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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.

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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.

Miracles happened in Honduras

May 6, 2012

I am going to start off by giving thanks to God for the wonderful opportunity I had of serving in Honduras this year. It was a challenging experience which proved to me one more time that God is truly in control of our life. I took off to an unknown place, with minimal Spanish skills, and people I barely knew, trusting and relying on the Lord for vivid miracles to happen. And so it happened. I worked mostly with VBS team and I saw many children rejoicing infinitely just by receiving a goody bag and playing with the missionaries. I also witnessed many of them receiving Christ in their heart and praying for their broken, poor families. “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15.

This verse actually followed me throughout the mission trip. Because in the mist of that tropical heat, deprived neighborhoods, and gun armed store owners, those children appeared as the most genuine creatures of Honduras. And any person can become genuine if they find their identity in the Lord. Now I pray for all those people I met in city of Tela, Honduras. I pray for the kids as well as for the single Moms, young women, sick men I met during our home visits project. I pray I can go back and minister to them again along with my friends from Chicago.

May God give us strength and wisdom to pursue His plan of spreading the Gospel all over the world.

Olga (middle)

 

About the author:

Olga Derjac is now living in Chicago, USA. In 2012 she has served in Charity Cup’s mission trips in Honduras and the Republic of Moldova.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

April 4, 2012
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In the face of death

March 31, 2012
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If a person’s death punctuates their importance to the world, then the death of Jesus is the most unique statement made by any mortal. For one, He did not die, but was murdered by crucifixion. Though He was proclaimed innocent by His own account, by all historical records, by Pilate, the Roman judge who presided His case, and by God Himself (who spoke through a dream to Pilate’s wife), Jesus went quietly to His death as was foretold. Innocence incarnate killed like a common thug. But Jesus was not helpless in the face of death. The raging crowds did not overcome him, the cross and nails did not hold Him and death itself could not subdue Him. Christ’s death went according to plan in every detail! God was pleased with His Son’s execution and presided over its entire course!

Though Jesus died like a common man, He did not go quietly from history but rather exploded into its annals with an event so unique it’s never been done before nor since by anyone. An event only God incarnate could have pulled off. On the third day Jesus Christ rose from the dead! …singlehandedly taking on death and defeating it.

The effect of His selfless sacrifice and powerful resurrection is a grace so amazing given to us that carries the very promise and power of a future and personal resurrection and an abundant life now for all who would believe.

This Easter I encourage you to once again accept this mystery of God as a gift worth embracing and a reality worth sharing with others! May joy flood your hearts as hope comes alive once again when you remember and personalize Christ’s death and resurrection on your behalf. It’s yours for the taking.

Happy Easter and a joyous resurrection Sunday.

 

Photo details: This photo of Mrs. Jena was taken by Nicoleta Cretu, volunteer in our Home Visits project during last year’s mission trip in the Republic of Moldova.  Mrs. Jena is 78 years old and lives in Tarnova village. Before the medical team met her and gave her a “makeover”, she did not bathe for a year, barely left her home and was neglected. For her, in the face of physical and spiritual death, Christ’s love became real and brought courage and hope for a better and eternal life.

 

About the Author:

“George Puraci is one of the leaders that have been involved in Charity Cup and the Moldova and Honduras Mission Trips from the very beginning, 2001. The “physics teacher” lives in San Bernardino, Ca, together with his wife Caitlin and their daughter Colbie.”

Honduras MT – 2011

December 13, 2011

Lush tropical scenery, beautiful beaches, and picture perfect blue skies all sound like a typical advertiser’s hook to lure well-paying tourists. But when you sharpen the lens and really begin to open your eyes, the rosiness fades away and you notice the dirt roads, the shacks, and children roaming the streets. Welcome to Honduras! A beautiful country suffering from corruption, poverty, and superstitions; a country that desperately needs to hear the transforming message of the love of God.

Since 2005, Charity Cup has been involved in Honduras, and in recent years the focus has been on the city of Tela. In order to more effectively address the various needs, different ministries have been established: soccer outreach, vacation bible school (VBS), and construction.

Soccer Outreach

During the soccer training camps, children come together to not only learn how to improve their ball handling skills, but also to receive the opportunity to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel.

Vacation Bible School

The VBS team works closely with the San Bosco School and the Rehab center for children with disabilities. The members of this team teach Bible lessons and build relationships with the children through games, crafts, and interaction during playtime.

Construction

The construction team does everything from plumbing, to painting, to replacing a simple light switch. This ministry is a practical way that we seek to show the love of Christ and to improve people’s everyday lives.

Carnival

Face painting, crafts, balloon animals, clowns, and games are all a great way to have fun, gather people together, and preach the Word of God.

Through each of these ministries, whether it is having a soccer tournament, playing with the children at the San Bosco School, teaching Bible lessons, or repainting the rehab center for children with disabilities the mission remains the same – to reach out to the world, preach to the unsaved, and to teach the saved to serve. Furthermore, our vision is to be Christ’s hands and feet by practically addressing people’s spiritual and physical needs.

During the trip in March 2011, a teacher from the San Bosco School and a young soccer player who served as our translator for the past couple of years both decided to confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior in the baptism waters. It was a joyous event demonstrating how God is changing lives, but the work did not stop there. One of our long-term goals is to build a community center where churches will be able to come together to serve the people of Honduras. We would like to offer Bible classes, after-school programs, computer classes, soccer training, mentorships, and overall to be a safe space where youth and families can encounter the love of Jesus Christ. Foremost, we ask that you please pray for the work being done in Honduras, and prayerfully consider supporting this ministry financially and/or joining us on our mission trip in March.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”  Matthew 25:35-36

About the author:

Ioana Sana has been actively involved with Charity Cup. She is one of the most dedicated servant leaders of the Honduras Mission Trip Project.

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