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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thank You Letter From Dance Student

We wanted to take an opportunity to share a letter from an 11-year old dance student from Carrillos.  Below are pictures of the letter followed by a translation.

Thank you for all your continued support.  All of your prayers and donations go to support programs and children just like her!




"Strong (Missions) has left a mark on my life.  It's something that I love, not only is there discipline there is fun, and also I thank Karla who supports us in dance, for being the person who not only taught me to dance but also believed in me and my team and it doesn't matter to be in the corner because we will always be part of something because we are a team.

Also, I want to tell Karla that not only do I see her as a teacher I see her as a great example because I see that she is a very good person and full of God.  And with her I am going to laugh, cry and dance because it's this person that I love a lot and is very special to me.

Thanks to Strong (Missions) many children like me have benefited with the dance group and have achieved our dream of dancing.  Thanks for helping me to achieve my greatest dream.  I hope that all of the boys and girls take advantage of the great opportunities because in the world there are many talented children and in the future I hope I can help the boys and girls from all over the world and be a very good and talented person like them.

I thank you very much Strong (Missions) and Karla for being these people that have helped me believe in myself and the team and also I want to thank you for all of the great support and help.  Thank you all for everything.

Goodbye,
Fabiola Hernández Quesada"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

REMINDER: Intern Applications Due Jan 15th

Hello All,

Every year Strong Missions looks for energetic youth to come and spend the summer serving with us here in Costa Rica. This year is no different. If you are interested in hearing about an exciting opportunity to serve the people of Costa Rica through serving with Strong Missions please contact nick@strongmissions.com or reply to this email.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Merry Christmas from Strong Missions

Hello All! 

We at Strong Missions continue to be blessed by the love and support we receive from all of you and Christmas is no exception. Jesus truly is the reason for the season, and we have been blessed and honored to have several churches lift up Strong Missions as part of their special Christmas Offerings. 

The outpouring of support has been nothing short of awe-inspiring and we are still receiving support to help Strong Missions finish the year financially. For more information on how to give please click here

As a thank you to all those who have supported us in the past and continue to faithfully give of yourself financial, physically and spiritually, here is a quick update video!



Keep an eye out for more information about the second half of 2016 in early Januuary. Until that time, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ bless and keep you and your families during the season of His birth. 

Blessings to all!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday is Today - We need YOU!!!

You have probably been alerted on social media and have friends or family participating in Giving Tuesday.

We have always been blessed by support from folks like yourselves and for the past couple of years, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries has been doing a dollar for dollar match of donations given on #GivingTuesday.

Unfortunately, there were not able to continue with this trend in 2016, but that doesn't mean the need goes away. It means we need you more than ever.

VBS Activities in Sector 8, Los Guido
Last year we we raised over $13,000 on Giving Tuesday and IF we can raise the same amount this year, it will allow us to continue our programming through January of next year.

Many pledges have been made, but due to many factors beyond our control, such as the Zika virus, Strong Missions still has a sizable deficit to make up to finish 2016.

Please consider going to www.strongmissions.com/support and donating. No matter how you choose to support Strong Missions, via The Advance or the 501c3, your gift is 100% tax deductible and will go to support our programing!

Instead of focusing on what we are lacking, for Giving Tuesday we wanted to focus on all the blessings we have.

The empowered communities programming is undoubtedly a successful venture where we have seen results beyond anything we could have imagined. We see children receiving love and support that they are lacking in their lives, instilling confidence, discipline, and associating hard work with the pride that comes from practice, dedication, and a job well done.

More than that, we are seeing parental involvement grow, parents are also invested into these programs which creates a social support network within these communities that families didn't have access to before. To say the least, these programs are changing the hearts and minds of those involved. These groups are also doing presentations during parades and at their schools as well as participating in tournaments and competitions, further instilling pride in their performance and their community.

Every donation to Strong Missions Empowered Communities provides support to these programs, to building these communities, and to helping us continue to be a positive influence in the lives of these children and families.

There are many more pictures available here on Facebook but here is a quick glimpse of what your donations support:

Feeding Programs: Strong Missions continues to be dedicated to feeding children throughout Costa Rica who do not have access to a well-balanced nutritious meal at home.


Theater Group in the Grecia Parade
Theater:

Strong Missions supports a theater program offering children the ability to express themselves artistically through acting.












Karate Presentation at a school in Poas
Karate:
Strong Missions has multiple Karate programs in communities around Costa Rica. Focusing on teamwork, discipline, and community, our students are competing in tournaments, winning medals, and there are even kids who have earned spots on the National Team as well as medals in the National Games.









Soccer Program, La Lucha, Costa Rica
Soccer:
Soccer is far and away the most popular sport in Costa Rica, and kids of all ages love to play. We have created a program outside of Alajuela offering a great program for at risk youth.


Dance

Dance continues to be a huge part of the Strong Missions Empowered Communities, with 2 dance teams in surrounding communities. Dancers participate in civic presentations as well as the National Student Art Festival each year.





Each and every one of these communities and these children are impacted by your support, your gifts, and your prayers. If you feel led to help out on Giving Tuesday, or any other day, we are always grateful for your support. Even the smallest of donations, combined with the support of others, adds up to big impacts,

Thank you all and God bless!










Monday, November 14, 2016

Giving Tuesday is in 2 weeks

Howdy folks! 
Charlie here at Strong Missions in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. 

It's that time of the year again, and we hope that so many of you will join us in our work during this time by donating to the Advance on Giving Tuesday in two weeks.  All the info is below and if you have any other questions please let us know.  Please note that funds will NOT be doubled by GBGM this year as it has been in the past.

Such donations will be used for feeding, education, youth intervention activities (arts and sports) and entrepreneurship for women. We really need your help to both maintain the 380 children we currently have in such programming and to add another 150 kids over the upcoming year.  

Thanks so much in ADVANCE. :) Get it?  Couldn't help it.  
Peace and love to you all!  
Charlie

The link to our advance page is below, please forgive the fact that it is out of date, the updates are currently under review and should be up soon. 
http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3021552

For more updated information visit us at www.strongmissions.com or www.facebook.com/strongmissions

The photos below were taken at a community dinner hosted by a group from High Point University in October

Dancers from our program in Carrillos

Some of our students from the karate class Charlie teaches


Dancers from the Artistic Development Program at Escuela Carlos Maria in Calle Rodriguez

Thursday, July 7, 2016

June 2016 Round-up

Hello all! We at Strong Missions hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July. The 4th is always a special time here at Strong Missions, not only because many of the staff and interns are from the US, but also because it is Charlie's birthday!

If you haven't already, please go to https://www.facebook.com/strongmissions/ and like our page. There you will find more frequent updates and information about all the things going on at Strong Missions.

The month of June was very busy and flew by faster than we could have imagined. Here is a condensed version of all the happenings at Strong Missions!

The Groups!
We welcomed a total of 9 teams and individuals for the month:

Heritage Christian Academy - Hopkinsville, KY
Edwards Family - Wadsworth, OH

Columbia UMC - Columbia, IA

Cooperative Youth Group - Juneau, AK

Mount Pisgah UMC Whobodies - Greensboro, NC

Adriana Camacho (Brawley, CA) and Windy Vasquez (El Sereno, CA)

First UMC Hopkinsville, KY

New Life UMC - Midlothian, VA

Lisa and Megan Overby - Cypress, TX


The Strong Missions Center!

Construction is coming along here are a few of the most recent pictures. 

Visit our Facebook Album for continued updates and new pictures







Strong Missions: Nicaragua

We had the pleasure of hosting a team from Bethlehem UCC in Evansville, IN for more information and photos click here. To find out more about Strong Missions Nicaragua contact nick@strongmissions.com

Interns:

We have been blessed to be joined by 4 fantastic young women who are serving with us in 2016!

From left to right we have Courtney Simpkins, Carmen Wittkopp, Emily Phillips, and Brooke Warner

Courtney is joining us for a few weeks after finishing a study abroad at U Latina and will be leaving on the 17th of July.  Carmen, Emily, and Brooke will be here for all of June, July, and August. 

For more information check out the Strong Missions Interns 2k16 album

Capital Funds Drive:

We are really just kicking things off and have had some very generous donors raising about $5700. Still a long way to from the goal, but we know that God will provide as we continue our work. Thank you to all our supporters, we couldn't do it without you! For more information or to donate go here - http://strongmissions.com/2016capitalcampaign/

As always, we are so grateful for your support, your prayers, and your generosity. God bless you all and we look forward to seeing you very soon!





Friday, June 10, 2016

Strong Missions is Hiring!!

The service of Strong Missions continues to change and so does our staff. As we expand into Nicaragua and grow in our service in Costa Rica we are looking to hire a Program Assistant to come and serve with us full time in Costa Rica.

Successful applicant will be organized, flexible, a good communicator with a working knowledge of the Spanish language, and have a heart to serve visiting groups and the people of Costa Rica.

Duties consist of:

Email communication with group leaders to help plan trips

Making all arrangements and reservations for hotels, buses, etc.

Communicating with Strong Missions staff to assist in coordinating cleaning and food schedules

Creation of invoices for teams

Management of blog and Facebook page as well as email contact list.

Serving as guide and translator when groups are in country.

Organizing and dispersing donations.

Possible travel to the US to speak to past and future groups.

A living stipend will be provided and will include housing. In addition, food while groups are in country will be included.

For questions or to apply, Please send letter of intent and resume to darryl@strongmissions.com no later than June 27th interviews will follow with a decision no later than July 15th.

Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested in the position.