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New Open Arms Project in Assis!

“Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.“ Psalm 40:5 (Photo: Valdinei “Nei” Tapia and Ricardo bring the word to the children) On November 7th we inaugurated our newest Open Arms project in a neighborhood

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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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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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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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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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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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Colinas Park Community

Assis, São Paulo – Brazil Project started: May 2010 Local Church Partner: A partnership of Baptist and Presbyterian Churches Geographic setting: Urban Language: Portuguese Children participating per week: 100+ Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration Interesting tidbits: This neighborhood became the largest slum in the city of Assis when a government housing project was completed

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