Posts Categorised: Bonita Springs
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.
Amigos en Cristo, Inc. d/b/a Amigos Center
By Rev. Robert Selle
Since 1997 Amigos en Cristo has helped tens of thousands of immigrants to southwest Florida to a successful life here in the United States and the Kingdom of God. We want to celebrate it with you at the Amigos Center Fundraising Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 22 at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. Our goal for the luncheon is to raise $80,000. Please RSVP at our webpage www.amigoscenter.org or by telephone
(239) 437-6727. Hope you can make it.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017,
12:00 to 1:00 PM
Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center
(Corner of Livingston and Bonita Beach Road)
11515 Bonita Beach Road, SE
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
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
By Sheila Morales
BONITA SPRINGS, FL – Our mission is to “Heal our community, Mind, Body and Spirit”. Our community is our church congregations and beyond to the cities of Bonita Springs and Estero. This involves assessing our communities health needs, identifying community resources, health curriculum, and programs to address these needs. This requires building community partnerships with health-providers, schools, city governments, non-profits, neighborhoods and businesses to create and provide health promotion activities and training. The Faith Community Nurse Ministry is holistic encompassing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is bible based. Christ was and is the greatest healer who can accomplish anything. It is leading by example, demonstrating God’s love in all that we do. It is compassionate, giving hope to those who suffer. It is what Christ calls us to do! Please feel free to contact Sheila F. Morales, Faith Community Nurse @ 239-919-2295 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions of want to get involved in making our community healthy!
Querido Amigo en Cristo,
Te escribo deseándote las mejores bendiciones de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. También, como alguien que ha apoyado nuestro ministerio en años recientes, me urge comunicarme contigo con el fin de solicitar tu opinión sobre el ministerio de nuestra iglesia.
Este año Amigos en Cristo celebra 16 años desde que comenzamos a ofrecer la misa en español, con Palabra y sacramento de nuestro Señor, en Bonita Springs. Durante estos años de ministerio he tenido el privilegio de celebrar:
- 32 baptismos
- 19 primera comunión
- 22 confirmaciones de adultos
- 7 bodas
Actualmente tenemos 56 familias, representando 159 almas, que están contados como amigos de la iglesia.
La asistencia en promedio a la misa dominical más alto para nosotros fue en el año 2010 con 47 personas. Desde aquel año, la asistencia a la misa dominical ha disminuido poco a poco cada año. Hasta la fecha, la asistencia para el año 2016 ha llegado a sólo 21 personas cada domingo.
Mientras el número de hispanos sigue aumentando en Bonita Springs y sus alrededores, la participación en nuestra iglesia disminuye. Eso me deja desconcertado.
El motivo de esta carta es solicitar tu opinión valiosa en cuanto a tu participación con este ministerio.
Solo debes responder las preguntas de la encuesta:
Rvdo. Robert Selle
BONITA SPRINGS, FL – For the twelfth year in a row, Amigos Center will receive financial support from the United Way of Lee County. In addition to providing financial support for our immigration services, United Way annually conducts a careful examination of our finances, management, sustainability and results produced. This includes a visit by the allocation team to our office. After this year’s site visit the team reported their impressions of Amigos Center:
“The Team was pleased with the Agency’s presentation and they had a clear understanding of the value of the programs and the impact of United Way funding. The Team appreciated that the Agency walks the clients through the whole citizenship process, from start to finish. The Team was impressed with the Agency’s focused mission and the obvious positive impact that the program is having on the lives of immigrants.”
The team recommended an allocation of $42,000 for calendar year 2017: family immigration services $32,000 and $10,000 for our U-Visa Victims of Domestic Violence program. We are thankful for the support of the United Way and all the people of Lee County who provide financial and volunteer support to the United Way.
By Rev. Robert Selle
Two years ago I was conducting a baptism class in a home in Lehigh Acres for a young Cuban mother who had never been baptized. During one of the classes she introduced me to her younger sister, Leysi, who had just arrived from Cuba. Leysi sat listening to our discussion about the redemption that Jesus earned for us on the cross of Calvary and the new life we have in His name. At the end of the discussion Leysi raised her hand and timidly asked, “Can I be baptized”? On May 15 that spark of faith finally resulted in Leysi being baptized into our Bonita Springs church at Hope Lutheran. We also received her fiancé, Raul, into membership by affirmation of faith (He was already baptized as a child in Cuba). This young Cuban couple will be married this August. What a great way to begin their new life: a new country, a new marriage and a new relationship with God.
(Pictured from left to right)
Christiina Leddin (Immigration Specialist), Lindsay Ray (Immigration Attorney), Rev. Robert Selle (Pastor/CEO), Anastacia Hernandez (Immokalee Housekeeping), Nancy Ramirez (Immokalee Receptionist), Vicar Karl Glander (Immokalee Service Director), Rev. Andre Mezilus (Pastor Bethlehem Haitian Church), Rev. Saint Luc Charelus (Pastor Bethlehem Haitian Church) and Donna Selle (Bookkeeper). Not pictured are Eileen Ortegon and Maria Isabel Diaz.
Tamar Villalobos gave an eloquent testimony at our Friends of Amigos Fundraiser. A recent arrival from Venezuela, she spoke about her decision to come to the United States as life in Venezuela grows increasingly difficult. Tamar is thankful for the friendship our Amigos en Cristo church has offered along with our Amigos Center immigration services we provided her.
Our Lord Jesus knows no bounds. Our faith in Him emboldens us to imagine the unimaginable. Our theme for the 2016 fundraiser event is “What If”. Christian Author, public speaker and eternal optimist Dr. Rich Bimler will serve as our Master of Ceremonies. Save the date: March 16, 2016 at noon, Spanish Wells Country Club, Bonita Springs. Our goal this year is to raise $80,000. Call Donna at (239) 437-6727 or email at email@example.com to confirm your attendance.