Couples in Bonita Springs and Immokalee enjoyed a great weekend of marriage enrichment activities on April 27 to 29. Mark Kempff, of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis led a weekend workshop for more than 17 families. This activity is part of our ongoing effort to reach out to Hispanic couples with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More than twenty children also participated in special activities designed for them while their parents participated in the workshops. If the father and the mother are strong in their love and support for each other, their children will flourish. Two couples who are currently receiving pre-marriage instruction from Pastor Selle also attended the weekend events.
In the month of May we plan on launching a third cycle of weekend Marriage Enrichment Retreats involving a group of ten families.
With great thanks to generous donors and volunteers, our Amigos Center and church in Immokalee has gotten an extreme makeover! Here are some of the pictures of what has been done, with more to come!
We were able to bless many children and families this Easter with special baskets to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. It was a joyous occasion! For more pictures check out our Facebook page.
Students came to from Loyola University MD and James Madison University VA to help with work at the Amigos Center in Immokalee. They helped with the pantry and after a long day of work were able to stay for a meal.
An article was in the News-Press today with a write up and photo from the Boston Red Sox service day in Immokalee with the Amigos Center and other agencies.
Today, 19 volunteers traveled down from Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg to serve with the Amigos Center. The volunteers were instrumental in helping with Harry Chapin’s Mobile Food Pantry Distribution. In about 2 hours, over 300 families received emergency food ranging from canned goods, fresh juice, bread and corn. “In a month of giving, Amigos Center is truly blessed to be able to show God’s love in what we are doing and give thanks for all that we have by serving others” said Director of Development, Leah H. McCann. “We are truly grateful for Our Savior Lutheran and everyone who made the trip to Immokalee.” Today, with the help of community partners and volunteers, Amigos Center changed the lives of 1,200 people.
Thank you to State Farm and the Hispanic Chamber of Southwest Florida for your generous school supplies donation to help families in need. The Immokalee families who received the supplies are extremely grateful as are we. Thank you for your support of the community!
Although it’s great to think of our pass successes, it is also important to cast the vision for the future. There are endless opportunities for expansion of the ministry, and to reach more families and impact the community in a greater way, there will be a team working together to design an achievable action plan. It will be a lot of work and will require a lot of prayer and planning as well as the time, talents and treasures of everyone involved with the ministry.
Today, Sarah Owen led a group of leaders in the Amigos en Cristo ministry to begin the conversation and to think through the strategic plan for growth. Although growth is challenging, it is extremely exciting. If you want to know more about the vision for growth and expansion of the ministry, contact Pastor Robert Selle or Leah McCann for more information.
At our Kingston Center in Bonita Springs, Amigos en Cristo church member, Rosi Perez, teaches a sewing class weekly to women and youth. The class is intended to teach them a trade that can help them make clothes and supplies for their family as well as possibly provide added income, which is extremely important for many of these families who are struggling just to meet their basic needs.
It wouldn’t be possible to serve the hundreds of families served each week in Immokalee without our faithful staff and volunteers. Here’s a picture of the staff who makes it happen!
Justina Ruiz (Case Worker), Karl Glander (Service Director), Robert Selle (Pastor), Andre Mezilus (Vicar)