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How We Got Started

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.

In the late ‘90s, Robert was surprised during a business meeting to receive a call from God to build homes for abandoned and abused children. He quickly recognized the many ways that God had been preparing him for this ministry, and began to develop the relationships that would make the first children’s homes possible.

To learn more of the story of how God laid the foundations for this international ministry, read the rest of Robert’s personal story.

The first step towards what would become Arms of Love International was a short-term mission trip out of 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, which in April 2000, took in our first 8 children. The Arms of Love Children’s Home in the Philippines began receiving children in January 2001.

Since these beginnings, Arms of Love has partnered with over 50 churches in the U.S. and around the world, some just down the street from our children’s homes.

To learn more about how you can contribute your skill and resources to our mission of providing a home, a family, and a future to abused and abandoned children, visit any of the following pages:

Sponsor a Child Now
Give Where Needed Most
Volunteer
Short-Term Teams
Become an Advocate

Robert Benson and Girls from Home in NicaraguaRobert Benson, founder of Arms of Love with some of our Nicaraguan girls.