Founded in 2020, Abide to Love was birthed from the Sotolongo family's pursuit of and surrender to God, allowing Him to form in them His heart for the world around us.
Richard and Monica Sotolongo began this organization as an expression of their family's journey with Jesus. Compelled by compassion to love the hurting, broken, and abandoned, they set out to love and care for the broken world around them. For years, they hosted orphan children from other countries. They served as foster parents in their own community. They have adopted three children with special needs from Ukraine. They moved their family to the inner city to love on the poor. They also served as missionaries and have supported orphanages and children ministries in multiple countries.
All of this was done from an identity of sonship, through the spirit of adoption, that is received when placing our faith in Jesus Christ. Monica and Richard have found that the deeper we go into our Heavenly Father's love, the more natural it becomes to lay our lives down to love others.
Their life's goal is to not only continue loving others, but to disciple the body of Christ to do so as well, by equipping and activating the church into abiding ever more deeply in the Father's love.
Richard currently serves as the chairman of the board for Abide to Love, Inc. Monica currently serves as the executive director.
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Our Core Values
All of the ministries of Abide to Love fall under one or more of the following pillars.
Making wrong things right
True justice is fighting for those who have suffered things that they did not deserve nor choose. For this reason we fight for orphans, widows, and the oppressed to bring God's heart of justice into their situation.
Being available to love the one in front of you
God is always working to reach the world and He searches for those He can use to do so. All He needs from us is our availability. Whether it's our neighbors, or serving others globally, we are intentionally available for God's love to flow through us.
Teaching others to do the same
As Christians our calling is not only to love God and love others, but to teach others to do the same. Discipleship is modeling to others a lifestyle of ministry, and encouraging them to become the hands and feet of Jesus in their everyday life.
Our Board of Directors
Richard is a husband and father to 8 children. Richard and his wife, Monica, have hosted orphans from other countries, fostered children in their city, and adopted three children with special needs from eastern Europe. He has a Bachelor's in Math Education and a Master's in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. Richard has worked in the education field for years, ministered in various aspects of church ministry, and served as a missionary both local and abroad. Richard has a heart for justice and for loving and serving abandoned and underprivileged children. His greatest desire is to help others encounter Jesus in an authentic and impactful way so that they find their identity in Him.
George Arroyo, Jr.
George is a graduate of Southeastern University, Warner University, and the United States Sports Academy where he has earned a Bachelor's degree and two Master's degrees, including an MBA. George has pursued his passion of soccer as his career, and has coached and managed several collegiate teams. He currently works as the Head Men's Soccer Coach for Ohio Christian University. George has also organized and facilitated youth camps and community service projects. George brings years of experience in leadership, management and administration. George is married to his wife, Bethany. His passions are his dog, Mango, eating a plant based whole foods diet, and considers himself a fitness and nutrition enthusiast.
Carla is a stay at home wife and mother to three children. She was born to a family of faith fully devoted to serving Jesus in ministry and missions. At fourteen she gave her life to the Lord and has been faithfully serving Jesus ever since. Carla’s ministry is to encourage, train, disciple and release people into the calling that God has for them. Carla and her husband, Michael, live life in obedience to Jesus, serving the community, and desiring to bring the Father’s wholeness and shalom back into families. Carla has a Bachelors from the University of South Florida in Magazine Journalism and a minor in Business Management.
Erika is a graduate of Southeastern University and Florida State University with with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in social work. She has worked as a Regional School Social worker in Polk County, and as an anti-trafficking and adoption advocate for Florida Baptist Children's Home and One More Child. Erika is currently a professor at Southeastern where she is the field director for the Bachelor's program. Her job experience has taught her how to work with the most vulnerable populations and how to walk families through adoptions. Erika is married to her amazing husband, Vincent, and a bonus momma to her sweet Noah. Erika loves people, and believes love and support can restore broken lives.
Caitlin is an adoptive mom and global evangelist. Since beginning full-time ministry with her husband, Javen, in 2011, God's call has led them to restricted nations, remote villages, and unreached people groups. Caitlin has ministered in the USA, Middle East, Europe, South America, and Africa. Caitlin and her husband are the founders of Immerse the Nations and work to unite the body of Christ through intimate relationships with Father God.
Pastor Jeff Moore
After graduating from Tomlinson College in Cleveland, TN with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, Jeff served in various associate pastoral roles such as youth pastor and pastoral care. He also launched a church in Hernando County and served as the lead pastor of that church for 10 years. Currently, Jeff is the associate pastor at Providence Church in Springhill, Fl. He brings over 30 years of ministerial experience. Jeff is passionate about family. He is married to his wife, Tracy, and has two children Katherine and Grayson. Jeff is an avid golfer (a former USGA golf professional) and sports fan. Spending time with family is one of his favorite things to do.
Mel is a devoted husband, father, and servant to Jesus. He began a church with his wife, Alegna, and pastored the church for a decade. During this time they also became foster parents. Mel and his family left pastoral ministry to focus full time on family care and orphan ministry. Mel served in Uganda, Africa lovingly taking care of and discipling many children. As a family they also worked as house parents in several group foster homes in the U.S. Mel has a zeal for the Lord, and for raising up his family. He values strongly discipling others in family values, building healthy family relationships, and serving the fatherless.