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June 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Something that never gets old at Amigo Fiel is seeing the kids we work with grow and become adults. The environment that most of these kids grow up in is tough and while we do everything we can to keep them on the right track, sometimes life hits hard and takes them in another direction. However, we have noticed that when hard times hit, the kids we’ve worked with show up at our door. In our opinion, this is the best thing ever! Why? Because when we’re at our lowest, when life is just kicking us down, we are more receptive to God’s solution. This has been the case with Jessica.
 
Jessica, her mom Paty, and her sisters were with Amigo Fiel at the very beginning. Unfortunately, home was not the happiest, safest place. Jessica’s mom has a lot of pain and hardness from the life she’s had and would unfortunately take this out on her kids. We remember several times when her precious twins, Ruby and Esmeralda, would come through the doors of Amigo Fiel with massive bruises on their face. At only 16 years old, Jessica started doing drugs to escape the emotionally, mentally, and physically abusive environment. Through her drug use she met her boyfriend and moved in with him the same day they met. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t exactly what relationship dreams are made of. He was her ticket out and he gave her the love and validation the she had been lacking her whole life.
 
Fast forward 5 years and 4 kids later and prince charming decided that this wasn’t working. At the time Jessica, him, and their three kids were living with his parents. He threw her and his kids out with no money, no food, and nowhere to go. With mouths to feed, no job, and nowhere else to go, Jessica reluctantly returned to her mom’s house. Now that she was back home, she was also closer to Amigo Fiel. We were thrilled to see her walk through the doors one Sunday morning, with her precious kids. Brian (5), her oldest, stayed close to his mom almost as if to protect her and hide behind her.
 
After a few weeks of coming to church and getting some one on one counseling, Jessica is working her way out of the muck. , She was at her lowest point, but the beautiful thing is that God isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He will get in there with us and lift us up! As his followers, that is what we are meant to do as well, lift others up in time of need. He is the Spirit, we are His hands (“somos las manos”).
 
Her oldest son Brian is attending our daily after school program. Our Director Luvia said at first he was skeptical, defensive, angry, was always taking things that didn’t belong to him, and had quite the sailor’s mouth. After just a few weeks, his behavior has improved immensely. Hold on to your hats people, he has become one of the best behaved in our afterschool program. He is learning to trust, how to respect others and their things. Brian’s teacher is Eli, who is giving him a beautiful example of what a REAL man is: kind, honest, slow to anger, generous, joyful, and full of God’s light and presence.
 
Jessica and her family are still in the building phase. She found a job that pays $70 per week and stopped using drugs about 3 years ago. She needs to build a strong foundation of Christ-centeredness for her and her kids. We are so thankful that she’s back and that when things went south, we were the one’s she came to. Amigo Fiel is helping Jessica with clothing, rent money, food, and schooling for her kids. You can help her too. If you want to make a special donation to help Jessica get back on her feet, just put the name “Jessica” in the comments box when you make your tax-deductible donation to Amigo Fiel. 

Please keep Jessica and her whole family in prayer. They need hope. They need freedom. They need help. Most of all, they need Him in every area, everyday, for the rest of their lives.
 
Our women's group celebrating the completion of "Lies Women Believe"
Pastor Joel enjoying some time with children from the orphanage our youth group visited.
Had a full house for the Easter celebration "He Lives!"
Celebrating Dia de los Niños (Kids Day) with Kids UFC
It is with great Joy that we share with you that earlier this year Jennifer graduated from her nursing program.  It is now Jennifer, RN.  Jennifer has been with us for a number of years faithfully attending youth group and being a great joy to all of our lives.  Elizabeth, Jen’s mom had an accident and has not been able to work for a number of years.  Amigo Fiel stepped in to help them with home repairs, food and most importantly a full scholarship for her nursing education.  Now Jennifer will be able to earn 3-4 times more than the minimum wage in order to support herself and her mom.  We rejoice at God’s faithfulness and provision!  To Him alone be the Glory for the good things He as done!
Thank you for all you do to support Amigo Fiel. If it wasn’t for your prayers, support, and time, we would have never met Jessica, her family, or Jennifer and Elizabeth.  Nor been here to help them all these years later. YOUR support is our lifeblood and we are humbled to serve with you.
 
We have something very exciting to share with all of you! To keep celebrating Amigo Fiel’s 25th anniversary we have designed a special t-shirt. You can purchase these on our website for a suggested donation of $25 dollars. Simply go to AmigoFiel.org./GetYourGear  to get yours!
 
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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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