About John Marshall

John is a returning volunteer to the mission, he first came to the mission in 2010 with his family, then came alone in 2014 and finally with his daughter in 2015. He is a nine time Emmy Award winning TV producer and author of the book "Wide Open World". You can find out more about John on www.JohnMarshall.com


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 ended up distinguishing himself during a particularly bloody battle


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 here at our orphanage. His mother Ana is a Mission supporter—but the books are Mathias’s idea. When he mentions it to his teacher at school,

Dear J.K. Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowling First off: It’s an honor to write you this letter, imagining through some twist of Internet magic that you might actually see it. If that happens, let me just say: I’m a huge fan. Like the rest of the world, I loved your Harry Potter series and enjoyed reading each book out

Boys In The Trees

The tree began its life many years ago. No one knows for sure when. One hundred, maybe one hundred and fifty years back (it’s hard to tell with trees without cutting them open), a mango seed landed on the ground here at the Mission and started growing. It wasn’t a big moment, and no one

Frozen Night Games

I like the word frivolous. As an adjective, it’s defined as “not having any serious purpose or value,” yet for some reason, things like that have always attracted me. I once wrote a screenplay about a superhero with the powers of a cow. I still make elaborate cardboard cutouts and pose with them at sunset

The Monsoon

Each year, when the land heats up faster than the surrounding ocean, the usual air currents are reversed over most of India, drawing huge amounts of moisture into a month-long storm known as the monsoon. Rice farmers depend on this deluge every year to flood their fields and support their crops. Rice grows best in


This post was originally from www.johnmarshall.com... I love traditions. Traditions are the unique signature of family life. They are the touchstones upon which the years unfold; the simple predictability that says: This is how we celebrate, this is how we love each other, this is our home. Whether boring or full of fun, carefully planned


It’s been a quiet week. School is in session. The wheat is growing. Small jobs are getting done. Life is going on. I (John) thought I’d just give a few snapshots of the farm at this moment. Here goes. As I grab my camera and step outside, it’s 5:30 PM. Tuition (after-school tutoring) is over