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

Rating: 5 stars  

Who knew a college spring break trip 20 years ago would still bring goodness today?

I spent a week at the orphanage of Arms of Love Nicaragua in 2001 as a college senior. I saw children's lives transformed, as they came off the streets and were given a home and a family.

When I sought meaningful adventure for my husband and four children a decade and a half later, I returned and was awed by the continuity of this home and family. Though the staff has grown, the psychologist remains the same. One of the children I'd played with in the orphanage serve at Arms of Love served as our able and skilled translator and guide during our month there.

The mission of Arms of Love expands beyond the children who live there. They also tutor and equip the most-at-risk children in their community.

I now serve on the board alongside Juan, another child I met during that spring break trip years ago. Now married, he lives in Colorado and shines as an example of the importance of this place.

Just as the love of a family lasts after childhood, Arms of Love commits to caring its charges beyond their years at the home. This isn't an institution; it's where Jesus' love intersects a great need.

Role:  Board Member