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April Update 2023

Hello CUPS Family,   The first DR mission trip for this season is in the books!  Last week’s team had a great time loving the children in the DR alongside CUPS missionaries, and many are already making plans for how they can be more involved moving forward.  There are 5 trips planned for June and July, and you have already filled all of the spots available for team members!  We look forward to seeing and serving with you this summer!    If you were hoping to come to the Dominican this summer but missed the window there are already two trips available for early 2024, and we are working on the details for potential Fall and Winter 2023 trips.  Keep an eye out at the Trips page for more information.        Here are a few more ways you can partner with CUPS this summer:Church Partnerships  Why not help connect your church with the Mission you so passionately support? We would love the opportunity to connect with your pastor or missions minister and discover how CUPS can come alongside your church to continue the spread of the gospel, and rescue children in the Dominican Republic.  Click below to find out about CUPS VBS partnership program, or contact Church Partnership Director, Robin Gilliam at robin@cupsmission.com for other ways your church can partner with us.   Is 2023 the year that you will become the newest CUPS monthly partner at $23/month? Click the link below to hear how lives are being changed, and to start your monthly gift today! CUPS MerchStop by the online Store and pick up some CUPS merch as a gift, or for yourself. Whether you prefer a sling bag, hand-made by the young ladies in the Sewing For Souls program, a CUPS t-shirt, or a sticker for your laptop, you’ll have a conversation starter to help introduce others to your favorite mission and support CUPS teams in the Dominican in the process.  Contact Information Cups Mission: Dominican Republic / Malawi / Mexico2607 Woodruff Rd Suite E #418Simpsonville, SC 29681 877-291-6501  https://cupsmission.com

March 2023 Update

Defeat Will Not Come Near Us – Ps 97:1Hello WAY Radio Family,   I hope you are doing well and enjoying the promises of God in your life and family. Jack, Daniel, and our team are thankful to call so many of you friends.   Many of you have been on mission trips with Jack, Daniel, or myself in the Dominican or Malawi. I can’t think of a mission trip that I do not have great memories of, even the crazy ones, and there were a few. You have been great friends.   When Terica and I first moved to the Dominican, we had no idea what God had planned. We could only view it on our scale, small. We had no idea that in ten years that it would include multiple missionaries, fifteen buildings, a thousand children in programs, a garbage dump ministry, six sewing and baking schools, multiple churches, a partnering project in Malawi, and now an orphanage on the horizon. Following God on a mission is scary and exhilarating.   A medical condition impedes my ability to work every day in the Dominican heat, so I spend my time leading mission teams back and forth, mission fundraising events, and working a few jobs to keep my family supported. Still, my heart remains in those mountain villages.    As a mission ambassador, I walk a unique path. I invite people to join a mission that I feel is the best, most efficiently successful ministry in the world. God has grown it, and you have funded it. I’m a steward of the resources that people like your family and mine continue to support. So I take my God-ordained position very seriously.   Thus, I study trends in stewardship. Right now, fundraising experts are telling missions to be careful, believing the next few years will see a downturn in generosity. They believe inflation will make people turn inward, and others will be distracted by all the little internet fundraising schemes leaving them with less to share with legitimate missions. These are disheartening words when you are on the cusp of a new project. Stay with me for a minute if you can.   I want to prove them wrong. I want to report an army of God’s disciples committed to making a long-term difference for the kingdom and the rescue of children. Thus, I am going to ask you a favor. There is no pressure, as we are not face-to-face or eye-to-eye. I ask you to make your partnership with The Crossover Cups Mission a priority over the next 12 months. I ask you to double down where you can to compensate for any loss the experts foretell.   Stand with me on Psalm 91:7 in saying with declaration and glory to God, “Though some fall on the left and others on the right, defeat will not come near us!” I know that God has brought us this far to finish the course! Amen?   The water pump on my 12-year-old Ford broke this week, and the cost is over $900 to replace it. My mind wanted to be depressed until God reminded me how blessed I was to have a car. Most of the people our mission serves do not, and most likely will never own a car in their lifetime. I have a credit card to stretch the repair bill out until Jesus returns, while most of those our mission serves will never hold a credit card.    We are blessed. We partner with you to feed the hungry, improve health, employment, education, and the excellent gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been allowed to invest in an eternal retirement with friends. Life has been good to me. Thanks for being on the journey as we save the lives of children.   Thank you for your partnership,   Mike Williams  Our Contact Information Cups Mission: Dominican Republic / Malawi / Mexico2607 Woodruff Rd Suite E #418Simpsonville, SC 29681 877-291-6501  https://cupsmission.com      

Crossover Cups Mission Days

Donate now WAY Radio has partnered with Crossover CUPS Mission since 2021. We recently held a one-day fundraiser, thank you for your involvement. The partnership between WAY Radio listeners and CUPS has allowed for the construction of a community center with a basketball court and a kitchen that is teaching life skills to the children. In 2023, the focus is to raise money to provide a sustainable farm, feeding and discipleship program and missionary support for a year. Due to the nature of where the community of Alta De La Jagua is, it’s important to provide a sustainable garden/farm for the people of the village.  Your gift will help to provide chickens and eggs.  This will sustain the people in the village and will also provide a source of income for them per a microbusiness. Your gift will also help provide for the feeding program and the discipleship programs.  It’s important that we help provide for both the physical and spiritual needs of people.  It’s hard to hear about a God that loves you when you haven’t eaten in a few days.  Your gift helps to fund this for a year. To run discipleship and feeding programs, we need missionaries willing to go and invest in the village.  Your gift will also help to fund those missionaries and care for their families as they serve the village of Alta De La Jagua. If you want to give today, you can, at:  https://cupsmission.com/way-donate $83- provides 1 person access to the microbusiness, the discipleship and feeding program. We hope that you’ll pray about providing access for at least one person in the village of Alto de la Agua. You could support a whole family of four for just $332!

January 2023 Update

A YEAR IN REVIEW WAY Radio Family   Wow, what a year God has blessed us with! Can you believe that it’s already 2023? I know we are having a hard time believing it!   2022 was an amazing year for the Crossover Cups Mission. We had a total of 991 kids in Bible school! What a number! In addition to the number of kids in Bible school getting the opportunity to hear about Christ, over 1,000 people heard the Gospel! We also had a humbling number of 71 Dominican teenagers that decided to follow the call God put on their lives and help lead the summer Bible school program across 6 villages!    Mission trips during the summer are some of our most fun and engaging times as a team! Together, we learn more about the Gospel, how to dive into a deeper relationship with Christ, and how to be a team player all while showing the love of Christ to our friends in the neighboring communities in the Dominican!    T his past year, 211 people decided to say ‘YES’ and come on a mission trip! This year, we are hoping to have even more people decide to come with us and make the decision to have Christ impact their lives in this awesome way.    Our Contact Information The Crossover Cups Mission 2607 Woodruff Rd Suite E #418Simpsonville, SC 29681877-291-6501 https://cupsmission.com/way-donate

Crossover Cups Mission Days

Donate now WAY Radio will be partnering with Crossover CUPS once again on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 for a one-day fundraiser. The great work that was begun in 2021, and has continued since then has allowed for the construction of a community center with a basketball court and a kitchen that is teaching life skills to the children. We want to keep pressing on, so in 2023, we’re raising money to provide a sustainable farm, feeding and discipleship program and missionary support for a year. Due to the nature of where the community of Alta De La Jagua is, it’s important to provide a sustainable garden/farm for the people of the village.  Your gift will help to provide chickens and eggs.  This will sustain the people in the village and will also provide a source of income for them per a microbusiness. Your gift will also help provide for the feeding program and the discipleship programs.  It’s important that we help provide for both the physical and spiritual needs of people.  It’s hard to hear about a God that loves you when you haven’t eaten in a few days.  Your gift helps to fund this for a year. To run discipleship and feeding programs, we need missionaries willing to go and invest in the village.  Your gift will also help to fund those missionaries and care for their families as they serve the village of Alta De La Jagua. If you want to give today, you can, at:  https://cupsmission.com/way-donate $83- provides 1 person access to the microbusiness, the discipleship and feeding program. We hope that you’ll pray about providing access for at least one person in the village of Alto de la Agua. You could support a whole family of four for just $332! Give now, or listen on Tuesday, February 7, 2023!

December Update

Here’s a video of the kids in Alto de la Jagua thanking Way Radio listeners for their support!  Student Leaders are stepping up to help at the WAY Radio community Center Children were given supplies to help them create something to call their own. Thanks you for caring!

September Update

Great things are happening in the Dominican Republic. Bible camps have wrapped up for the summer.  Praise God, we had more kids come to bible camp and more kids come to know the Lord.  The discipleship program now begins.  Please pray that kids will come and learn what it’s like to live a life with Jesus. Our teams that serve in the Dominican Republic love the opportunity to interact with the kids in the Mountain Village.  God moves in a powerful way through those times.  Your gifts of support are making the difference in the lives of people in the Mountain Village..  Thank you for your support.  Would you like to know the story behind how Crossover Cups was founded in the DR? You can also check out the Cups Documentary:  https://www.cupsdocumentary.com/.

August Update

August 2022Update from Our Founder Mike Williams         The Moment I Knew it was a Success!   This summer was another in a series of exciting success moments. This year I was able to see with my own eyes the second generation of students who have risen from poverty to become Christian leaders. Four years ago, we had 12 disciple leaders who prepared to help us lead the summer Bible Camps of 400 children. This year we had 75 student disciple leaders, and the level of quality is above and beyond with each passing year. Your partnership has made a difference.   You can see for yourself on August 27 at 7pm when we livestream our new documentary. Subscribe to Youtube or Join our Facebook to get a reminder notification. It was barely eight years ago when we had that first Bible Camp with 55 kids total, and this year we pre-registered over 1000 children for programs in four different village locations and our mountain church project. God is doing great work through you. I mean it when I say that. Our partners have been the wind beneath every wing. Yes, I know it is God, but even Jesus said that the Father honored every cup of cold water given in Jesus’ name or the name of His disciples (followers). So, quiet down and take your humble bow!! I don’t know the success rate of the other missions, churches, and Christian endeavors you are supporting. But, I can tell you this one is busting at the seams with success. When many churches are closing their doors and speaking to empty rooms, your mission has completed the building of a new church and started another new church! We seek to break ground on a new church building that will seat 350 people. Let me remind you that amid so many things happening on our world scene, don’t be distracted from what is successful. Of course, we want to help those sinking ships, but never at the cost of what IS working. I encourage you to keep up your support and double down if possible. History has proven that your investments are working at this mission. On behalf of Daniel, Judith, and our entire team, I thank you for making this possible.Mike Williams PS: Let me get deep. I have worked in Evangelistic and Christian ministry for over 40 years. I have seen entire villages make public professions of faith (as seen in extensive group prayers for salvation). I know I can lead an outdoor revival tonight and encourage most of the crowd to pray my carefully worded Christian prayer. Tomorrow night a group that I would consider a cult could lead a crusade and have the same people who prayed with me pray their carefully worded prayer. Poor people will pray any prayer you suggest in hopes of waking up the following day healthy, wealthy, and in a different societal class. While I believe it all starts with a “Yes” to Jesus… please read on. Jesus told us to go and make disciples. Making disciples is time-consuming. You can’t fly in, preach and leave, and have a mission accomplished. It requires living among the people, which is why all of your Cups missionaries live in the villages they serve. My words do not undermine the teams that come for a short-term visit. They are an incredible “piece” in the puzzle of kindness. Nevertheless, true discipleship in the Christian life takes face-to-face time. The most excellent teacher of all time (guess who?) took three years with His disciples before they were ready to function successfully on their own. So, yes, in a glorious genuine report, I could tell you that we had over two hundred children raise their hands and pray out loud for first-time decisions and five hundred raise their hands for re-dedication. What matters to me is that in four years, we have gone from 12 disciple leaders (those who are helping disciple others) to 75 disciple leaders who are now helping disciple others. Success in Jesus’ name!   If you want to JOIN THE STORY and keep things like this happening, click the DONATE button below to join the team. Thank you for your partnership!Mike Williams Founder/Lead MissionaryCrossover Cups Mission Our Contact Information The Crossover Cups Mission 2607 Woodruff Rd Suite E #418, Simpsonville, SC 29681 877-291-6501

July Update

Thank You!  Your gifts of support are making a difference in the Mountain Village. A team recently came down and finished painting the basketball court.  They signed the court with Romans 10:14-15, But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?[a] And how are they to believe[b] in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  A 1000 kids are participating in bible camp this summer.  Pray many kids would come to know the Lord. If you would like to help bring Jesus to this mountain village, Alto de la Jagua, click on the button below.