Amigos Center

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.

Immokalee - Waiting for foodImmokalee Food Distribution

Immokalee Food DistributionSigning up for Food Distribution
Amigos Center Food DistributionImmokalee VolunteerVolunteers in Immokalee

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.

Amigos en Cristo vision casting and strategic planning.

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.

amigos center sewing classAmigos Center Education

Every year the Amigos Center helps hundreds of families reunite and stay united through the low-cost, legal immigration services provided. Pictured here is Gaspar Mejia. Through the help of the Amigos Center he was able to bring his wife and four children here to the United States. Out of gratitude for the work of Lala through the Amigos Center, they came and brought her a very elaborate handmade blouse from their native Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  It is a typical indigenous outfit only from that region. Many families do not have the money to pay for expensive immigration services yet they are very grateful for the services the Amigos Center provides. This was their heartfelt way to show their appreciation for Lala and the Amigos Center Immigration ministry.

Pictured here is: Luis Fernando (eldest son), Juana, Lala (Immigration Specialist) & Gaspar Mejia.

Immigration Services - Family from Guatemala


Dental Hygienist, Blanca Nelby Grisales, demonstrated good dental hygiene techniques at our Kingston AmigosCenter.  Nelby responded to a recent sermon preached by Pastor Selle calling on all disciples of Jesus Christ to serve others, each according to their gifts.  She and her husband, Diego Grisales, also provided free tooth brushes and other dental supplies to the participants.  In her native Colombia, Nelby worked as a Dental Hygienist.  She and her husband Diego now own and operate two Metro PCS stores, in Bonita Springs and Estero.

A ministry of Amigos en Cristo Lutheran Church, each Wednesday evening we meet with the families of Kingston Acres for games, Bible study and prayer.  For over twelve years the Kingston Amigos Center has served as an outpost of our church to proclaim the love of Christ through both word and deed to the families of Kingston Acres labor camp. The Kingston Amigos Center provides an excellent opportunity for church members to practice their leadership skills while serving others.  Later this month, Rosieris (Rosi) Ortegon will begin a series of classes on sewing.  Rosi owns and operates a successful tailor shop in Estero. Kingston Acres is located at the end of Taylor Road in Bonita Springs, FL.

Amigos Center Educates on Dental CareAmigos Center Community Education Class

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