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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

   Halle Erwin
   14 December 2018


We shared stories of hope, news and updates, Children's Cup Champions, and much more. All with the purpose to continue chasing after this God-sized vision of seeing Every Child a Whole Child.

Take a look back through the year with the top 10 'Cup blog posts of 2018:

1. The Impact of Sponsorship

Kelly Dutton shares, "I always believed I would visit Africa one day, but had no idea when or how. I even had written on a dry-erase board at my house that I wanted to go on a mission trip to Africa. I erased it on a Tuesday night in 2014 thinking, well, maybe not..."


2. "I am not forgotten": Siphesihle's Story

Because of you, Children’s Cup cares for more than 400 HIV positive children each year in Swaziland, Africa. This is the difference you're making every day—and Siphesihle’s* story is proof of that.

Since hearing about the meals offered nearby, Siphesihle began walking more than 30 minutes to the closest Children’s Cup CarePoint in Thulwane, Swaziland, to fill her empty stomach. Here she also began to receive medical attention she was not able to access otherwise.

Thanks to you, Siphesihle is equipped with the health care she requires and is empowered to dream about the good plans God has for her. Thank you for making stories like this possible. 


3. "I am not forgotten": Thabo's Story

Thabo is 14 years old and began attending the Children’s Cup Zombodze CarePoint when he was 4 years old. Since then, he has greatly benefited from the medical care provided by the generosity of investments made from people like you!

4. "I am not forgotten": TJ's Story

We met TJ when she was in the second grade. She began coming to our CarePoint because she was hungry. Shortly after her ninth birthday, she discovered her HIV positive status after a facilitator initiated a hospital visit for her. TJ says, “I was angry. I didn’t want to accept my status and was even more afraid that my status would upset my father. I think for a long time he believed I would die, so he didn’t bother to reach out to me or to become involved in my life.”


5. Overcoming Fear

Ben Rodgers shares, "I’m thoroughly convinced that fear causes many people to miss the abundant life the Word of God promises. I believe millions of people are called by God to do something world-changing, but they will never fulfill their call. Why? Because those individuals allow fear to keep them pushed down and living far under what God has created for them."


6. A Heart for Honduras 

Lisa Spotts shared this encouraging and inspiring story upon her return from a mission trip to Honduras:

“This was my first mission trip, I thought I knew what to expect—no, I didn’t. As a mother and gramma, I’ve always loved kids, but I didn’t expect the love they unconditionally gave to me. Those children were so loving and appreciative of anything, but mostly just of our time and attention.

We support the CarePoint in Soroguara, Honduras. We sponsor a set of twin boys and got to meet them, their family, and see their home—something I thought would never happen—to understand the real reason we need to sponsor these kids!

We decided to sponsor another child, but it’s hard to decide, because now we know these children, physically know them!"





7.
The Power of Letter Writing


The relationship you build with your sponsored child is incredibly impactful. That's why we love to encourage you to connect with your child through letters and photos. Take a moment today to be inspired by some of our favorite sponsor and sponsored child moments.




8. This is Children's Cup

Our four-part strategy in giving hope is simple, yet effective. We provide physical, spiritual, educational, and economic support. Most of all, we give children an opportunity to learn about Christ, and once they meet Jesus, everything changes!




9. Five Focus Shifts for Today

The start of a new season is a time for new beginnings, evaluation, and seeking vision for the time ahead. As we transition seasons from summer to fall it seems like a natural checkpoint to do some vision tending. For Children’s Cup, here are five focus shifts we are paying attention to today.


10. Love and Service

Thuli shares, "The Malindza CarePoint is a home away from home for many children. This is true for the seven students in this year's Economic Empowerment class. A close-knit group, these students have also become each other's community. They encourage, support, and challenge each other each day. From the "Dream Camp" in May to the "Work for a Living Camp" in August, they have learned a lot together. Heartbreakingly following the August camp, one of the students, Simphiwe, met Jesus face to face."









Halle Erwin

Halle wears many communication hats at Children's Cup and loves every single one of them! From Arkansas and living in Manhattan, she's often asked, "You're not from here are you?" You can also often catch her saying "Halle... Like Hallelujah!"

 

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