This morning we had thirteen students here in Immokalee to learn English. Nine of them were learning to write and speak out loud while three of them were on the computer. It was AWESOME!
In Bonita Springs, we renewed our outreach efforts at our Kingston Amigos Center. Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm volunteers from our Hispanic church and others gather with residents of Kingston Acres trailer park in Bonita Springs. In order to share the love of Christ we gather for youth activities and prayer with parents. We are looking for people who can help us, especially if you can lead music or help small children with Bible based crafts. Call Pastor Selle (239) 281-1664 if you would like more information.
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.
We are proud to announce that the Zimmer Family Foundation accepted our grant request for $15,000 to help with Theological training for Haitian leaders. This funds from this grant will be used to train Haitians through the Concordia Seminary EIIT (Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology) program to provide gospel outreach to the Haitian population in Immokolee & the surrounding areas.
Pictured here is Vicar Andre Mezilus and Saint Luc Charlelus, two of our Haitian leaders currently in the EIIT program.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church — Lehigh Acres, FL
Bethlehem Lutheran Church — Fort Myers, FL
Christ the King Lutheran Church — LaBelle, FL
Faith Lutheran Church — Naples, FL
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church — North Fort Myers, FL
Grace Lutheran Church — Naples, FL
Hope Lutheran Church — Bonita Springs, FL
Legacy Church — Estero, FL
Marco Lutheran Church — Marco Island, FL
Peace Lutheran Church — Naples, FL
Our Savior Lutheran Church — St. Petersburg, FL
Riverside Baptist — Fort Myers, FL
Saint Michael Lutheran Church — Fort Myers, FL
Summit Church — Estero, FL
Thrive Community Church — Estero, FL
Trinity Lutheran Church — Cape Coral, Fl
Zion Lutheran Church — Fort Myers, FL
Rev. Steve Hess, recently retired from Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Myers, has begun serving as mentor for Andre Mezilus. Andre is enrolled in the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology, at Concordia Seminiary, St. Louis, MO. This is a distance education program leading to ordination of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The course work is done using the web-based Blackboard program. The student does extensive readings each week along with written assignments and participates in web-based discussion groups with other students. Each lesson also has a practical pastoral application which the mentor and student discuss. Andre’s current course is Church History up to 1500 AD.