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Keeping families together this week means thanking God for the summer groups that came down to share God's love...


Summer Kick-Off  

Summer has officially started at Open Arms! We welcomed  multiple mission teams to La Mision this past week.  We're not sure if the groups that come realize how much we appreciate all the work they do. We kicked off this summer in      mid-June, when four groups came to serve at OA. We were able to see God's work through their actions as they positively  influenced and improved our little community. 



Be2Live is a non-profit organization that provides social justice service experiences to high school students, churches, and families across the United States. We are no strangers to the work they do, and are always excited when they come. Be2Live is  made up of extremely hard workers who were able to provide fresh coats of paint to our youth center and volunteer staff apartments. They also installed stairs up a steep hill  at a disabled girl's home, making her life a little bit easier. 

And additionally, they installed a new roof for Genesis, Joel and Sara's house. Their roof was in great need of some help to protect them from the elements. 


Desert Springs Church 

While Be2Live worked on painting the outside of our volunteer staff apartments, a group from Desert Springs Church got to work on the inside, dry-walling all of the rooms. Other members of this  industrious team did some spring cleaning and entertained the kids with fun arts and crafts projects. 


Pledge to Humanity 

Between food and clothes distributions, art projects, and loving on the OA babies, members of Pledge to Humanity stayed busy during their time here. Immediately after their arrival, they gathered in the kitchen to put together boxes of rice, beans, clothes, and sport balls for some families in our community. They handed these boxes out and met a real need in a tangible way.

In the following days, they facilitated lots of art projects that both the kids and staff members enjoyed! 

Pledge to Humanity donates new clothes, toys and food throughout the year, helping to lower our costs. We are so grateful for this organization and the people they send down to serve!


Visalia School of Discipleship 

Out staff apartments got lots of love as this group also worked installing the insulation and some drywall.

They also spent some time with the teens at our High Voltage youth group, where the Spirit of the Lord was deeply felt.