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By Pastor Bob Selle

Amigos en Cristo pastor, Pastor Andre Mezilus, was stranded in Haiti during the recent strike of Hurricane Matthew, due to the temporary suspension of airline flights out of Haiti.  He was in Haiti at the time supervising his mission congregations in Cap ‘Haitian.  He regrettably reported the death of one of his church members due to the hurricane, leaving behind a family of five (see picture).


A blog posted by the LCMS Disaster Response reports:

“In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, LCMS Disaster Response looks to broaden aid to victims, after having seen the tragic effects of the hurricane firsthand in both Haiti and the Carolinas during Oct. 10-13 visits to the hardest-hit areas.

LCMS Disaster Response Director Rev. Ross Johnson visited Haiti, as an outbreak of cholera was complicating recovery efforts there. His visit revealed specific needs of the victims not already being addressed by various government and nongovernment agencies responding to the catastrophe.

‘We’re currently working to provide an initial 10 wells — with a goal of providing up to 50 wells — for clean water and also to provide tin roofs for some 50 area pastors and possibly 50 churches without roofs in Haiti,’ said Johnson. ’This is a focused response to the destruction and sanitation issues brought about by the storm, while other agencies are providing for medicine, food and other necessities.’”

Donations for relief work can be made directly to , LCMS Disaster Response fund or to Amigos en Cristo, Inc. to help Pastor Andre’s mission congregations.


By Rev. Robert Selle

Immokalee, FL – Over a hundred people gathered at the Immokalee Amigos Center to participate in the ordination and installation of Karl Glander on October 16, 2016.  Accompanied by his wife, Ginny, their sons Jeff and Matt, and local LCMS clergy, Rev. Glander made his solemn vow that with the help of God he will perform the duties of the pastoral office in conformity with Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.  Rev. Jon Zehnder, Second Vice-President of the LCMS Florida-Georgia District, vested Karl with a red stole, symbol of the pastoral office.  Rev. Richard Browning, Circuit Visitor performed the rite of installation.


Rev. Glander now joins our team of pastors working in Immokalee: Pastors Andre Mezilus and Saint Luc Charelus serve Bethlehem Haitian Church, while Pastor Bob Selle serves as missionary pastor for our Hispanic congregation.    Pastor Glander is called to serve with special emphasis on the English speaking family members of the predominantly immigrant community of Immokalee.

Sheila Morales is a full-time Parish Nurse at Hope Lutheran Church and Hope’s Hispanic ministry, Amigos en Cristo.

Sheila Morales is a full-time Parish Nurse at Hope Lutheran Church and Hope’s Hispanic ministry, Amigos en Cristo.

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 if you have questions of want to get involved in making our community healthy!


Karl Glander

Karl Glander

IMMOKALEE, FL – Come join us as we celebrate a milestone in the development of our mission work in Immokalee. On Sunday, October 16 at 5:00 PM we will ordain Vicar Karl Glander into the pastoral ministry of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  We will also install Rev. Karl as a member of our Immokalee pastoral team.  The Rev. Dennis E. Glander, Karl’s father, will preach.

With Karl’s ordination, he will be the third pastor that Amigos en Cristo, Inc. will have trained, ordained and called into the pastoral ministry in the past three years. Karl will focus on the English speaking Hispanic and Haitian community in Immokalee.  God willing, our next pastor to train and ordain will be one of the men from our Hispanic congregation.

Our ministry model relies on the formation of a team of bi-vocational pastors, each with their own specialties and strengths. In addition to his pastoral duties, Karl will continue to serve as the Service Director of the Immokalee Amigos Center where he oversees our social service programs and staff.

For more information contact Vicar Karl at or the Rev. Robert Selle at


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


  • 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.





IMMOKALEE, FL – Nine Immokalee boys, from Kindergarten to 5th grade, had a blast during a three day Cub Scout event at the Immokalee Amigos Center this month.  Activities included chemical reactions, archery, slingshots, pinewood derby cars, arts & crafts and an awards ceremony at the end.  The boys learned about citizenship, respect for others and how to be a great leader in their family.

James Giles, Executive of the SWFL Alligator District led the day camp in order to raise awareness of the Boy Scouts of America in Immokalee. Amigos Center is a charter organization for Immokalee Cub Scout pack 7, meeting at Pinecrest Elementary.  For more info call Karl Glander, Amigos Center Service Director (239) 293-1489.


Just in time for the summer heat, we were able to replace two of our broken Air Conditioning units in the Immokalee Amigos Center.  Special thanks to Saint Michael’s Lutheran, Fort Myers; Zion Lutheran, Fort Myers; Hope Lutheran, Bonita Springs; and Marco Lutheran Church, Marco Island for coming through with special above budget donations to make this possible.


By Pastor Bob Selle

A sign of a healthy Christian congregation is when they think outside of themselves.  One of our Immokalee church members recently returned from Mexico with the story of an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo that cares for 100 children.  The farmworkers of our congregation, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, were moved beyond tears by the plight of these border town children.  As a result they have resolved to help support this worthy effort.  Each Sunday they make a special collection (piggy bank), above and beyond their regular Sunday plate offerings that they will send to support these children.  Later this summer the congregation will send a delegation to deliver the socks, underwear, toiletries, etc. that they collect, in addition to the money to sponsor the children.



By Pastor Bob Selle

Our Immokalee congregation was pleased to receive a new member on Mother’s Day, May 8.  Reina, a farmworker and mother of six children, made her public confession of faith and so joined our growing congregation.  Reina has been attending our worship services and studying with Pastor Selle for over two years.  She says that she felt she really needed to do this.  Her hope is to grow closer to God and to learn more about the Bible and the things of God.  Reina expects to baptize her newborn infant daughter later this year.


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