Youth, College, Adult and Family Mission Trips to Costa Rica

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

You Can Almost Smell the Coffee Brewing!

Hello all, Charlie here!

As most of you know, we have been working for a while to be able to send Sircoff Coffee to the US. Strong Missions is proud to announce that we are almost there! We have been working with Chris Kellnor and Charitable Grounds to export this great tasting coffee directly to your door. I will let Chris introduce himself in his own words and don't forget to fill out the survey. Paz - Charlie

Hi, I'm Chris (the one in the very green picture). Two years ago I lead a trip to Strong Missions and it radically changed my life! After many prayers; hours of conversation with Charlie and all the other great folks at Strong Missions; many meetings with Marcos Oviedo and his family (our amazing coffee makers); and plenty of other preparation; our new venture - Charitable Grounds - is finally born! Not excited by that exclamation? Well maybe you'd be excited to win coffee delivered to your door monthly for an entire year. So keep reading...

Coffee directly serving the greatest good is our aim. Bringing Marcos' great coffee to the US and distributing it to churches and individuals is what we will do to start. But the grounds or basis for doing all this is old school charity: Jesus Christ's love for humankind! One way we do this is by cheerfully giving a tithe (10%) portion of our sales to Strong Missions to support their Loaves & Fishes ministry. In turn, we hope you are blessed by the delicious coffee and stories of continued good work done through this new venture.

Before our very first shipment, we need to hear from you! Please fill out the following survey AND you can enter to win our Coffee Year Sweepstakes (click here)! It's less than 10 questions and it will bless us tremendously if you do.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

News From Charlie

Greetings to all,

We just got great news. We are now an official project for the whole Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church! This means that our information will be in the hands of every UM church in Minnesota, who may send teams, collect love offerings, and publicize our work among their members. Our work is also being publicized at annual conference.

They have put together a steering committee to guide the process and speak all over the state on our behalf. This is incredible! I can't help but wonder if we could not do the same in some of the other states who give us so much support, like N. Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, etc. Perhaps some of the other 35+ states whose annual conferences that have sent and continue to send teams to work with us would entertain the thought of doing the same. Who knows?! To learn more about this opportunity please contact us and we'll be glad to put you in touch with the steering committee in Minnesota.

All of us at Strong Missions are so appreciative of the work that the Minnesota Conference is doing on our behalf, and our love goes out to the steering committee and our other supporters there who believe so strongly in our Lord and in the work we do on his behalf.  We endeavor to live up to this effort by increasing our contact with and our caring for the poor and disenfranchised.

God bless you all and thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

Paz y bendiciones,

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We are officially a 501(c)(3)!

Hello everyone,
We had some very exciting information come in this week! We have been approved as a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) Public Charity in the U.S. This means all contributions to our Loaves and Fishes program are tax deductible, retroactive to July 30th, 2012.
It took a little while, but we are very excited to finally have this official status. Moving forward, it means we will be able to apply for some grants and support that we didn’t qualify for before. We also remember that some of you donors mentioned that your companies might be able to match gifts that were given to a 501(c)(3) so we are excited about that. Those two things in combination with the generous donations from all of you should make some pretty aggressive expansion in our feeding, education, and extracurricular programs possible over the next few years.
Clarification: This only applies to donations that have been sent to our office in Texas. GBGM is already tax deductible and donations left here in Costa Rica still will not be deductible.

Thank you all for your continued generosity in allowing us to support the people of Costa Rica. This new status truly will allow us to expand our horizons and support many more children and families.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A note from Charlie!

Things just keep happening around here. We're about to start building on our almost bought new piece of land. Just waiting for the appraisal so we can sign papers and get started. Almost 3 full acres!

We're also opening in Nicaragua next year, so for those wanting to work in the poorest country in this hemisphere after Haiti, we'll have all kinds of things to offer.

And in addition to the construction, feeding, and education programs we're opening and maintaining here in Costa Rica, we're now also opening sports, fine arts, and martial arts programs all over the place. Trying to take care of mind, body and soul.

God has blessed us so much! I hope we're doing a good job of sharing those blessings in God's eyes.

Paz to all!

We have had groups ask for detailed program costs and information to use for presentations and fundraising. If you are interested in these details please feel free to utilize the information found HERE.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Glimpse Into the Precarios of La Carpio and Los Guido

The Strong Missions Loaves and Fishes Program provides feeding, education, extracurricular programs, and family support for folks in some of the roughest areas of Costa Rica called Precarios. Most of our teams spend a day working at our feeding programs in La Carpio and Los Guido. Here is a video highlighting the issues present in these precarios and how the Loaves and Fishes program is helping in these areas. Please take a moment out of your day to experience a glimpse into our world.

Also a huge thank you to Mark Shevy for serving with his family and returning after feeling called to help through his gifts and talents. We appreciate the hard work that went into this video and look forward to sharing the others that he creates.

Friday, January 30, 2015

January Update

It's been a busy January! We are still awaiting bank approval for the new land, so we partnered up with Residencia de Vida (Residence of Life) children's home run by Cherie McCullah for our January teams. Cherie and her kids just moved to San Isidro a couple months before we did and we are happy to help our new neighbors.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

First Week of 2015 Complete!

We started off the new year quick with a team from Wesley UMC in Macomb, IL with a few individuals from GA & MN arriving on Jan 2nd. We spent the week fixing up the new campgrounds where teams will be lodging this year until the new dormitories can be built. We moved around mattresses, gave it a fresh coat of paint, organized linens and our storage areas, and of course headed to La Carpio and Los Guido to assist the feeding programs!

We still have slots available for teams all year, but especially May & September when flights are usually the cheapest. Let us know when you're ready to start planning your trip and we will see you soon!

The patio of the 4 main cabins where teams will be lodging in 2015
Painting away!

and more painting!

Moving around mattresses to ensure you get a good night's sleep

Playtime with the kids in Los Guido

The team with Pastor James in La Carpio. The team gifted the church a new projector to assist in classes and worship.