Our Nicaragua and Philippine homes, established over our first ten years, remain the focus of our current ministry. Along the way, God has used Arms of Love in other countries and in partnership with other ministries. Our goal is to support and encourage ministries that share our heart for the most vulnerable children of the world.
We have been privileged to work in the following countries over our first ten years of ministry.
Arms of Love spent several years working in partnership with the Grove City Vineyard and Project Amazon (PAZ, which is a church planting movement in the Amazon Basin of Brazil) to establish a children’s home in Castanhal, Brazil. Two children’s homes and a director’s home were built on the property known as Sitio Shalom.
Unfortunately, due to a change in government regulations, we were unable to receive children in Castanhal. However, the property and facilities are now the home of the PAZ Institute, an intervention program for disadvantaged children, built on a Christian day school model. The PAZ Institute is overseen by the leadership at the PAZ church in Castanhal with the support of the PAZ Mission in Santarém. A Brazilian couple lives on-site and provides daily supervision. The first semester of programming started in August, 2010 with 30 children between 7 and 12 years of age. Initially, the daily schedule will consist of an afternoon session from 1:30pm to 5:30pm and will offer a wide range of classes including physical education, music, academic reinforcement, computer skills, cooking, and English classes. By 2012 they hope to offer both a morning and afternoon session with 60 children enrolled in each, and to be providing free medical and dental care.
Arms of Love provided initial start up support to the Victory Center in Morelia Mexico. The Victory Center is a ministry to street girls that was established by Sue Leak. They operated for several years as a long-term residential care home for girls who have been engaged in prostitution.
Arms of Love operated a children’s home in Dakar, Senegal for several years. Due to increasing costs of running our children’s home in Dakar, we transitioned out of being directly engaged in Senegal early 2008.
Arms of Love continues in relationship with the Vineyard Community of Hope that is based in Thies (about two hours south of Dakar). This program was founded by Gilberth and Demaris Rowe Cordoba. They are wonderful people who really love the children they serve, which include resident children as well as outreaches to Talibe street children. The church recently purchased a property outside of Thies and has a vision for developing several children’s homes and a Christian school.