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Today, official LCMS missionaries and mercy workers are funded entirely through the designated donations of God’s people who choose to give specifically for that purpose. Through your prayers and designated financial support, you help send devoted missionaries and mercy workers out to tell others in both word and deeds the Good News about Jesus, and to strengthen our church partners in doing the same.

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Mail your check, made payable to Amigos en Cristo and designated with their last name
, to: Amigos en Cristo
7401 Winkler Road
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(Or call (239) 437-6727 to speak with someone.)



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Tulisha is one of the most memorable people you will come across when you visit our  Immokalee Amigos Center.  Her love for people shines throughfrom her smile, her assertive leadership style and boundless energy.  Before moving to Immokalee in 2015 she was a social worker in New York City. There she helped broken families and foster children navigate the legal and social service bureaucracies. It was a major culture shock for her when she first moved to Immokalee in 2015.  Compared to New York City, Immokalee seemed like a ghost town.  Her first impression was “Where are all the people?” However, she was determined to return to her birth state of Florida where her mother once worked picking cotton, vegetables and oranges.  It didn’t take her long to connect with the people of this small agricultural town of 22,000.  After coming to our Amigos Center in search of emergency food Tulisha saw what she was looking for, a place to have fun and help people.  Even though she doesn’t speak Spanish or Creole, she has been a key volunteer at the center.  She recently recruited several people and instituted a new service of home delivery of essential food items to the shut-in elderly people of Immokalee. Her arrival at the Amigos Center has also renewed her spiritual life. Tulisha says that “Before coming here I had not been to church   since my   grandmother   died in 1977.”  She has made our Sunday bilingual  worship part   of her spiritual routine.  She delights in providing the children of our congregation with special meals and snacks for special occasions. With few entertainment opportunities in Immokalee, Tulisha sees opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by offering outdoor Christian movies and popcorn in our parking lot.  She says this is a way to keep kids out of trouble and a lot happier.  She plans on beginning this movie ministry once we finish our Vacation Bible School in June. Pray for Tulisha and her God inspired ministry in Immokalee. I invite you to hear more stories of “A Friend in Need” during our annual fundraising luncheon:

Wednesday, March 21 at noon 
SW Florida Events Center
11515 Bonita Beach Road SE Bonita Springs, FL  34135.  
RSVP by telephone: (239) 437-6727, or Email:  dlselle@amigoscenter.org 
or on our webpage:  http://amigoscenter.org/annual-luncheon/

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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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A Special Thank You From Venezuela 

Translation:

Pastor Jose Elias Lorenzo, President of the Lutheran Church of Venezula (ILV)

Greetings from Venezuela,

From the Ascension Lutheran Church in San Felix in Guana, Venezuela

We want to send many thanks to the brothers of Amigos Center for their willingness and compassion which they have shown to us and to all our congregations on the national level.

We thank our Almighty God and we also thank you, Pastor Selle, for your goodness and for the work which you have done so that this food could come to us in our congregations in Venezuela. You know that Venezuela is passing through a difficult time; however, our God is faithful and is always with us and has blessed us.

 So, once again, thank you so much Amigos Center and Pastor Selle. May God bless you all.

Thank you Amigos Center from Venezuela!

A word from Pastor Roberto:

How wonderful and what joy! A big hug Pastor Roberto… God has been so good and it is precious to see the faces of the people, pastors, and brothers and sisters – surprised and thankful, when we tell them that an offering has come from the brothers and sister in the faith from Florida and the people give thanks also for the medicine that they have received from the project from Pastor Jaime Tino, and now with medicine and food…

Thanks be to God because this week we began the distribution process in some of the congregations and also when I serve. There are times that one has to make an extra effort to find some of the foods and it is not easy…

This next weekend we trust that more congregations at the national level we will distributing food also. The most beautiful part is that everyone have seen this as a great blessing and a project where everyone is helping out and we thank God for them.

As we discussed at the end, we will be sending a complete report with photos and if you wish we can also send reports to you little by little from those who are distributing step by step… A big hug my brother and many thank and blessings. Blessings and Greetings to my brother Arturo and your wife Dona.

Brother Pastor Ricardo

We exceeded our goal and raised $10,177!!!

***Stay Tuned For More Information***

 Pictures Say 1,000 Words

  

   

   

   

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as the situation continues to progress in Venezuela.





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

Archived Article: 

“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.





Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

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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 (cell)

    (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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Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

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