The CAFO Blog

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 […]


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 […]


Dramatic Growth in Christian Investment in Orphan Care

Giving by Christians to care for orphaned and vulnerable children has grown significantly since 2010 – rising much faster than charitable giving overall. Recently-released data shows last year was no exception. Charitable giving by all Americans grew by a strong 4.1 percent in 2015. But the new ECFA “State of Giving Report” (reporting on 2015 […]


Guatemalan Christians Blazing a Trail

One frequent expression of our deepest prayer at CAFO is this: the local church in every nation known as the primary answer for the orphans of that place. That vision may seem far on the horizon. But what I saw last week in Guatemala reminded that it’s possible. More than 400 Christians from across the […]


New Guidelines for Reintegration of Children into Families

A coalition of leading aid and development agencies this week is rolling out first-of-their-kind “Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration.” These guidelines are designed to provide practitioners, governments, NGOs and other key actors in child welfare with both principles and practical guidance for effective reintegration of children separated from their families for a wide range of reasons, […]


A Moving Short Film: My Friend John

The five-minute film My Friend John gives the firsthand story of two boys, friends on the streets of Kitale, Kenya.   This true tale is all the more powerful for its simplicity. It is understated, yet heavy with both beauty and ache. The film speaks for itself. But I’d like to thank its maker – a […]


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