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“Arepas para Venezuela”

“Arepas para Venezuela” es un proyecto de Amigos en Cristo, Inc. El cual busca recaudar $5,000 para la compra de comida y medicinas que serán distribuidas por la Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela.

Para apoyar este proyecto,

  • Ven a nuestro Festival de Arepas para Venezuela

 

Sábado, 22 de Julio.
12:00 PM
Amigos en Cristo
(Hope Lutheran Church)
25999 Old 41 Road,
Bonita Springs, FL  34135





¿Por qué todo esto?

La vida en Venezuela es básicamente un desafío diario, cuando no es estando de pie en una fila larga de personas para obtener comida o atención medica; es caminando por las calles con el riesgo de llegar a ser víctima de los ladrones. Por esta razón, Amigos en Cristo está recaudando $5,000 con el propósito de proveer a la Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela recursos con los cuales puedan comprar y distribuir, comida y medicinas para las personas de su comunidad. Por favor, también visita amigoscenter.org/food-for-venezuela/ para que nos acompañes a orar por una lista de necesidades.

Este proyecto tiene tres objetivos:

1) Comida: Proveer “Bolsas de Comida” para que las congregaciones Luteranas en Venezuela, miembros y pastores, distribuyan dichas bolsas entre las comunidades. Cada bolsa de comida tendrá un costo aproximadamente de $20.

2) Medicine: El Aumento de la inflación y la escasez generalizada, han hecho difícil la compra de medicinas. Una parte del dinero estará destinado para la compra de medicinas vitales para las personas conocidas por la iglesia Luterana que tienen necesidades de urgentes de medicinas.

3) Ayuda Humanitaria para los trabajadores profesionales de la Iglesia Luterana. Un tercer objetivo es suplementar los salarios de los pastores Luteranos y trabajadores profesionales de la iglesia.

About the Lutheran Church of Venezuela

The Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela (Lutheran Church of Venezuela) was founded in the early 1950’s. Since its inception, Lutheran Hour Ministries has been a valued ministry partner. The ILV has 15 congregations, with about 1,000 members in total, and three Christian day schools.

Venezuelan Pastor Ricardo Granado recently wrote:

“Queremos agradecer a Dios que ha mostrado su fidelidad para con nosotros que aun en medio de toda la situación difícil Él es nuestro proveedor y protector, nos guarda y sostiene a fin de que con alegría sigamos proclamado su amor y bondad a sus hijos.  Él se ha reconciliado con nosotros, nos ha traído su perdón, su gracia inmerecida, por lo cual “Alabamos al Dios y Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que por medio de la resurrección de Jesucristo y por su grande misericordia nos hizo renacer para una esperanza viva, por la resurrección de Jesucristo de los muertos. “ 1 Pedro 1:3

We pray that we can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Venezuela, for as long as the crisis lasts!

To support this project, click the “Donate” button below.





Oremos Por Venezuela:
·Por la iglesia luterana de Venezuela y su desafío de predicar el evangelio en este momento de la historia
·Por los enfermos que no consiguen sus medicinas… especialmente por: Sra. Judith Sánchez, Rev. Eduardo Castillo, Sra. Asunción,
·Por los colegios luteranos y sus desafíos económicos
·Por los pastores y sus familias
·Por las misiones de la ILV
·Por la paz entre los ciudadanos
·Por los gobernantes
·Por los niños, los jóvenes y los ancianos

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“Food for Venezuela”

A Project of Amigos en Cristo, Inc. to raise $5,000 to provide food and medicine for the people of Venezuela. To support this project, click the “Donate” button on the right.

Our campaign will end with a special festival on Saturday, July 22 at Hope Lutheran Church, 25999 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

These are real pictures from Venezuela, taken recently by friends of Global Lutheran Outreach. Venezuelans are struggling, and many simply do not have enough to eat.

(Left) A woman surveys her options at a Caracas grocery store.

(Right) A line of people waiting up to hours  to buy two small bags of corn flour.





What is going on?

The country of Venezuela is in crisis. With inflation at over 700% in 2016 (and projected to reach 1500% in 2017), people are struggling to get enough food to eat. Basic existence in Venezuela is a daily challenge, whether it’s standing in line for hours to get food or medical care, or just walking in the streets and becoming a victim of rampant crime.

The minimum wage is about $7 per month. The average worker earns two to four times the minimum wage, or roughly $15 – $30 per month. However, according to figures from the Venezuelan government, it costs nearly $140 per month to feed a family – approximately 20 minimum wages!

Many Venezuelans believe that the country is turning into a dictatorship. Recently there have been massive protests throughout the country against the government.

People are in desperate need of food. Our Lutheran pastors in Venezuela earn anywhere from $2 – $6 “salaries” per month, or between $14 and $42. The members of the Lutheran congregations are in the same situation.

 

Three Main Objectives

1) Food: To provide supplemental “baskets” of food to Lutheran congregations in Venezuela for distribution to their members and pastors. Each basket of food will cost about $20. The project will be administered by the Lutheran Church of Venezuela, and locally by each congregation.

A $20 contribution will provide:

  • 1 small bag of coffee (7 ounces)
  • 3 kg rice (about 6.6 lbs.)
  • 2 kg pasta (about 2.5 lbs.)
  • 1 kg sugar (about 1.2 lbs.)
  • 1 container of butter
  • 3 kg. flour (about 6.6 lbs.)
  • 3 lt. cooking oil

2) Medicine: Soaring inflation and widespread shortages make it difficult to purchase medicine.  A portion of the money will go to purchase vital medicines for people known by the Lutheran churches to have urgent medical needs.

3) Lutheran pastors and professional church workers. A third objective is to supplement the salaries of Lutheran pastors and professional church workers. This will be administered by the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church of Venezuela.

About the Lutheran Church of Venezuela

The Iglesia Luterana de Venezuela (Lutheran Church of Venezuela) was founded in the early 1950’s. Since its inception, Lutheran Hour Ministries has been a valued ministry partner. The ILV has 15 congregations, with about 1,000 members in total, and three Christian day schools.

Venezuelan Pastor Ricardo Granado recently wrote:

“We thank God who has shown His faithfulness to us, who in the midst of such difficult times has been our provider and protector, who keeps and sustains us so that we might continue to joyfully proclaim His love and kindness to His children.  He has reconciled us to himself, brought us forgiveness, His undeserved grace, therefore: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy hehas given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

“Queremos agradecer a Dios que ha mostrado su fidelidad para con nosotros que aun en medio de toda la situación difícil Él es nuestro proveedor y protector, nos guarda y sostiene a fin de que con alegría sigamos proclamado su amor y bondad a sus hijos.  Él se ha reconciliado con nosotros, nos ha traído su perdón, su gracia inmerecida, por lo cual “Alabamos al Dios y Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que por medio de la resurrección de Jesucristo y por su grande misericordia nos hizo renacer para una esperanza viva, por la resurrección de Jesucristo de los muertos. “ 1 Pedro 1:3

We pray that we can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Venezuela, for as long as the crisis lasts!

To support this project, click the “Donate” button below.





Let Us Pray For Venezuela:

·For the Lutheran Church of Venezuela and its challenge to preach the Gospel at this moment in history
· For the sick who cannot get their medicines… especially for: Ms. Judith Sánchez, Rev. Eduardo Castillo, Ms. Asunción
·For the Lutheran schools and their economic challenges
·For the pastors and their families
·For the missionary projects of the Venezuelan Lutheran Church
·For peace among all Venezuelans
·For the government
·For children, young people and the elderly

Oremos Por Venezuela:
·Por la iglesia luterana de Venezuela y su desafío de predicar el evangelio en este momento de la historia
·Por los enfermos que no consiguen sus medicinas… especialmente por: Sra. Judith Sánchez, Rev. Eduardo Castillo, Sra. Asunción,
·Por los colegios luteranos y sus desafíos económicos
·Por los pastores y sus familias
·Por las misiones de la ILV
·Por la paz entre los ciudadanos
·Por los gobernantes
·Por los niños, los jóvenes y los ancianos

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Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a ministry outreach churches provide to educate children about God and all He has done for us. On a rainy June 7th the Amigos Center in Immokalee had a delightful and eager crowd of kids ready to have fun and learn more about their Lord and Savior. The theme this year was “A Mighty Fortress” in commemoration of the Lutheran Reformation – 500 years ago. Each day totaled 22+ kids and over 14 adult volunteers from Immokalee Lutheran Church and the Amigos Center who assisted to make this VBS possible. The ages of the kids ranged from pre-school to sixth grade. VBS has been held at this location for the past 2 years and continues to grow each year. This Vacation Bible School was a wonder opportunity for kids to socialize and learn more about religion in a relaxed and fun setting. V.B.S. has something for everyone, despite each person’s religious views. While activities are centered around teaching kids about God, V.B.S. combines fun and learning without the formality of a Sunday service. This event was provided free to the public because of the gracious donations given by members of Immokalee Lutheran Church and donations received by the Amigos Center.

We cannot thank you and the volunteers enough for your prayers and support.

 





I’m Diego Grisales, from Colombia. I’m married and have 2 children.  I want to give this testimony to all those people who support Amigos en Cristo.

When I came to the United States 13 years ago, I met Pastor Bob Selle in his service at the Bonita Springs church. He was like an angel for me and my family.  At that time I didn’t speak any English, I didn’t have a good job, and my legal status was confused.  I remember very well that Pastor Bob Selle invited me and my family to visit his Amigos Center office in Bonita Springs. When we went there we started receiving a lot of support; food, clothes, spiritual support, immigration support, etc.  My family and I became citizens of the United States thanks to Amigos Center because they helped us with all the immigration procedures.

I’m very grateful to Amigos Center. This organization really helps, not only people in need, but also they support all the Hispanic and Haitian communities.  I always recommend people to visit them to get information and support in many areas.

  • Storytime Nana

Monday through Thursday mornings we have many children in our Immokalee Amigos Center that would love to have you read to them.  Our Storytime Nanas meet with the kids while their parents are occupied in our Amigos Center.  They meet in a kid friendly area of the Amigos Center where they can choose a book they can read and take home, play, enjoy a snack, crafts, etc.   The kids love it and so will you.  Call Donna for information (239) 281-1665.

 

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Amigos Center

You can be a friend to the people of Immokalee, Florida

  • Serve as a tutor in our adult English language program
  • Serve as a Storytime Nana
  • Read to the children
  • Serve as a tutor for our English language computer lab
  • Help to sort donations of used clothing
  • Help to prepare bags of donated food
  • Donate food and clothing
  • other special needs

For more information contact Karl Glander (Service Director Immokalee Amigos Center)

    (239) 293-1489 (cel)

    (239) 657-3822 (office)

    Karl@amigoscenter.org

 

Visit us at

    Amigos Center

    106 South 2nd Street

    Immokalee, FL  34142

    

To arrange a tour of our Immokalee Amigos Center contact Rev. Robert V. Selle

    (239) 281-1664 (cel)

    (239) 437-6727 (office)

    bobselle@amigoscenter.org

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By Karl Glander (Amigos Center Service Director)

This last quarter has been an eventful one.  Our English classes are in full swing Monday through Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am.  We also will soon start training our volunteer staff with new computer literacy classes.  It will help students develop basic computer skills such as how to set up an e-mail address, fill out an online job application, log on to the parent portal at their children’s school, etc.

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If you would like to make a meaningful contribution of your time and talent let us know.   We have volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups: food and clothing distribution, tutoring English, children and youth ministry, etc.  What ideas do you have?

If you would like to learn more about our Amigos en Cristo ministry, visit our website www.amigoscenter.org,  or Facebook www.facebook.com/AmigosCenter.  Better yet, visit us in person.  We host tours of our Immokalee Amigos Center at your convenience.  Call Pastor Selle for more information (239) 281-1664.

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By Ed Christenbury (Amigos en Cristo board member)

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Recently, Pastor Bob Selle and other representatives from Amigos en Cristo were invited to an invitation only summit on Human Trafficking sponsored by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida’s 25th Congressional District.  The summit was held at Ave Maria University. Congressman Diaz-Balart is currently co-sponsoring five pieces of legislation in the United States Congress addressing problems associated with Human Trafficking. The purpose of this summit was to raise the awareness of community leaders as to the magnitude and seriousness of this problem in our community and throughout southwest Florida.  In addition to the congressman, speakers at this summit included Anna Rodriguez, Executive Director and Founder, Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Doug Molloy, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in Fort Myers and Don Hunter, Marco Island Chief of Police and former Collier County Sheriff.

The speakers emphasized that Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.  Human Trafficking is a $32 billion per year global industry — second only to drug trafficking — and there are more slaves today than at any time in human history according to the Department of Homeland Security.  Annually, millions of men, women and children are lured from their homes with false promises of well-paying jobs, often by people they trust, to instead find themselves forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude or other types of forced labor. Trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender or nationality — young or old, U.S. Citizen or foreign nationals, with or without legal status.  They can be found in legitimate and illegitimate labor industries, including agriculture, restaurants, hotels and domestic service.  Traffickers prey on victims with little or no social safety net.  They look for victims who are vulnerable because of their illegal immigration status, limited English proficiency, and those who may be in vulnerable situations due to economic hardship.

The congressman and each of the speakers urged the community leaders at the summit to use the influence of their organizations and their personal contacts to broaden the awareness of this very cruel and inhumane crime in our community.  The congressman emphasized that awareness of this crime and an understanding of its magnitude, by ordinary citizens, is the first and most effective step in combating and eliminating Human Trafficking from our community.

If you suspect that a person may be a victim of human trafficking, please call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations tip-line at 1-866-347-2423.  You can also report online at www.ice.gov/tips. However, non-law enforcement personnel should never attempt to directly confront a suspected trafficker or rescue a suspected victim.  Doing so could put both you and the victim’s safety at risk.

 

 

English Language Ministry in Immokalee

By Pastor Bob Selle

Second generation immigrants live within two cultures, that of their parents and that of the country they call home.  They are the “Hypheners”: Mexican-Americans, Haitian-Americans, Guatemalan-Americans, etc.

 While many adults in Immokalee immigrated to the United States from Mexico, Guatemala and Haiti, there are also many who either came as very young children or were born here in the United States to their immigrant parents.  Of the 53,000,000 Hispanics in the United States almost 65% were born and raised here in the United States (“A Future for the Latino Church” by Daniel Rodriguez). They often do not feel comfortable in the Spanish/Haitian language church of their parents. They are too “Americanized,” too “adapted” to the American culture. Their cognitive language is English, not the language with which their parents grew up.

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At the same time they often do not feel welcome in the existing American churches where they are seen as foreigners. They don’t feel they belong.  They may have experienced discrimination (or they feel that they have experienced discrimination).

There is a danger of the Christian church losing this generation when they become old enough to leave home. People don’t want to go to a church where they will be forced to do something that makes them uncomfortable or that will make them embarrassed.

 While continuing our outreach to first generation Hispanics and Haitians, we are now expanding our ministry to establish a multi-cultural, multi-racial English-dominant Lutheran church focused on the 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants in Immokalee.  Our church will promote a global, multicultural vision where our identity is first and foremost as members of the Kingdom of God.

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Vicar Karl Glander has already started a Wednesday evening group that meets for Bible study, prayer, worship, food and fellowship in English at our Immokalee Amigos Center.  We expect to start an English language Sunday worship service later this summer.