Year End Letter – Milton Jones

Milton Jones, CRF President

When I think of 2013, I will always remember it as the year that CRF and Bread for a Hungry World merged. Bobby Moore contacted me with the vision of us becoming one. We dreamed together, listed the pluses and minuses, saw how similar we already were, and then knew that we would be better together than apart. I don’t know how a union could have come together more smoothly than this one. Truly, God was behind it. (more…)

Thankful

Amy White is a member of the CRF blogging network. She has some wonderful thoughts about thankfulness and appreciation that we’re excited to share with you!

I saw this quote recently and it felt like a punch to the gut: “Someone else is praying for the things you take for granted.”

We recently camped and had a water spigot on our camp site.  I think I am ruined for life, but I couldn’t help but think about how we even have access to clean water when we live outside for a few days.  All the while, other people around the world have to walk for four hours one way to find access to dirty and disease-infested water.

This is the month we think about our blessings and thank God for what He has blessed us with; let’s take that a step further and think about what others would be grateful to receive if they only had a chance.

 

A Christmas gift for a sponsored child.

Clean water and the tools and education to avoid water-born illnesses.

School uniforms and enrollment.

Meals every day of the week.

The list goes on.

This is also the season that there are way too many options offered to those wishing to bless someone else’s life.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and do nothing.  Make it simple and just pick one blessing.  Or two.  It’s up to you.  Please visit Christian Relief Fund’s website for more information or ideas to bless others this holiday season.

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another.  In the same way I loved you, you love one another.  This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:35

-Amy

A New Holiday Is Going Down the Drain!

Today is a holiday. Did you forget it?

Maybe you didn’t even know, but it is worthy of note. And if you really understand it, it’s worthy of celebration. This is the first year that this holiday has been officially recognized by the UN.

What is it? Today is World Toilet Day. We nearly forgot about it until our friends at the Water Center at the University of Oklahoma reminded us about it and helped us remember why it is so important.

Did you know that a child dies every minute for lack of a toilet? Bill Gates has seen the importance of this so much that he is offering a huge sum of money for anyone who can come up with a better toilet.

The UN estimates the 2.5 billion people around the world don’t have adequate sanitation. A child dies every minute from the germs spread through human waste that causes diarrhea and other diseases. Women and girls around the world lose their dignity and suffer abuse and attacks simply because they don’t have a private toilet. Shouldn’t everyone have access to a toilet? But one in three people in this world don’t.

It’s also a matter of economics when it comes to sanitation. For every dollar spent on sanitation there is a four dollar return. A good toilet can bring better health. There are fewer sick days for workers. More children can attend school regularly.

So as you go today, be thankful. And when you are there, try to think of a way to help others get this same blessing.

Happy Toilet Day!!!

Spiritual Adoption

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.

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“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 of their words didn’t truly hit me at first.
Imagine living in a world of poverty as an orphan. Growing up malnourished and sick, frightened for your future, completely abandoned and alone. You’re dying of hunger.  And then one day, you’re told that someone across the world loves you and wants to take care of you and send you to school. (more…)