Meet Vincent Ojuok

Vincent is one of the Clinical Officers at the Jones-Ringroad VCT and Health Clinic. He has held that post since 2011. He has proven himself to be a very calm leader in the clinic, which can be a very busy and overwhelming place. His main responsibilities are to ensure the proper handling of incoming patients. He screens them and determines the best plan of action required to help meet their medical needs. He also liaises with the doctor at the clinic to determine the best protocols for the very difficult cases that come into the clinic.

He is the main breadwinner for his family and his extended family. Vincent is married and has a 15 month old at home. He also has 4 siblings and aging parents that he feels a responsibility towards, and helps them as much as he can financially. “This is the way it is in Kenya,” he says with a broad smile on his face. His mother suffers from chronic gastric ulcers and Spondylosis from a previous spinal cord injury. This is why he turned to a career in the medical field. He was driven by the passion to serve the underprivileged in society.

Vincent has a degree in Clinical Medicine from a Nursing College in Kisumu, Kenya. He is also a certified Public Health administrator. He would like to pursue a masters degree at some point in the future.

He is very grateful for the job that he has at the clinic. He had this to say, “I really love the set up we have here, and feel motivated all the time to work with this group of people that I call ‘my family.’ I don’t know who to thank in person, or who to thank directly, but I say here today that wherever this help comes from, I am grateful and thankful for it. I can’t be thankful enough as I reflect on my life and my family’s lives. We are all so thankful for our supporters.”

Martha’s Sacrifice

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 enough people and heard their stories that it provides a beautiful vision over the next few years. (more…)

Gratitude in Any Language

As I stepped into the building, I couldn’t see much. It felt dark because the windows all seemed to be small, and the old building was darkly painted inside. It was quiet, but every once in a while I could hear what sounded like muffled voices, which I followed to a small, dark classroom. The students were learning math. The teacher was teaching in sign language, and the kids were answering back out loud. When they saw me, they all stopped, looked at me, and then started signing, “I love you!” in American Sign Language. We all know that sign…hold up your hand with your thumb, index finger and pinkie all extended and your ring finger and middle finger down. They waved the sign around towards me indicating their excitement. Some of the students even held up the sign on both hands! (more…)

Meet Diego!

Diego is one of four siblings. He lives in a quiet community just 10 minutes outside the bustling city of León, Nicaragua.

His mother Alejandra works long hours washing clothes — hard work for very little pay. Lorenzo, his father, farms on the family’s small plot of land.  His average monthly income is $80.

Diego wakes up every morning at 6 am to feed the chickens.  His house is small with dirt floors and walls made from scavenged plastic, wood and tin.

A few years ago, Diego’s parents had no clue how much God would bless Diego (and their entire family) through CRF sponsors and one of our partner programs: “Las Maripositas” Christian Preschool.

When Diego started preschool at age 3, he had severe anemia. He was quiet, but he was also very smart.   The teachers at Las Maripositas worked hard with Diego to help him get medical care, to teach him to read and write and, best of all, to teach him about Jesus!

Now Diego loves school!  His is favorite animal is the tiger, and his favorite color is blue.

Earlier in 2013, Diego’s sponsors (James & Sara Cox) sent extra support to buy a piglet for him. Diego’s mom, Alejandra, was in charge of feeding the pig and Diego never forgot to remind his mom about it!  When the pig was fully grown, Diego’s father was able to sell the pig at a great profit and purchase another piglet to replace it!

Diego still battles with asthma during the rainy season and his parents still work hard to provide food for their children, but the Lord keeps providing support and a prayer through Diego’s CRF sponsors!

Today Diego is growing up just like the Bible tells us that Jesus grew up in Luke 2:52!

He is increasing in wisdom because he never misses school, in stature because he is growing healthy, and in favor with God and man.

Go, Diego, Go!

This is what the LORD wants for His niños!
And it’s not just Diego’s story.  It’s the story of every child supported by CRF sponsors.

God bless you, sponsors!

Want to sponsor a child like Diego?  Just visit our online sponsorship site!

Or how about giving a pig to a child like Diego?  Check out our gift catalog!

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…)