Thursday, November 27, 2008



It was a privilege to wake up this morning in Africa—a wonderful, awesome, terrible, hurting place.

Africa is a blood-soaked land, Blood-bought by Jesus.

The harvest here is beyond ripe.

Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Yesterday we prayed with him.

A few days ago he had been threatening (weapon in hand) to kill someone he felt had wronged him.

His anger had subsided and he realized how wrong his actions had been.

Our staff in one of the African countries Children's Cup works in saw this man as a redeemable soul, not a throw away sinner.

The stresses of poverty, disease, and political mayhem have most of the population living right at the outer limit of their emotions. There will never be peace where there is no hope.

Hope's name is Jesus and He is the Peace Bringer.

Friday, November 21, 2008


This is a rare event. I don't believe I have ever needed to tell Children's Cup donors to stop sending money for a project.

The Christmas parties for our 10,000 children in 25 CarePoints are paid for--in fact enough more has come in we are upgrading the events and including Swazi teachers and staff.

Other needs keep pressing in but this one is covered!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Congratulations Kevin Mawae and team!

Kevin, you are a worthy, God-serving hero for our youth--for all of us.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Pastor John, Pastor Dan and Pastor Mundo just spent time with us here in Swaziland. They ministered to the staff last night--a life-changing time for our leaders.

This morning John preached at HPC Swaziland--20 people got saved!

I love the networking between USA churches and Children's Cup CarePoint/Church projects. Multi-level strength.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


The Godly young couple has come to you for advice. One of them is HIV positive—the other is not. Both have lived pure lives for years after youthful rebellion. They have fallen deeply in love.

“We’d like to get married. We know the risks, but we still want to.”

What do you tell them?

Another situation.

She heard Pastor Ben’s sermon about living a Godly life. She decided she would. She told her live-in partner (and provider) for 18 years that they must marry or she would have to leave.

“I will not marry you. You decide, stay or go.”

She left and now she and her two children are homeless and jobless. "Since I decided to live a holy life everything has gotten harder."

What do you tell her?

These are just two of the human crises we have faced in recent days.

What would you tell them.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I just hung up the phone here in Swaziland, Africa, from calling my friend in Ohio--Lt. Col. Paul Kari--a true American hero. He was out so I left a message of thanks and gratitude for his sacrifice for America--that includes my family and yours.

Paul spent 8 years in the "Hanoi Hilton" Hoa Lo prison. He was tortured continuously and has not known a pain-free day since.

Yet I watched him stand with Ben and me at the prison and forgive his tormentors--even gave dollars for Children's Cup projects to help the children of the people who hurt him.

Paul turned a hurting place into a forgiving place and God made it a healing place.

A lesson for all of us.

Thank you, Paul, and every American who has served our great country for the freedoms you preserved for us.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Here in Africa we face a fast barrage of unrelenting, grindingly emotional needs--a complex, inundating tide of disease, child abuse, immorality, poverty and hopelessness.

At the same time we are seeing massive growth in the number of children we reach (now 10,000+ per day) and the depth of spiritual ministry we have with the children.

Youth ministry teams have been raised up out of the orphans and vulnerable children. They go into schools presenting Jesus and they go into dense slums helping clean up and repair the huts and shacks of needy people--all in Jesus' name.

I could not be more proud of the Cup Team. They keep up this unrelenting pace by always leaning on Jesus to hold back burn-out and compassion fatigue. Only His supernatural touch sustains them.

I have the sense of walking with heroes when I'm with the Team.

Please pray for the missionaries and nationals that live so close to the edge of disaster.

We now have 20 of the 25 CarePoint parties covered.
That leaves only 5 CarePoints to go at $1250 each.