In the middle of the night, there was a knock on my door. Actually, I wasn’t sure it was my door. I’m staying in the Big Boys hostel and it has an open central courtyard in the middle of all the rooms—so sound does funny things....

This past week, Clifton and Rick Shipway celebrated a huge milestone: their ten-year anniversary running the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission. Clifton’s grandfather, Maxton Strong, started the Mission back in 1947. When he passed away in 2003, some of his staff members saw an opportunity. With no...

It’s not just little kids here at the orphanage. To take care of 100 children, the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission requires a diverse staff that come from all walks of life. During my stay here, I’ll be highlighting a few of these support people, beginning with...

Change is hard. It’s been a few days since Malika and Jyotika first arrived at the Mission and it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. A few people have asked for an update, so here's where things stand of today. [caption id="attachment_336" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Malika and Jyotika on...

For the past month and a half, I’ve had the unique pleasure of living at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission with 100 orphaned and abandoned children. These kids have taught me so much in such a short time. So here are a few things I’ve...

Try to imagine the girls you are about to meet are not girls in a story. They are real, like girls you know. Their names are Malika and Jyotika. Malika is nine years old. Her younger sister is seven. They live in Rudrapur, India, an...

“It’s better to give than to receive.” This bit of pithy wisdom was originally attributed to Jesus by Luke (or whoever wrote the book of Acts), and it’s most often used by adults to encourage kids not to be so greedy. As every parent knows,...

In 1999, my best friend, Shayne Worcester, was murdered. He was just walking home one night with a friend through the Russian Hill area of San Francisco, a posh and statistically safe section of the city. It was his last night in town. But as he...

I believe that we all want to change the world. I know I do. Maybe not the whole world—although that would be amazing, wouldn’t it? But at least a small part of it. It’s like a little voice, a tiny hero in my heart that calls...

Parent’s Day at an orphanage sounds like an oxymoron. Like Jumbo Shrimp or Business Ethics: two contradictory terms joined together for effect. In fact it sounds like an expression I might use to make an outrageous comparison of some kind. Something like: “There was so much...