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October 2021 – News from the Field

Proclaiming Freedom for the Captives

I was in prison and you came to visit me. -Matthew 25:36

After a long time of prison ministry from a distance via recorded messages, a small contingent from our Project Zadok – youth detention outreach program, returned in person to minister to the needs of the boys incarcerated there and to proclaim freedom in the name of Jesus.

In Brazil’s state of São Paulo alone, there are roughly 20,000 adolescents and teens, 96% males, in correctional facilities. Project Zadok has a two-part mission: (1) to engage these youth within the correctional facilities with a combination of Bible Study and mentoring; and (2) to support their reintegration into society.

The projects name come from 1 Chronicles 12:28 “Zadok, a young man mighty in valor.” Valor is something that is required for a successful return to society.

“If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” (Proverbs 9:12).

The focus of each Project Zadok team is to give youth in these correctional facilities the tools to live disciplined and successful lives upon their release. Through teaching and mentoring, these young people are encouraged to avoid and resist the temptations that threaten to lead them back into a life of crime. The Project helps them to understand what is right, just and fair, and choose that narrow path in the future.

Through teaching, testimonies, object lessons, Bible study, activities and one-on-one counseling while youth are at the correctional facility, Open Arms seeks to impart insight, knowledge, and discernment to youth who have lost their way.

The gospel is being preached, children and youth are being discipled, and the love of Jesus is being expressed in both word and deed. This is Open Arms.

Partnership with people like you allows us to continue the work of bringing gospel hope to children and youth, and participate in the miracle of changed lives. On behalf of the children and youth of Open Arms, especially those of Project Zadok, we invite you to join us in this work.


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