At a GlanceDevelop Future Leaders to Support the Nation of Haiti for Christ, Grow Christ-Centered Loving, Financially Responsible Families, Provide Transitional Living for our Graduates to Ease them into Independent Living, and Create Employment Opportunities
There are so many ways you can help us serve orphans in Haiti. your financial support and prayers help make our mission possible!
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- Develop deep individual discipleship
- House our students in family style residences
- Provide an exceptional primary, secondary, vocational/university education to orphans and vulnerable children
- Work with existing ministries like Schools4Haiti and Light of Christ Ministries to improve their facilities, quality of education, and programs to transition students into our secondary & vocational schools
- Impact the communities of our children, meeting local needs, strengthen families, teaching our children the importance of giving back.
- Build transitional living homes for graduates near employment opportunities
- Launch businesses to provide employment opportunities and
Bringing Joy & Purpose to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Haiti
Open Arms Ministry
In November, 2015, Lifesong for Orphans and Ministre de Bras Ouverts (Open Arms Ministry) joined together to build a high school with residential style dorms on an undeveloped 45 acre site in Bercy, Haiti, about an hour northwest of Port Au Prince. Already, access roads have been built, a community center opened, fencing installed, wells drilled, feeding programs begun, upgraded housing built for those who live on the site, and agricultural programs commenced. We anticipate that construction will start on our guesthouse and our first classrooms and dormitories in March, 2016. We expect to start our first seventh grade class this fall. Ultimately, this boarding school will serve 288 orphans and vulnerable children. We also will add a vocational school for adults, a soccer program for area children, as well as additional farming, fishing, and livestock programs to permit all in need to develop important life skills.
Open Arms Ministry (Ministre de Bras Ouverts) is an organization, founded by Mike and Amy Rivas. Mike and Amy played soccer at the division 1 level in college and Mike had the opportunity to play/coach beyond his college years. Mike and Amy both taught at a high school in California before moving to Haiti. They have three children.
In 2015, after a number of visits, Mike and Amy decided to move their family to Haiti, and founded their ministry, which aligned closely with the mission of Lifesong. They were fortunate to be able to acquire the Bercy property from the Bercy village elders, and now will devote their efforts to developing and administering all of the efforts at our Bercy campus.
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God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children and families in Haiti. Yesterday morning at 9:00–under a bright blue sky, surrounded by friends and family–a group of believers decided to publicly proclaim their faith by becoming the first (ever!) group to be baptized [...] Continue Reading »
You are invited to stay and work with our team in the new Guest House in Bercy, Haiti! We are excited to announce that the new Guest House is available to welcome church groups this summer. Come be part of what God is doing in Haiti! View a Sample Itinerary The goal of Lifesong Open Arms Haiti is to care for [...] Continue Reading »
Come with us to Haiti. Haiti is considered the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. More than 90,000 children lack education, medical care, and nutrition. Worse still, many children have been orphaned. Meet Olgens and Easlan. “We live here,” says Olgens. “This is Haiti. We will show [...] Continue Reading »