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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
14 06, 2014

Pirate Day

One summer night, on a family vacation in Cape Cod, I drew a treasure map. Logan and Jackson, maybe eight and six at the time, were asleep upstairs, and I wanted to create a bit

3 06, 2014

Tiger Hunt

The idea was to take the nursery kids on a bus trip. Most all of orphanage life is spent inside the Mission gates, so it’s a huge treat to venture out into the wider world.

30 05, 2014


The game is called Sardines. It’s the opposite of Hide & Go Seek. To play, only one person hides. Then, after ten minutes or so, everyone else goes out in small groups and searches for

21 05, 2014

Coming Soon…

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

12 04, 2014

A few stories

Running an orphanage is no easy task. Feeding, caring for, educating 100 children takes an amazing amount of dedication and love. But to do it for ten years...? While it costs money and takes huge

29 03, 2014

Malika and Jyotika

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

17 03, 2014


This week we launched the first ever GSAM crowd-sourcing campaign on and it has been a huge success. Our initial goal was to raise $4000 for new desks at the mission's school. New students

7 03, 2014

Orphans: Then And Now

I visited The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission three and a half years ago. My family and I took a six month trip around the world back then, volunteering in different countries as we went. I

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