We are so excited to share our May update with you! The ministry opportunities are endless here in this beautiful country and we are so very grateful for your partnership in sharing the HOPE of the Gospel. Make sure you scroll all the way down for UPDATED FURLOUGH NEWS!

PROJECT PROTEGE NEWS!

We had to cancel the first Project Protege Event scheduled for May 22nd due to concerns over rising cases of COVID. After much prayer and counsel we believed that it was most wise for us not to bring over 300 students from all over the country together! This was a HUGE disappointment for the kids and for the Project Protege Team! In an effort to encourage the kids, leaders and pastors we set out to deliver the certificates of completion and bags of candy to each church. We also were able to assist each pastor in hosting a small, celebratory event in their community. Our plans are not the Lord's and HIS plans are good! Please continue to pray for this ministry project as we work to reach the next generation with the hope of the Gospel! The next event is scheduled for August! Pray the plans would go forward! Thank you for your constant encouragement as we live out life here! Keep scrolling, because there has been a lot of life lived! Look and see what the Lord is doing! All our love,

Serving while waiting,

The Strong Family

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15

MINISTRY UPDATES:

Movie Ministry

Maiden Voyage of the Monstrous Movie Screen

For the last year Chad has been working on building this 10' x 6' movie screen. After a month with a family ministry focus at Cristo es el Camino, they hosted a family movie night. We watched the move Courageous, ate popcorn and were challenged to make the Lord and His Word the center of our families lives.



Water Filter Delivery

50 water filtration systems, 2 hours north, heading to hurricane hit areas

Chad and Edwin Morales Flores prepared all the buckets by drilling and cutting holes to accommodate the spickets and filters.

We set out to visit a church in the north and dropped off the buckets and filters to National Ministry Partner, Pastor Gregorio on our way.

Pastor Gregorio and his team traveled for the next 4 days to deliver these filters.

It was such a blessing to spend time with Pastor Gregorio and his family. We had a wonderful time talking and praying for several hours.

These national church pastors are so grateful for the tools and resources that our field team, in partnership with all of you, are able to share with them.

Thank you for making this work possible!

It's a beautiful thing to see so many different hands and hearts coming together to share the Hope of the Gospel!



Hurricane Relief Thank you for your generous giving for relief efforts!

​Pastor Gregorio took the last load of hurricane relief supplies, including the bucket water filtration systems, out to the people on the east coast. This community had lost so much in the storm and has suffered crop loss due to flooding that has continued to make things difficult for them. The gospel has been shared multiple times and there is great potential for a new church plant as a result. Please continue to pray for these people.



Project Protege: Esteli Puertas Abiertas Baptist Church

We were so excited to visit one of the churches participating in Project Protege! Pastor Clemente, his wife and the leaders in the church were just as excited to have us join them for the service they had to award their students the completion certificates for "Quien es Cristo." We are so blessed that our kids love to go where the Lord calls!



Project Protege: Juigalpa

Senda De Vida Baptist Church

Pastor Marlin and his wife Rebeka were wonderful hosts when we visited them in their part of the country about 2 and half hours away. They had great pride in showing us the beauty of their community. Oliva was able to be in the class where they are now working through their second books.

The pastor presented each student with a certificate of completion for the book, "Quien es Cristo?" and we shared a small bag of candy with each student.. Pray for these pastors and their wives as they serve to reach the next generation of leaders!



Thomas Belt Zoo We visited our first zoo in Central America

When visiting one of the Pastors participating in Project Protege, he and his wife invited us to the zoo in Juigalpa! We were surprised to find so many animals. My favorite was the water buffalos! I loved how they unashamedly lounged themselves in the pit of mud!



Women's Ministry

Started the new study of "Pacificadores", PeaceMakers.

Matthew 5 says that "Blessed are the peacemakers!"

We are diving in and seeking how we can use God's Word to manage our emotions and attitudes in a way that would bring us more peace, especially during conflict!



WOL/PDV Friend Day

Marcela & Uriel. Your supported students at English 4 Life

We were invited to be a part of "Friend Day" at PDV.

Marcela, Uriel and the other English 4 Life Students presented their English skills in perfect WOL style.

There was music, drama, testimony of changed lives and of course the GOSPEL!



STRONG Life Snapshots

BIRTHDAYS: We celebrated Gracie and Joseph's Birthday with friends and paintball. HOMESCHOOL: DONE! So grateful to be done with the school year! The kids have endured the year well and with great attitudes! It's been difficult to be home without a homeschool community, but we did it!

FURLOUGH NEWS:

Plans have once again CHANGED! For so many different reasons we have changed our furlough. We think this new schedule will be so much better for our family! Being fluid and flexible have taken on new meaning this last year! WHEN: December 2021 to June 2022 WHERE: We have no idea where we are going to live, what we will drive, or how we will wash our clothes! haha! Seems all good, right? ** If you know of some snowbirds that "need" us to take care of their house, please let us know. Any leads on housing in the Windsor, Binghamton area would be GREATLY appreciated! ** If you would like us to put your church on our visitation schedule, please let us know by emailing us at crstrong@abwe.cc






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TRAVEL & HURRICANES

Friends & Family,

A great deal of things are taking place in our part of the world as well as yours. We hope you find our update informative and encouraging. If you have any questions, please email us, crstrong@abwe.cc or message us on Facebook. It's always great to hear from family and friends!


ANOTHER HURRICANE!


Hurricane Eta relief and the arrival of hurricane Iota


It's difficult to imagine but as we are preparing to travel north with relief aid, another hurricane is approaching Central America!


Hurricane Iota is on her way, and our preparation continues for TWO relief trips in response to the devastation of hurricane Eta.


This afternoon field team partner Bruce Edgar will assist in loading a large, yellow "school" bus with supplies and donations here in Managua. Our ABWE field team will be splitting up and heading on two different trips beginning in the early morning hours Monday. One load will head northeast and the other northwest. Chad and field team partner Mark Holsinger will be joining 6 local pastors and a doctor early tomorrow morning in our very loaded van, for a 3 day trip, while field team partner Craig Fisher heads northwest. Chad's group will head out around 2:00am and meet the bus in San Benito around 4:00am. They will travel north together.


ABWE partners with three different association of churches here in Nicaragua and they have been gathering and sorting donations all week. They have received donations from many churches, as well as food from Convoy of Hope, and 500 boxes of long-life milk from the milk company, Centrolac. Praise the Lord for their diligence and for the way God's people have answered the call to offer aid to the people in the northern part of this country. Our team has also added food and medicine to these deliveries thanks to the generous giving from our ministry partners. Our field team will also be assisting in delivering these donations.


Please pray as Iota has the potential of developing into a category 4 storm as she makes landfall in the same area as Eta!


She is forecasted to drop even more rain than Eta did on the already saturated areas and is due to arrive Monday night or early Tuesday. Our field team heading Northeast is planning to be in the area Monday through Wednesday. Plans may need to be adjusted but it's imperative that we at least get the supplies to the churches as far north as we can so that they may then distribute them to the surrounding churches.


**Relief efforts will be ongoing after this storm crosses the northern section of the country. If you would like to give, please note Nicaragua Hurricane Relief.

https://www.abwe.org/work/projects/compassion-central-america




STRONG FAMILY TRAVEL PLANS


We will NOT be coming home until 2021!

Commercial flights have continued to get cancelled month after month here in Nicaragua. There are some charter flights that you can purchase to fly in and out of Miami only, but they are more than what we would like to spend on tickets. With Covid continuing to disrupt life back in our home areas of New York and Pennsylvania we have decided to weather the storm here for another year! We were REALLY looking forward to spending the holidays with our families so this has been a bit sad for us. It doesn't look like the Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be quite the same this year anyway so we wouldn't have enjoyed a "normal" holiday season. We have really enjoyed our holidays in Central America over the last several years and are looking forward to the blessings that the Lord will have for us. We will finish out this school year with homeschooling and carry on with our normal life no matter what closings Covid brings. We hope, God willing, to be home next fall for several months and we are praying that the virus will have settled down enough to make visiting and being together with those we love possible!

Praises:

* The church construction is coming along. We only lack around $1,500 to complete the project. It is on schedule to be completed in December with a grand opening and baptisms planned. * The kitchen project is complete! Pics soon! * We are so thankful to all of you that were a part of us getting our homeschool books down here to Nicaragua!

* Praise the Lord for the opportunity to work with National Partners and Stateside Ministry Partners to bring hope to the suffering communities in northern Nicaragua.


Prayer Requests:

* Pray for safety during the impending hurricane and for the travel plans this week

* Rachel has been struggling with some significant asthma issues along with coughing . Please pray that this would relent. She has been unable to teach in the ladies group and at church on Sundays.

* Pray for the people of Nicaragua as they suffer the severe effects of these hurricanes. Specifically for safety and for their crops of corn and beans. It is most likely that they will lose most of their crops! We love you,

Serving while waiting,

The Strongs




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UPDATE on Immediate Prayer Needs!

Friends & Family,

THANK YOU for your prayers and generous hearts! Read on to see how the Lord is moving in the world!


KITCHEN WALL


The funds have come in for the wall!

THANK you to all that gave toward this immediate need. The funds came in and Chad was ready to go! He has been at the church almost every day this week to help get the construction underway on the kitchen wall and also to break ground on the existing church construction project across the street.


Really, we are so in awe of how the Body of Christ has come alongside this community of believers here. We can’t wait for teams to come down and serve alongside them. Your support for these projects means a great deal to this community and will have a positive impact for years to come here.


The immediate need of shoring up that back wall is underway so that no more damage happens to the existing structure. There is still the issue of part of the kitchen area being on the neighbors property. Chad has accounted for that and when we return he will begin that construction. We have all the funds needed for this part of the project! Praise the Lord!




CHURCH CONSTRUCTION


We lack only $1,825 for this project!

We haven't even had the opportunity to really do a fund raising campaign for this project and almost all the funds have come in for the $20,000 projected cost! Isn't that amazing! There is a construction foreman that will oversee this entire project and the church should be completed by the time we get back. We cannot WAIT to see it when we get back and celebrate with the church families here! What a great day that will be! If you would like to give toward this project please CLICK HERE and be sure to specify that it is for the "Church Construction Project".




FURLOUGH

We believe that this flight next Friday, October 9th, is going to happen and we are moving FULL speed ahead to be ready to go.

A couple details:


* We have a house to rent for $200 a month in New Milford PA. It is fully furnished! We are so grateful for this huge blessing.

* We also have a VAN to use while we are home! We are blown away by the generosity of those that walk alongside us in this journey. God is so amazingly good! It's extremely strange not to have a house, car, printer, washing machine or any of the normal things of our own to use while we are home. Just so weird!

* Several of you have asked for lists of things that we may need while we are there. We are working on this and are grateful for the requests to help that have come in. THANK YOU!


MISSING PACKAGE!

The missing package!

Da, da, daaaaaaaaaa. It's STILL........ wait........................ missing! haha!

So not funny, but at this point it's like seriously?

We have done everything we can to find the missing package. We filed a claim and also a search for missing mail so we will see what happens. It took several hours and a ton of self talk to stay in the game to accomplish this and we are still hopeful that it will turn up.


Unbelievably a dear friend has already ordered and paid for all the school books to replace the ones we lost. They should be there for us when we get home! I have shed so many tears of gratitude this week! We are so truly grateful for your love and care!


Praises:

* So many Lord! SO MANY!

* We are so grateful to serve the Lord alongside all of you.


Prayer Requests:

* Pray that we can get everything in order before we leave.

* We have some things to accomplish at Immigration in regards to extending our residency while we are gone.

* We want to be able to visit family and friends while we are home but are concerned about the complications that Covid may have on our time with loved ones. We love you,

Serving while waiting,

The Strongs




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Chad & Rachel Strong  ABWE Missionaries to Nicaragua

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