May 7, 2018

It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway done with our time here learning Spanish and about the culture.I cannot thank our instructor enough for taking the time to really teach us and show us how the our Spanish can be used in every day life. This past weekend was filled with preparation for our mid-course written exam. Tomorrow we have our oral proficiency exams. In conversation this week, Karl said, “It’s one thing to learn the grammar and it’s another thing to apply it. It’s a process of taking what we learned in the class room and applying it to everyday life.” This has been a great learning experience and we cannot wait to apply what we have learned.

 

This past week went by so fast.We had a great time at worship
on Sunday. We met up with several missionaries too. Pastor Ted Krey (center), his wife Rebecca (right) and their kids made plans with us to meet with them for dinner this past Tuesday. It was a great insightful time where Karl and I learned the ins and outs of missionary work as well as church planting in the Latino culture. We have some great gems to share with the community at large when we get back as we continue to connect people to Christ.

 

On Monday, it was the observance of the Dominican Republic Labor Day.There were no classes at the Institute. Leonardo surprised us by taking us to Puerto Plata to see the beach and spend some time with his family. It was a quick trip, but really enjoyable. The “Smaller
Christ,” similar to the one in Rio, can be seen all the way from the beach. As well as Poseidon on one of the rock formations off the coast. It was a nice time getting to know his family and what they do here in the Dominican Republic too. We ended our trip with a lovely meal of fish and pasta from the local restaurant on the way back from Porta Plata.

This past Saturday, Karl and I decided to walk all the way from where we are staying to the Institute (about a 5 mile hike). Along the way, we took our time to take in our surroundings and check out the baseball stadium and basketball stadium along the way. We also noticed several little huts by the water for those who are homeless to live. Like in many places, they are not given the time of day and are often overlooked. Karl and I also experienced a bit of rudeness from a waiter at one of the local establishments as he refused to serve us. We simple got a different waiter, but the experience was interesting to say the least.

On Sunday, Karl and I attended the teacher appreciation celebration at one of the local piscinas (pools). There was great food, music, games, swimming and of course great fellowship. I even learned the basic steps to a few types of Dominican Republican dances.

On a separate note, my ordination date has been set as May 27, 2018. It will be at 4pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida with a light meal to follow. Please let me know if you plan on attending.

 

Have A Great Day!

Seth DeBartolo

Immokalee Students

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English classes in Immokalee have expanded to four days a week, Monday through Thursday.

We have experienced a 69% increase in the number of English language students in our Immokalee Amigos Center.

We are on track to provide legal immigration services to 15% more people this year than last, an all-time record high.  This is mainly due to a realigning of priorities in our Bonita Springs immigration office.

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There is so much happening at Amigos en Cristo. We love sharing with you all of the blessings God has given us these past few months. We have several things for which to be thankful. This past week, Pastor Karl and his team at the Immokalee Amigos Center hosted the Summer Vacation Bible School: Splash Canyon. This past Saturday, Karl and his team also participated in a Backpack Giveaway event sponsored by Lipman Family Farms in Immokalee.  For just over a month, I had the opportunity to teach 7 young people and they were able to receive First Communion last Sunday. We anticipate a confirmation class forming in the upcoming weeks as well. Also, we have a new permanent, yes permanent, location for our immigration staff to call home and we have also hired on a new staff member to assist us at this new location. Lastly, we have been in talks with Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Lehigh, Florida to help launch a new mission start. This will help me fulfill part of my call to Amigos en Cristo to start new ministries and to help Anglo churches do effective ethnic outreach.

 

A NOTE FROM PASTOR KARL: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL “SPLASH CANYON”

“For three days this week, our Vacation Bible School was a time of fun and learning about our Lord and His love for His children. We learned how God is always there for us through the “wild ride of life”. We started with 17 children and over 14 support volunteers and ended with over 27 children in attendance. We started by traveling with baby Moses down the Nile River, and learned that God was there

with Moses the whole time.  We learned about the Israelites entering the Promised Land, and we ended with the baptism of our LordJesus. Through all of these lessons, we explored just how big and wide the Love God has for us.

The children listened toBible stories, played games, and did crafts.  They prayed together and sang songs about God’s love for us through all of our good and bad times. They also enjoyed breakfast and lunch prepare by the ladies of Amigos Center in Immokalee. A special thanks to all who made this event a success and especially thanks to God our Father who loves us so much he sent His Son to earth  to save us.”

~ Blessing ~ Pastor Karl ~

 

 

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BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

Though I was not able to attend this years giveaway, due to a previous commitment, I received word of some great accomplishments that happened at the event last Saturday. I am so proud that we were a part of such a great event. It is a great gift being able to share and receive such great blessings while also helping out the community at large. From what I heard, the exhibitors to the volunteers to the vendors lent a hand, and they estimated  helping over 2,000 people get ready to go back to school and have one last bash with their families before school begins. I feel it really was a true success in every sense of the word. I know that our staff and volunteers enjoyed themselves as they got to interact with all of the good families who made it out on Saturday.  Everyone at Lipman is truly grateful for our support and participation in this event.
I hope you all can join us next year.

 

HOLY FIRST COMMUNION

On July 27 and 28, we had 7 First Communion candidates successfully complete their studies and self-examination in preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper on July 29th at Amigos en Cristo Church in Estero Florida. These young people went through instruction, self-examination, confession and absolution, and were publicly admitted to receive the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of sins. It was a great time to see the youth make public profession of their faith and the church to celebrate this joyful reception of members to   the Lord’s Supper. Our confirmation class will being when school starts as well. This will allow for a continued education of these young people in the way of the Christian faith, life, and practice as they live out their calling as Christians in world.

 

OUR NEW LOCATION

Over the course of the year, you have heard of our recovery efforts for our immigration office due to Hurricane Irma. We moved from Hope Lutheran Church in Bonita Springs to a temporarily location at Thrive Community Church in Estero and now we are pleased to announce our new permanent, yes permanent, home at: 1560 Matthew Drive in Fort Myers. We are in the process of consolidating our immigration offices and bringing all of our immigration employees under one roof for more effective and further outreach to the immigrant population of Southwest Florida. With this said, we would also like to welcome to our staff, Eileen Ortegon, who has accepted the position of Immigration Administrative Assistant. We hope as we continue to grow and set down deeper roots in our new permanent location, we will be more efficient and effective in the way we help the people of Southwest Florida. We are excited and truly grateful to everyone who made this possible.

We will be hosting a Grand Re-Re-Opening and Dedication Open-House on:
October 24 from 4pm – 7pm.
Hope to see you there.

 

Mission Start – Lehigh

In furthering our mission, “To help immigrants to an abundant life and the kingdom of God,” we have began to partner with Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Lehigh Acres. This new “Mission Start – Lehigh,” will help me to fulfill part of my calling in helping to start one of the two multicultural ministries, one being out in Lehigh Acres, Florida. We look forward to seeing where the Lord directs and guides our planning. We will keep you posted as things start to develop.

I pray that God continues to bless our work here and that God would continue to bless you as you all have been a blessing to us. And as we are directed by God to continue to teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all; please continue to keep us in your prayers and pray that God would open the hearts and the minds of those we meet to receive the Good New which is Jesus Christ; His life, death, and resurrection for us all. God be with you now and always.

In His Service with You,
Pastor Seth DeBartolo

For three days this week, our Vacation Bible School was a time of fun and learning about our Lord and His love for His children.  We learned how God is always there for us through the “wild ride of life”.   We started with 17 children and over 14 support volunteers and ended with over 27 children in attendance.  We started by traveling with baby Moses down the Nile River, and learned that God was there with Moses the whole time.  We learned about the Israelites entering the Promised Land, and we ended with the baptism of our Lord Jesus. Through all of these lessons, we explored just how big and wide the Love God has for us.

The children listened to Bible stories, played games, and did crafts.  They prayed together and sang songs about God’s love for us through all of our good and bad times.  They also enjoyed breakfast and lunch prepare by the ladies of  Amigos Center in Immokalee. 

Thanks to all who made this event a success and especially thanks to God our Father who loves us so much he sent His Son to earth to save us.

Blessing

~Pastor Karl


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When God asks, “Who will go?” you can help any of our missionaries and mercy workers answer with “Send me!”

Today, missionaries and mercy workers are funded entirely through the designated donations of God’s people who choose to give specifically for that purpose. Through your prayers and designated financial support, you help send devoted missionaries and mercy workers out to tell others in both word and deeds the Good News about Jesus, and to strengthen our church partners in doing the same.

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Mail your check, made payable to Amigos en Cristo and designated with their last name
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Amigos en Cristo, Inc. d/b/a Amigos Center – April 29, 2018

 
This past week has been an exciting and adventurous one. At the beginning of the week one of the kids of our host family took us to different pueblos (small towns) throughout the country side. This gave Karl and I a chance to learn a bit more about the raw culture and the challenges that face the people of the DR. We met Adalgisa Gomez a cosmetologist and hair styler. It is her hope that one day she would have an institute for hair and nails.She wants to help teach others in the community a skill so that they can live better lives to provide for themselves and their families. In a letter, she asked if we knew of anyone willing to help with supplies, from as small as a comb to as big as a blow dryers. Contact me if you have questions. Seth@amigoscenter.org

 

After we met Adalgisa, we proceeded to go up and down the hilly country side where we saw tobacco plants growing
and storage huts for drying. We were then brought to a high point and saw a piscina (pool area) with a fantastic view. Check out the website for more amazing pictures. Once we finished our tour it was time to head back for dinner. We had an opportunity to join the rest of the family for a fish dinner at one of the local establishments. Fried or oven cooked we could have it our way.

 

During our class education this week, we were learning about conversational Spanish and talking about directions.We found ourselves at a memorial park dedicated to Christopher Columbus. Like many areas around Santiago, there was iron work. At this park there were the three ships most commonly associated with Columbus’ journey, as well as a few painted murals depicting his arrival.

 

Karl and I have been in contact with several of the missionaries and their families throughout our stay. Just this past week, the Office of International  Missions – LCMS (Latin American/ Caribbean Region) had their summit meeting in Palmar Arriba, about 30 minutes outside of town. On Monday, we were able to make contact with Ruth and Arthuro Maita  and spend some time with them. After that we met up with the president of the Venezuelan Lutheran Church and he once again thanked us for our support through Arepas Para Venezuela fundraiser. Please keep them in  your continued prayers.

 

It was at this time we had a tour of the LCMS mission office in Santiago. Here is a picture of all of the mission locations in LatinAmerica. The next picture is of all  thirty-two missionary families. Later on in the week after our Thursday class we took leave from assisting the instructors teaching and went to see the other  missionaries at the seminary. They had just finished their renovation and construction of the building.

The first floor is social services, the second floor is a chapel and next to that are professional education rooms and the third floor is the seminary for theological education. It was great to hear about all the mission opportunities in other countries as well as gain insight as to how to do outreach to the hispanic population in Southwest Florida.

 

Last, but not least, on April 25th, I received the call officially to serve as   pastor at Amigos en Cristo. This day was shared with my wife and family over Skype. I will be notifying everyone as to when the ordination service will be in upcoming blogs or through a special announcement.

 

Leonardo Garcia, one of the Amigos Center board members, is coming to visit us this week at the institute so I am sure we will have more to talk about next week. Please check the web page for new updated photos of our trip.

www.amigoscenter.org/dr-trip. Please keep us and our families in your continued prayers.

God’s Richest Blessings,

Seth DeBartolo

 

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