Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

At Open Arms we want our children to know and understand that they are part of a larger world. God stepped out of Heaven to walk the earth with us, the baby grew into the man Jesus who took all of our sins onto Himself. Jesus subjected Himself to death on the cross because He loves us. He loves us so much that He would rather die on the cross for our sins than live without us.

When we accept the amazing gift of God’s love and sacrifice we realize that we are nothing without Him and that everything we have really belongs to Him. God has blessed us beyond measure.

While on earth Jesus told us that the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7; John 12:8).  He also told us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:38-40; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8). This is where the Good Samaritan Initiative comes from.

Throughout the school year, we showcase a different children’s charity to bring awareness and support to that organization. Sometimes we are looking for donations of needed items, such as school supplies or clothing; other times we are asking for monetary support and always we are asking for prayer support.

Some of the charities we have sponsored in the past include St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 4KenyasKids and Special Olympics.

This school year we are supporting the following charities: 

India Transformed:

India Transformed we raised support and awareness for programs that empower vulnerable children, women, and communities in India. By delivering hope through faith lives are transformed spiritually, socially, and economically. Its vision is for all people in India to live an abundant life. 

India Transformed! Supports an International School and Community-Based Child Care Center for children aged 3 to 18. They provide meals, health care, and education to underprivileged children in given communities. 

September 2022  Cash contributions to support the Community-Based Child Care Centers. 

North Fulton Community Charities:

North Fulton Community Charities assists residents living in North Fulton serving the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, and Roswell with short-term emergency needs. NFCC collaborates with many local providers to provide the resources necessary to help individuals and families remain stable in our community. NFCC provides services in English and Spanish. 

The Food Pantry provides food assistance to individuals and families in the North Fulton Community. They serve more that 125 households each day, providing non-perishable foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and meats, as well as toiletries, diapers, and other household necessities. 

The Toyland Shop allows qualifying families with children aged Oto high school to “shop” for Christmas gifts for their children. 


  • October 2022 Food Pantry Collection 
  • December 2022 Toy Collection 
  • October 2022 Food Pantry Collection 
  • December 2022 Toy Collection 


Operation Christmas Child:

Christ The Shepherd is a collection location for Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Ministry.

“Let the children come to Me,· do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14, ESV 

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations. 

  • November 2022 Shoebox gift collection 

Shevet Achim Israel 

Shevet Achim communities help children from Gaza, Iraq and Syria come to Israel for open-heart surgeries. The first community formed in 1994 in response to the plea of a mother who came to Israel seeking life-saving treatment for her son at a cost of $64,000. The children are invited for heart surgery in one of Israel’s largest hospitals, the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, or Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Shevet depends completely on The Father’s provision to pay for these lifesaving procedures and The Father uses people like us to support His work. 


February 2023- Hosting a Hop-A-Thon to raise funds to pay for heart surgeries. This event grows bigger each year. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

 The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. 


April 2023 – Hosting a Trike-A-Thon to raise funds to support the hospital’s needs. The Trike-A-Thon is always a fun day at Open Arms! 


Porch de Salomon, Panajachel Guatemala:

Porch de Salomon has worked in the Lake Atitlan basin since 2005. They host short-term mission teams to build homes for indigenous peoples, provide medical/dental/vision/audiology clinics, to provide community construction, and to build relationships with the local populations. The Porch also provides humanitarian aid by providing food, scholarships, medical assistance, and micro-business start-ups. 

They work to help the people help themselves and to improve the nutritional deficits that are so prevalent in the indigenous population. Ms. Kim and Ms. Nicki have both participated in mission trips to The Porch and can share their experiences with you. 

May 2023  Collect items to support The Porch. Items will be delivered to The Porch in June with the Christ The Shepherd Youth and Adult Mission Team.