In 1992, 25 years ago, half my life ago, Traca and I bought an antique votive holder. The Catholic Church has used these little alters for centuries, allowing the faithful to buy a candle and light it for a loved one or some other prayer-worthy...

Living here at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, we get emails every week from random people asking for information on how to start an orphanage. Judging by the sheer number of these inquiries, starting an orphanage is a very common dream—which is encouraging. There are...

While I’m here in India, I’ve been watching the U.S. Health Care bill start and stop its way through the Senate. Whether you love Obamacare or Trumpcare, I can’t help but think...

Do you ever wish you could make a real difference in the world, but you just don’t know where to start? Or you’d like to make a donation to some worthy cause, but you wonder where your money will actually end up. And what if you...

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...