Face to Face

There’s nothing better than seeing someone you love face to face. That happened a couple of times this week—in a very unique way.

The bread and butter ministry of CRF is sponsoring children. One of the great things about our work is that you are the only sponsor of an actual child. It is a one to one sponsorship. As a result, the child is like your own child. Many other organizations do child sponsorship, but few do it with individual one to one sponsorships like we do.

I think every sponsor knows they have a child out there. They get letters. They get pictures. But every once in awhile it is easy because of the distance to doubt the reality of the whole deal. That’s why we not only allow but also encourage you to visit your child if you want to do so. Most organizations don’t let you visit the sites to see their children. I’m sure they have their reasons, but we want you to know that we have nothing to hide on the field. We want you to see how your dollars are truly changing the life of an actual child.

Lendy Bartlett from Oxford, Mississippi has been sponsoring a child in Benjamin, Haiti. Wayne Thompson from New York City has been sponsoring a child in Cap Haitien, Haiti. And they both got to see their children face to face this week as we were helping with relief down here. To see the faces of Lendy and Wayne as they met their children was as poignant as it gets. To see the joy on the faces of children who met someone from far away that not only loved them but also took care of them was the stuff of a lifetime. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

For all you who sponsor kids, they are real and they are out there. And even if you don’t get to see them face-to-face, they say “Thanks!” and “I love you!”

About Milt

Milton Jones is the President of Christian Relief Fund in Amarillo, Texas. In his work there, he has focused on the care of AIDS orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa. He has also served as a preacher and campus minister in both Texas and Washington. Milton has authored eight books including a touching tale of one of his heroes with Cerebral Palsy, Sundays With Scottie. He is married to Barbie Jones and has two sons, Patrick and Jeremy.
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