The CAFO Blog

The Importance of Showing Up at the Field

I grew up in a small farming community in Kansas.  During High School, I worked for my best friend’s dad in their family’s wheat fields during harvest. While I did a few different things for him, my primary job was to drive the wheat truck.  The list of qualifications to drive a wheat truck is […]


5 Big Takeaways from CAFO2017

CAFO2017 was unforgettable.  As we’re hearing from so many people now back “on mission” across the US and around the world, five big themes keep popping up.  They struck a deep chord in many hearts.  I pray they’ll continue to shape us all over the year ahead. 1) God uses brokenness to create beauty. “Dust […]


Justice and the Inner Life

“I’m just not sure I can keep going,” he said. He and his wife had moved to Africa to serve in their mid-20s, eyes bright. But after nearly a decade of high highs and low lows, the disappointments seemed to dwarf the progress. “I feel like I’m done.” I’ve heard similar words from adoptive moms […]


Christian Giving for Orphans Keeps Rising: The Power of Together

Talk of “working together” are buzzwords, often said and rarely done. But when it is done well, there’s little more compelling…or impactful. I recall how struck I was when I first learned about the Christian Alliance for Orphans. I was serving in the White House, and some of CAFO’s volunteers leaders asked if I’d be […]


STORIES THAT STIR THE SOUL: Talking adoption, foster care and faith with the author of “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Great Gilly Hopkins”

For many readers, stories written by Katherine Paterson reach deeper into the human heart than those of any other author.   At first glance, her books like Bridge to Terabithia seem to be simple children’s literature. Yet they take us spelunking into experiences that we all share as humans, but often fear to express – from […]


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