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Friday, August 21, 2015

Dance Program Updates!

In the summer of 2013 a team from Holly Springs School of Dance served with Strong Missions and ran a dance clinic with local children. At the end of the week there was a recital where the kids showed friends and family the results of all the hard work they had put in during the week. To say the least, this dance clinic was a success and almost immediately parents and students started asking when we would host the next clinic.

Although Holly Springs didn’t know exactly when they were going to be back, they too had an amazing experience and wanted to find a way to continue reaching children through the art of dance. By the time Holly Springs had left for the US they had come up with a plan to fundraise in order to hire a full time teacher and start a dance class with kids here in the local school.

Fast forward to 2015 and not only does Strong Missions support a dance program with a great teacher, the kids have entered into a competition!

Early August 2015 at the school in Carrillos the Dance Teams that are supported by Strong Missions competed at the local level in the “Festival Estudiantil de las Artes” which means The Student Art Festival. This competition starts at the local level, and then moves on to the Canton, the Province, and finally the National Level.

Lots of great competitors turned out for the event and the kids had a great time. Check out the pictures HERE and some videos HERE

We are proud to announce that two of the teams have advanced from the local competition to the next level. These teams will be competing again on September 24 with groups from all over the Canton of Poas!

Obviously, this program isn’t just about winning competitions and as you can see from the pictures, the kids had a great time. Regardless of the result, we are proud to support such a great group of kids coming together and to share something positive to touch the lives of children.

Thank you again to the Holly Springs School of Dance and everyone who continues to support our programming. Without your blessings this program, as well as so many others, would not be possible.

God bless!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sircof Coffee Now Available Direct to your Door!

Over the last two years, over 1000 group participants have enjoyed Sircof Coffee while they were visiting Costa Rica with Strong Missions. Many of you have personally met Marcos and taken a tour of his farm. After a lot of work, red tape, meetings, design, planning, praying, and preparation we are elated to finally announce that Sircof Coffee is now available in the United States! 

As an added bonus 10% of all sales come back to Strong Missions to support our feeding, education, and extra-curricular activity programs.

We want to personally thank Marcos and Chris for all their hard work!

Here is a note from Chris:

The Inaugural shipment is in and we are pleased to bring you, our brand new online store. Read the story and check out the shop. Try out a bag or two with a one-time purchase or sign up for a monthly subscription for convenience and best pricing.

Heads up! We're currently working to resolve an issue that limits you to one coffee subscription per checkout. Our vendor says our site will be upgraded within a few weeks to allow for multiple subscription purchases in a single checkout. In the mean time, simply make multiple purchases if you'd like more coffee from us delivered monthly for our best price. It's worth the extra minute or two, in our humble opinion!

Join us on our coffee adventure with a subscription and take 20% off any subscription product with this coupon code: "AUGSM20". Your monthly shipment will help support our mission partner and our startup business. We should taste the good together.  Offer valid through Friday, August 20st, 2015. Cannot be combined with any other coupon.


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.