We are Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms), a small ministry from Youth with a Mission Lima, Peru. In 2011 we started the ministry with a team of 5 devoted missionaries with a passion for families. With the passion to restore the image that God had and has for families, we started working in the slums, just outside Lima.
The area where we work is known for the great amount of slums which appear and grow in great velocity. Brazos Abiertos is at the moment the only ministry who work in a community called Nueva Juventud, a slum which counts more than seven thousand people, in which the majority live in poor to extreme poor circumstances. In every activity we offer, the focus is to equip the family and bring them under the wings of God. We sow into the families some important values, from which the most important is: YES……I CAN !!! Because of the low self-esteem and the lack of stimulation, many people feel destined to stick in poverty, both physical as emotional. We teach them to dream again and focus on the possibilities in life.
The activities we offer during the week are:
– Preschool for 110 children ages 3-5
– After schooling for 35 elementary and High School
– Variety of challenging programs for teenagers
– Women´s club and sowing workshops
– Reading and writing class for adults
– Family and individual counseling
– Bible club
– Church service
Besides the regular programs, we offer monthly cinema for the youth, health programs and other activities that come on our way. Also we run a project in the jungle where we work with schools, churches and run a cocoa field for future income. Soon we will be starting more activities for teenagers, fitness program to attract the men, aerobics for women and music classes.