Faces in the Famine

Children LOVE their sponsors!

Here are some inspiring stories of Kenyan sponsored children from our Kenya Director, Emily Whelchel.

Computer (what a great name!) is sponsored by my cousin, Juliana. Computer lives thousands of miles from her sponsor, but she carries her wallet-sized photo in a small plastic bag with her everywhere she goes.

Computer is an orphan, so she feels so loved to have someone to pray for her and provide for her needs.


Teressa was in 8th grade and unsponsored. Teressa’s parents had both died in a war, and we didn’t know that she was being abused by her current guardian. One day at school her teacher found a note that said “My life is hell. God hates me. I don’t want to live anymore.” Shortly before she was going to take her life, our CRF director rescued her and got her a place to board at our school.  She is now in high school.

If you even mention the name of her sponsor, a big smile breaks out on Teressa’s face.


When Ivone was a small girl, rebels came to her home and murdered her family.  Her parents’ blood covered her so that the murderers thought she was also dead.  Ivone was able to survive with only an injury to her eye.  Now Ivone is thriving because she is able to board at a CRF school and receive nutritious food.

Thanks to a sponsor who loves her, Ivone is currently doing well in school. 



Will You Tell the Bad News?

We need some people to be like Agabus.

Do you remember him?

Agabus appears twice in the book of Acts, and both times he is told to tell bad news. Later in the book of Acts, he is the one chosen to tell of the Apostle Paul’s upcoming arrest. But it is the first time he is mentioned that is important to us today. In Acts 11:27-30, Agabus announces a severe famine that would spread over the entire Roman world. He lets people know. And now it’s our responsibility to let people know about a famine.

The worst famine in over half a century is currently hitting the Horn of Africa, affecting more than 10 million people. After losing crops and livestock destroyed by the drought, thousands of families have travelled for days from Somalia to Kenya including barefoot children with no food or water. Malnutrition has reached 37% in some parts of northeast Kenya, and child refugees from Somalia are dying of causes related to malnutrition either during the journey or very shortly after arriving at aid camps.

And hardly anyone knows this!! Can you tell someone? Can you get the word out? Most of our media is covering other things, and people don’t know this story.

No one likes to announce bad news. Wouldn’t you have rather announced the Messiah than a bad drought? But Agabus was telling God’s message. It was the message of the moment. Let’s not forget the message of this moment—people are dying in a devastating drought.

And let’s not miss the response to the message of Agabus. “The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help.” We need to follow that example from the book of Acts.

Can each of you, according to your ability, decide to provide help?
                                                   — Milton Jones, CRF President




If You Consume Less, There’s More for Others

In our last newsletter, I told a story about orphans in Africa waiting in line for my leftover food. I called it God’s Economics. I have received a lot of positive feedback from this lesson I learned.

And it is very true. Americans throw away billions of pounds of food each year worth billions of dollars which could feed millions of people. If we were able to recover our wasted food, we could provide a 2000 calorie diet to 84% of the world’s population, according to Dr. Roni Neff of Johns Hopkins University. Our throw away society is costing us time, money and our environment. But our waste also has the potential to feed huge numbers of people who are starving.

Maybe it is difficult to send your leftovers to a drought victim, but perhaps we could buy and prepare less in the first place in order to have some funds to send where we could buy food for people in the famine.  – Milton Jones, CRF President


If you didn’t read the article last month, you can find it here.











Famine Relief Updates

Along with our ongoing water and famine relief projects in Kenya, Christian Relief Fund has also been busy fighting this horrible famine in other regions of the Horn of Africa. Dr. Dane Welch, one of Milton’s good friends in Amarillo and a board member of Crisis Aid, has been a key partner in distributing this relief outside of Kenya. We are not able to disclose the exact location of this project to protect our team on the ground.

The food that CRF donors made available in this region has brought help and hope to many hundreds of families. Indeed, it has been a life saving partnership with Crisis Aid. Not only are people being fed, but people from all different backgrounds are also finding salvation in the name of Jesus through this work.

In addition to the feeding program, Dane helped to open a 40 bed pediatric clinic and to begin construction on a remote health outpost. Water wells are also being drilled in five of the communities to improve the health situation there.

Thank you, Dane, for all your great work for the glory of God!

Thanks a trillion, CRF donors! You have made this life-saving work possible!


Famine Update

In last month’s newsletter, we told you the sad news that the persistent drought and famine that has troubled the Horn of Africa for many years is back and may be worse than ever before.

This month we want to tell you what we’ve been able to do with your support so far and what we plan to do with your continued support!

God is doing great things through you!

We have been able to immediately ramp up our water drilling projects in Kenya to provide even more clean water to people in need! We have expanded our goat distribution programs to rebuild flocks in areas where we have provided a plentiful water source. We are also on the ground distributing food in northern Kenya as well as Ethiopia, but this is an area of our relief effort that needs further expansion.

We are also working on a large-scale water project in eastern Kenya. Through this project (pictured right) we are providing food to community members and their families in exchange for their work to deepen and extend two man-made water catchment reservoirs, which will store plenty of water for thousands of people in the community once the rainy season returns. We are excited about this project because it is not only distributing much-needed food, but reservoirs are also a great solution to the water crisis in the area!

We have been working tirelessly to help this region of Africa survive drought and famine for many years. All along, we’ve asked you to continue generously supporting this important work—and you have done it! We are so grateful for you!

But this time, whether it’s our cultural climate, economy or just fatigue over the same continuing need, the response has not been big enough to meet the mounting demands of this disaster.

We know that for the past few years we’ve been telling you about Turkana and how the needs there are so great. Believe us, we understand how difficult it can be to continue pushing on when the issues facing us are so huge. But now is not the time to give up. Now is the time to dig in, to keep praying, keep giving, and keep loving like Jesus commanded us.

We really need your help in the Horn of Africa. The situation is bad and is getting worse. We can’t do it without your help. And we can’t do it without God’s help.

If you haven’t given to our Famine Relief Fund, would you prayerfully consider it? And above all else, could you join us in prayer?