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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
Happy Thankgiving
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1”
 
We are coming into a season of celebration. Starting Thanksgiving and into the Christmas this is “the most wonderful time of the year”. Families join together to celebrate the promise of eternal blessings trough Jesus Christ. This is a big news for many still. Across the world there are people who never heard or never could afford to hear and enjoy the promise of forgiveness of sins and salvation in Jesus Christ. For these, an eternity of perfect joy and happiness doesn’t seem possible.
 
Yet, from now until Christmas we will present to you four stories that we had the pleasure of witnessing trough God’s grace in 2014 because of your generosity. Hope is never to far away when you put your faith in Christ’s hands and join His work. This is our way to Thank You for your support and encourage others to join Charity Cup in ministry in 2015.
 
Make Life Count!
Charity Cup Serving Team.

Testimony – Central America Mission Trip

April 17, 2014

My name is Liviu (Lee) Muntean. I first heard of the mission trip to Honduras with Charity Cup in January 2013 and went on my first trip in May 2013. Honduras is a beautiful country and the people we met were very warm and friendly. I did not want this trip to be just another mission trip that I go on but I wanted it to have meaning, purpose, and impact. I started to prepare and get myself ready for it. I got all the shots done, and got my passport and all the necessary documents ready. I went with an open heart ready to serve wherever God would use me and indeed He used me!

Liviu3

I served in putting care packages together, driving the minivan, and helping with Vacation Bible School (VBS), but God had a more specific area of ministry planned for me during this mission trip. As the week progressed, our team leader Clementin told us that an opportunity had come up: our Ministry Team could go into two High Schools and teach the Purity or Abstinence until Marriage Curriculum. In years past, our team would teach it in a Co-Ed setting, led by girls, which was very uncomfortable for the students. Speaking with Clementin one night he asked me if I would be willing to teach the boys’ part of the program and split the program into boys and girls, and I said yes.

God truly worked during those sessions. The boys were very relaxed and we were able to talk about sexual issues and abstinence very freely and with great success. Only there and then I realized and knew the specific part God had prepared for me. I did not go on that trip with that task in mind but I was ready and willing to be obedient to what God would want me to do. For me the entire trip was one miracle after another. I am excited for this year’s trip and looking forward to continue to teach the Purity Abstinence Curriculum to High School boys. Our theme for this Year is “ True Love Waits”.

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If you are thinking of going on this trip I promise you one thing: you will be changed for the better. I thought I went there to help people in need and I did, but I got so much more back in return. As a team we were able to attend some Church services. The presence of God was amazing and so real every step of the way. So pray and make the decision to go and have faith that God will provide the funds for you to go. I know without a doubt if God wants you to go He will also provide the means. You will never regret going and your life will be enriched by this experience.

My God bless you all and hope to see you in Honduras.

About the Author:
Liviu (Lee) Muntean is one of the volunteers that took the challenge and joined Charity Cup in Central America Mission Trip in 2013.

Giving Thanks for 15 years of ministry

June 22, 2013

Slam! The truck tailgate swung closed as the last item was loaded and immediately thereafter the long overdue raindrops began to hit the hood of the truck. It was amazing, a direct response to prayer;  God held up the rain and freezing weather for two weeks until our first Charity Cup Tournament was wrapped up. Looking back now, 15 years to the day, we believe even stronger that it was God that answered prayers that  97’ fall when HE held up the rain and freezing weather in Oakland, Michigan just enough for some youngsters to finish their work.  What work am I talking about? Well it was the debut of the ‘first’ Charity Cup Tournament, unbeknownst to us at the time, since the only thing going through our minds that cold night was, ‘we’re glad it’s over and we will never do this again’.  We raised an unprecedented $1500 in an unorthodox way to be used in providing shelter for homeless kids at the House of Hope project, yet the trouble we went through to see the tournament succeed seemed too overwhelming and not worth it in the end.  Our energy was depleted and our weaknesses exposed. Thank God that it’s precisely in our weaknesses that He delights to show up.

Our Church youth was approached by the RBYA to help raise funds for this homeless kids shelter in Romania which would cost $10,000 to build (at that time). What could a few youth do to even put a dent in the lofty challenge before us? Not much, the disciples would say… after all, what’s two fish and five loafs of bread to such a great multitude? Seriously. We looked around the room, much like the disciples probably did in their time and said, what do we have?  In a few days we had the answer. As all Romanians seem have, we too had a soccer ball which we used every week play recreational soccer at the park. We brought that ball (talent) to Jesus much like the disciples did their five loaves of bread and fish, and He multiplied it.

Although we had no intention in doing a second edition of that tournament, what started out in 1997 with just five local soccer teams soon grew and by 2000 we had 40 such teams participating throughout the US. In that same year we incorporated our charity organization now known as Charity Cup and we were off for a God sized adventure. God slowly began to form a team of people around this “ball” that were passionate about using it to help other ministries reach people for Christ, rich or poor alike.

They say that the secret of a moment is that it’s small enough to miss it but big enough to change the rest of your life, or the world, in some cases. Here are a few of the key moments in Charity Cup’s 15 year history.

1997

-1st (unofficial) tournament was held with no intentions of having another like it

-$1500 raised and donated to RBYA for House of Hope project

– 5 teams participate over the span of 2 Saturdays

1998

– requests for 2nd edition begin to pour in

– 2nd edition of Charity Cup tournament held

– 9 teams participate

– $2500 donated to ministries reaching out to the poor around the world

– A small team begins to form

1999

– 12 teams participate

– $3600 donated

– We were beginning to realize that this may be a God thing

2000

– strong lead team begins to take shape

– DIVINE MOMENT: a key merger with Mission One ministry (a west coast group of movers and shakers who coincidently began their activity around the same time we did)makes the MONUMENTAL impact and CC begins its greatest assent.

– Over 40 teams participate spanning many states.

– 2nd DIVINE MOMENT: CC is introduced to Adrian Ambrosie, a former Professional Soccer player in Romania who later becomes a major influence and key member of the CC Founding Leadership Team.

2001

– Team Participation continues to grow past 40.

– Together, with the new formed merger with Mission One and Adrian Ambrosie, Charity Cup plans its first Mission Tour to the Republic of Moldova and Romania.

– The tour reaches out to over 300 young soccer players with the Good News.

2002

– Tournaments continue in Detroit, Atlanta & Los Angeles.

– Mission Tour 2 gets underway with the addition of a Volleyball camp for girls.

2003

– Benefit Dinners get added to the list of Fundraising events.

– Mission Tour 3 explodes with more ministry projects joining, now including: Soccer camp, Girls of God Camp, Orphans Camp, Operation Village, and Medical Ministry.

– Under the leadership of Adrian Ambrosie, a group of young movers and shakers in the city of Iasi calling themselves NAVOBI unites under the vision of Charity Cup.

– Around the same time, AZTAG (Arizona Taking Action for God) group, bring major reinforcements within the Charity Cup team.

– An official Board of Directors for Charity Cup is formalized.  The founding members of the board consist of George Puraci, Anca Husu, Daniel Herdean, Daniel Bora, Adrian Ambrosie, Daniel Banu, Lavinia Matesan and Catalin Iuga.

2004

– Benefit dinners & Soccer Tournaments continue to be the key events for fundraising and more.

– Mission Tour 4 experiences more growth in participation and impact as many come on the mission field and many more get to know Christ.

– A paradigm shift happens in our leadership as new leaders step up in key positions throughout our organization.

– The Orphan’s ministry, Timothy & Esther, is founded and begins to change destinies for many orphans who have left the orphanage with no place to go.

2006 – 2012

– Mission Tours continue and reach new heights in participation and projects.  Over 250 participate from many countries.

– A new Mission Tour to Honduras begins

–  9 separate entities begin to emerge under the umbrella of Charity Cup Ministries and take shape with passionate Presidents leading them:

1. Charity Cup League – Ionut Apostu

2. Mission Tours – Mike Barac

3. Girls of God – Damaris Cauneac

4. Orphan’s 360 – Daniel Samoila

5. Timothy & Esther – Leo Grama/Mike Barac

6. Medical Ministry – Daniel Ardelean

7. NAVOBI Sports Club – Adrian Ambrosie

8. CC South America Ministries – Clementin Oancea

9. Charity Cup Events – Emanuela Candrianu

–  God begins to plant the thought of a new CC adventure called a Ministry Incubator which would focus on providing mentorship to leaders willing to start new ministries.

2020 (prayerfully)

–  All of the current ministries thriving and expanding their centers of influence around the world.  Full time staff working around the clock to fulfill the purposes of God through each particular ministry.

–  1 Million people around the world hear the clear saving message of the Gospel via the established 9 ministries

–  1000 teams participate in the soccer tournaments around the world. CC League becomes the largest Amateur Soccer League in the world.

–  The CC Incubator produces 5 new leaders and ministries that are thriving.

 2030 (prayerfully)

–  30 Million people around the world have heard the clear Gospel Message throughout the 14+ ministries now in place

–  1 Million Leaders formed and at work impacting their world …

What began with a simple soccer ball, in the past 15 years has turned into nine Ministries and thousands of people being impacted for Christ.  In the next 15, with God’s help and your support, we have the desire to reach millions more thus hastening Jesus’ second coming. In the end, and for eternity, that is all that will matter. Stand with Charity Cup as we make our lives count.

This THANKS GIVING, as Charity Cup we are obviously thankful for God’s protection and guidance in the last 15 years.  On a more personal note, we want to be thankful for the little things that we take for granted, just as in our history, something small became much more significant, so it is in our lives, it’s the little things that we take for granted but they make life work. This THANKSGIVING let’s count those things, and be grateful for them.

Making our lives count,

Daniel Bora & George Puraci

Charity Cup Ministries CEO & Spokesperson

Why go back?

October 30, 2012

In the month of July 2012, Charity Cup had a short term mission in the Republic of Moldova. This mission focused on 3 new places: the villages of Glinjeni and Ghindești and the city of Bălți. One of the project was Vacation Bible School for children. Part of this project’s team (people from Romania and Moldova) kept going back to these places, regularly, after July, to keep in touch with the people and children they met. Their last visit was last weekend. Ana was one of them. These are her impressions after a weekend spent with the children in Glinjeni.

I understand that God could use other people to do this work with the children in Glinjeni, but still, I know that He chose to use me. I know that He has placed in me a desire and a gift for these children. I enjoy every opportunity to serve them and you can just see that God cares about them and all the people in Glinjeni because He gave us the opportunity to help them.

Very often I see myself in the lives of these children when I play with them and I just try to understand them and serve them in every way that I can (be it a hug, words of encouragement or a smile, or a joke to make them laugh). Sometimes, it is hard to see the results of what we are doing, but from time to time, when a child comes to me and tells me: I remembered what happened during the summer!, then I know that we had an impact in his life. One day, a girl came to me and told me this sad story about how bad their father treats them and I think the Holy Spirit helped me feel her pain and be sorry for her, so much that I understood her more. I could see that besides helping them practically with things, we can also share about Jesus by supporting them in hard times. I go back because I know that God loves the village of Glinjeni. I can see that through the people He sends there to do His works.

Since we have been ministering in this village, I have learned to love the children, even though I am still learning all their names. I have learned to care more for them and I am also more motivated to tell them about Jesus. I have been thinking that a young tree can be channeled how to grow, but as it grows more and more and the strain increases and thickens, it cannot be bent and straightened as easily or at all. God promised me one thing:  when we seek to multiply what we sow (Job 5:25), we need to do the work first, give a hand to the ministry in everything that we can and work alongside it according to its vision.

 

About the author:

Ana Gongeriuc is from Tarnova (Rep. of Moldova) and first heard the Gospel in a Charity Cup mission trip in 2002, in the same village she comes from. It was the year that CC also planted a church in Tarnova and she has been a part of it ever since. She has been involved with the VBS project for the past years.

It’s raining hope

September 21, 2012

Cailin Puraci came to Romania to serve at the Navobi Sports Club through the gifts she has, and that is to play soccer and be a witness for girls who do not know God. It’s a big sacrifice. There were many things I foresaw as being challenging for us. But the biggest problem we actually had was hitting a very complicated bureaucracy to obtain her residence and work permit.

We had information that changed every time I went to Immigration. We were also given conflicting information about how to legitimize her as a soccer player in Romania. Costs are skyrocketing. I tried all possible ways to find solutions to legitimize her, but I failed. We hit too many obstacles. Both Caitlin and us, as a Club, seeing all doors closed, have resigned and took things as they were – Caitlin should return home in October. But two nights ago, I woke up suddenly at 2.30 am. I had this thought that would not let me sleep.

“What do you want to do with Caitlin?” “Well, I said, I want her to play in the Navobi team” “Okay, then, get her papers done!” “But, you know … I tried, it’s hard” “What was it that you asked of Me?” “Well, I asked for rain! (Zechariah 10:1)” “Then do the papers!”

After that, I could not sleep at all and in the morning we started the process all over again. We got her green card, medical papers, work contract and with all these, Iliuta (the assistant coach) went to Bucharest. After a long battle with the Soccer Federation, we finally managed to get Caitlin officially and legally on the team for the game we had last Saturday!

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. (Zechariah 10: 1)

Caitlin is the 4th on the middle row (from left to right)

Caitlin has no 11

About the Author:

“Adrian Ambrosie is part of Eclesia Church (Iasi, Ro), the President of Charity Cup Europe and the one of the founders of  the Sports Club Navobi. In the last 11 years, he has been actively involved in leadership forming activities of Charity Cup.”

What could I do for You?

September 1, 2012

I kept being troubled by the thought that I’m nothing, nobody. ‘What could I do for you, Lord?’ In response, I felt a question rising in my heart ‘What did I make the entire universe and the beauty of the sky out of?’ “Out of nothing”, I replied. ‘Then allow Me to build Myself a masterpiece out of the nothing in you’.

Following a discipline of fasting and prayer in advance of the two-week mission trip, our eyes were able to witness a “spiritual big bang”. I witnessed people being touched by the Lord’s Spirit in taking a decision for our Savior. It was surprising to see God at work when we visited a French teacher and also a well-situated family. Initially, we thought that these people of all would be reserved about hearing the Gospel. By discussing with them, we could see the power of the Gospel piercing their hearts and showing us, once more, that our assessments of people and situations can be wrong and only by faith we can see the beauty of His glory. Sometimes only a few words, inspired by the Spirit, can bring a renewal of the heart.

Andrei during one of the home visits

I encourage the youth to go out into the mission field, waiting to be surprised by the greatness of God’s power. “He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire” (Psalm 104:4). Burning for God’s work in the fire of the mission field, God will transform you into His worker. Searching for Him intimately, profoundly, He will reveal His thoughts and share of His heart with you and you will never again be unmoved by such a wonderful work!

One of the home visits team

About the author:

Andrei Strugariu is from Iasi, Romania, and is a volunteer in Charity Cup ministries both in the Republic of Moldova and Romania. He has been involved in the Mission Trips in the Medical Project, as part of the Home Visits teams, sharing the Word with people and giving them medical help.

That’s just the beginning of one more love story

August 25, 2012

Being part of the Girls Of God project in Moldova was an experience that greatly impacted me because I got to witness God capturing the hearts of so many girls. I was struck by the maturity of the girls that we were working with as well as their thirst to know Jesus. I realized they were like this because even though they were young, they had already been through so much. Each had their own story: raised in poverty, abusive parents, neglected, and some from orphanages. They all suffered the consequences of living in this broken and sinful world.

We had the honor of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and the restoration and healing that He brings. We taught them what love means, what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, and where we should find our worth and identity in.

On the first day, Vica, a 14-year-old girl from Balti, seemed to have a hardened and angry heart. But as the week progressed, she learned about God and His love for her, and I could tell that she was hearing it for the first time and it was penetrating her. Every day we could outwardly see the way God was changing her attitude and softening her heart.

By talking to her later on, we realized that she learned that she is God’s daughter, chosen and loved by Him. She learned that she is forgiven because of Jesus. On the last day the tough girl with the hardened heart had tears rolling down her face and had accepted Jesus as her Savior. That’s just the beginning of one more love story between a girl and Jesus; but so many more were started.

About the author:

In the Moldova Mission Trip, Julia Dirnu has been part of the Girls of God project.

My first experience with Charity Cup

August 12, 2012

This past summer I had the opportunity to be a part of the mission trip Charity Cup organized in Moldova. God orchestrated every detail so that I would be a part of the VBS team. My plan was to join the sports team, but when reaching Balti, the leader explained that there is a greater need to join the team reaching out to children. God prepared me for this experience even a year before when I was for the first time a counselor for a children’s camp in Brasov.

This being my first experience with the Charity Cup team in Moldova, I did not know what to expect, but by spending those two weeks in two villages, Glinjeni and Ghindesti, I was able to attest to the way God is working through this organization.

One of the purposes of the VBS team was that each leader would spend one on one time with a couple children every day. During one of my discussions with a 13 year old boy, he told me that he is troubled by fear of death and he wonders what will happen to each person after this life time. Every person has in their heart the thought of eternity. Our call as Christians is to share with them the Good News of the Gospel.

In Ghindesti we were split into groups and each one had 2-3 leaders. On the last day, when we gathered our group, two of the girls told us that they had read together a brochure and decided to receive God’s Word into their heart.

There are many experiences to share and I encourage you to also get involved in this ministry with Charity Cup

 

About the author:

Danyel Dumitru lives in San Francisco, USA.  In 2012 he came in a Charity Cup Mission for the first time and has served in the Vacation Bible School for children project.

Never forgotten

August 6, 2012

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted” (Isaiah 61:1).

I came to the mission expecting great works and revelations because I came with a different attitude and mindset than in the past years. Before starting the mission trip I prayed for a message for the medical team and for the people that I would come in contact with. God gave me Isaiah 61:1-5 for the medical project. As a medical team we are to heal the physical but most importantly we are to heal the spiritual as well. The Lord did amazing works in Glinjeni and Ghindesti. We were truly able to preach good tidings to the poor and heal the brokenhearted. The message that I received for the people in Glinjeni and Ghindesti is that they are not alone or forgotten. With each person that I met in the foot spa clinic I told them of the great love that God has for them and that He sent Charity Cup to show them just how much he loves each and every single one of them; they have value and they are not alone. No matter if they live in a small village and feel overwhelmed with their problems or sorrows, they are not alone and God has never forgotten them.

The foot spa is not just about washing feet or cutting nails. It’s about humbling oneself and giving people an environment where they can open up and receive healing. I was telling them that just as Jesus washed His disciple’s feet I was doing the same because they have value. I am no better than they are; we are equal in Gods eyes. Most of the time, when people came to the foot spa they were sad or embarrassed that we were washing their feet.  It seemed like all their pain and all their worries were in their feet. They could have other serious medical issues but to them their feet were their biggest issue.

My main goal was to make them feel comfortable and to form a relationship. My goal was to heal their spiritual pain while I helped them with their foot pain. My favorite part of the foot spa clinic was seeing the people’s smiles after I finished washing their feet. It’s like with just one foot wash I was able to wash away all their pain and sorrows. Just for that one moment they had peace and joy in their lives.  I continue to pray for each person that God will continue to water the seeds that we planted, and that His love will continue to pour on them. God is always faithful and His love endures forever.

With every new person that I meet I can truly see how God turns “Beauty for ashes.” No matter whom the person is or what their circumstances nothing is too big for God. He can transform the whole country of Moldova into the wealthiest country in the world if He wanted to, but for Him, saved souls is what is more important. Our part as missionaries is to “ console those who mourn, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called tress of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:30). In the end what matters is that God is the one that is praised in all our work. We are the tools that God uses to “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isaiah 61:1). I pray that we may continue to answer the call; the call for those who are bound by the things of this world. May God give us eyes to see as He sees and to feel for others as He feels for them. May we continue to stand in the gap for those who can’t do it themselves and love as Jesus loved.

About the author:

Ana Maria Rotariu is from Texas, USA, and has recently graduated from Discipleship and Training School, in Cluj, Romania. This summer she went to Moldova and has served in the medical team.

A great revival is on its way!

May 29, 2012

I write this with so much love, gratitude and joy as I sit back and think of how the Lord worked in Honduras; we were all overwhelmed by the way God worked and how he ordained every single encounter and experience.
We praise God for expanding the ministry in Honduras and Central America and giving us the opportunity, as a team, to learn from and work with great people in this area.

The projects we had this year included: Vacation Bible School for children, Purity project for teenage girls, Home visits, Soccer, Megaferia (local Carnival).

Our VBS team split into two groups each day. One group served at the San Juan Bosco School teaching Bible lessons and working with the students there. It is amazing to have the opportunity to work with and see these children grow each year. It has been four years since working with this school and we have all become very attached to the children. We have also developed a great friendship with the teachers and have the opportunity to invest in their spiritual growth as well. We’ve had the opportunity to invest spiritually into the children’s life as well as provide for their physical needs. Johnny, a 16 year old boy who serves as the teacher’s aide, decided to give his life to Christ one of the days that we were there. He asked to be baptized and on the last day of the trip, he was baptized in our pool. Praise God!

We also went to visit some of the poorest families in Tela in the area known as the  slums” of the city. We put together “care packs” of food, which included rice, beans and flour and personally delivered the food to the families. Our friend Marvin and his wife took us to the families. What our eyes saw was even more disheartening than what we had seen in what we thought were the poorest areas in Tela. The poverty was so intense that we could not even wrap our heads around how the people lived in such conditions. In addition, some of our team had the opportunity to work with the local church as they served food at a school in one of the villages.

While being there, our team met with many of the local leaders including the Mayor and developers as we want to build the community center and some professional soccer fields. We don’t know how long this will take, but
we are praying that God leads us to the perfect location and land to build on.
We see God opening the doors for us in Central America and we are confident that a great revival is on its way.

About the author:

Diana Perde is actively involved in Charity Cup and very dedicated to the projects the organization has in Central America. She has been going to Honduras for the past 4 years and plans on continuing in getting involved in the future years. In 2013, the Charity Cup  team that will go to Central America plans on extending their trip to El Salvador, besides Honduras.

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