The Open Arms Center, located in Santa Ines (a village of San Josè Pinula, Guatemala), serves over 100 families with a comprehensive program that includes: a hot, nutritous lunch; Bible Clubs for women, children and youth; school sponsorship; medical assistance as needed; and regular donations of clothing, shoes, higience products, and food.
The children who attend this program come from low income families. Most of these children are only eat one meal a day at home. That meal is probably rice, beans and tortilla. Feeding them a hot lunch meets a desperate need in the community.
These same children and youth are also the recipients of other types of help throughout the year. They are given Birthday Bags on their birthday filled with basic hygiene products, underclothes, and a small toy. For children who may have never had a birthday cake before in their lives, this is an exciting event they look forward to with much anticipation and is another way in which we confirm for them that their lives are important and that they were born with a divine destiny.
The children and youth also recieve help with school sponsorship once a year making it possible to continue their education and hopefully break the cycle of poverty.
We periodically give out clothing, shoes, and blankets. We help with medical needs as we can.
The self sacrificing mothers of these children and youth used to bring the children to the feeding center and Bible Club, waiting patiently for the class to end. Now, thanks to donor support, we are able to offer a women’s group with coffee and refreshment (possibly the only lunch these women will recieve that day). The women enjoy a time of crafts and Bible in which they are opening their hearts, learning to forgive and recieve emotional healing. Through this group many are coming to Christ.
CrossCulture Jesus is also pleased to accept invitations to teach at local schools, churches, and Bible Study groups as scheduling permits. CCJ also speaks at Bible Schools and Churches internationally.