Kevin and Melissa Hansen have been married for ten years and have five children. However, their journey and calling to start Reach Orphans Worldwide began long ago. Upon initial dating in 2002, they mutually felt God calling them together not only for each other, but also for His greater purpose and plan. From layoffs to health problems, their personal journey seemed like an endless uphill battle. Yet, little did they know that every challenging step along the way was necessary in order to prepare them for what was ahead.
In their careers as a Registered Nurse and Firefighter Paramedic, Melissa and Kevin were often first to treat others during heartbreaking circumstances. It was during these times that God continued to challenge their hearts even more in the area of giving. The lingering question of, “Why were we blessed with loving families growing up?” did not leave them. In 2012, multiple doors opened and before long they found themselves visiting orphanages in El Salvador, hosting children from Ukraine during the summers, and most importantly learning about a desperate need.
God’s calling dramatically changed their life, took them across the world into third world countries, where they came face to face with vulnerable suffering children in need of food, shelter and a family. The calling to adopt their children was so strong that they journeyed to Ukraine a total of five times in three years. In June 2015, they finally arrived home with all five of their beautiful children. A celebration words could not begin to express.
Unable to forget the millions of children left behind, Kevin and Melissa decided to create an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that would reach those children who may never be adopted or reached otherwise. It is their vision that every child knows the love of Jesus and the plan He has for their life. The mission of Reach Orphans Worldwide is clearly stated in the name . . .
In order to start an entire program in any country, state or city, there must be a specific plan that is broken down into phases, each relying on the other to create one successful program. That is why Reach Orphans Worldwide has implemented a four-phase program carefully designed to position us the workers, in a way that will facilitate long-lasting change.
RESEARCH & COMMUNICATION
TRAINING & OUTREACH PROGRAMS
We work with amazing partners in the countries we serve. Through them, you can sponsor individual children and invest in their future. Click on the LEARN MORE links to sponsor a child through their organization.
LOVE & HOPE
HERITAGE UKRAINE FOUNDATION
VILLAGE OF HOPE
THE FAMILY NETWORK
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