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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 […]


Three Principles for Church Orphan Care Ministry Leaders to Consider

I recently spent time with a pastor in Kansas City. Just eight months prior he had become the new senior pastor at a large, historic, traditional church. One of the first things he learned as he settled into his new role was that the church had spent years investing in an adoption fund – but had […]


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 […]


Breathtaking Video from CAFO2015 — and Upcoming FLT Broadcast

The most visually stunning moment of CAFO2015 came at the end of the first day’s live interview with Jen Bricker.  The striking young woman in a wheelchair had just finished sharing the truth-is-stranger story of her life.  She’d been left at the hospital as an infant without legs. But her adoptive parents taught her to […]


New 90-Second Video Released: National HELP Week for Child Welfare Professionals

From the State Legislature to Federal Agencies to the White House, I often saw the same thing:  dedicated men and women who’d gone in to public service with high hopes of doing great good…now weary and discouraged.  They’d started years before with bright eyes, wanting most of all to “make a difference” — from child […]


Keeping Marriage Strong in the Adoption or Foster Journey

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. But anyone who’s walked a difficult adoption or foster care journey will tell you: one of the first places the strain is felt is in your marriage.  That’s certainly been true for Rachel and me.  I know it is the case also for many others serving wounded children in […]