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Tunnels of Romania

The past two posts offer glimpses of both the desperation and glimmers of hope known by Romania’s orphans. I received another such glimpse today from a friend who leads the Board of Firm Foundations Romania.  While many of the details in all of these accounts are specific to this proud, beautiful, struggling nation, the realities […]


Amidst the Tragedy of Romania’s Orphans Hope Glimmers

Yesterday’s blog post – The Tragedy of Orphan Public Policy in Romania – highlighted the terrible struggles of Romania’s orphans, and how they are often made worse by bad public policy. But that isn’t all there is to the story. Both within Romania and abroad, many orphans and former orphans are beacons to hope. I […]


The Tragedy of Orphan Public Policy in Romania

Nowhere in the world has the tragic results of misguided government policy towards orphans been more evident than Romania. History rightly condemns the legacy of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Tragically, what’s happened since his fall in 1989 has been checkered at best. There’ve been some real successes, such as the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. But […]


The Atlantic Magazine on Palmer Homes: “The Modern Orphans of Mississippi”

An article in The Atlantic this month highlights the work of CAFO member Palmer Homes, which provides group homes in Columbus, MS for children who’ve lost the care of parents. “The Modern Orphans of Mississippi” is more cheery and less cynical than one might expect from the often hard-edged journalism of The Atlantic. It offers […]


What Keeps Us Going When Reality Grows Cold?

My friend leads an excellent micro-finance ministry in South Africa. He’s a bright soul, rarely down, but I could hear ache in his voice. “So often it feels like one step forward and two back.” We’d puffed our way up 3,000 feet to the top of South Africa’s majestic Table Mountain. Rolling hills, vineyards and […]


Reflections After 3 Weeks in Africa

I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Africa, working with church and ministry leaders from 16 African nations at 3 events in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa (you can see video reports from each of these events in earlier blog posts). Of course, once an experience like this is over, we have the opportunity […]


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