Best Seat in the House

Larry Wu is CRF Director of Field Operations.  He has been visiting CRF programs in Uganda and Kenya for the past few weeks.

In every home Larry visited, he noticed a very special custom.  We’re excited to share his story with you and we hope it motivates you to honor one another!
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Kenyans believe visitors are a blessing to their home. Their greeting to any and all is “karibu!” meaning, “welcome!” A visitor from a far away place is doubly honored because they understand the difficulty in making a long trip, and yet you have decided to visit their home. A surprise visit is treated the same as if it were well planned and expected. They still greet you warmly, invite you in, give you the best seat in the house, and attempt to feed you or, at the very least, provide you a drink.

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2012 Year End Letter from Milt

Check out our 2012 Annual Report to see highlights from last year!

Let me tell you about how CRF helped get stuck people ‘unstuck’ this year.

People in the Horn of Africa were stuck. It had not rained in five years. So CRF developed the greatest water ministry in our history. We brought in food and water to the most devastated places like Dadaab andTurkana. We drilled wells. We started farms. We built schools. We planted churches. It may seem like a drop in the desert, but CRF saved thousands of people who would have died without the water that you gave through CRF. (more…)

Two Emilys – Guest Post

This is a guest post from Emily’s blog Emily is Smiling. Emily has interned at CRF and has visited our works in Kenya.  We hope her post will move you like it moved us.

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In my Bible I keep a photograph of a little girl who shares my name. We’ve never met. I know a little bit about her, but not much. Her name is Emily. She lives in the slums of Kenya, Africa. She is two years old and hungry. Her father abandoned her. Her home is a single room made of mud and grass with eight people living inside. Emily has most likely never owned a pair of shoes or a single toy. She doesn’t know if she’ll ever get to go to school.

The first time I saw Emily’s photo, a toddler dressed in ragged clothes with a face drawn from hunger and the burdens of poverty, what came to my mind’s eye was an image of myself at her age. (more…)

Merry Christmas – Milton Jones

“May Your Christmas be more Glorious than Grand!”

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is to watch “A Christmas Carol.”  But we don’t just watch any version of it.

Every single year we watch “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.” It’s my favorite. We sing the songs together. We laugh at the same stuff year after year. And it really isn’t that bad a rendition of Dickens’ classic novel.

The theme of Magoo’s Christmas is summed up in a song. It is the one about “figgy pudding” if you remember it. But the chorus has all the animated characters singing in jubilation — “May your Christmas be more glorious than grand!” And perhaps that is the essence of how we miss Christmas and the Christmas spirit. “I hope you have a big Christmas,” we declare. What do we mean by that? Probably that we get a lot more stuff and food than we really need. But what’s a “glorious” Christmas? Isn’t it one that is filled with the awe of the One who came to save us? Isn’t it the spirit of giving that touches the ones too often left out? Isn’t it the kindness and peace that is simply not expressed at other times? (more…)

Help for Hurricane Sandy Victims

CRF is partnering with DRT to bring relief to the people hurt by the devastating hurricane that hit the Northeast.

Our outreach will take place in Monmouth, New Jersey and Union Beach, New Jersey.

To help with the devastation a Semi Tool Trailer is being set up to furnish all the tools and supplies needed to rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed. A Mobile Kitchen will also be located in the area to give food to those who cannot currently cook or have meals at their houses.

We will also have a housing and shower trailer to give volunteer workers a place to stay while they are helping.

Please send your funds and gifts to CRF as soon as possible because the needs are very great and help is needed immediately.

You can visit our Disaster Donation Form to give.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the rebuilding, fill out our Relief Volunteer Form.