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Reports from the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

Many CAFO member organizations have served long in the Philippines.  The work of some lies outside the path of Typhoon Haiyan.  Others face devastation. We’ve received updates from many of these organization, which you can read below. Please stand with these ministries and the people of the Philippines in prayer as they labor to bring […]


Beautiful Video…and Reflections on the Marvel of Orphan Sunday

Each day, more reports come in from Orphan Sunday events around the globe.  We’ll share some more of those in the days to come.  But today I can’t help posting a video made for Orphan Sunday at Kentwood Community Church in Michigan.  It’s actually three short stories of Christians who’ve opened their lives to vulnerable […]


Prayers for the Philippines

The world has watched aghast at the destruction worked by typhoon Haiyan in the central provinces of the Philippines.   It carries a special gravity for my family, since my wife Rachel grew up there as an MK, and her younger brother was adopted from the Philippines.  Anyone who has spent time there knows Filipinos to […]


A Poem Woven of Ache and Beauty

The CAFO “Families for Children” Conference today in Orlando pulsed with energy, stories and rich instruction on how churches can effectively act for foster youth and families.  One thing I’ll long remember is a poem written by Juliette Lauk, a 17-year-old whose vibrant smile makes a shooting star look dull.  Juliette spent much of her […]


US Department of State Adoption Discussion

This is National Adoption Month, and on November 12 the US Department of State will host a live, online forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities facing inter-country adoption. Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs Ambassador Susan Jacobs Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans Moderated by Associated Press reporter David Crary You […]


Fostering Change: Great Article on the Rising Church Engagement for Foster Youth

The online journal Shared Justice – produced by the excellent team at the Center for Public Justice – carries a great article on the significant growth of Christian involvement in caring for foster youth.  With the CAFO Families for Children Conference coming this Friday in Orlando, it’s a compelling glimpse of the remarkable things happening […]