By Rev. Robert Selle
We are thrilled to report that we surpassed our 20th Anniversary Challenge Grant goal of $20,000. Judy Small, widow of longtime volunteer and board member Bob Small, offered to match any qualified gift during November and December dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. We received 47 qualified gifts, including 30 new donors totaling $25,192. Thanks to the generosity of all participants her challenge grant resulted in a total gain of $45,192. These special gifts helped us end the 2016 year with a surplus of $10,200. This helps us continue to provide the spiritual, legal and social services that help immigrants to Southwest Florida to a successful life here in the United States and the Kingdom of God.
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 Rev. Robert Selle
Immokalee, FL – Experience Thanksgiving like never before with our staff and the whole Immokalee community this Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00 PM we will begin serving a hot turkey meal in the parking lot of the Immokalee Amigos Center. Come early and help. Contact Pastor Bob at (239) 281-1664 for more information.
Click here for directions to our Immokalee Amigos Center
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Date held: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Total number of donors: 95
First time donors: 23
Total pledged to date: $72,570
Event goal: $80,000
Some post event donations are still arriving. If you haven’t made your contribution yet, you can still help us reach our goal. You can give on line, just click the DONATE NOW button or mail your check to “Amigos Center”, 25999 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.
Come celebrate Thanksgiving with the farmworkers of Immokalee on Tuesday, November 24 at 5:00 pm. A local caterer will prepare 20 hot turkeys so we can provide a traditional hot Thanksgiving meal in the parking lot of our Immokalee Amigos Center. Volunteers will bring the side dishes and help serve the community. What a great way to express our thankfulness to God for all of his blessings. Call Gloria for more information (239) 253-5628. (Amigos Center, 106 South 2nd Street, Immokalee, FL 34142).