2014 Year End Letter – Milton Jones

2014 was a great year!  If you haven’t read our Annual Report yet, you can find it here. Here is a year end letter from our President Milton Jones. ____________________________________________________ When I think of 2014, I will always remember it as the year of WATER for CRF. We have drilled wells in the past, but last year was different. We were so graciously given a rig in 2013. But 2014 is the year we truly became a full-fledged water ministry. In fact, our water ministry has a name—Hope Water International. During this last year, we drilled nearly a well a week. Over 40 wells were drilled in areas of the Horn of Africa where it hadn’t rained in around seven… Read more »

A Day in a Life in the Ebola Crisis

— Thoughts gleaned from experiences of children in Monrovia, Liberia.  — I am so glad to be in school! I will never forget the day Arthur David came to me and told me I was sponsored by CRF. I would now get to go to Ford-Madden Christian Academy. Ford-Madden is one of the best schools in Liberia. To me, it is the best. Not only do I get an education—I also get food to eat. I come from a poor family. My father was killed in the war when Charles Taylor took over the country and became president. I also lost my brother to the conflict. Taylor kidnapped him and made him a soldier even though he was just a… 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 »

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 »