When I was six years old, I won this coin. [caption id="attachment_553" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The US mint printed over 44 million of these coins in 1921. It is 90% silver and, in poor condition like mine, is valued at $31 dollars. In mint condition, it's worth...

When my children were little, Traca and I had a frustrating rule. On Christmas morning, they couldn’t go downstairs until we said they could. No matter how excited they were, they had to wait at the top of the stairs until we got a few things...

I’ve been noticing a relationship between time and attractiveness here at the orphanage. It’s not exactly the theory of relativity but it goes like this: The longer you spend with someone, the more beautiful they become to you. I’ve seen this principle at work recently at...

What was the happiest moment of your life? This is one of the questions I’ve been asking the Mission kids as part of our new sponsorship program questionnaire. I thought it would be an easy one for them to answer but many of them struggle with...

On April 14th, three hundred girls were taking their final exams. It was a big day. Their school, an elite girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, had been closed for a while due to increasing threats from an Islamist extremist group known as Boko Haram....

Many people have been trying to marry me off lately. When I first arrived here at the Mission, I didn’t want to talk about the fact that I was divorced. So few Indian marriages end that way and I didn’t want the kids to be disappointed...

I loved being a dad. Of all the job titles I’ve ever had, “father” was, and is, by far my favorite. I was never so thrilled by the newborn stage, but, other than that, as soon as my kids were old enough to interact, I was...

Orphanages have a bad rap these days. It’s almost become a negative term. When I type the word “orphanage” into Google just now, many of the stories I find highlight the darker side of orphanage life. One of the first sites that comes up, www.orphanage.no, portrays...

I love my mosquito net. In fact, I can divide my time at the orphanage into two periods: Before Mosquito Net and After Mosquito Net. I certainly remember the change-over night. I was trying to sleep one evening when the power went out. This happens a lot...

Discipline is an issue when you’re raising 100 children. With a minimal staff, the ratio of kids to supervising adults is about ten to one, so the potential for anarchy and chaos is never far away. For this reason, when rules are broken, consequences are immediate...