15 Jan Not Really Good-bye

I left the orphanage over a week ago. It wasn’t a heart-breaking tear fest this time. I didn’t want that again. In fact, when I told the nursery kids one final bedtime story on the night before I left (an epically long tale of how my...

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02 Jan Orphan Resolution

2014 was a good year. I was a little lost at the beginning of it. But then I came to India on a whim, found my way to the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, fell in love with a group of orphaned children, and ended up surrounded by...

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25 Dec Santa at the Orphanage

I’ve always loved Santa. All the improbable details of the legend; his undiscovered fortress at the top of the world; his legion of curious elves; his unconventional use of the common chimney. Everything! Now, I know some religious folks aren’t so down with the Big Guy in...

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21 Dec T’was a Few Nights

As the story goes, Clement Moore was a stodgy, serious academic. A professor of classics at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, Moore had been published, but he wasn’t what you’d call a popular writer. For most of his career, he was best...

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17 Dec Ram Pal’s Book Club

For everyone who was touched by Ram Pal’s sponsorship story, here’s a little follow-up to this new chapter of his life. This week, I received the first letter from his new sponsors in America. Colin and Sarah, in their beautiful exuberance to reach out, wrote a...

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09 Dec My Last Moment Alive

It was 11 o’clock and I was tired. After two days of near constant online nudging, my Orphan Water campaign had hit its goal. 41 contributors for $4000! The Mission was getting a new water system for Christmas. My heart was full. And yet, I was also...

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04 Dec Let It Flow!

Christmas is three weeks away. Here at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, holiday fever is in full swing. Christmas carols blare across the grounds every morning at 7 AM, and strings of colorful lights twinkle around every hostel at night. [caption id="attachment_15457" align="aligncenter" width="800"] April under the...

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01 Dec The Baby’s Gift Idea

Some good news yesterday reminded me of a story. It’s a small piece of parenting advice I was given just before our second child, Jackson, was born, a way to bond our son Logan with his new sister right at the start. I didn’t come up...

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22 Nov Ram Pal’s Sponsor

Life isn’t fair. Why are some children born to well-off, stable, loving parents and others are born into extreme poverty, destined for a life of hardship and hunger? If God controls this, I have no idea how He decides which kids will win the parent lottery...

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