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 »
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This guest post was written by Emily. Emily is an intern for Christian Relief Fund as well as a member of the CRF Blogging Network. She blogs at Emily is Smiling. ——— “Do you know my sponsor?” This was a question I heard probably two hundred times during my two weeks in Kenya with CRF this summer. Wherever I went, children would gather around me to ask questions about what it is like to live in the United States. They all assumed I knew their sponsors personally.“Please tell my sponsor I am praying for her. Tell my sponsors I love them very much!” Every child I encountered knew their sponsor by name. I thought this was sweet, but the impact… Read more »
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 »
Check out our 2012 Annual Report to see highlights from last year! Let me tell you about how CRF helped get stuck people ‘unstuck’ this year. People in the Horn of Africa were stuck. It had not rained in five years. So CRF developed the greatest water ministry in our history. We brought in food and water to the most devastated places like Dadaab andTurkana. We drilled wells. We started farms. We built schools. We planted churches. It may seem like a drop in the desert, but CRF saved thousands of people who would have died without the water that you gave through CRF.
This is a guest post from Emily’s blog Emily is Smiling. Emily has interned at CRF and has visited our works in Kenya. We hope her post will move you like it moved us. __________________________________________ In my Bible I keep a photograph of a little girl who shares my name. We’ve never met. I know a little bit about her, but not much. Her name is Emily. She lives in the slums of Kenya, Africa. She is two years old and hungry. Her father abandoned her. Her home is a single room made of mud and grass with eight people living inside. Emily has most likely never owned a pair of shoes or a single toy. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever… Read more »