After a series of short term trips to a government-run orphanage in a village in northeastern Ukraine, a small and eager team of a few 20-something-year-old girls decided to move to Ukraine to help the orphans. It was a mission of love to help specific kids we had come to know and love at the Pravdinska Orphanage. We didn’t want them to grow into the statistics of prostitution, prison, unemployment, and suicide. We wanted them to grow, to thrive, and to know God’s love for them. We firmly believed in relationships being a necessary part of helping change their lives. 1 John 3:18 says, ”Let us not love in words or tongue, but in actions and in truth.” We wanted that to be the way we loved them and how they would come to know His Love. And so OAU was born.
Now, over 10 years since the idea of Open Arms was formed, we still strongly believe that lasting, eternal impact in their lives requires building genuine relationships with them and simply being a part of their lives. Sometimes that looks like a coffee date; sometimes it’s taking them to get a painful tooth pulled; sometimes it’s putting 18 candles on a cake and giving a kid a birthday party; sometimes it’s just sitting down together to eat dinner and watching a movie. Click here to read more of Our Story.
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