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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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