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EXPANDED: Guidance for Short-Term Missions Now Paired with Real-Life Models

In March, the Christian Alliance for Orphans released, “Wise Short-Term Missions:  8 Principles for Benefiting Orphans and Vulnerable Children.”  As affirmed in the guide, “Short-term missions trips carry potential for much good and much harm. Wise engagement is critical, especially when we hope to benefit children.” Now, an expanded version of the guide is available, […]


First-of-its-Kind CAFO Grant for Innovation in Family-Based Care Solutions

The Christian Alliance for Orphans is thrilled to announce the first-of-its-kind “Expanding Family Solutions Grant Challenge.” Passion and self-sacrifice are often at the root of service to vulnerable children and families.  That’s as essential as it is beautiful.   Without these commitments of the heart, humanitarian work can be little more than lifeless systems.  Love, not […]


Changing Mindsets & Practices

ACCI Relief Engaging Christian faith based actors in deinstitutionalisation and child welfare systems reforms   Although CAFO recommends these resources for further learning and exploration, it does not necessarily endorse or agree with every resource on every point.


The 7 Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Missions

1. God-Centeredness An excellent short-term mission seeks first God’s glory and his kingdom, and is expressed through our: Purpose — Centering on God’s glory and his ends throughout our entire STM process Lives — Sound biblical doctrine, persistent prayer, and godliness in our thoughts, words, and deeds Methods — Wise, biblical, and culturally-appropriate methods which […]


Journeys of Faith, Session 5

Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children A Study Guide for Journeys of Faith     Although CAFO recommends these resources for further learning and exploration, it does not necessarily endorse or agree with every resource on every point.


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