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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.