »

Best Seat in the House

Larry Wu is CRF Director of Field Operations.  He has been visiting CRF programs in Uganda and Kenya for the past few weeks. In every home Larry visited, he noticed a very special custom.  We’re excited to share his story with you and we hope it motivates you to honor one another! _______________________________________________________ Kenyans believe visitors are a blessing to their home. Their greeting to any and all is “karibu!” meaning, “welcome!” A visitor from a far away place is doubly honored because they understand the difficulty in making a long trip, and yet you have decided to visit their home. A surprise visit is treated the same as if it were well planned and expected. They still greet you… Read more »

‘Christmas will be Different’

Christian Relief Fund started a new program in Kimilili, Kenya this past July. Milton had heard about Kimilili and visited this impoverished area in the spring, and wanted to bring help. He found a small school with a bunch of orphans. These children had lost a parent or both parents to either HIV/AIDS or through tribal conflict. Their school was made from sticks, stones and mud, and was falling apart. The latrine was collapsing, and there seemed to be no end to the poverty they faced.

Goat Day in Lurare!

Want an easy way to make someone smile? Give them a gift! This past weekend our sponsored kids and staff at the Lurare Primary School were able to smile big as each received a goat as a gift from some very special CRF donors. The Lurare Primary School is one of our newest programs in Kenya. We started sponsoring orphan children there just this summer. The school is located in Kimilili, Kenya, in the Northern Province.  The program is run by the husband and wife team of Samson and Ruth Wangila. The community has been devastated by AIDS and tribal warfare. While we have quickly found sponsors for 12 children, we still have 32 orphans in the school who need… Read more »