We so often say that sponsors save children’s lives. And they do. But it wouldn’t work if there weren’t people in our CRF office and on the other end in the far-off country to take care of the child. I’m so impressed with it all—CRF has great sponsors, CRF has great supervisors in the office, and CRF has great directors in the field.
Let me tell you how this works. Brian Omondi was two years old when his father died. If that wasn’t bad enough, shortly after the death of his father, his mother was sentenced to life in prison for murder. No one knew what to do with Brian. As a result, his relatives dumped him at the gate of our Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya.
Quickly Kevin Wasner, our executive director at CRF in Amarillo, started working on the situation. The incredibly sad story was posted on Facebook. Within minutes, Kevin’s daughter, Lauren Prugh, and her husband, Conrad, sponsored Brian. And now Brian is a healthy six-year old thriving in the safe and spiritual environment of Lakeside Orphanage.
But one thing was missing. With no parents or extended family, Brian was lacking a place to go during school breaks. As a result, Beatrice Apondi, who not only took care of him at Lakeside, also decided to take him home with her when it came time for any holidays in the school year. It’s like Brian was one of her own kids.
Don’t you love the way CRF works? A child is abandoned. A CRF person in Amarillo starts doing something about it. The next thing you know—the child is sponsored. And then there is someone taking care of the child like the child belongs to her. And this is happening thousands of times all over the world.
Thanks Kevin! Thanks Lauren and Conrad! Thanks Beatrice! Thanks CRF! And thanks Brian for being such a good kid!