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 email@example.com 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).
On Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm we plan to distribute a new pair of sneakers to every child who comes to our Immokalee Amigos Center. In partnership with Samaritan’s Feet and with Hope Lutheran Church, Bonita Springs we will once again set up the big tent in our parking lot to share not only a pair of shoes, but also the Gospel hope we have in Jesus.
The free shoe event will also feature a special prayer ministry, food, fun activities for kids and for the weary backs of this farmworker community, free chiropractic services courtesy of Restore Chiropractic of Bonita Springs. Come on out and help. Call Karl for more information (239) 293-1489. Volunteers should arrive at 8:00 am.
On July 31 we celebrated our first Mariachi Evangelism Campaign with over 200 people from all over Southwest Florida in attendance. Thanks to our partnership with Zion Lutheran Church we were able to bring the Mariachi San Pablo music group from the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, Texas all the way to Immokalee, Florida. Mariachi, you got to love it! Check out the video link www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RFfWSnWU_I
You can be a friend to the people of Immokalee, Florida
- Serve as a tutor in our adult English language program
- Serve as a Storytime Nana
- Read to the children
- Serve as a tutor for our English language computer lab
- Help to sort donations of used clothing
- Help to prepare bags of donated food
- Donate food and clothing
- other special needs
For more information contact Karl Glander (Service Director Immokalee Amigos Center)
(239) 293-1489 (cel)
(239) 657-3822 (office)
Visit us at
106 South 2nd Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
To arrange a tour of our Immokalee Amigos Center contact Rev. Robert V. Selle
(239) 281-1664 (cel)
(239) 437-6727 (office)