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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 […]


 Moving Photos from Nepal that Reveal Much

When Westerners view the wider world through their TVs and computer screens, they often see little more than images of need. It’s civil war and tsunami, poverty and famine. (The notable exceptions to this tend to be images of natural beauty.)  Perhaps that’s unavoidable. Sensationalism and struggle are always far more likely to be recounted […]


Prayers for Orphan Sunday

As we enter the week of Orphan Sunday, it’s life-giving to see the myriad ways that Orphan Sunday will glimmer around the globe.  From family discussions over the Orphan’s Table to region-wide events, I suspect 2012 will be the most meaningful Orphan Sunday ever.   I’m especially excited about the film Zambia’s Gift to the World, […]


Prayer as Summit Arrives

I received an email this morning from a dear family friend, Lisa, who has moved with her husband and eight children to Kenya for one year.  (I can’t imagine moving with my five little ones to Kentucky right now, let alone to the southern hemisphere.)  They are serving together through Alliance member Agape Children’s Ministry, […]


Orphan Sunday is Upon Us! (And it’s amazing to see what’s happening)

After months of anticipation, Orphan Sunday is upon us!  It’s nothing short of amazing to hear about the countless events planned across the U.S.:  families gathering around “The Orphan’s Table”…small groups watching the “Answer the Cry” DVD and discuss its implications… entire churches rallying on Sunday morning…as well as Heart Gallery showings…concerts…student events…and so much […]


Join Christians Worldwide in Guided Prayer and Worship for the Fatherless

Orphan Sunday is especially about locally-led events, from church services to small group meals and discussion.  But one event this year will unite Christians around the world in shared prayer and worship for the fatherless.   Families, small groups and entire churches will be including this “LIVE from Kansas City!” webcast as part of their local […]