Changing a Name for Good

When I recently visited Kitale, Kenya, one of our directors, Priscilla Wairimu introduced me to one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen.

As beautiful as the baby was, his story was anything but beautiful.

His mother had been sexually assaulted and decided to give the child to our children’s home in Kitale where Priscilla and our staff would provide for his needs.

The father only wanted to have one thing to do with the child. He wanted to name the new baby. He searched for what he thought was just the right name and chose Ishmael, which in Kenya means rejected one.

Can you imagine this name being placed on you for life?

In the compassionate atmosphere of the Kitale home, Ishmael got all kinds of love and care. And he even got a sponsor. Lauren and Conrad Prugh heard about this abandoned child and wanted to sponsor him immediately. Lauren is the daughter of our executive director, Kevin Wasner.

And the baby’s name was also changed. Ishmael is now Victor.

Indeed he is victorious. There is a lot to be said for this change of names. It is a statement that evil has been overcome by good.

We pray that Victor will have a good life with his new name. — Milton Jones, CRF President

 

SPONSOR A CHILD LIKE VICTOR TODAY!

 

I Love Troy University

Rick Cochran and Bobby Templin, who minister to college students at the Christian Student Center and the Collegedale Church of Christ, invited me to Troy recently. What a great ministry they have, and what great hospitality they showed me.

The highlight of my trip was going to the Troy Trojans’ football game. The athletic director, Jeremy McClain, got us seats in the luxury area. At the first timeout, I couldn’t believe it, but the public address system boomed, “We would like to welcome Milton Jones today!” And then they put on their big jumbo screen monitor the CRF logo and a picture of a water well we had drilled.

If that wasn’t enough, the announcer thanked us for the partnership we have had with Troy. Campus ministries have drilled wells and sponsored kids. Fraternities and Sororities have drilled wells. And even Dr. Jack Hawkins, the president, sponsors CRF children.

After seeing Troy University on a lot of different levels, I thought — “This is what a university should be!” Thanks, Troy!

Oh and they also won the game 59-7.

— Milton Jones, CRF President

Hurricane Florence Relief

UPDATE 9/26/2018:

CRF is continuing to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. And we need your help to continue the relief and rebuilding effort.

Through our partner, Disaster Response Team, we have set up bases of operation in New Bern and Wilmington, NC. In New Bern alone, more than 4,300 homes were heavily damaged by Florence. And many thousands of people are still displaced throughout the region.

Your donations are supporting five large trailers that are currently on location dispensing food, clean water and other supplies to thousands of people who have lost most of their worldly possessions to this terrible hurricane. We are also coordinating clean up crews that are helping tarp damaged roofs and remove debris so homes can be repaired and rebuilt.

Can you help us bring hope to victims of Hurricane Florence? We plan to continue helping thousands of people in these communities for the foreseeable future. If you want to help immediately, the best things you can do are:

  1. Pray for those who have been touched by this storm
  2. Donate to our Disaster Fund to help us continue providing support.
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9/14/2018:

At this very moment, Hurricane Florence is battering the Carolinas. Many thousands of people have lost their homes due to lashing winds and massive flooding. More than 500,000 people are currently without power in the region. Water rescues are underway and many lives are at risk.

And, unfortunately, it’s likely to get even worse. Hurricane Florence is a very slow-moving storm, and it is forecasted to continue dumping an additional 3 inches of rain every hour for at least another day. The flood waters are continuing to rise and the human impact is truly shocking.

 

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The areas affected by Hurricane Florence need our help.

CRF is immediately responding to this disaster with our partner the Disaster Response Team (DRT).
Large response trailers are currently staged to enter the affected areas as soon as emergency officials allow us to enter. We will begin distributing relief and support as soon as it is safe for our teams to do so.

 

In the early stages of our response, we will be providing clean water, food, showers and housing to hurricane victims around some of the hardest hit areas.

As the catastrophic flooding subsides, we will assess the situation and decide where we can make the biggest long-term impact by helping repair and rebuild the homes of people who have lost everything to this catastrophe.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

GIVE

The best way that you can help today is to donate. Your gift will be used immediately to get our team in place and to provide immediate help with water, food, and other short-term needs. You can donate here.  As relief for these basic needs become less dire, the team will transition to helping clean up and rebuild in the most affected areas. Please give today.

 

SHARE

Your friends and family may be looking for ways to help the people impacted by Hurricane Florence. Share our social media posts to encourage your network to get involved.

PRAY

God hears our prayers. Please join us in praying for safety and peace for all those affected by this disaster!

 

Give Now to Help Hurricane Victims

What a Difference a Name Makes!

The Club — Drinking alcohol and fighting were about all that was happening in a town called “The Club.” It was named after what is commonly known as an “elder’s club,” which is a stick with a big knot on the end of it that is perfect for clobbering someone over the head.

Francis Bii, our CRF director in Eldoret, grew up in this village in Kenya. His parents gave him alcohol for his breakfast every morning. There was so much unnecessary violence in this community that the nearest hospital in another town refused to take care of them.

The chief brewer and the source of all the booze was William. The mischief of the village stemmed from his influence. In the history of the community, Francis Bii found the Lord, and his first church plant was in The Club. To everyone’s surprise, William began to attend this church plant. Next, he gave his life to Christ. His family also started going to church. And now he is an elder at the church there. And his son, Patrick has become our CRF director in Tarakwa.

The entire town followed William’s direction and cleaned itself up. The name of the town now has changed. It is no longer called “The Club.”

It is now “Samabul” meaning “fruitful.”

CRF now has a wonderful school in Samabul for orphans and destitute children. And last month we opened a new dining hall and kitchen at our school.

Names mean a lot.

And the stories behind names even mean more.

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Nakwei — Usually I call this place “Nakwei.” The town is in the African desert of Turkana. Nakwei means hyenas. It refers to all the hyenas that show up to eat dead animals and people who have died of thirst. This is the worst drought in my lifetime.

The real name of this place in Turkanan is Alyanaakiar which means “streams of death.” Everything was dying in this place.

CRF recently drilled a water well here, planted a church, and built a school. This all resulted in a name change.

The new name of this town is Aiyanaigaton which means “streams of life.”

That’s what you CRF donors do—change a stream of death into a stream of life. Thanks a trillion times!

- Milton Jones

DRILL A WATER WELL TODAY!

 

Indonesia Earthquake

More than 430 people have died from the earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia. Thousands more have been injured.

350,000 people have been displaced from their homes because of the destruction. Nearly 75 percent of residential structures have been destroyed in northern Lombok because of poor construction that was unable to withstand strong tremors.

Since CRF is a relief organization, we are always concerned about disasters. But this one takes on a special significance to us.

Patrick Jones, the son of our president Milton Jones, and his family live in Indonesia. Although Patrick’s home is in Jakarta, he ministers frequently in Lombok.  The church where he serves when he is in Lombok has been demolished and many members have lost their homes.

CRF is helping to restore Lombok, Indonesia.

If you would like to help these Indonesians, please
DONATE TO OUR DISASTER RELIEF FUND.

And don’t forget to pray for this horrible situation!