Open Arms Blog

Open letter from soon to be Open Arms Missionary, Abby Smith

Dear Family and Friends, I hope this letter finds you well. As some of you know, I am planning to move to Brazil at the beginning of September as a missionary with Open Arms Worldwide. I am writing this letter to you because each and every one of you is dear to me. I would like to share with you some of my story

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Latest update – Join their team! Meet Agents of Hope – Bruno & Abby

Join us as we rally the troops to round out the prayer-support team for Bruno & Abby.  Abby is officially joining the Open Arms team in September and leaves for Brazil on September 8.   She and Bruno will be married in December and begin their lives together as a missionary couple with Open Arms Worldwide. Here are our goals before she heads out.  We

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Open Arms Children’s Center in Lagoinha Village

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18   In this season of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for all of our partners in ministry.  You all are helping bring hope, and changing the horizon of children’s lives every day, children like those in the Terena village of Lagoinha (little lake). In January

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Thank You to our 2019 Gala – Hope & Celebrate Partners!


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Open Arms “Art Company” Dance Team Wins Big in Argentina!

  This past weekend the children of Open Arms that participate in the dance ministry with Art Company dance school, under the direction of nationally recognized instructor Gisele Vieira, traveled by bus to Argentina to participate in their first ever international dance competition.   Many of these children have never even traveled outside their own city, much less their country.  With the financial support of many generous sponsors

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3rd Quarter 2017 News

Open Arms Worldwide News 3rd Quarter – 2017   U-18 Futsal Win – In September our U18 indoor soccer team competed in a regional tournament with teams from several cities participating.  Not only did they win, but the closest match was the final with a score of 7-1.  The tournament was sponsored by a regional University and when the University President presented the trophy he had

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Open Arms News – 2nd Quarter 2017

Open Arms Worldwide News

2nd Quarter – 2017


My Open Arms Open House

Share your passion and hold a party with a purpose


You may have wondered why you haven’t seen anything from us about a 2017 Open Arms Gala.  The reason is that we are taking a year off from that format in order to bring our story to a broader audience in more intimate settings.  To succeed in this mission we need you.  You are our most enthusiastic supporters and our best ambassadors.  


My Open Arms Open House is a way for you to share your passion for Open Arms’ mission with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.  Think of it as a party with a purpose.  Coffee & dessert gathering, a backyard BBQ, your birthday party, or formal dinner party; Open Arms will help you shape your event and send a spokesperson to join you and help you share our story with your guests. If you are interested in hosting or finding an Open Arms Open House near you, email us at

Blessed to be a blessing

Aquidauana Parent-Child Mission Success



This past April, Open Arms’ Founders Mike & Patricia Meyers led a team of eighteen parents and children from Reston Bible Church to serve in an indigenous region of Brazil. Our U.S. team partnered with a team of Brazilian volunteers and missionaries with Open Arms. The teams partnered with a tribal church in the village of Limão Verde in order to serve families and reach children with the gospel of Jesus. Many of you gave and prayed in support of their efforts, and we just want you to know how thankful we are for your generosity. Here’s a quick look at their trip. Click HERE for Video.


New soccer field & visit to the firehouse

Thanks to the hard work of Open Arms’ newest Agent of Hope, Bruno Gomes, the children and community where Open Arms’ got its start were blessed with a new soccer field in the 2nd quarter of this year.  Bruno and his team of volunteers have hit the ground running and breathed new life into this our oldest mission outreach!  Among other things they arranged a field trip to the local firehouse for a lesson on safety and the civic responsibility of all who call on Jesus.  Please keep Bruno in your prayers as he leads his team and brings hope to these children.





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Corrego Seco Village Open Arms gets a facility upgrade!


One of our newest outreach mission locations is in the Terena Indian village of Corrego Seco.  This village has been resistant to the gospel for many years, but the work of Open Arms is opening doors and hearts there among the children and now their parents.  The team meets with the children under a mango tree next to a 1 room building that serves as the kitchen.  There is no bathroom and no area for the children to seek shelter from the sun or rain.  That is until a couple of very generous donors stepped up to pay for the purchase of all the material necessary for a bathroom and a covered veranda.  Construction is already underway!  




Join our 2018 Camp Team!

Camp Team forming now


You’ve heard about our camps, you’ve seen the pictures, you’ve heard the testimonies, and watched the videos. Now it could be your time to take the next step and go.  We are currently recruiting for our January 10-17 Open Arms Brazil camp in Assis, Sao Paulo.  If you would like to be considered for this multi-church team, apply online today before the roster fills up. Click HERE


Open Arms’ Agents of Hope Lead Worship for Reston Bible Kids Camp


This June, Open Arms’ missionaries Lucas and Krystin Clemente were invited by Reston Bible Church to lead worship for their annual Kids Camp.  They led 340 children and their leaders in a week of worship and were blessed to see many children come to faith in Jesus as well as visit with friends who have served with them in Brazil on short term teams over the years. Blessings all around!  


Other News

The 2nd quarter was a busy one and not everything would fit in this newsletter and still keep it readable.  However, here are some exciting headlines.

  • Our 3rd annual Run the Race afterschool character education program in Sterling, VA was a huge success.  
  • We delivered more than a 1,000 books and needed funds to our Sterling partner school through the Open Arms & Open Books campaign.  
  • Our agents of hope in Brazil were invited to give a seminar to public school children on drug addiction and crime prevention from the Christian perspective and share the gospel. 
  • Yet another youth, Marcos, has turned his back on crime and drug use to join Open Arms as a volunteer.  The love of the children is transforming his life day by day.
  • Our youth detention ministry has welcomed another young man into God’s family.  Fabricio gave his heart to Jesus and is making great strides in his faith during his incarceration.  Pray he would stand firm in his faith upon his release.

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Thank you for taking a moment for the children!

Field Report: Brazil Camp 2016!

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” Psalm 30:11 In January we held our largest ever camp in our headquarters city of Assis inBrazil. 350 children (5-16 years of age) and 100 volunteers from 7 of our community ministry locations came together for worship, games (many of them in the rain and mud), arts, lots of good food, and a series of messages

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Open Arms News for December 2015

    Open Arms Worldwide News December, 2015 So close! Help us reach our giving target for 2015 Financial Stewardship God has blessed us with tremendous success on the field this year. We have seen more communities and children given access to Open Arms programs in Brazil and the United States. Our “Agents of Hope” are on the front lines working directly with children, their families, and

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