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?



Remembering Ken Welke

“Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10)
No one did this better than Ken Welke. He made everyone feel special. We are going to miss Ken so much after his recent passing.

Ken is the perfect example of why you should go on a mission trip with CRF. When Ken went to Kenya, he ended up sponsoring seven kids and got a life dream to build a high school there.

Ken’s sponsored child, Kevin Owuor, caught his encouraging spirit. Here is what Kevin wrote to Ken and his wife Julie.

I was once a street boy who could eat rotten food, sleep in the cold and drink wasted water. One who could be called a thief, one who could be rejected, neglected, isolated because I had nowhere to go. I was that boy who had a bright future but the shining future was sinking deep in the ocean, a boy who had sparkling eyes but the eyes were covered with darkness just because I had no one to show me the way, until the time I joined CRF and met you. Today I look at myself and steal a glance at my face through the mirror and see a bright boy full of leadership skills, respect, humility, honesty, discipline and the most important one is one who LOVES GOD.

I want to take this chance to praise you, to lift you high, and to return my credits to you! May you be blessed, Dad.

Remembering Craig Cooper

Craig Cooper was a great man of God and a long-time partner with CRF as the director of our child sponsorship programs along the Southern border of Texas. He passed away in late March, and we miss him dearly.

After a 20-year banking career, Craig embraced his true calling. His role as Director of Missions at the Pharr Church of Christ and as a partner with CRF touched the lives of many thousands of people. More than a dozen church plants in the Valley and Mexico are among the fruits of his labor!

We are grateful for the years we spent in partnership with this faithful servant of God — a man who cared deeply about the welfare of children and the “least of these.” We also remember his great humility. In fact, in his obituary, his family communicated Craig’s spiritual posture by using Psalm 115: “Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”

Please join us in prayer for the family of Craig Cooper and for the thousands of lives he impacted for the glory of God. We will miss his leadership, but we know that the same God who worked through Craig will help us continue the work.