Amigos Center
Anita walked into our Spanish language worship service in Immokalee a couple of months ago.  I admit that I did not recognize her at the time, but I do now.  She and her husband, Daniel, are the embodiment of my vision for how the Gospel is proclaimed by word and deed.
Thirteen years ago our paths crossed when Hurricane Wilma destroyed their Immokalee trailer home.  It was devastating to this farmworker family, especially since Daniel suffers from a long term disability.  Amigos Center and I partnered with many other kind hearted Immokalee residents to eventually provide a new trailer home for Daniel and Anita.  The day they moved into their new home they were held up by an armed intruder.  Since this holdup qualified them for a special immigration visa program, the Immokalee sheriff’s office put them in touch with our Amigos Center in Bonita Springs.  Lindsay, our immigration attorney was able to help them get their immigration papers.  Last spring they finally received their permanent resident visa.
 After Hurricane Irma last September, Anita was unable to work for two months because the crops
 had been destroyed by the hurricane.  Desperate for food aid they came to our ImmokaleeAmigos Center where Pastor Karl and our team of volunteers were distributing tons of donated food and water.  When Karl heard that Hurricane Irma had wrecked the roof of their trailer home he purchased new roofing materials and coordinated a team of volunteers to replace their roof.
Now when Anita and Daniel walk into our Sunday worship service I recognize who they are.  More importantly they recognize how good and gracious God is. They are grateful for a blessed life.
I invite you to hear more stories of “A Friend in Need” during our annual fundraising luncheon:
When: March 21, 2018 - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Southwest Florida Event Center
11515 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Why: To help provide immigrants to Southwest
Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing
members of our community and the Kingdom of God
RSVP by telephone: (239) 437-6727, or

By Seth DeBartolo

As I take a moment to reflect on our upcoming luncheon, “A Friend in Need,” on March 21,  I am reminded that we are stewards of what God has given us. It is by His grace we have what we have, but what is it that we actually have? You may think at times, “Well, everyone needs something - for the hungry, it’s food, for the sick, it’s medicine, for the homeless,  it’s a place to rest, for the lonely it’s someone to visit them or a sense of belonging.” You may say to yourself, “I am none of these things. I have a home, food, and clothes. I am healthy,” and so on, but you are still part of this equation.
Luke 12:48 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected.” What is much? If I have more than my neighbor I have an opportunity to share my surplus and help someone in need.
This thought reminds me of a song I heard when I was younger, “What If I Give All?” by Ray Boltz. In this song, there is a boy in church with his mother and the preacher was talking about how a dime could feed a hungry boy or girl in need. So, the boy hearing this reached into his pocket to pull out a dollar. He asked his mother, “How many would this feed.” She just smiled when she told him, “ten.” He reached back in again and asked, “What if I give all I have, what would that gift do?” To this she replied, ”My child, a gift like that could change the world. It could feed a multitude.”
It was not that this boy was rich, rather he saw the need and his heart and mind were made up. He was going to help no matter what. There was a need and he was going to be the one to fill that need.
I wonder if the boy who had the five loaves and two fish thought to himself, “Can Jesus use everything I have to feed 5000 people?” Jesus saw the need of the people and He saw the resources within the community to meet the need of the people.  That is why Jesus said to His disciples, “You give them something to eat.”
You are the resource in the community to help a “Friend in Need”.
Come and join us for a time of fellowship and a time to share in the joy of giving what God has first given us, be it your time, talents, or treasures. 

I hope to see you there!

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