2016 Year End Letter

2016 was a great year!  If you haven’t read our Annual Report yet, you can find it here.

Here is a year end letter from our President Milton Jones.

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CRF President Milton Jones

How did 2016 go for CRF?

In many ways 2016 was our best year ever. CRF now has more works than ever before. In fact, Christian Relief Fund is located in 96 different areas with child sponsorship programs in over 20 countries and helping in over 30 countries. We are sponsoring 7,306 children in a full-time capacity but helping many thousands more through feeding, disaster relief and providing education. Indeed we are helping more orphans and destitute children than at any time in our history.

We drilled more water wells than any year previously. In fact, we drilled 69 water wells during the last year. Most of our wells were drilled in Turkana, Kenya where it hasn’t rained in many years. We followed our drilling rig with a church planting team and tried to plant a church after every well. Obviously, you can drill a well faster than you can plant a church—but we were able to plant 11 churches in this one area of Kenya this year! Since our drilling is in the desert, we periodically give our drillers a rest from the heat and exhaustion. During these times, they go to southern areas of Kenya where orphans need water. This last year has also brought a great need for water in Haiti. After the recent hurricane, flooding compromised many water sources. As a result, people were getting cholera from their past water wells. CRF has gone into many of these areas, especially where we have sponsored children, and drilled new wells to give pure water.

The good news is that we had matching funds for every well we drilled in 2016. This means that donors can drill a $10,000 well for only $5,000. And the better news is that we have matching funds again in 2017 for water wells!

Research says and we have found that sponsoring children and bringing fresh water are the two best ways to break the poverty cycle. We’re proud to be working heavily on these two issues. (more…)

Year End Giving

Can you believe that you can change a child’s life for $35 a month? Did you know that you could bring a water well and a church to a group of people for $5000? Are you aware that 92% of the money that you give to Christian Relief Fund actually makes it to the program to directly help children in need?

And you probably didn’t know that CRF needs your financial assistance more than ever before.

I’ve never met a more pleasant or smarter young man than Aron Chabon. He was number one in his class at Emmanuel Namunyu High School in Bungoma, Kenya. But his dad died. Without help, Aron was not going to be able to continue his education. In the midst of AIDS, poverty, famine, and war—Aron just couldn’t seem to get a break. But one of you came through for him. Now the brightest kid I know is going to have a chance to do something great. Thank you for the children you serve in Jesus’ name!

2016 was a tough year for relief agencies. The media didn’t cover disasters and poverty much because of the interest in the elections. But even when you didn’t hear about it—the problems of the poor persisted.  Today more than ever we need a lot of financial help to save the Arons of this world.

Could you make a year-end donation? I know it is a good time for tax reasons, but it is also a good time because our needs are greater than ever before. Your support means so much to us—and to children around the world.

Thanks a trillion times! Milton Jones, CRF President

P.S.  Your gift, big or small, brings smiles just like this one on Aron’s face when I told him he was being helped.

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The Salvation of Suresh

If this letter from a sponsored child doesn’t make you glad you support CRF, we don’t know what will!

I am Suresh. My parents suffered heavy debts raising cotton on leased land to pay the debts. The moneylender took my father and mother to North India to work on a road contract. I was stopped from going to school and made a cattle herder. My friends didn’t come near me because I smelled of cattle dung. My friends went to the fields to cut and carry grass to my master’s house. I washed buffaloes while my friends listened to their teachers.

I thought my happy childhood was over. One day a cow went missing, and my master tied me to an electrical pole and beat me mercilessly. Hearing my wails, the village officers got me released. He informed my plight to the housemother at New Horizon Cottage at CRF in Chandrakal. By lunchtime the next day, I came into the care of CRF. I ate a full meal after three months. The next day I went to school. Madhava Reddy taught me to play cricket. Sister Thulasi taught me to sing. I learned action songs.

Every night I was told stories from the Bible. I came to know about Jesus. I personally feel He untied me from the electrical pole that day and saved me. I feel his love through CRF, my sponsors, and my new mom and dad at New Horizon Cottage. Whenever I go to my village, I tell them amazing stories I learn from the Bible. At home I help my younger brothers with their homework and school projects. With your help God willing I will be a Hindi language teacher in three years time.

Had CRF and my sponsors not helped me, Suresh the herd boy would have been herdsman Suresh. Praise be to our Lord for this new life.

May God Bless You, Suresh 

Sponsor a Child like Suresh

 

Haiti — Where the Rains Don’t Stop.

A local nursing home being evacuated due to flooding

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti with a devastating blow in early October, but the hardest hit area was in the Southwest. Most of CRF’s works are in the Northeast part of the island. We thought we were in the clear.

Photo of recent flooding in Cap Haitien, Haiti

However, after the hurricane hit, it started raining in the areas where CRF is most heavily located. And it didn’t stop for weeks. Currently, it looks a lot like the devastation in Louisiana after Katrina hit.

All of this was happening during the run up to the US elections. As a result, the media didn’t cover it much, and CRF didn’t get many funds to help with this horrible disaster.

You can see how much damage the rains have done. And the flooding has caused water sources to become polluted resulting in cholera for so many people.

CRF needs funds to help with the reconstruction of Haiti and to drill for clean water. Could you help?

Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund to Help Haiti

 

 

Going the Extra Mile — Milton Jones

We so often say that sponsors save children’s lives. And they do. But it wouldn’t work if there weren’t people in our CRF office and on the other end in the far-off country to take care of the child. I’m so impressed with it all—CRF has great sponsors, CRF has great supervisors in the office, and CRF has great directors in the field.

Let me tell you how this works. Brian Omondi was two years old when his father died. If that wasn’t bad enough, shortly after the death of his father, his mother was sentenced to life in prison for murder. No one knew what to do with Brian. As a result, his relatives dumped him at the gate of our Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya.

Quickly Kevin Wasner, our executive director at CRF in Amarillo, started working on the situation. The incredibly sad story was posted on Facebook. Within minutes, Kevin’s daughter, Lauren Prugh, and her husband, Conrad, sponsored Brian. And now Brian is a healthy six-year old thriving in the safe and spiritual environment of Lakeside Orphanage.

 

But one thing was missing. With no parents or extended family, Brian was lacking a place to go during school breaks. As a result, Beatrice Apondi, who not only took care of him at Lakeside, also decided to take him home with her when it came time for any holidays in the school year. It’s like Brian was one of her own kids.

 

Don’t you love the way CRF works? A child is abandoned. A CRF person in Amarillo starts doing something about it. The next thing you know—the child is sponsored. And then there is someone taking care of the child like the child belongs to her. And this is happening thousands of times all over the world.

Thanks Kevin! Thanks Lauren and Conrad! Thanks Beatrice! Thanks CRF! And thanks Brian for being such a good kid!