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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 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


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 -

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 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.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Strong Missions Land Update!!!

Howdy Folks! Charlie Strong here with some important news, updates, and all around great information about the happenings here at Strong Missions.

Over the last 13 years many of you have seen Strong Missions grow and change. We could not be more thankful for every single person that believes in the work and offers their support through prayer and financial support. Some of you remember our humble beginnings, with just a few teams each year and Wilberth, one cook, and myself handling everything.  Up to date we’ve hosted right at 6000 trip participants and have brought almost 6 million dollars to the Costa Rican economy, with a significant part used directly for the projects themselves. Now we’re also searching out and applying for government and private grants for NGOs in order to both improve and expand upon our programming and perhaps relieve our individual donors a bit regarding the ongoing responsibility of supporting such costs.  We are not there, yet, however.

As you all know, Strong Missions has purchased land to build a permanent home and we couldn’t be more excited. In addition, our feeding, education, and extracurricular programs continue to improve and expand.

Today we write to ask for your support once again on behalf of those who have so much less than do we. Things continue to progress for our work, but 2016 has had its share of challenges.

The Zika virus has created a hysteria in the United States and this has affected our team attendance. It is no secret that Strong Missions runs on the time, energy and money donated by folks just like yourself. We understand that group safety is of the utmost importance to you and traveling to a foreign country always brings some risks with it. We will continue to be vigilant and informative, but at this time, we do not see an imminent threat to our group members.

Strong Missions has already lost 60 trip participants due to concerns over Zika for the 2016 season. Though that means we have lost the labor and a chance to share our mission and vision with these folks. It also means that we have lost roughly $30,000 in our operations budget as well.

This deficit comes on top of a budget hole that already existed due to building the Strong Missions center. Every spare penny is going into the building to make sure that it is ready to host groups starting this fall and even with the groups still coming this year and the beginning of 2017, we are looking at a large deficit to finish phase 1.

All of this being said, I am writing you today to ask for your prayers and for you to prayerfully consider financial support. Our needs are 2 fold, and are as follows:

Operations – The lose of 2 large groups has left us with a deficit for the end of the year. Barring the lose of any more groups we will be looking at a shortfall of about $60,000. We now have a mortgage and the utilities that will need to be covered. If we do not fill this budget hole, we will face the reality of cutting salaries or laying off current staff in order to make ends meet.

Building Construction – The overall remaining budget for all of phase 1 is roughly $135,000, however, for the purposes of this Capital funds drive we have set a goal of $70,000 to get through 2016. Between material money from groups and this additional boost, we should near completion of phase 1 by the end of the year.

For a full update on the land and to learn more about the project go here – Strong Missions Permanent Home Video  - PLEASE NOTE: The budget presented in the video was completed before the loss of these these teams and therefore has the previous shortfall of $120,000.

In addition, you can see more pictures of the land and track the progress here – Strong Missions Facebook Page

Capital Funds Drive

We know that with a fundraising goal of $130,000 we certainly have our work cut out for us. But we also know that with your help we will be able to not only reach this goal, but continue offering quality programs for years to come.

For as many as 13 years you have faithfully supported the endeavors of Strong Missions and we continue to be blessed by you financially and spiritually. We send you our eternal thanks and love, and we appreciate your concern for us.  We promise to remain faithful to the cause for decades to come.

Paz, Charlie

Click the link to learn more about the Capital Funds Drive

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Cookbook is Finally Here!!!

We here at Strong Missions repeatedly receive rave reviews of the food from mission participants and often receive requests for recipes to many of the traditional dishes that we serve while you are on your trip.

After years of perfecting these recipes, the Strong Missions Cookbook is finally available for purchase!

The cookbook contains 17 of our most popular recipes and all proceeds go to the Strong Missions Empowered Communities programs including feeding, education, dance, theater, and martial arts. 

Books are $10/piece and shipping anywhere in the US and will be as follows:

1-4 books - $3
5-15 books - $7

There are some folks that have asked about using this cookbook as a fundraising opportunity and we think that is a great idea. With that in mind, if you order 20 or more books they are $7/piece. This also INCLUDES shipping and could be a great way to raise money for an upcoming trip or for your missions committee in general.

If you are interested in ordering cookbooks please place your order here - Cookbook Order Form - and we will contact you with information about payment and delivery time. 

For years, folks have come to enjoy the delicious freshly prepared food we serve at Strong Missions. Whether you are coming on a trip this summer, were just here, or haven't been in a couple of years these recipes will surely provide you with a little taste of Costa Rica. Provecho! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Strong Missions Video Update - Karate Camp

We are trying something new here at Strong Missions. Instead of a written blog we are moving into some video updates to keep people informed.

In January, Strong Missions hosted a Karate Camp here at the Strong Missions Campus - follow this link for full details - Strong Missions Video Update - Karate Camp

In addition, we  have posted more pictures on Facebook HERE

AND last but not least, we received some local coverage here in Costa Rica on a local news blog - Conozca Grecia Article - Yes it is in Spanish but the article introduces Strong Missions and talks about how we help at risk youth with low resources.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Feliz Navidad 2015

To all of you, we at Strong Missions pray that you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

We wish you all the peace of Christ's blessings as you gather to celebrate His birth and whether near or far we know we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and God bless.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Giving Tuesday Starts at 12:01am CST TONIGHT!

The day has come! Tonight starting at 12:01am Central Time the General Board of Global Ministries through the United Methodist Church will begin matching donations dollar for dollar for the first $1 million in donations.

Because of folks like you, Strong Missions has been able to raise a around $20,000 on Giving Tuesday each of the past two years and we can't say thank you enough!

Large or small every gift from a generous heart has the ability to make double the impact on Giving Tuesday. To make sure and spread the love, GBGM has put in place individual matching limits of $2,500 per individual donation and $25,000 per project. We know that it is late, but because of the $1 million total matching limit only the early donations were matched the past two years.

So brew some extra coffee, or set your alarm for 11:50 central time and go to THIS LINK and submit your donation starting at 12:01 am Central Time.

If you have any questions feel free to email

In addition, once your donation has been submitted to GBGM, please email and let us know the amount of you sent in. We ask for this in an effort to track donations and make sure they get attributed correctly.

They are just simple words but your prayers and support continue to grow and we are eternally grateful for your generosity. So Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

Wishing all God's blessings on your and your family as we enter the Advent Season.