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.

 

Goat Day in Lurare!

Want an easy way to make someone smile? Give them a gift!

This past weekend our sponsored kids and staff at the Lurare Primary School were able to smile big as each received a goat as a gift from some very special CRF donors.

The Lurare Primary School is one of our newest programs in Kenya. We started sponsoring orphan children there just this summer. The school is located in Kimilili, Kenya, in the Northern Province.  The program is run by the husband and wife team of Samson and Ruth Wangila. The community has been devastated by AIDS and tribal warfare. While we have quickly found sponsors for 12 children, we still have 32 orphans in the school who need sponsoring out of a total of 150 students in grades 1-8. While all the students and staff are poor, our priority is caring for the orphans first. The school fees we pay for each of our sponsored kids ensures that there are good teachers on staff and 1 nutritious meal per day for all the children and staff. The teachers are paid less than $20 a month to work 12 hour days, 6 days a week. The orphan children live with guardian families from the local church who are willing to take in an orphan while still struggling to feed their own. (more…)

Helping Isaac Victims

We thank God that Hurricane Isaac has not been as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina, but many people have still lost their homes and possessions in this disaster. We are continuing to partner with Disaster ResponseTeam to provide emergency food and care to those affected. (more…)

Long-Term Change from a Short-Term Mission

Today’s guest post comes to us from Kyle Mitchell.  You can read more from Kyle and his wife Lynea at kyleandlynea.blogspot.com

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Kyle Mitchell visited the Hogar de Niños, a CRF children’s home in Catacamas, Honduras in 2003. His experience there changed his life and we want to share it with you!

During the summer of 2003, the course of my life changed forever. I was 19 and had finished my first year at college. My best friend was interning at the Branch Church of Christ in Texas that summer, and insisted that I go with his church on a trip to Honduras. I’d never been out of the country before and was reluctant to answer yes. But answer yes, I did. (more…)