Programs

“One Such Child” inaugural line of Open Arms Gear has arrived!

We are thrilled to introduce our very first line of Open Arms Gear, the “One Such Child” collection, to benefit the work of Open Arms and help you to spread the hope of Christ in your own mission field. The designs in Open Arms’ “One Such Child” collection were created by some of the very children that Open Arms works with in Brazil. The

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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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Cândido Mota, São Paulo – Brazil

Cândido Mota, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: July 2014 Local Church Partner: Evangelical Church of Biblical Revival Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high levels of male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Cândido Mota is also known by the nickname, “Gigante Vermelho” or “Giant Red” because of the color of its exceptionally

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Sterling Park Book Drive a Success!

On June 10th volunteers from Open Arms-Sterling Park, gathered at our local partner church, Sterling Park Baptist (www.sterlingparkbc.org), to sort through the 2,000+ books that were donated in our first Sully Elementary Book Drive. We had a good time dividing books by reading level and even reminiscing over some old classics that had been donated.  On the 13th we delivered the books to the

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Vila Progresso Community – Assis

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: 2011 Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, youth prostitution, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Started in a struggling public school, the Open Arms program in Vila Progresso serves one of the most notorious neighborhoods in Assis.


Cohab IV Community

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: August 2006 Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 60+ Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church of Paulista Garden Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration, youth prostitution Interesting tidbits: This, the very first Open Arms outreach project, was started by our founders, Michael & Patricia Meyers,

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Sterling Park Community

Sterling, Virginia – USA Project started: 2014 Geographic setting: Suburban Language: English & Spanish Local Church Partner: Sterling Park Baptist Church (SPBC), Church lead – Timo Sazo Challenges: Cultural, language, and social assimilation, literacy, poverty Interesting tidbits: This school year Open Arms and SPBC partnered with Sully Elementary School in Sterling Park. Sully is a Federal Title I eligible school due to the high

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Project Zadok – Youth Detention Center

Marília, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: 2011 Geographic setting: Youth Detention Center Language: Portuguese Youth participating: 75-100 inmates Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church of Paulista Garden Approach: A combination of teaching, prayer, worship, discipleship and mentoring upon release. Interesting tidbits: Eduardo was released from this facility in 2007 at the age of 17.  He came to the Lord that year and began

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Assis – Boys Soccer Outreach

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: 2009 Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 100+ (Ages 6-15 years) Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Approach: Through the vehicle of sport our coaches and volunteers use God’s Word to mentor these young people and develop in them Christian character traits that will serve

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Assis – Girls Soccer Outreach

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: October 2010 Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 50-60 Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: Open Arms girls play a popular version of soccer called “Futsal.” It is played on a basketball court with a heavier, low-bounce

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