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Review for ARMS OF LOVE INTERNATIONAL, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Having been a sponsor for many years.. I’ve lost count hehe.. and visited both Brazos de Amor, Nicaragua and Arms of Love, Philippines.. this organization has brought so much joy in my heart and has always been an inspiration in my life. I love love love! kids and maybe I’ll adopt 500 kids someday. But for a start, I stumbled upon this organization awhile back (yes, Google and maybe work of God’s hands too.. hehe..)
As an organization they rescued these kids who needed a loving home. They have these amazing house parents that I get to meet and had gotten to know in both countries that gave them unconditional love and warmth and so much joy and belongingness and guidance as a family unit. This truly made me fall in love with Arms of Love even more. Family. God. Faith. We can be an instrument of God’s love in many many ways.. grand or small.. this can be one of them.. :) you can be a volunteer or a sponsor. And I would highly recommend Arms of Love and will even give you a phone call if you have any questions and if you ever plan to be a sponsor. :) Making a difference in a child’s life.. giving the child back the self worth that was once taken away from them and giving them the capacity to dream big.. surely makes my heart happy. I hope it can do wonders for your heart too.
And the many kids who’s hearts are waiting to be loved like God’s unconditional love for us. We can be life givers and change the world, one child at a time. ❤️

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Review for ARMS OF LOVE INTERNATIONAL, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

08/02/2017 My story started when I moved to the United States from Bohol and I started my first job. At first with all these money earned and I have nobody to support nor have student loans to pay, I spent it on traveling, shopping, concerts, parties and bazillion shoes. ( I blame New York City jk) But then I felt the emptiness. I wasn't genuinely happy. I wanted to have meaning in life so I make it a promise to myself to give back a little of my hard earnings back home. I wanted to make a difference in this world. I was looking for an organization that strictly doesn't involve Philippine politics. And also doesn't involve family relatives back home. It's different when you give anonymously and sincerely. I know a little bit of Philippine politics since I grew up there and some of my relatives are politicians. Money sent from overseas doesn't really go directly to those who needs it. Let's just say they keep it for themselves or attached their names when they do have outreach missions. I found Arms of Love, Bohol. (via Google) I Thank God for Google. hehe. They have an orphanage back in my hometown of Bohol where I grew up and it is based in Colorado. They shelter orphans who were abused and mistreated and who doesn't have a loving home. They put them through good schools in my province. Not just public schools but pretty good private schools in Bohol. And the Arms of Love kids in school are excelling in both curricular and extracurricular activities. But what I'm very much in love with Arms of Love International is that they have house parents who acts as their mom and dad and as a role model. The boys have house parents. The girls have house parents. These kids are surrounded with so much love and support by these house parents. Also, I super love the fact that they have Bible studies. The Arms of Love family teach them about God. That.. made me even more in love with the community. I was drawn immediately to the inspiring idea so signed up to be a sponsor. I've known Gele through them. The girl I sponsored. I think I was 23 and she was 9. She's like my little sister. Throughout the years of writing letters our friendship grew. She's in college now. Full of light and love. I love receiving her letters about her school adventures from grade school to high school and her daily life growing up at Arms of Love and her relationship with God and I love the fact that Arms of Love is centered around Christ. These kids have Jesus in their hearts. No matter what life throws at you, I truly believe if you have God at the center of it all, you can face every struggles and challenges with a smile and even a giggle.
I lived in the US for 11 years now.. turning 12. I've only visited Arms of Love Bohol once because every time I go there I make time for my relatives and friends in Tagbilaran City, Cebu and Manila and in the neighboring countries. Next time I'll give a week or two to stay home in my hometown of Bohol and hang out with the kids since my mom and dad are moving back. I love the fact that I can speak visayan to the kids. And they'll laugh because I speak very much Bol-anon visayan. It feels home to them one of their sponsors is "taga-Bohol" (from Bohol).
I also went to Arms of Love, Nicaragua. I was friends with Geoff on Facebook and for some reason my card gets expired or declined so he always get in touch. hehe. So when he posted that he's going to Nicaragua. I signed up for it without hesitation and without knowing anybody. I also have struggles in my own life that I needed this exotic-I-dare-you-to-go-Anna-Lynn getaway. I don't belong to a church family here in New Jersey (maybe I should do that). But I do go to mass every Sunday. And I do think God always has my back that He brought me to Nicaragua. I fell in love with Arms of Love, Nicaragua. The kids' warm hugs and laughter and playfulness cured my sad soul. I love that we had Bible sharing everyday with the girls and they incorporate it with their daily experiences. It was so much fun going there. Arms of Love International brought my faith back. As much as we teach them about God and Faith ( Vineyard Church of the Rockies is amazing), they return taught me about genuine love and selflessness. So being a sponsor at Arms of Love is a blessing. It gave my life meaning. And I hope in my own little way, I can be a light and of service to the Arms of Love International both in Bohol and Nicaragua. Also an inspiration to those who would love to sponsor these amazing kids. :)
xoxo
Anna Lynn Racho

Role:  Donor