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; and regular donations of clothing, shoes, hygiene products, and food staples.
The children who attend this program come from low income families. Most of these children eat only one meal a day at home. That meal is probably beans and tortilla. Feeding them a hot lunch meets a desperate nutritional need in the community.
These same children and youth are also the recipients of other types of assistance throughout the year. They are given Birthday Bags 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 celebrated. We pray for them to live with a purpose fulfilling a divine destiny.
The children and youth also recieve school sponsorship once a year making it possible to continue their education and hopefully break the cycle of poverty. The sponsorship includes new school shoes and school supplies. In certain cases tuitions are paid for higher education.
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 and being given a foundation in the Word of God.
CrossCulture Jesus is also pleased to accept invitations to teach at schools, churches, Bible Schools and Bible Study groups both locally and internationally as schedules permit.