Amigos Center
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Amigos en Cristo is able to operate because of the generous support of our partners and individuals.

Prayer Needs

Pray for Amigos en Cristo as we share the gospel with families in SW Florida.

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Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

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Our Ministries

Family — Immigration Services


Our Immigration Specialists provide low cost legal family based immigration services. We help families reunite and stay united, moving them along the pathway toward permanent residency and citizenship.

Faith — Church Ministry

Junior knows Jesus loves meOur Spanish and Creole churches allow people to worship and fellowship in their native language, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and be a part of a healthy and loving family based community.

Friends — Social Services

Mom and Daughter getting help at Amigos CenterWe strive to meet peoples’ physical needs and show God’s love by giving:

Assistance of food and clothing.
Education through English classes, seminars, crisis pregnancy counseling, and referrals.

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

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Mission of Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo (Friends in Christ) is a ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We provide immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God.

 

Vision Statement

We are known as the “Church of the Americas” because of our embrace of all generations of people from across the Americas; whether of American, Hispanic or Haitian ancestry.  Whether born abroad or here in the United States we are one body united by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 People find joy in volunteering their time, talent and treasure to support the various ministries of Amigos Center as well as our Word and Sacrament ministries.  With joyful hearts people come to both serve others through our social services and to be served through Word and Sacrament.  Weighty personal problems become easier to bear because of the mutual support, prayers and fellowship of others. There is a pervasive sense of family in all that we do.

Amigos en Cristo embraces the coming promise that, “They shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God”. (Luke 13:29). In Christ we are many nations yet one family, we have multiple gifts yet one purpose, countless tongues yet one voice, diverse cultures yet one people. We are Amigos en Cristo, we are Friends in Christ.

 

Core Values

Outreach

We believe that God wants everyone to be saved from the coming judgment by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  The best way to reach the lost is by establishing new churches organized around the concept of small groups.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:46-47; 8:1, 4-5)

Leadership Development

Growth is impossible without capable leadership.  By God’s grace, every believer has the potential to become a ministry leader. (Matthew 9:35-38; I Peter 2:9-10; II Timothy 2:2; Ephesians 4:11-16)

The Means of Grace

God transforms our hearts and lives through Word and Sacrament.  (Romans 10:17)
We value good stewardship.  Mission churches must follow stewardship principles leading to sustainable and dynamic growth. (II Corinthians 9:6-11; Proverbs 11:24-29)

Cultural Relevancy

The presentation of the Gospel through outreach, teaching and worship must be tailored to reach the hearts and minds of the target community. (Matthew 1:23; I Corinthians 9:19-23)

Service

Through the love of Christ both Anglo and Hispanic believers can and must grow in love and service to all in need. (Ephesians 2:11-20; John 13:1-20)

Prayer

God calls all Christians to respond to his Gospel with steadfast prayer, praise and thanksgiving.  He can overcome all obstacles to accomplish His gracious will in our lives. (Philippians 4:7; I Timothy 2:1-4; Ephesians 3:20-21)


Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

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About Us

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We help thousands of families annually who come here seeking refuge from persecution and lack of opportunity, hoping for a better life for themselves and their children.They desire to be productive citizens of our country, and our goal is to help them attain the education, skills, and resources necessary so they can succeed. We accomplish this through our programs:

FAITH (Church Planting)

Our Spanish and Creole churches allow people to worship and fellowship in their native language, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and be a part of a healthy and loving family based community.

FAMILY (Immigration)

Our Immigration Specialists provide low cost legal family based immigration services. We help families reunite and stay united, moving them along the pathway toward permanent residency and citizenship.

FRIENDS (Social Services)

We strive to meet peoples’ physical needs and show God’s love by giving:

— Assistance of food and clothing.
— Education through English classes, seminars, crisis pregnancy counseling, and referrals.
— Advocacy services allow us to network with community organizations to best serve the community.

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

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Amigos Center Immigration Specialist, Eulalia Troncoso, received a call from 88 year-old Jose and his 83 year-old wife Rosa. They had been referred to the Amigos Center by a local notary public. They lost their immigration papers and needed help. With no money and no means of transportation they were in trouble.Due to their advanced age and transportation problems, Eulalia went to their house. She helped them gather the necessary support documents that were scattered about the house and then filled out the proper immigration forms. Our staff was even able to make transportation arrangements for them to get their fingerprints taken.Thanks to Amigos Center and Eulalia’s extra efforts, we now have two new and grateful friends in Christ.


Myth: Immigrating to the United States for work or family is easy.
Fact: Only 5,000 visas are available for low-skilled workers each year, yet our economy relies on
millions of undocumented laborers.1 Families wait years for reunification. Lawful permanent
residents face waits of more than five years for their spouses to get visas and join them. Siblings
of permanent residents wait 10–22 years for visas.

Myth: Immigrants take jobs away from Americans.
Fact: Between 2000 and 2005 the availability of native-born low-wage workers declined by
approximately 1.8 million. In the same period the number of low-wage immigrant workers
increased by 620,000, thus offsetting the total decline by about a third.

Myth: Immigrants don’t pay taxes.
Fact: All immigrants pay taxes. Even undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes and real estate taxes
(either directly as homeowners or indirectly through rent). The Social Security Administration
estimates that three-quarters of undocumented immigrants contribute payroll taxes, including
$6–7 billion in Social Security taxes that will never benefit them.

Myth: Immigrants are a drain on the economy.
Fact: Approximately 26 million immigrants currently residing in the United States arrived after the age of 18 and are in prime working age. They represent roughly $2.8 trillion to U.S. taxpayers, who
receive the benefit of their labor without the cost of their education.

Myth: Immigrants come to the United States to get welfare.
Fact: Documented immigrants are prohibited from receiving most federal government benefits for at
least five years after they arrive in the United States. They work and pay taxes, but do not receive
benefits. Immigrants without papers can get emergency medical care but cannot receive welfare,
food stamps or Social Security.

Myth: Immigrants send all their money back to their home countries.
Fact: While many immigrants do send money back to their families in other countries, they contribute
to the U.S. economy in other ways. Through consumer spending and entrepreneurship,
immigrants contribute $162 billion in tax revenue to federal, state and local governments.

Myth: Immigrants don’t want to learn English or become citizens.
Fact: 65% of immigrants over age 5 who speak a language other than English at home speak English
“very well” or “well.”8 Many adult immigrants want to become proficient in English, but the
demand for ESL instruction far outweighs the supply. Over 1 million immigrants applied for
naturalization in 2007, but only 48% were granted approval.9 This shows not only the desire of
immigrants to become citizens but also the limitations they face.

Myth: Most immigrants are here illegally.
Fact: Out of roughly 31 million foreign-born residents in the United States, 63% are documented. The
remaining 37% are undocumented.

Myth: Immigrants are uneducated.
Fact: More than 1.3 million (1 in 5) college-educated immigrants living in the United States are
unemployed or are underemployed in positions such as taxi drivers, dishwashers and security guards.
Many educated immigrants are unable to make full use of their academic and professional credentials,
but must pursue expensive and lengthy re-credentialing before resuming their former career paths.

Myth: Letting in more immigrants leads to an increase in crime.
Fact: Research indicates that higher immigration levels either have no effect on crime rates or are
associated with lower levels of crime and violence. The incarceration rate of those born in the
United States is four times higher than the incarceration rate of the foreign-born.

Amigos en Cristo

Amigos en Cristo, connecting agencies, resources and people together. We are a 501(c)3 organization.

Serving the people of our community

Copyright 2018. Amigos en Cristo, Inc | amigoscenter.org

Designed by DeBartolo Solutions