Open Arms School of Missions – Brazil
Legacy. Generational impact. These are terms that are at the forefront of the minds of the leadership of OAW. Are we being effective witnesses for Jesus to at-risk children and youth? Are we reproducing disciples who will reproduce disciples long after we are gone? These are questions we know are on the minds of our mission partners as well.
These questions led us to launch the Open Arms School of Missions in Assis, Brazil in 2019. This was the fulfillment of a goal set out since the birth of OAW in 2006. We have a model for ministry that has been tried and tested. Now we also have a school that can teach that model to the next generation who in turn will reach a generation that we will never meet this side of heaven.
The School of Missions was formed to equip new and existing volunteers, as well as missionary candidates, to plant new OA neighborhood missions, to strengthen existing projects, and to simply be more effective and fruitful followers of Jesus wherever they may be. In addition to specific training on the OAW model for local missions, students have classes in missiology, evangelism, theology, and social work to name a few.
Since 2019, with a brief hiatus during the pandemic, the School of Missions has graduated 70 students for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ and for God’s glory!
The unseen participants in the classroom and the graduation ceremonies are our faithful prayer and financial partners. It is these partners that allow us to continue mobilizing God’s people to reach and teach children and youth for Jesus. On behalf of all our Mission School graduates, we extend a very heartfelt thank you!
Michael J. Meyers
President & Founder