Author: John Marshall

I left my job in TV back in 2013. Thanks to the sale of my book, Wide-Open World, I’ve been able to live without a steady paycheck since then, while also helping my kids through college and re-prioritizing my life. Really, it’s been an amazing four years. After...

This is a scary story. It’s about a place that is so forgotten, so dark and hopeless, it’s all but unfit for human habitation. The fact that this place also happens to be the only bathroom for a group of teenage orphan girls makes it a...

I watched a movie the other night called Hacksaw Ridge. Have you seen it? It’s a Mel Gibson film about a conscientious objector named Desmond Doss who joined the US Army during World War II. Though he refused to carry a gun into battle, Private Doss...

I’ve heard a lot of talk since the U.S. election about what could happen to abortion rights in the years ahead. President Trump already reinstated the so-called "Global Gag" rule, forbidding US-funded health groups around the world from providing or even discussing abortion with their patients....

Don’t volunteer at orphanages! It’s a sentiment that’s been gaining popularity in orphan circles lately and usually I argue against it. I’ve had and seen too many good volunteer experiences to back any blanket condemnation of the practice. But I do understand the logic behind the...

For anyone feeling mired in recent political events, here’s a bit of inspiration I ran across recently. It’s the story of Anand and Rosie Thandu. Anand and Rosie were born and raised in India, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. They knew each other as children...

My birthday was never much of a big deal. Being born on the 21st of December, four days before Christmas, it often got overlooked amid all the holiday preparations. I remember one year when I was a boy, maybe 10 years old, I received only one...

I’m heading back to India soon. My own kids are going to be in Maine for the holidays and I am not. So if I’m not going to be with them, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission. Spending Christmas...

So there’s this fourteen-year-old boy living in Singapore. His name is Mathias. And one day, Mathias decides he wants to send some of his old books to the children living at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, the orphanage that has become my second home in India....

Donald Trump is Evil! My Facebook feed is full of this message today. From pastors and teachers and dear sweet friends, I hear the same refrain: Trump will destroy America. He will probably destroy the world. He is a dangerous, rude, racist, fear monger who is...