The CAFO Blog


Of Bono, Capitalism and Orphans

Prism Magazine this month carries an excellent article by Rudy Curasco titled “Bono on Capitalism with a Conscience.”  Although not addressing orphans directly, it touches incisively on a vital question:  what really lifts people from poverty? For orphan advocates, that should always be an essential query.  Poverty is a primary driver of the orphan crisis.  […]

Addressing Poverty is Rocket Science

This month’s Christianity Today carries an important piece from Richard Stearns, author of The Hole in Our Gospel.  The article, titled “Solving Poverty Is Rocket Science,” expresses articulately the point we often seek to make on this blog:  that good intentions aren’t enough, and that responsible Christians are called not only to love, but to […]

More Than Good Intentions–II

Yesterday’s post highlighted the critical importance of study, preparation, reflection and diligence in seeking to serve orphans.  The assumption that good intentions are sufficient often makes for ugly outcomes.  True love always seeks to serve wisely and well. As noted, thoughtful Christians have every reason to draw from insightful researchers and effective practitioners of all […]

More Than Good Intentions

The story of philanthropy—both Christian and nonreligious—is often one of noble intention that accomplishes little.  Sometimes, it’s even made matters worse.  I remember hearing Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf put words to this dilemma a few years ago at a gathering in Washington, DC.  She described billions and billions of western aid dollars spent on her […]

“When Helping Hurts”

Below are notes from the first of Brian Fikkert’s sessions at the Summit. If you are interested in notes from his other session and other breakouts I attended, feel free to check out more on my blog. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on […]