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Growing Down: CAFO2016 Keynote

From CAFO2016 Remarks: The world does not need more Christian leaders grown tall; it desperately needs Christians grown deep. We need Christians who can persevere amidst disappointment. Who can continue to love even when there is no visible result. We need Christians whose demeanor looks like Jesus, whose very presence feels like the presence of […]


A Thank You to Child Welfare Professionals

HELP Week is a great opportunity to honor and encourage child welfare professionals. In that spirit, Debbie Croft – a newspaper columnist who doubles as a member of the CAFO Team – crafted her column this week to do just that. It’s written as an open letter, title, “A thank you to California’s child welfare […]


A Film that Tells Stories Far Too Rarely Told

Some stories are over-told. (#Kardashian, anyone?) Other stories are under-told.  Some of the most under-told of all are the stories of families that have chosen not to let orphaned children’s “special need” keep them from belonging. At least one-third of international adoptions last year were of children with special needs. For some Christian adoption agencies, […]


Farewell, Dr. Karyn Purvis

My throat caught and my shoulders dropped when I heard the news today: Dr. Karyn Purvis ended her long battle with cancer, losing her body to the disease, but confident in a final victory over death through her faith in Christ. Countless parents and friends share the sorrow of this moment. We not only mourn […]


Glimpses of Heaven and God’s Amazing Love at CAFO’s Summit

Today we have a guest blog post from Debbie Croft, whose first experience of the CAFO Summit came last year… I’d never been surrounded by such international flavor, wrapped in Kingdom purpose and love, until last May. I had flown from California to Tennessee, to attend CAFO’s Summit for the first time. Representatives of every […]


Mirrors and Light

I’m working in a coffee shop this morning. The chair is hard, but the earthy aroma and a friendly hum of conversations and quiet jazz make it a great alternative to the office some days. A lady named Irene just stopped by the table to say hello. We’re friends from church. She held a bright-faced […]