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February Newsletter

Thursday, February 1, 2018
2018
 
 
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We know 2018 is here but we feel like 2017 went by in a blink! Some of you may already know this year marks the 25th anniversary since we started taking weekend trips to Juarez.  25 years feels like a gift.  We are incredibly grateful and humbled to be able to do the work we do, and to have made so many beautiful connections over the years.  There have been many lessons in this time, but a couple have been prominent: love and serve.  True, our love is rarely ever going to be perfect, and we often feel too tired to serve, but as we press on toward the goal, beautiful things happen in our lives and in the lives of others.
One of our biggest accomplishments from 2017 is the National Recognition for Excellence we received for the after school program from the Mexican Government.  Despite this recognition, we continue to seek ways to improve because Jesus makes everything He touches better.  One project we would like to start doing on a regular basis is recycle-centric crafts with the kids.  There is so much plastic waste here in Juarez, and we want to teach our kids more about recycling and being mindful about waste.  For Christmas the kids used old newspaper to make ornaments that adorned the Amigo Fiel tree.  Many of the children showed dedication and a special creative flair when doing this project that we had not seen before.  Our next project will involve plastic water bottles… stay tuned to see the final product.  Should you have any craft ideas for using recycled materials we would love to hear about them, please send them our way to info@amigofiel.org.
A special highlight from December and January were the multiple visits to nursing homes throughout the city.  Each group that comes from the United States brings gifts to give to the residents to help keep them warm and comfortable during the winter season.  One reason we are passionate about working with children and the elderly is because they are often a forgotten part of society.  Some of these nursing homes reflect just that.  The funding is often nonexistent, therefore the living conditions are cold and uncomfortable, with food being scarce at times. People like you come on a mission trip bringing joy and the hope of Jesus Christ to these people.  Taking time to share a smile and a gift bag filled with things like shampoo, blankets, warm sweaters, socks, and slippers.  Simple things that bring a world of physical and spiritual comfort to the residents of these nursing homes.  Love and serve.
Thank you for helping us make 2017 a year of growth and blessings.  There are many changes in store for 2018 and we hope you will keep Amigo Fiel and our wonderful team in your prayers.  Please do not forget to connect with us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the happenings south of the border!
Festiniño 2017/2018 was wonderful! 
The play this year had superheroes, here we see Batman sharing the gospel. 
Left: Amigo Fiel's youth group praying before an outreach.
Right: Amigo Fiel church members enjoying buñuelos (similar to a donut) at year end service. 
P.S. You can now easily partner with Amigo Fiel financially by using CaringCent, a rounded giving solution, click here to learn more.  How CaringCent works:
 
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We would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU for being a part of what God is doing in Ciudad Juarez.  We appreciate you and know that this work could not go on without you.  It is an honor to work alongside you as He continues to expand our work.  We are excited to share what we have been doing the last few months.

In February of 2017 the Child Welfare Centers Program of Mexico (CWCPM) looked at the 65 afterschool programs in Juarez and selected Amigo Fiel, along with two others, to be the blue prints for all afterschool programs in Mexico.  The CWCPM found that the operations and leadership methods that Amigo Fiel uses to guide the children work very well.  Luvia Arias, our Director, was invited to join the board to create a national training and certification program.  The CWCPM specifically wanted Luvia to elaborate on the character series that we teach to the children at Amigo Fiel.  They saw how our specific program had not only short term but also long term benefits in the lives of our children.  How humbling for God to use us, to favor us, and give us a platform to share His amazing ways.  The training manual that we have compiled is based on His Word and will be used throughout Mexico in Christian and secular afterschool programs alike.

On Good Friday we gathered as a congregation to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us.  Luvia wrote a drama about Jesus’ last day and volunteers from the church were our actors.  Josue, a young man from our youth group, portrayed Jesus Christ and Luvita did an amazing job with his makeup.  Honestly he looked bad, beaten and bruised, as our Savior was.  His semblance was shocking.  This reminded us of how many of us have read about the crucifixion and have a picture in our head.  However, to see a small portion reenacted strikes a very unique chord each time.  Emotions ran high and tears were shed at the thought that at one point in our lives we were the ones yelling “Crucify Him!”  Until we came to a saving knowledge and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior!  Thank you Lord for your sacrifice.  And we were reminded this was not the last word from Him.  We still had hope, Sunday was coming.

Hope Rises.  On Easter Sunday we saw many new faces at Amigo Fiel.   This year we used Facebook advertising to invite people who live near the church to come and enjoy Easter Sunday with us.  The best part though, is we have continued to see some attend on a regular basis. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating our Risen Lord.

We are seeing entire families coming to service on a regular basis now.  This is an answer to prayer.  Our sanctuary has been filling up every Sunday and we have to send more people to our overflow area downstairs.  We are working on building a new sanctuary, all on one level, that can accommodate not only our growing congregation but our elderly who can no longer use stairs.  We purchased a lot and the land is almost ready for construction to begin but we are still raising funds and finalizing the building design.  Please continue to keep the new families and sanctuary in your prayers.  To find out how you can be a part of this project by donating time, money, professional services, and/or materials, please visit our website.

summer time means missions teams, thanks Simple Church!

 

Kevin and Jonathan helping prepare for our communion service

 

This is Camilla and her dad Alex,
preparing for service
one Sunday morning

We ask for your prayers in administrating our funds wisely.  The support we receive from you blesses the Kingdom in Juarez more than you can know.  We pray for God’s will in funneling resources to projects that will point people to Jesus Christ.  If you are able to donate to the work in Juarez simply follow this link.  Remember that you can donate financially or by giving of your time to come down and help us with projects.

A new way to give!
Shop on Amazon.com? Amigo Fiel is now an eligible charity you can select to receive cash equal to .5% of your purchases through the Amazon Smiles program. 

Please note that Amigo Fiel is listed under our U.S. name “Equipping the Saints” with a Santa Fe, New Mexico address. 

When you log into your Amazon account you select a charity to support and then use the Amazon Smiles link provided to do your shopping.  An easy way to give, and remember, tell a friend!

Prayer Requests:
Summer missions teams
Church unity as we continue to expand
Give thanks for all God is doing in and with the after school program
New sanctuary fundraising and construction
Baptisms in July
Youth mission trip in August
 
Thank you again for your continued support and interest in expanding the Kingdom in Juarez, Mexico.  May God richly bless you and may His grace and love fill your life!
 
Sincerely,
Your Amigo Fiel Team

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