Just two months after they were married, Tyler and Hanna Liv Workman knew the Lord was calling them to something different, something unique and something that seemed really big and outrageous to most people who heard their vision. On October 24, 2008, they sat down in their living room with two good friends and incorporated Okoa Refuge in Florida. Shortly after, they applied for their 501(c)3 not for profit status. After a lot of paperwork, some invaluable help from friends and hours of prayer, they received their tax-exempt status on July 9, 2009.
Okoa started as a dream. It started as a home for just a few children. It started as two newlyweds who lived off half of their outside income and poured the rest into the organization. It started as two full time workers who, after selling, packing and shipping everything they owned couldn't even afford to pay themselves from the meager donations to the organization. Okoa has become an incredible movement of God in Uganda.
They reside permanently in Masaka, Uganda where they joyfully and wildly raise their six children.
To learn about the Workmans and Okoa Refuge, please visit okoarefuge.org.