Our Approach To Missions

We believe in helping alleviate immediate needs and especially in helping to empower the local population to change their current situations, better enabling themselves to live more healthy and productive lives. Work projects and community programs are determined together with local leadership. Work trips focus on providing opportunities for teams to grow together, build relationships with the local community, and make a difference by providing vegetable gardens and crucial infrastructure for families, schools, churches, children's and older adult homes, as well as in-home food deliveries to families living with such need. Ongoing children's arts and sports programs provide training for young minds and bodies as well as emotional and spiritual support from the community that surrounds them, encouraging them to finish their education and better dictate their futures. In the end, we live here, this is our community, these people are our people, and we strive to assist them in meaningful ways, ever mindful to maintain their dignity intact.

OUR VISION

A world in which a dignified life is within reach for every family.

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OUR MISSION

Develop communities in Latin America through sustainable strategies of local investment that break the cycle of poverty, reduce delinquency, minimize social risk, and change global perspectives.

Our Christian Mission

  • God is the God of peace, love, and grace, and is ever-working, through us, to make such things a reality for all of Creation.

  • God inspires and empowers those open to the revelation and presence of God in the world to make a difference in the lives of others. 

  • 1.1% of the world’s population holds 45% of the wealth, and 55% of the population holds only 1.3% of the wealth. We, the world’s wealthy, have a responsibility to God, the world, and to ourselves to pass God’s blessings on to those who have less. Christ tells us that doing for the ¨least¨ in our society is the same as doing for Christ himself.

  • Embracing the good news of Jesus the Christ brings about the “peace that surpasses all understanding”. This peace does not allow us to rest upon it but rather convicts us to work for all forms of justice, including economic justice, which should be a basic right of all of God's children. Christ tells us to not pass the buck but rather to "give them (the hungry) something to eat."

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Charlie Strong
Founder and Director/Strong Missions

Charlie is from Victoria, TX, earning a BSW from SWTSU (now Texas State) and a MDiv from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He served United Methodist Churches and campus ministries in Central and North Texas and moved to Costa Rica to begin the mission in 2003. He resides in Costa Rica year round with his wife Angela. They have two daughters, Anna and Maddy.