All you need is a good idea and a big heart!
Here are some of the ways kids across the country have made a difference at CRF… What could your family do?
Prescott Valley Christian Church
Based on a dream of long-time CRF donor Jan Northam, teens from the Prescott Valley Christian Church set out to drill a water well in Africa as proof of their faith (John 13:34-35).
They only had twelve in the youth group, but that’s all Jesus had too. Through prayer, God blessed them with a collection of 7,000 pounds of clothes, all kinds of household goods for Goodwill, and a yard sale. Local news and radio started covering the compassionate fundraising of the teens of Prescott Valley.
In the process of this great project, Jan Northam passed away due to a brain aneurism. To honor her life and this dream, her friends and family gave money to her dream of this well. When all was said and done, the youth group had over $5,000 and didn’t even need matching funds! Through their faith, God provided not only a well but also clothes and supplies for the poor in their community. And in January they completed another project that raised $900 to help drill a well in Haiti!
The Cherry Family
After seeing the news of the devastation in Haiti, the Cherry children — Corban (12), Anna (10), and J. D. (7) — of Lynn Haven, Florida decided to raise money for the victims.
The CRF newsletter in December told them just how they could help. They wrote an informational letter to send to their friends and family explaining the homelessness, cholera, lack of medicine, food shortage, and even deaths because of the hurricane in Haiti.
They decided to sell Christmas ornaments that they made from wooden squares painted with the colors of the Haitian flag. And the ornaments had a cross on them to represent that Jesus can make a difference there. I know Daniel and Rachael are very proud of their children. I am too. Thanks for the hope you have given in Haiti!
The Kriete Family
The Kriete kids just keep on giving. A few years ago Eric and Cassie Kriete of Mechanicsville, Maryland decided to scale back at Christmas. Santa would only give each of their four children three gifts, and then they would each be given $50 to spend on someone else.
The first year they bought mosquito nets, chickens, school supplies, and a goat through a Christmas catalog. The next year their 8 year old, Brayden, wanted to help with water. Mom thought he meant a $250 filter so all four kids (Eleni, Landen, Addi, and Brayden) could pool their money and buy one. But, no, Brayden was talking about drilling a well. God does big things through the Kriete children.
They made cookies, raked leaves, fed farm animals, created cards, and sold toys. The local media picked up the story, and money started coming in from all kinds of places. They knew that CRF had matching funds to help, so they were able to drill a well in Chemurgui, Kenya.
Because of the water there, a church and preacher training institute was planted. The kids learned that even further expansions could happen in that community if they only had a solar pump for the well. Nothing stops the Kriete kids. They did it again this past Christmas by making pasta sauce, selling socks that benefitted hospitalized children and the homeless, and much more. Now there is a new $6,500 pump plus a lot of new animals in Chemurgui. Way to go!!!
Singing Hills Christian Church
Vacation Bible Schools are great! But maybe they can have an even greater purpose. That’s what Mike Heisler and others thought at Singing Hills Christian Church in Hillsboro, OR.
They wanted the children to learn about missions, but they especially wanted them to learn about the mission to the poor. The children needed to learn that others in the world did not have everything that we have.
CRF was asked to furnish information on helping orphans and the need for clean water. And children attending VBS didn’t just study missions—they were on a mission! By the end of the week, they not only had learned about poverty, they had also done something about it. Through their giving and fundraising, there was not only enough money for one well to be drilled, but for a second one! Some of Singing Hills’ adults were so challenged by the children’s giving hearts that they said “We can do another one,” and they did! Thanks a trillion!