Our job, as people of faith, is not to just help people to a better life in this world, but to a new life in the Kingdom of God. Jesus saw people who were focused on satisfying their own physical needs. It’s not that he didn’t care about that. He gave them food, he healed their bodies, he delivered them from devils. But he didn’t stop there. And neither can we. Jesus came to give them eternal life. That’s why he said:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
Twenty years ago a handful of forward looking church leaders saw the challenge. They saw the Hispanic population growing in our communities, but not in our churches. After 20 years I can report with all certainty that the challenge has not been met. If there was a challenge 20 years ago, that challenge has quadrupled since then. It has grown with the unprecedented increase of immigrants moving to our Southwest Florida paradise.
How will we respond? With horror or with hope? The response to this challenge must be met by the new, up-and-coming leadership of the immigrants themselves. We have a lot to learn from them. Immigrants are not a threat, they are our future. We have already trained and ordained two Haitian pastors.
By God’s grace Sergio Campos, a leader of our Immokalee Hispanic church will be ordained into the pastoral ministry within a few years. If we lean forward with the training of new leaders, if we are willing to take risks by entrusting leadership into foreign hands, we may very well be looking forward to a growth that will rise to the challenge we have before us. Our choice as a church is to grow or to die. I chose to grow. Thank you for being a part of this.
If you would like to hear more about our plans for the future, please join us by R.S.V.P. to our Annual Luncheon March 21, 2018.
We hope to see you at the Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs, FL. For more information contact Donna Selle (239) 437-6727 or visit our website www.amigoscenter.org.
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.
By Pastor Bob Selle
Diego’s kind words are very gratifying. Over the 13 years since he arrived in the United States with nothing, he and his family have established three Metro PCS stores and have proven themselves as faithful servants of Jesus Christ and members of our Amigos en Cristo church.
Thank you for helping make our ministry possible. Last month I announced the launching of our 20th Anniversary Challenge Grant; any donation given in November and December of this year that exceeds the amount given in 2015 will be matched up to a maximum of $20,000. I am pleased to report that through December 15 we have received $15,451 in qualified donations. We still have a couple of weeks to go to meet our $20,000 goal.
Thank you for your kind support of Amigos en Cristo. You can double your gift to Amigos Center by making a special gift before December 31:
- Send a check, just write the word “Challenge” in the memo line, make payable to AMIGOS CENTER and mail it to our administrative office: 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919, or use the enclosed remittance envelope; or
Click the DONATE NOW button on our website www.amigoscenter.org and make your contribution by credit card or by Pay Pal. Write the word “Challenge” in the message
The last Sunday of each month is our Friendship Sunday where church members participate in an after service pot luck lunch.
Pictured is Pastor Selle entertaining some of our younger church members.
Over 30 children attended our Vacation Bible School this summer! The Sonrise National Park theme that Covenant Church of Naples brought to Immokalee was a delightful way to point children to Jesus! We are so blessed to have had this opportunity to provide something so great to the children of Immokalee. Thank you Covenant Church and the countless volunteers who made this possible as well as our dedicated staff in Immokalee.
Thank you to Pastor Jerry Lawson of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Fort Myers for leading our youth in confirmation classes again this year. Last year, most of the youth group participated in weekly Confirmation Classes led by Pastor Lawson and we are thankful that he has again made this great commitment to teach this year.
Thank you to a very generous mission group from Restoration Church in Naples for your dedicated efforts last weekend! We are so grateful for your time, energy, support and prayer towards our mission in Immokalee.
On May 21, family and friends gathered to celebrate the graduation from our Leadership Development 2011 course. The course was sponsored by Amigos Center. This is a step forward for many of these women as they look forward to filling leadership roles in Immokalee schools, community agencies and churches. Pastor Selle is forming an Advisory Board for our Immokalee Hispanic Church with some of these leaders. This course was designed and led by Amigos Center staff person Marcela Rice along with the help of 12 other individuals from the Immokalee community who help lead the various topics covered by the course.
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Bonita Springs Amigos en Cristo Church
25999 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
phone: (239) 437-6727
Worship Service: Sundays 1:00 pm
Iglesia Luterana de Immokalee (Immokalee Lutheran Services in Spanish)
106 South 2nd Street, Immokalee, FL 34142
Pastor Roberto Selle: (239) 281-1664
Culto en Español: domingo, 9:00 AM
Escuela dominical para niños: 9:00 AM
Estudio Bíblico para adultos: domingo, 10:30 AM
Llamar al Pastor Roberto para el transporte (239) 281-1664
Eglise Lutherienne Immokalee (Immokalee Lutheran Service in Haitian-Creole)
Pastor Andre Mezilus: (239) 537-5725
Mardi Etude Biblique 7 h a 9,30 pm
Mercredi Evengelization adomicil 6/8 pm
Vendredi Jeuve de priere 7/10 pm
Dimanch 9/10h30 Ecole du dimanch
Dimanch 10h30 a 12 Adoration
Rele pastor Andre pou transportation (239) 537-5725
Oubien F. Liverner Jean (239) 324-3453