WHAT WE BELIEVE
The mission of Arms of Love is to give abandoned and abused children in Nicaragua and the Philippines a home, a family, and a future, with the hope that they will become the leaders of tomorrow in their communities and churches. In 2013, our mission expanded in both countries, and now also focuses on helping vulnerable children in our local neighborhoods who are highly susceptible to illness, hunger, lack of education, trafficking and exploitation due to extreme poverty.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The seeds of our ministry were planted early in the life of Robert Benson, the founder of Arms of Love International. Himself a child of abandonment and abuse, Robert was welcomed into a new family that prayed for him, cared for him, and gave him the foundation in life that was necessary to later become a loving father and a successful attorney.
Robert was surprised during a business meeting to sense the call from God to build homes for abandoned and abused children. He quickly recognized the many ways that God had been uniquely preparing him for this undertaking, and Robert began to develop the relationships that would make the first children’s homes possible.
The first step, towards what would become Arms of Love International, was a short-term mission trip with a volunteer team from the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of San Jose, California in 1998.
The relationships built on that trip enabled us to establish the children’s home in Nicaragua, and in April 2000 we took in our first 8 children. The Arms of Love Children’s Home in the Philippines began receiving children in January 2001.
WHAT WE DO
At Arms of Love, we provide a home and a loving family for children who desperately need a safe place to live and grow. Additionally our young adults have the access and opportunity to change the legacies of their families through higher education ... and we are empowering vulnerable local families so our communities are healthier and stronger.