Orphan care, and the ugly truth

Forget all the sermons you have heard about God’s heart for the orphan, and sit with me for a moment while we talk about the ugly truth.   Orphan care is messy, its frustrating, and everyone I know who has gotten into this line of work for the good feelings and praise has long since left. …

A mother who needs your help

Beletu (far right) is a rock star mom, the kind that can make any child melt into her arms, the kind that never has to raise her voice and yet all her children know exactly what she wants, and are happy to do it for her.  I know because I have watched her for many …

Widows + Orphans = Forever Family

  As I search for words to describe what I am feeling today, I can’t help but think of what it is like to stand up in front of a crowd at the funeral of someone you loved dearly who is gone, the right words simply do not exist, nor is there enough time left …

The last day

Can you imagine what it would be like to put your kids in the car and drive them over to drop them off at an orphanage?   As I write this we just saw the sun go down here in Africa, Jessie and I are getting ready to celebrate the end of 2013 with our …