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Where It All Began

Where It All Began

Where It All Began — By Ben & Susan Rodgers
June 1, 2018

In 1968, ‘Cup founder Dave Ohlerking went on his very first missions trip.  He and a friend piloted a plane to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He re-tells his first encounter with a child in his book Walk With Me.   

“I was wearing a freshly laundered light-colored shirt, and the very dirty little homeless boy was jumping up on me begging for money or food. He was only trying to survive. But he was getting me dirty. I recoiled at his touch and pushed him away. As he ran away, hot shame welled up in my heart. I had rejected a child in need because he was getting my shirt dirty... I vowed to never again close my heart to a needy child.”

Years after this encounter, Dave and Jean took a step of faith and officially launched the ministry of Children’s Cup.

“In February 1992, Jean and I launched a new ministry. Jean suggested the name Children’s Cup. That name seemed right. Once you have sobbed your way through a refugee camp like we have, and seen eager, dirty hands holding up cups, bowls, plastic boxes – anything that could hold food or drink – the word “cup” becomes very emotional. We sensed a mandate from God to take help and Hope (Hope’s name is Jesus) to children in the hard and risky places of the world. It was a scary step of faith, but God has blessed us with ever-increasing opportunity and impact.”  

—Dave Ohlerking, Walk With Me

God turned a shameful mistake into a passion that lead to reaching thousands of children just like the one Dave encountered in Port-au-Prince. He turned the awful into something beautiful!