About John Marshall

John is a nine-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer and the author of the Random House release "Wide-Open World," a memoir about the six months he spent volunteering his way around the world with his family. Through his organization New Orphan Age, John now spends much of his creative time and talent working for orphan projects around the world. You can learn more about John at his website: www.JohnMarshall.com

Another Hero

Living here at The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, we get emails every week from random people asking for information on how to start an orphanage. Judging by the sheer number of these inquiries, starting an orphanage is a very common dream—which is encouraging. There are millions of desperate children in the world who need homes,


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

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