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Southern African Leaders Gather for the Fatherless

Sixty leaders from thirteen nations in Southern Africa gathered recently in Pretoria, South Africa. The Southern Africa Leadership Forum, coordinated by Together Africa Without Orphans (TAWO), was designed to motivate participants, churches and NGO’s to work together to promote and support family based care and family preservation around the African continent. Comprised of lawyers, church […]


Turning the Hearts of the Fathers to the Children

The simple role of father is to give provision and protection for his family. But Fatherhood goes much deeper – developing the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and financial well-being of the child. To do this, dads need to be present in their children’s lives. Yet so many children today around the world are growing up fatherless. […]


Building Local Capacity through Short Term Missions

It’s mid-summer in the US, and that means hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians are departing and returning from short-term missions around the world. Many of these teams visit orphans in developing nations, conduct Vacation Bible Schools, assist with building projects, and share the love of Christ with everyone they come to meet. For many […]


Happy Independence Day! Or is it?

Throughout their young lives, we prepare our children for independence. From a young age, we teach them to be careful around strangers, look both ways before crossing the street, and eat their vegetables. As they enter school-age, we praise their accomplishments and stick with them through their challenges, and attend their games, recitals and plays. […]


Seven Vital Gift Habits: What Can We Do To Grow Down?

A central theme of CAFO2016 was growing down before upward. (See the talk, “Growing Down.”) It’s fair to ask, why would this matter for people already so committed to justice and mercy? Because nothing but this downward growth will enable us to persevere through the heartache, disappointments and struggle that inevitably come as we draw […]


Is Your First Desire to Grow Upward…Or Down?

The CAFO2016 talk “Growing Down” explores why it is that, if we hope to persevere in long journeys of justice and mercy, we must grow down before we grow upward. Of course, most of us would say we do desire to grow down – to nurture a rich inner life, to be a person of […]