The CAFO Blog

Notes from the Road Three: A Pastor’s View of What Comes With Orphan Ministry

While in Peoria for speaking engagements last week, I had the privilege of sharing a cup of coffee and rich conversation with Daniel Bennett, pastor of Bethany Community Church. Daniel’s eyes light up when he speaks of seeking God’s glory; and it’s clear he means it, not merely as an abstract sermon topic, but as […]


We’re All in This Together

Hillsong United’s music-and-message film, We’re All in This Together, launches in U.S. theaters tomorrow.  It promises to be a potent rallying cry to the Church to make faith visible in Christ-like service to orphans, widows and others at the margin.  As their website explains: Hillsong United began in suburban Sydney, Australia, as a bunch of […]


Notes from the Road Two: More Signs of Stirring

While traveling for the Alliance Board meeting, several other experiences added to my ever-growing sense that God is stirring hearts across the country to reflect His heart for orphans.  I had the privilege of joining a gathering of the Middle Tennessee Alliance for Orphans.  The group brings together a dozen or so churches in the […]


Notes from the Road 1: Alliance Board Meeting

The Alliance semi-annual Board meeting last week in Nashville left me with an overwhelming sense of what a privilege it is to get to ride in a boat when a whole team is working the oars in unison…and God is the one blowing in the sails.  From 8 AM to 5 PM, the Board sat […]


Art and the Orphan Movement

Art moves us all.  It’s certainly fine that many Christians gravitate towards words as their primary way to express what God puts on their heart.  Admittedly, that’s true of me.  My singing rarely garners anything but annoyed glances from the people in the pews in front of me, and my drawing skills haven’t progressed since […]


Catalyst

When you start to notice, it’s hard not to be blown away at the multiplicity of ways God is stirring His people to stand for the orphan. Last week in Atlanta, the Catalyst conference devoted an entire section of the program for its 13,000 participants to orphan ministry. You can see some of the remarkable […]