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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Giving Tuesday - Double Your Impact!

It is that time of year again, Giving Tuesday is only a month away!

Last year through your generous support we raised almost $20,000 on Giving Tuesday.  This allowed us to continue and expand our feeding, education, and extra curricular activities throughout 2015.

This year, on December 1, United Methodists will join hands to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries to transform lives on UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at on Dec. 1, 2015 will be matched up to $1 million.

To give directly to Strong Missions follow this link - Strong Missions Loaves and Fishes Advance

There is also a big change this year UMC #GivingTuesday will be on Dec. 1, 2015, between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm CENTRAL TIME. This is 1am Eastern Time and will be 11pm Monday night Mountain Time and 10pm Pacfiic Time. Matching will not start until then, but also the matched donations usually go very quickly so please plan accordingly. 

If you are unsure what time 12am central time is where you live, you can follow this link to find out here.

A couple of notes about the restrictions:
  • Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 1, 2015, between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm Central Time.
  • A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.

As always, we want to thank you for your generous support. If you or your church are considering a donation to Strong Missions this year, Giving Tuesday is a great way to double your impact.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Friday, October 2, 2015

We Got the Land!

Hello all,

It is official we have been approved, the papers are signed, and Strong Missions finally has a place to build our permanent home.

Here is a note from Charlie:

Howdy folks.  Amen and hallelujah!  The land has come through so we’ll begin building our permanent home in just a few short weeks.  We’ve already begun clearing coffee plants for the entryway and the dining hall. 
We do need more teams to help us, however, especially this Fall/Winter/Spring, as there are just a few signed up for the first part of the year.  If you find a good deal on airfare (usually cheaper now during low season), we can usually set something up for you with just a few days notice.
Please join us in this endeavor.  We accept individuals, couples and groups, and we of course accept donations to pay for materials and local labor to work in your absence.  
It will cost us approximately 80K for the new building and the entryway, of which we already have 25K.  In addition we’d like to raise 20K more for a large school bus to bring more kids to our after school programming.  
Donation can be made to the 501(c)(3) Public Charity office in Texas, and are tax exempt.  Please contact us directly if you wish to donate and we will be happy to help!
Thanks so much in advance, and God bless you for your continued prayers and support.
Paz, Charlie

In addition, we want to make sure you see this video that was put together for us by Mark Shevy. The video - God Shows Up - can be used as an informational and promotional video to help you build teams. Thank you again to Mark for all the hard work.

God is good and we hope to see you all in 2016!