Open Arms Blog

Champions on the field and off

Assis – SP, Brazil- August 2015 Since May the boys of the Open Arms Futebol Club of Assis have been competing in the Regional U11, U13, and U15 Youth Championships. I should point out that this championship boasts the participation of the all-star teams from all of the cities in the region and is hotly contested. On the other hand, all of Open Arms’

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3 Amazing Opportunities

Headlines for May/June 2015 – 3 Amazing Opportunities “Stories”- Tickets for the 2015 Gala are on sale now!  Buy Yours Here.  Tickets and sponsorships are available online now for our 3rd annual Open Arms Gala! This year’s theme, “Stories,” is going to be our best yet. Get your tickets today, invite some friends, be a sponsor, or volunteer on the event committee.  There are

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Running the Race at Sully Elementary

Through a partnership with Open Arms, Sterling Park Baptist Church has launched a pilot program at Sully Elementary School in Sterling Park, VA, called “Run the Race.” Run the Race is an 8 week after-school program for 4th and 5th graders that teaches the basics of the sport of running as well as important life lessons around the subject of character.     We

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RBC Family Mission Report – Aquidauana 2015

DAY ONE – SATURDAY, MARCH 28th  It took us 23 hours door to door, but we escaped winter.  And now we’re sweating, but very joyful to be here at Limão Verde. Praise God for safe travels as we took two flights and a very bumpy bus ride over a red dirt “road.”  We were greeted with a birthday party for a one-year-old girl, the

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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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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 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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