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Starting Friday, April 25 we begin a six-week course on family finances designed to help our families get out of debt and live according to Biblical principles of stewardship. This is the Spanish language version of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course. The course is open to all. Pastor Selle serves as facilitator at Hope Lutheran Church, Bonita Springs, 7:00 PM every Friday night from April 25 to May 30. Child care is provided. Call Pastor Selle (239) 437-6727 if you are interested in finding out more about the course.
The ladies from Faith Lutheran Church, Punta Gorda, provided shoes and hand made quilts for the families of Immokalee.
We celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 22 in our Immokalee church and we shared the joy of God’s gracious gift of His Son in Immokalee this Christmas.
Seven Hispanic theology students have finished four different pre-seminary courses from the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
We have received approval from the Florida-Georgia District to charter our Bethlehem Haitian Church – LCMS as a member congregation of the LCMS.
Pastor Andre Mezilus was ordained on August 18, 2013 as a pastor of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
We made plans for two more men to begin formal preparation for the pastoral ministry in 2014 through the distance education programs of Concordia Seminary, ST. Louis. MO.
REDEDICATION OF BONITA SPRINGS AMIGOS CENTER
On August 8, 2013 Amigos Center celebrated the reopening of its newly refurbished immigration office at 25999 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs on the campus of Hope Lutheran Church. The President of Amigos en Cristo, Pastor Bob Selle, expressed his appreciation to all those who had contributed to this very important work and thanked them for their tireless efforts to support the Amigos Center’s services to the immigrant community of Southwest Florida. Pastor Selle complimented the Amigos Center’s two Immigration Specialists, Christina Leddin and Maria Herrera and Administrative Assistant Marisol Dickerson for their excellent work in this ministry. He pointed out that during the past year the immigration staff had counseled and assisted over 1600 immigrant clients, walking beside each of these individuals as they proceeded on their pathway to U.S. citizenship. In addition, since August of 2012, the Amigos Center has filed over 390 Applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for undocumented young students and graduates who were brought to this country at a very early age by their parents or family members. These individuals who receive deferred action status can remain in this country, obtain a drivers license, a Social Security card, legally work and pay in-state tuition should they attend college.
Amigos Center’s Executive Director, Denny Brown, also expressed his appreciation to all those who have, over the past decade, so faithfully supported this important ministry in our community, both financially and with their volunteer time, and urged them all to continue their efforts as the need for compassionate and professional immigration counseling and assistance has grown so substantially in Lee county in the past years.
We recently baptized three young boys in our Bonita Springs Hispanic ministry at Hope Lutheran Church. Pastor Selle and Donna participated in the celebration meal at the parents home next to our Kingston Amigos Center.
July 21 we also received Santiago Ortegon-Rujana as a member of the Kingdom of God through the waters of Baptism. Santiago is the son of Jesaías (a member of our Board of Directors) and Eileen (our Webmaster).
Rev. Andre Mezilus (Haitian Church Pastor), Rev. Robert Selle (Executive Director/Pastor), Daphcar Beldor (Receptionist), Maria Rodriguez (Senior Volunteer), Karl Glander (Service Director). Our newest staff member is Daphcar. She arrived from Haiti ten years ago and graduated from Immokalee High School. She is a mother of two young children and serves as a Sunday School teacher with our Immokalee Haitian church.