The CAFO Blog


An Orphan, Forgotten No More

When Rachel and I traveled to pick up our adopted daughter, Eden, in Ethiopia, we had the chance to spend time at several orphanages.  One that particularly stuck with me is the Kolfe Orphanage in Addis Ababa, a home for older boys:  its battered building sit in dry, hardpan clay; thin rays of hope came […]

Crossing the Sahara

Cardus online carries the article, Crossing the Sahara. It explores a question that haunts many who care deeply about orphans, foster youth and other pressing needs:  Given the struggle and sorrow that mark so many attempts at bringing justice and mercy, is there really any motivation that can keep us in this work for the […]


This past weekend, my parents gave Rachel and me our first overnight away from 8-month old Lincoln.  As much as were missing the lad and his three older sisters, we can’t say it kept us from relishing the time together amidst California’s breathtaking redwood forests.  The quietude also provided a rare chance for extended reading.  […]

Mid-Atlantic Orphan Summit

One of the most thrilling things about a true movement is that new expressions of the “galvanizing conviction” start popping up everywhere.   That’s exactly what’s happening with conviction that God cares deeply for orphans and calls His people to do the same. It was just six years ago that the first Summit took place, an […]

Making Orphan Ministry a Family Affair

Orphan ministry takes on a remarkable texture when it’s not just the parents doing it.  After church on Sunday, Rachel and I piled our brood into the minivan for an hour’s drive out to a small walnut farm, residence of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their six boys and two girls.  There’s an awful lot […]

Together for Adoption Conference

Our good friends Dan Cruver and Jason Kovacs at Together for Adoption are building toward their national conference in Austin, TX on October 1-2.  Together for Adoption provides tremendous theological leadership in the realm of adoption and orphan care.  From their thoughtful blogging, to insightful instruction delivered at recent Summits, to in-church training opportunities, Together […]