When you support Open Arms International, you are rescuing children from abuse and abandonment and placing them in the loving embrace of caring parents. Would you give today?
Recently, a team from New Hope Community Church (Happy Valley, Oregon) volunteered at Open Arms Village and facilitated a house parent retreat.
Eight couples love and raise 150 children who call Open Arms Village their home. In addition to raising a large family, they also work full-time at Open Arms Academy, the fish farm, the bakery, the animal farm, the garden, a grinding mill, or hosting teams - all vital to keeping the Village running smoothly.
New Hope pastor, John Rosensteel, declared that each parent is his new hero. He fondly remembers how astonished he was at each parents' eager heart to return to Open Arms Village, and their deep desire to hug and love their children. He said,
"As we approached the Village, the children began cheering and running to be embraced by their parents. That's what Open Arms is about. It's a little piece of heaven on earth."
John recorded this sweet reunion on his cell phone. You can see the joy and hear the laughter as the house parents arrived at the Village.
The embrace of a loving parent can change the world for a child. Just $9.04 provides a day of hope and safety.
Thank you for joining us on Good Friday. We hope you were inspired and encouraged by Ken's story of God's restoration!
Below is a video of Ken's presentation. We hope you will watch it again or share it with a friend who might be encouraged by his message.
Enjoy a quick message from our Title Sponsors
Thrivent Financial is grateful to you for participating in the Portland Good Friday Breakfast and we thank Ken Calwell for sharing his inspiring story. May you feel God's power in your life and, until the Kingdom comes, may we all be good stewards of the blessings we have received in his name.
Pearson Financial Group and Warner Pacific thank Open Arms International for blessing our community with another spiritually enriching Good Friday Breakfast, and for bringing Ken Caldwell to inspire us with his journey of faith, hope and life transforming renewal.
Thank You Sponsors!
It's Not Just Children Whose Lives Are Being Changed at the Open Arms Village.
Big Peoples' Lives Are Being Changed Too.
She started her own business - a small grocery kiosk in a nearby town. It's incredible what can happen when people have a job with a reliable income. It's incredible when we can help them do it.
Eusilah Jebet joined our Open Arms staff in Kenya in 2010. For almost seven years now she has worked diligently as part of our housekeeping staff.
With a smile on her face, Eusilah, in her own words, is "thankful to God because He has brought me so far since Open Arms employed me. My salary has allowed me to build my family, educate my children and meet other financial needs."
Your financial support through Open Arms does miracles. It employs people. It feeds their children and sends them to school. It helps them start their own businesses. It helps them become self-sustaining.
Eusilah said that one of her prayers is that God will help Open Arms to grow by adding sponsors.
Will you consider being an answer to Eusilah's prayer today? Your gift makes a big difference - starting in the lives of those inside our Village and spreading to those outside as well. How wonderful to think you're an answer to someone's prayer. Thank you!
This is the bible verse that Eusilah quoted when we sat down to talk to her:
1 John 4:7 - "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."
Your gift of $25 will give the average worker in Kenya 3 days of employment. Will you help us provide for more people and families today?
Counting it a real honor to work with Eusilah,
Open Arms recently welcomed twin babies to our family! They are the fifth set of twins to join us at the Village, and they bring our total number of children to an incredible 139. Victor and Pamela were placed in our care after Child Welfare removed them from an unsafe home situation. When we received these precious eighteen-month-old children, they only weighed 13 pounds each. Would you join us in praying for these sweet babies, that they would begin to grow and thrive with the love and care they receive at Open Arms? We are so grateful for the privilege of raising them to know and follow Jesus, and we're excited to see where He leads them.