About Open Arms

“‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ … And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”
-Mark 10:14,16 (NIV)

Open Arms Childcare Ministries is a non-profit charity that provides no-cost childcare to needy families. It is located in La Mision, Baja California, Mexico. Open Arms provides assistance to families who are in desperate need of childcare services.

Mexico is a third world country with no real form of childcare. Because of the drastic decline of the peso, many families are no longer able to survive on the father’s salary alone. This is forcing mothers into the workforce at a fast pace, and their children in turn become victims.

Our hope and prayer is to keep families together by providing them with a safe refuge during the day. Our goal is to keep children out of orphanages and off the streets, and bring them into the loving arms of Jesus Christ. The care and assistance we provide for these families extends beyond basic well-being and encompasses all facets of a productive lifestyle, which includes but is not limited to academic, religious, and life education.

In 2012, Open Arms also added a teen center called High Voltage, where 100-150 youth come every Friday night to hang out and hear the Word of God. That same year, Iglesia Vida Nueva (New Life Church) was begun to help fulfill the spiritual needs of the community, and a medical and dental clinic was also opened on the Open Arms campus.  Open Arms has become more than just a daycare; we are a community center helping to meet the social, physical and spiritual needs of the residents of La Mision.

In 2014, Open Arms began construction on their second campus in Camalu, Baja California, which is located in the San Quintin Valley about four hours south of the border. They completed construction in April of 2016 and had their dedication ceremony. Click for more information about The Camalu Project.

Saving families one child at a time.

The Vision: Keeping families together and preventing child abandonment.

Open Our Arms: We want to emulate Jesus Christ, who opens His arms to all the children of the world. We too will open our arms to Christ’s children and provide no-cost childcare and early education for needy families.

Keep Families Together: Providing a refuge for children during the day is a way we can help keep families together. Our prayer is that this will decrease the rate of parents dropping their children off at orphanages simply because they have no one to care for them during the workday.

Prevent Child Abandonment: Many children are left in the streets during the day, either after school or even before they are old enough to enter school, while their parents are at work. These children can get involved in gangs, drugs, violence, and even prostitution at a very young age because there is no one to care for them. The daycare provides a safe haven for these kids and keeps them off the street.

Teach the Word of God: Our prayer is that, through Bible classes, these children will become lights among the darkness within their families and community. Our hope is they will lead their families into the loving arms of Christ as they learn about God’s love at the daycare.

Focus on the Family: Not only do we want to help these children, we also want their families to see the love of God. We forge relationships with them by holding parenting classes, as well as parent meetings where we discuss their children’s progress.