Bringing the World to Hope so we can Bring Hope to the World
OAKs (Open Arms of Kindness) has the goal of bringing the world to Hope so we can bring hope to the world.
We want to show God’s love through friendship and hospitality to internationals and to give our community opportunities to open homes and hearts in order to develop lasting relationships with people from other countries.
Imagine being a college student whose family has sacrificed so that you could study in America, but now you are in a strange culture with no friends and no money to visit your family on breaks. You might be a refugee from in a war-stricken country and find yourself in a strange culture with minimal knowledge of the language and no formal schooling. Perhaps you are a high school student spending part of your school year in Elizabethtown to learn English.
OAKs supports these internationals with short-term student hosting opportunities over Thanksgiving and Easter holiday breaks as well as spring and summer breaks. Some of the ways that we connect with students and other internationals who have relocated to our area include hosting social events, sharing friendship suppers and caring for physical needs through care packages.
Kindness is an international language the whole world understands.
For more information on hosting opportunities or events for international students, you may contact Sharon Ogilvie through the church email here.