Too Special to Open

I never could eat my chocolate Easter bunny. It was just too special. I would usually leave it in the box.

So I knew exactly how Isaac Silva felt.

Christian Toruno and Rafael Romero took me to the community around our CRF school called “Las Maripositas” near Leon, Nicaragua. That’s where I met one of our sponsored children — Isaac Silva.

Upon meeting him, he quickly ran inside his little house and brought back his Christmas present. He was so proud of it and honored to show it to me.

But it was still in the box. Why?

It was so special he simply couldn’t open it.

Esteban Valle, our director there, had bought Isaac a toy truck. What a great present! I remember an early Christmas in my life when I got a toy truck. It seemed like nothing in the world could have been better.

Well, we had to convince Isaac that it was all right to take the truck out of the box and play with it.

Where did the truck really come from? Esteban had purchased it. But he did so because Isaac’s CRF sponsor had sent money for a Christmas present.

I just wanted to share this with you so you would know that when you send money for a Christmas present—your child gets a present, your child gets a good present, and your child thinks the present is very special.

It’s not too late to send $10 for your child’s special Christmas present. And for every extra $10 you give, one more child will have a gift this Christmas morning!

Click Here to Send your Gift!

Singing in the… Desert?

As we were driving a Land Cruiser through one of the most remote deserts on earth, we spied a group of guys walking across the parched ground. We immediately wondered who they were. We thought that we should drive over to check them out—but then again—these men could be dangerous.

But we went over anyway.

As we got closer to them, they spread out and circled our car. Then they marched around it. It was pretty scary. As you can see in this picture, these weren’t the kind of people I saw walking around in Amarillo,Texas. It also didn’t help that they were carrying spears. (more…)

We Plant Churches Too!

As I finished speaking at a church the other day, someone came up to me and said, “And you plant churches too?”

Yes, we do.

When I speak, I guess I sometimes forget to mention all the churches we plant. Most everyone knows CRF is a relief organization. We help destitute children, and we drill wells where there is no water. But we are very holistic and don’t want people to miss out on the gospel.

Our greatest desire is for our sponsored children to grow up loving Jesus.

I tell so many stories about Francis Bii and his dynamic work with children in Eldoret, Kenya. But did you know that his ministry has planted over 70 churches in the last 7 years?

You have heard that we have drilled a lot of wells in theTurkana region of Kenya. In fact, we have drilled over 70 wells in the last couple of years.  But did you know that we have also planted 29 churches in these areas where we have brought water? (more…)

Help Syrian Refugees

You have probably been seeing Syria in the news a lot lately.

You have heard the numbers—12 million Syrians have been displaced by war.

But did you know that half of those displaced are children?

These displaced children have an increased risk of sickness, hunger and exploitation.

At Christian Relief Fund, we are committed to bringing the hope and provision of God when disaster strikes. And we are especially focused on helping children.

CRF is responding to help refugees of the conflict in Syria. We are currently accepting donations to our Disaster Relief Fund as we assess how we can best serve those affected by this crisis. We will have more details about our relief efforts as the situation continues to develop.

How You Can Help

1. Pray – Prayer is one of the best things you can do for Syrian refugees. The conflict is complex and shows no sign of slowing, but our God is mighty and faithful. We believe that prayer changes things! Pray for protection, comfort and peace. Pray that God would use His people to shine a light in dark places.

2. Give – Millions of refugees are fleeing Syria. They need food, clothing, shelter and medical care. CRF donors have always been so compassionate in their response to hurting around the world. We want to encourage you to give to our Disaster Relief Fund to help those who have lost almost everything.

Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund today!

Out of the Dustbin

You know what sponsorship means to you. But what does it mean to a sponsored child?

Do they truly understand what you are doing? Are they grateful?

I recently heard Loureen, a sponsored child in Kenya, express what sponsorship did for her. I think it will make you even more glad to be a sponsor! - Milton Jones, CRF President

 

Today is a wonderful day in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for sponsoring me.

I came from the dustbin.

When I was first taken to the orphanage in 2002, I got my sponsor. You gave me a school uniform. You paid my school fees.

If it wasn’t for you, I don’t know where I would be now. I came from a poor family that never managed to take me to school, so I joined the street children. I picked food from the dustbin in order to have something to eat. I walked barefoot, with torn clothes. Nobody in my neighborhood would look at me when I passed near them.

When I was sponsored, my life changed from a street girl to a smart student. My dream is to do well in my studies until I make it into the university. After completing my studies, I pray that God will enable me to sponsor other children like how you have sponsored me.

May God bless you and guide you in everything you do. Sponsors, I appreciate your kindness. - Loureen Kwamboka, Kitale, Kenya

Sponsor a Child like Loureen Today!