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Rumblings of Deep Change in Guatemala

Last Thursday night, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake sent shockwaves from the ocean floor off Mexico’s southern coast. Harm was significant in southern Mexico. Even in Guatemala City where I was, tall buildings swayed like trees in a storm. But a very different kind of rumbling came the next two days, with potential to leave an […]


Southern Africa Orphan Summit: Heartache and Hope

When we enter the “fields of the fatherless” with open hearts, we so often encounter the world at it’s most broken and most beautiful simultaneously. I felt that afresh this week in South Africa at the Southern Africa Orphan Summit – led by African Christians and co-hosted by CAFO. As the Summit opened, we received […]


Archbishop of Ukraine: “A Day When the Whole Nation Takes a Stand for Orphans”

Throughout Ukraine last month, thousands of churches celebrated Orphan Sunday.  Increasingly, both Catholic and Orthodox churches—the large majority in Ukraine—are joining Protestant in placing special accent on the call to care for Ukraine’s orphans.  This year, the President of Ukraine even issued an official proclamation urging all churches to celebrate Orphan Sunday. Together, Christians across […]


Response to Request from Senator Graham to CAFO

In May, CAFO testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Operations Sub-Committee on U.S. action for orphans and vulnerable children globally.  (See text of the testimony here.)  Following the hearing, the Committee continued its work by issuing requests for more in-depth discussion of specific issues.  One follow-up question for CAFO came from Senator Lindsey Graham.  The […]


Response to Senator Graham’s Inquiry: The Permanency Center Concept

Following the US Senate Foreign Operations Budget Hearing on Children in Adversity, the Committee directed several written questions from Senators to those who had testified for formal response.  I received a particular thoughtful question from Senator Lindsey Graham, which is below.   In it, he asks for particular opportunities for effective public-private-faith based partnership on […]


Glimpses of a Church Rising for the Fatherless–the Philippines

One way to express the heartbeat of the CAFO community is this:  that the local church in every nation become the primary answer for the needs of orphans in their midst. Within the U.S., that’s especially things like foster care, mentoring, and foster-to-adopt…as well as humbly offering whatever support we can to ministries that work […]