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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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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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