But…Why Are You Here?

It is the question behind the questions. Random Stranger: Do you have kids? Me: Nope. I’m single. And childless. Random Stranger: Ohhhh, what do you do? Me: I work for Thomas Nelson. I do Corporate Communications. Random Stranger: So, you are here for work? Me: No, I actually took vacation to come. I am blogging […]

“When Helping Hurts, Part 2”

Relief: Immediate and temporary emergency aid in which a provider does something for a passive recipient. The Good Samaritan is a great example of a relief effort.  There is a provider and a receiver. When people are helpless, relief is the appropriate intervention. Relief is a handout of material resources. Once the bleeding has stopped, we need […]

“When Helping Hurts”

Dr. Brian Fikkert is a Professor of Economics and the founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the author of […]

“Mentoring America’s Fatherless”

John Sowers, The Mentoring Project The Mentoring Project is an advocacy and training organization that serves as a liaison between faith communities and matching agencies to provide mentors for fatherless youth. Fatherless youth are the engine that is driving a lot of society’s problems (gang violence, teenage pregnancy, etc.). We must see the bigger picture of […]

“The Plight of the Trafficked Orphan”

Tom Davis, Children’s Hope Chest HopeChest is a thriving international ministry to orphans, connecting them to the life transforming power of community-based relationships with Christians in the U.S. and Canada. Trafficking is quickly becoming the biggest crime business in the world, replacing drugs and arms. “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” John 10:10 3 […]

Opening Session, CAFO Summit

Jedd Medefind (Christian Alliance for Orphans) It is not about just taking up another cause. A gospel-fueled love for Orphans entails: When the going gets tough, duty, guilt, and enthusiasm are not enough. We need to be people connected to the Source. 2. When we choose to love the orphans, when we open our homes, […]

Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit

For the next couple of day, I am in Louisville, Kentucky at Southeast Christian Church at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit (aka #summit7). The Summit brings a wide variety of people who are orphan advocates. As Brett Devries said in his opening comments, We are called together to inspire, equip, breathe life into the […]