Amigos Center
Amigos Center

All donations are tax deductible.

Amigos Center Launches $50,000.00 Challenge Grant Campaign

We have been blessed to have an initial matching challenge of up to $50,000.00 met by an anonymous donor. This individual believes in the work and purpose of Amigos en Cristo and wants to see it continue on for many years to come. He is challenging you to contemplate the mission and vision of Amigos en Cristo and he is challenging you to look within yourselves to give above and beyond your pledge this year. If you are ready to rise to the challenge then donate today! Every dollar matters, will you rise to the challenge?

Since 1997 Amigos Center has been meeting the spiritual, physical and legal needs of the immigrant community of Southwest Florida.

Our Spanish and Haitian Creole language congregations meet in multiple locations in Lee and Collier County.
Our Amigos Center in Immokalee annually provides over 5,000 clients and their families with emergency food,
clothing and English classes each year.

Our professionally staffed, low cost legal immigration service office in Fort Myers has served over 13,000 clients to date.  Amigos Center
Immigration Services is pleased to be a partner agency of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.

Your timely gift will be matched dollar for dollar and will help ensure that the Amigos Center may continue to offer these services to the benefit of many immigrant families as they work to succeed here in the United States.

RISE TO THE CHALLENGE

OTHER WAYS OF GIVING

 

Make A Qualified Charitable Distribution

A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year, as long as certain rules are met. In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare. Please call us for more information.

By Phone

To make a donation over the phone, you can call us at 239-437-6727.

Thrivent Choice

If you are a Thrivent Financial member with Choice Dollars to direct, you can help our church continue its ministry here and reach out to the greater community. Simply direct Choice Dollars to Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Mission.  We plan to use these grant funds to provide immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God. You can make your direction online at  www.thrivent.com (click on “Thrivent choice” on The “Membership and Benefits” tab) to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Amigos Center. Screenshot (68)

Mail

If you would like to send in a check, please make the check out to Amigos en Cristo, Inc, and send it to the address below Amigos en Cristo, Inc. 25999 Old 41 Road Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Gifts in Kind

If you would like to donate a gift other than cash, please contact our office at 239-437-6727 Amigos en Cristo is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Donations and contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

“A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” NO MONEY IS PAID TO PROFESSIONAL SOLICITORS. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE USED BY AMIGOS EN CRISTO, INC. (#SC-11673)

*RECURRING DONATIONS ARE FOR A DURATION OF 12 MONTHS*
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Partners

The ministry of Amigos en Cristo would not be possible if it were not for the countless individuals, churches, businesses and organizations that partner together to serve the community. Thank you to all of you for your continued dedication and support to the mission and vision of Amigos en Cristo.

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Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to serve while becoming aware of the needs around you.

Donations

Amigos en Cristo is able to operate because of the generous support of our partners and individuals.

Prayer Needs

Pray for Amigos en Cristo as we share the gospel with families in SW Florida.

Spread the Word

A great way to help Amigos en Cristo is to tell others about us and what we are doing.

Events

Attending or volunteering at an event is a great way to get involved and help Amigos en Cristo.

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Our Ministries

Family — Immigration Services


Our Immigration Specialists provide low cost legal family based immigration services. We help families reunite and stay united, moving them along the pathway toward permanent residency and citizenship.

Faith — Church Ministry

Junior knows Jesus loves meOur Spanish and Creole churches allow people to worship and fellowship in their native language, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and be a part of a healthy and loving family based community.

Friends — Social Services

Mom and Daughter getting help at Amigos CenterWe strive to meet peoples’ physical needs and show God’s love by giving:

Assistance of food and clothing.
Education through English classes, seminars, crisis pregnancy counseling, and referrals.

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Mission of Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo (Friends in Christ) is a ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We provide immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God.

 

Vision Statement

We are known as the “Church of the Americas” because of our embrace of all generations of people from across the Americas; whether of American, Hispanic or Haitian ancestry.  Whether born abroad or here in the United States we are one body united by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 People find joy in volunteering their time, talent and treasure to support the various ministries of Amigos Center as well as our Word and Sacrament ministries.  With joyful hearts people come to both serve others through our social services and to be served through Word and Sacrament.  Weighty personal problems become easier to bear because of the mutual support, prayers and fellowship of others. There is a pervasive sense of family in all that we do.

Amigos en Cristo embraces the coming promise that, “They shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God”. (Luke 13:29). In Christ we are many nations yet one family, we have multiple gifts yet one purpose, countless tongues yet one voice, diverse cultures yet one people. We are Amigos en Cristo, we are Friends in Christ.

 

Core Values

Outreach

We believe that God wants everyone to be saved from the coming judgment by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  The best way to reach the lost is by establishing new churches organized around the concept of small groups.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:46-47; 8:1, 4-5)

Leadership Development

Growth is impossible without capable leadership.  By God’s grace, every believer has the potential to become a ministry leader. (Matthew 9:35-38; I Peter 2:9-10; II Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:11-16)

The Means of Grace

God transforms our hearts and lives through Word and Sacrament.  (Romans 10:17)
We value good stewardship.  Mission churches must follow stewardship principles leading to sustainable and dynamic growth. (II Corinthians 9:6-11; Proverbs 11:24-29)

Cultural Relevancy

The presentation of the Gospel through outreach, teaching and worship must be tailored to reach the hearts and minds of the target community. (Matthew 1:23; I Corinthians 9:19-23)

Service

Through the love of Christ both Anglo and Hispanic believers can and must grow in love and service to all in need. (Ephesians 2:11-20; John 13:1-20)

Prayer

God calls all Christians to respond to his Gospel with steadfast prayer, praise and thanksgiving.  He can overcome all obstacles to accomplish His gracious will in our lives. (Philippians 4:7; I Timothy 2:1-4; Ephesians 3:20-21)


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Serving the people of our community

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About Us

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We help thousands of families annually who come here seeking refuge from persecution and lack of opportunity, hoping for a better life for themselves and their children.They desire to be productive citizens of our country, and our goal is to help them attain the education, skills, and resources necessary so they can succeed. We accomplish this through our programs:

FAITH (Church Planting)

Our Spanish and Creole churches allow people to worship and fellowship in their native language, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and be a part of a healthy and loving family based community.

FAMILY (Immigration)

Our Immigration Specialists provide low cost legal family based immigration services. We help families reunite and stay united, moving them along the pathway toward permanent residency and citizenship.

FRIENDS (Social Services)

We strive to meet peoples’ physical needs and show God’s love by giving:

— Assistance of food and clothing.
— Education through English classes, seminars, crisis pregnancy counseling, and referrals.
— Advocacy services allow us to network with community organizations to best serve the community.

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

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Amigos Center Immigration Specialist, Eulalia Troncoso, received a call from 88 year-old Jose and his 83 year-old wife Rosa. They had been referred to the Amigos Center by a local notary public. They lost their immigration papers and needed help. With no money and no means of transportation they were in trouble.Due to their advanced age and transportation problems, Eulalia went to their house. She helped them gather the necessary support documents that were scattered about the house and then filled out the proper immigration forms. Our staff was even able to make transportation arrangements for them to get their fingerprints taken.Thanks to Amigos Center and Eulalia’s extra efforts, we now have two new and grateful friends in Christ.

Thanks to the volunteers of Amigos Center and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans chapters in Lee and Collier counties “Change for Change Program” we were able to make a significant improvement in the Bonita Springs home of a single mother and her two kids. Over a two week period, nine volunteers worked over 200 hours to completely refurbish a bedroom and bathroom. The home had been damaged in the flood following Tropical Storm Fay in August of 2008. The volunteers worked under the supervision of contractor Paul Garcia. This was a moving spiritual experience for Paul since he felt certain that, through a series of events, God had called him to help this long-suffering family of three.

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

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