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, February 6, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
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
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!
Monday, December 1, 2014
The day has come! Tonight starting at 12:01 Easten Time the General Board of Global Ministries will be matching up to $1 Million in donations with a max of $2,500 per individual donation and up to $25,000 per project in matching funds!
As a reminder our Advance is called “Strong Missions Loaves and Fishes” and the Advance number is 3021552.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GIVING TUESDAY:
1) Remember that the Matching Funds starts at 12:01am eastern TONIGHT or:
- 11:01pm Central Time
- 10:01pm Mountain Time
- 9:01pm Pacific
3) Click the Red “Give Now” box in the upper right hand corner
4) Enter your donation and payment information and click Submit
5) Please email email@example.com to let Darryl know that you have submitted a donation. This allows us to keep track of all of the donations and ensure that they are credited to our account.
We can't thank you enough for everything. God's Blessings to you all as we enter the Advent Season!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
God is good, all the time. It is that time of year again! The time when families together at take time to give thanks for all the blessings they have received over the past year.
Here at Strong Missions, we are no different. God has continued to bless our ministry and we were blessed to host just about 650 people this year. Marking the highest amount of people we have had in one season.
Through that generosity we have seen the completion of several projects and have been able to continue our ministries in feeding and education. Learn more at www.strongmissions.com
With that in mind, we also wanted to quickly remind you about Giving Tuesday that is less than a week away. That’s right, this coming Tuesday December 2 the General Board of Global Ministries will again be taking part in the day of giving.
This year GBGM will be matching donations up to 1 Million in donations with a max of $2,500 per individual donation and up to $25,000 per project! For more information click the banner below. To donate to Strong Missions, please use the Strong Missions Advance #3021552.
Again, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, we literally could not do this work without your spiritual and financial support.
From our family to yours we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 14, 2014
You also responded in droves helping to fund the land purchase. We are poised to purchase a property before the end of the year and we are excited to work with future mission teams creating the permanent Strong Missions center.
Thank you to all that have already sent financial support, every donation has been gratefully received and has dutifully been put to use to serve our God.
You may remember that last year, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries joined in an annual global tradition call the “Day of Giving.” In the US we are accustomed to after Thanksgiving traditions such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is now known as “Giving Tuesday.”
The intention being, after we give thanks for what we have, after we start our Christmas shopping both in stores and online, we would take Tuesday to stop, be thankful, and give back!
Last year over 6.5 Million Dollars were given to 880 projects around the world. Strong Missions received almost $20,000 on that day alone.
This year GBGM will be matching up to 1 Million in donations with a max of $2,500 per individual donation and up to $25,000 per project in matching funds! For more information click the banner on the right hand side.
We at Strong Missions would, again, like to thank you for all your support over the years. If we were to receive the same amount of support as we did last year, we would easily be able to fund our feeding, education, tutoring, after school, scholarship, fine arts, and pastoral support programs until the end February and if those donations were matched, we would be extremely blessed to continue for several additional months.
For more information about our programs click here!
Please prayerfully consider a donation this year on December 2, 2014 starting at Midnight Eastern Time.
Last year the matching funds were gone very quickly, so if you would like to increase the chances your donation will be doubled, make sure to get your donation in early.
We cannot thank you enough for answering the call for support and allowing us to be the hands and feet of Christ here in Costa Rica!
Blessings to you all, and thank you in advance for your support!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
One, two, three, and three, and, two and three, and okay, and JUMP!
Well, it has been 2 weeks. 2 weeks since I no longer work for Strong Missions. 2 weeks that I have been trying to think of how to write my “goodbye”. 2 weeks of decompressing and I still can’t believe that after 4 years of full-time work, I now am “jobless”. The mission was my life. Serving the groups was my life. Serving the community was my life. The relationships I built with the staff, community members and locals is my life. I can’t even begin to summarize what the mission has meant to me- how it has made me grow as a person and grow closer to God. I’m speechless and for those who know me... crying, tears of sadness and tears of great joy, so very emotional.