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                                                                                    December 2015

 
Merry Christmas!  It's almost here!
The Strong Family is super excited about Christmas! 
We have already enjoyed time with family, gifts, delicious foods and the love that comes from focusing  on our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming to the world!  We hope that your Christmas is full of the HOPE that comes from knowing Christ as Savior!  Blessings and love from our family to yours for a very Merry Christmas!

If we were to share with you all that's been going on here, in our home, in our ministry and in our hearts ..... you would need ALL day to read our newsletter!   haha, so we've highlighted our last two months for you because we love you and want you to continue to love us!  haha!


Merry Christmas,
The Strong Family ~ Chad & Rachel
 

"Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also
for the interests of others. 
 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross."  Phllipians 2:4-8




We have a new GRAND!  
Shawna and Kyle Hand blessed us, on December 1st,  with another beautiful granddaughter, Eleanor Mae Hand.  Just last week little Eleanor was hospitalized for 3 days with some kidney, urinary issues.  We are grateful to share that baby and Mom are back home and all is well. Praise the Lord!


Wesley made it home from Alaska! 
Thank you for all that prayed for our son Wesley this summer and fall and prayed him and his buddy Austin home safely!  
Wesley passed both his Instrument and Commercical ratings in ONE day before making the trek across country!  We are so proud of him and all his hard work!  We are so grateful that the Lord has given him such clear direction in his journey!  You can read Wesley's latest newsletter HERE.


Ashley home from Peru! 
Our second oldest daughter was in town
for a month visiting from Peru.  
It was great to have her home! 

PRAISES ~ Thank YOU for your love!

  • New Monthly Financial Partners 
    We met with some friends who we rarely get to see and they are supporting us $50 a month!  We have family members that are supporting us $50 a month and a brother in Christ from a little bitty church above Oneonta partnering for $100 a month!  Nicaragua is getting closer and closer!
  • O & P (Outfit & Passage) 
    We've received thousands in the last two months for our Outfit and Passage!   ALL monthly support  that comes in goes right into that account  to build that up!   Chad is still working 32 to 40 hours a week so we're able to do this
    because we're not drawing insurance or salary, 
    CHURCHES & GROUPS... CHURCHES... & MORE CHURCHES!!!!!! 
  • West Branch Baptist Church ~ Deposit
    Chad's Mom's home church.  This was so much fun!  Our kids had the best time making new friends! Praise the Lord for all his love to our children through the families we've met!  Lifelong friends were made by all of us!
  • First Summit Baptist Church ~ Charolettville
    This church is looking for a pastor!  They asked us to come out and present our ministry and told us that they were not in a place to support us right now but we drove way up and out there into the country, right where we feel at home, and were beyond blessed!  Sunday School with Howard was something we'll never forget!  Thank you all!  The Lord gave us a $100 a month individual partner from this church!  Yah Hoo!
  • First Baptist Church of Newark Valley  ~ Newark Valley
    Well, this one just takes the cake and the ice cream!  This was a day in the works our whole lives! We shared in worship with our Fed Ex Man, Dale Davis, and his church family, which quickly became our church family!  There were stories of God's mercy and grace, there were tears of joy and love! The weekend after Rachel spoke at a Women's Christmas Brunch with all the ladies and was beyond blessed!
  • Jackson Baptist Church ~ Jackson PA
    This church is really neat!  We felt very privileged to present our ministry to this special congregation. This church is truly mission focused and exists for discipleship!  We presented our ministry along with hearing testimony in person,  from two of their supported missionaries to Sierra Leone and a couple that ministers to missionaries AND on the phone we heard from missionaries from New Jersey.  It was so amazing to experience this day planned out by our Lord! 
  • Bridgewater Church Ladies Christmas Tea  ~ Conklin
    Rachel gave her testimony to a large group of women and was blown away with all that the Lord accomplished through His Story and His Word!
  • Band of Brothers, Mens Group ~ Windsor
    Chad gave his testimony and shared our ministry with this men's prayer group.  This was a divine contact made through a purchase on Craigslist!  haha!  God is just beyond our comprehension!
  • Path of Life Christian Camp  ~ Port Crane
    Chad shared what the Lord laid on his heart for men and our ministry with a group of about 100 men at the monthly men's dinner.  

PRAYERS

  • Chad's Mom, Doreen ~ Breast Cancer
    Just got done with her radiation treatments!  Pray for complete healing and recovery.  
  • Training / Reports
    We have reports to do and books to read!  Still gotta get these done!
  • Family
    Pray for us to encourage each other everyday   
  • Presentations
    January ~Please pray for us as we prepare for a very busy winter and spring!  We have many churches and events on the calendar already!
  • Wesley ~ Kingdom Air Corps
    We are getting stuff ready for Wesley to head down to Liberty University to complete his Mechanics Course.  We take him down New Years weekend. We are all going to miss him............... alot!
  • Partners
    Pray with us that some of the churches that have heard about our ministry would be led to partner with us financially!


If you've been praying and have been led to partner with us financially CLICK HERE for monthly support sign-up and CLICK HERE to give a one time donation toward our O&P!  Get started today and help us reach our goal of 50% by January!!!!!!  You can commit to ANY amount and you can choose a start date of any time!  Your commitment will help us reach 100% so we can leave for the field!
 
Pre-Field Update:
  MONTHLY  
Financial Partnerships:
 
Goal: $8,235 ......... 
17%
  ONE TIME 
Outfit & Passage: 

Goal: $57,500 ....... 45%

 TIMELINE  
January 2016  
Monthly Partners 50%

May 2016 
Chad done at JHA
Monthly Partners 75%

June 2016  
4 Week Training

July 2016 
2 Week Training

October 2016 
Monthly Partners 85%

November 2016 
2 Week Training

December 2016 
Monthly Partners 100%
Off to language school

January 2017 
Begin Language School
December 2017 
Finish Language School

January 2018 
Leave for Nicaragua

 
Here we come Nicaragua! 2016 ~ Woop Woop!
Sending Church:
West Windsor Baptist Church
Pastor Brian King

Email: brian.king@wwbcny.org
Phone: 607-775-0015


Our mailing address is:
Chad & Rachel Strong
25 Barnes Road 
Windsor, NY 13865

Web: thestrongfamilyabwe.com
Email: crstrong@abwe.cc
Phone: 607-231-1575
Chad & Rachel Strong
Pre-field missionaries with ABWE (Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelism) to the field of Nicaragua.