About Outstretched Hands

Outstretched Hands (OH) brings together people in Romania and other countries who are dedicated to reaching impoverished children, and other poor, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Due to the poor conditions in Romania, it is vital to have a comprehensive plan that not only focuses on saving souls, but also on ministering to obvious physical needs. They also need to know that there is a God who loves them deeply and who has a purpose for their lives; but spiritual darkness prevails amidst the extreme poverty and lack of purpose.

Brad & Nora Hayes and their family are originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA) but have lived as missionaries in Romania since 2001. While living in the U.S. the Hayes family actively worked together to serve the poor and needy and bring them the good news of Jesus Christ. In 1996 Brad first visited Romania on a short-term mission trip and there realized the Lord was calling his family to uproot and relocate to Romania. In 2003 the Hayes family founded the mission's organization Outstretched Hands of Romania (OH) located in Calarasi, Romania. The OH ministry and its team continue to grow in its activities and influence as they fulfill their God-given vision to "raise an army of children and poor to bring the gospel to the unreached parts of Romania". The expansion of the OH ministry allows Brad to travel internationally and speak about world missions, outreach, and evangelism . . . the passion of Jesus' heart.

Our Plan is to work with, and through, the local churches around Calarasi to evangelize and establish more churches. We welcome the involvement of churches, individuals, and short-terms missions groups to assist us in reaching this area. Equipping, supporting, and mentoring leaders is a vital aspect of OH in order to fulfill our vision. There are over 100 small villages around Calarasi, which have no real Christian influence. By assisting churches, OH also has many opportunities to meet physical needs and distribute aid gathered from other countries.

Outstretched Hands of Romania is organized as a 501(c)(3) organization.

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