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Opening Day 2015 in Brazil

On Saturday, February 28th our mission stations throughout Brazil kicked-off the school year with a record number of children participating.  It was big start, with many of our programs having more than 100 children in attendance on the first day. Opening day started with a variety of activities from soccer, dance,  logic & reason games, painting, and more.  Most importantly there was “Quest,” our

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Family Fun Night a Big Success

Team Building and Fun Go Together! On Friday February 20, the RBC Family-Quest Brazil team hosted a Family Fun Night at Reston Bible Church as a team building exercise.  About 230 people (55 families!) came out despite record cold temperatures to play games, make crafts, watch movies, and devour pizza, popcorn, and ice cream. The mission team had its first chance to work together

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Open Arms participates in 4º Annual Justice & Mercy Amazon Pastor’s Conference

In February this year Justice & Mercy Amazon held their 4º Annual Amazon Pastor’s Conference outside of Manaus, Brazil.  For the second year Open Arms founder’s Michael & Patricia Meyers, joined with JMA for this amazing work of encouraging and equipping the pastors and missionaries who are on the frontline in the effort to carry the gospel throughout the Amazon basin.  We were also blessed

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Where’s the Ban-yay-ro?

Twenty-two (22) members of Reston Bible Church, led by Mike Meyers and Jason Goetz, are preparing to jet down to Brazil over spring break to help host a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for up to 200 children of the Terena Indian Tribe. The mixture of parents and kids from 5th grade and up met for the second time yesterday to get to know each

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2014 Year in Review

Dear Friends of Open Arms, It is hard to believe we have come to the end of another year of ministry.  Since 2006 God has taken Open Arms from one humble gospel outreach, led by my wife and I along with a half dozen volunteers, working with 30 or so children, based out of a store front in Brazil, to a growing movement in

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Giving Thanks

Brian Fikkert, in his book “When Helping Hurts,” says, “Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again.”  A key part of restoring those relationships is restoring the value of thankfulness.  Open Arms’ Agent of Hope, Mariane Rodrigues, has done an excellent job of connecting

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A Moment for the Children

Thank you for taking a moment from your day for our children. Prayer Request – One of our new volunteers in the US shared the following story with me this week, her first time serving in our homework club. “The child I was working with shared with me that he was living with his father, but that his mother and siblings stayed behind in

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Meet Agents of Hope, José Carlos “Neto” & Roseli

Friends, I’d like to introduce you to a great couple that has been serving full-time with Open Arms since January of 2012. “Neto” and Rose are members of the Philadelphia Baptist Church (Igreja Batista Filadélfia) since 2007. They were married in March of 2008, and had their first son, Miguel, in December 2013. Neto and Rose began as volunteers, when their church partnered with

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Meet Agent of Hope, Sarita Romeiro

Meet my dear friend and Open Arms’ Agent of Hope, Sarita Romeiro, Tia (Aunt) Sarita as she is known among the children.  Sarita is a member and commissioned missionary of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Jardim Paulista in Assis, Brazil. She is currently partnered with the UNIEDAS church in the District of Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil [Click for Map] Tia Sarita has

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