mitch & char

mitch & char

Friday, December 28

What is Cup? Christmas at the CarePoints and $100,000 matching grant update!

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Lots of amazing praises and a few prayers to ask you for.  Less than 1 week until surgery and then focus on returning to Africa!  May this new year see you seeking the Living God in new ways every day!  HE is SO worth it…and so are YOU!


Friday, December 14

Year end opportunity

$25,000 matched so far.. $75,000 to go!

We are SUPER excited about the future and the sustainability of the “long term”. We have opportunity to purchase an existing Bed and Breakfast type setup in South Africa. Approximately $200,000 needed. These facilities comes fully setup and will allow for:

· Lower cost for short term missionary housing (sleeps 24)

· Office Space for Children’s Cup staff to work out of

· Large training room/facility for meetings, worship and future leadership school/Bible school

· Home for us and another missionary to live in full time

· Storage facility for food parcels (Feed My Starving Children fortified rice)

· Transitional housing for new missionaries on the field

· Retreat area for field missionaries as a central location to Zim, Moz, Swazi, & SA

· Less dependency on monthly support from donors( funds diverted to projects)

We believe that this is a gift that will benefit MANY for years to come, and the idea of having home and office with NO rent-allows us to free up more funds for immediate needs of those around us. Your gift (in our name) will solidify this vision, equip a generation, bless missionaries and be matched $for$ up to $100,000. So we only need to raise approx $100,000 to secure a property($25,000 raised and matched so far...just $75,000 to go)!! Would you consider giving a one time gift today? Tax deductible at or contact us directly if you do not need a tax deduction.

This picture represents just one of the possible properties available right now.

Bless you. we hope you can come serve with us and have Him mold your heart for the precious kids we love so much!


Sunday, December 2

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to YOU!!! We are so grateful for your prayers and support
allowing us to be in the USA for a season. The Christmas Celebrations have
started in Africa, and we long to be back with our Children...soon, very

What a beautiful season to celebrate our Savior with friends and family, we
pray that you are experiencing His fullness as well.

January 4th will bring all of the repair and reversal surgeries in South
Carolina for Mitch, and Char will be keeping everyone posted daily at, as always, we sure appreciate your prayers. We
are Praying for quick healing and that God will honor "our" plans to return
to Africa on February 18th.

We have just over $75,000 to raise to match the $100,000 grant we received
to secure property in South Africa(part of a sustainable business plan
decreasing support dependence, and freeing up funds for feeding children and
equipping them with the HOPE of Jesus). If you are led to participate, or
have more money than you know what to do with before the end of the tax
year, we would be grateful to partner with you in this way.

We would love it if you decided to COME SERVE WITH US August 15-25 Contact
us for details!

Much LOVE!

Thursday, November 15

Update from Mitch n Char

Return to Africa, Christmas Celebrations, Prayer requests, and a $100,000 matching grant in our name- WOW



Mitch  <><


Sunday, November 4

see what we feel

Want a glimpse into our mind?  During this crazy journey this year, we realized a number of things.  God does not abandon His people.  He is good and does good.  He has a plan that is not necessarily about "me".  Prior to leaving Africa 2 weeks ago, we came to the below realisation:
2 Chronicles chapter 20.. especially around verses 16 and 17.  There is a battle waging for our souls, and the enemy prowls like a lion(i can relate to that-i live in africa). BUT, GOD said "i got this, i have already won this battle". (after jehosephat had 3 armies bearing down on him)-God told him "i have gone ahead of you and already won- stand fast"- The enemy intended to destroy Jehosephat and his army, BUT GOD(dont you love the "but God" moments?) took what was once again intended for evil and made it good.  The army then began to sift through the plunder(good stuff) they got after the battles.  It took DAYS to collect. so much plunder-it turned to praise and they renamed the valley to Baraka(valley of Praise).. My dear friend, i had a battle for my soul, and now i have SO much plunder from this experience. Compassion, Love, understanding of intercessory prayer,...the list continues to grow.  It was not about ME.  It was about the one who met Christ in hearing Charlottes steadfast daily devotional reading and seeing how she and mom handled every situation in prayer.  It was about the countless people that put aside differences and focused on a common goal.  It was about families reuniting as they realize the only things that matter to them.  It was about thousands of folks(many we have yet to meet)that were re-connecting to the Father through prayer(OH what a beautiful thing)...
I am not saying (yet) that i am grateful for the medical experience, but i am eternally grateful for what God has revealed through it.  The intimacy in which He delivered it to us, and the promise He has being fulfilled in our lives.


Monday, October 29

update and amazing story:

Thanks so much for allowing us to be part of the below story(picture attached-story from our missionary nurse- Jessie(she is amazing by the way)).


We are back in the USA for a short season(as I type this, Hurricane sandy is dumping a lot of rain on us in Pennsylvania).  We are attending a missionary “Critical Care” 2 week course here-believing it will help us process the things that have occurred this year, help us with anger and resentment focused towards the surgeon, and further equip us to be more effective in ministry with staff and new missionaries that come to the field under our direction.  God is GOOD and He Does GOOD!


For the privacy and protection of this child we have changed her name to Lulu.


Lulu is a 15-year old girl who has faced a lifetime of sorrow in her young life. Lulu’s mom died when she was only 3 years old from AIDS leaving her with the same life threatening virus that is taking over the small country of Swaziland.


Surrounded by family, Lulu was lovingly cared for by her father and step mom. At times she would also stay with her mother’s side of the family. Lulu could feel a divide between the two sides of the families and it began to take its toll on her. When she was cared for by her stepmom she had access to a Children’s Cup carepoint that provided a daily meal, Bible club, and transport every month to get her HIV medications. She grew strong and found support at home to take her medicine properly. When she went to stay with her mother’s side of the family, they said that her and her mom where bewitched.


No disease, no virus…

but that her mother died from being bewitched

and no amount of medical care would save her from death.

She too was bewitched like her mom.


Lulu lost hope, and stopped taking her life sustaining medication.


She became very sick and lost lots of weight.

She was so thin and weak she had to be admitted to the hospital to be given special medicine and food to try to save her life. Three American pastors on a Children’s Cup trip accompanied the medical team to visit her in the hospital one cold Saturday afternoon.


Lulu, a skeleton with skin on, sat alone on the side of the bed with a spoonful of rice in her hands. Face gaunt and sunken in, you could see every bone in her body. When she saw us enter her ward, she began to wail.


With tears streaming down her sunken cheeks, a cry rose from deep within her soul,


For our fifteen minute visit this is all she would say, Jesus. She called out to Jesus.


Distraught, we sat at her side, rubbing her back, wiping her tears, and trying to comfort her.

A lady in the bed next to her said only one other person had visited that day.


Unable to comfort her, we turned to the Great Comforter.

We prayed over her for God’s peace, presence, and healing to be known to her.

We left with our hearts heavy and burdened with what we had just seen.


I can say, with all honesty, that those of us there were wrecked and laid awake at night praying for this girl who called out to Jesus. Unsure if she was going to make the weekend, we returned a few days later to the hospital ward.


Laying in bed was Lulu with fuller cheeks, clear eyes, and a smile on her lips.

Carrying a full conversation in English, her second language, she expressed how good it was to see us again. Sitting on the side of the bed with more strength, she remembered our visit on that life-altering Saturday.


Hope was reignited in her eyes.


In the following days we watched the Lord burden and direct people in the care of Lulu.

With her family, doctors from the hospital, Children’s Cup medical team, and teachers at the care point, Lulu’s future is filled with love, support, and hope.

We continue to walk forward watching God orchestrate her care.

In her hopelessness Lulu heart’s cry was Jesus.

Jesus answered her cry and made His Presence known.


“From the bottom of the pit,


I cried out to You,

And when I begged You to listen to my cry,

You heard.

You answered me and told me not to be afraid.

“You came to my rescue, Lord, and saved my life.”

Lamentations 3:55-58 GNT



God Bless you, we hope to see you soon!


Thursday, October 11

The voice of God and a dad that gives gifts

(tj and me-I am the one with the name tag)


If you ever read what I write, you know that I wear my heart on my sleeve and show my deepest of deep thoughts (vulnerable).  Am I afraid of getting hurt-Sure, who isn’t.  But maybe, just maybe in some of my words, someone will relate and draw closer to God.  To HIM be all the glory!  This may just be the New Testament church of Social Media :-)


I remember when I was young(and even to this day), my father loved to buy us things.  The atrocious Blue and Black Nike sneakers I just had to have, McDonalds when he went away for a board meeting(we lived an hour from the closest fast food restaurant), and extravagant gifts at Christmas.  Dad shows love through his generous heart and giving. 


Last night we went to Church in a rural area (RVC Mbekelweni) with many from the community, a team from the usa, and the orphans from our I Am Not Forgotten home.  TJ(who has always stolen my heart) was there, and once again came running up, holding my hand and saying Babe (bah-bay, means “dad”) Mitch, come sit with me.  How could I not?  So ½ way through the service we were holding hands and I was thinking about all of the things I could give her and do for her.  Then out of the longing in my heart to adopt her legally, God spoke to me:


“I like to give gifts too, and this longing is natural.  You love this girl because SHE loves back.  You desire her to be yours because she loves well.  You want to give her opportunity and love-just like I want to do for all people(including you mitch). Now you see my heart and feel my burden deeper”


Socked me in the gut as I wiped the tears and hugged TJ one last time until our return in February next year


It is easy to love someone(especially kids) when they love back so freely.  But where I often fail is what about those that don’t love back, does that change God’s view of them?  No way.


I long to have more of both of my father’s Love.  One who knit me together in my mother’s womb and one who has honored my mom for 48 years of marriage. 


The longing is still there to have “children of our own”, and though we reference that all of these kids are ours(thousands of boogery nosed little brown faces), there is something special about all of them, but we are drawn and want to do even more to those that Love us back.  hmmmm-think me and God need to have further discussions.


Mitch  <><


Thursday, October 4

Anger as a Christian - yet another moment of my weakness

Anger as a Christian- Yet another moment of my weakness


(i brag on my weakness-2Corinthians 12:7-10... because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.)


Yup, I have A LOT of flaws, and today- my anger is at an all time high.  (mitch here).  Got a letter from Mbabane Clinic that was as harsh of a collection letter as I have ever seen.  Referencing that they have contacted us previously(which is a lie) and that we are no longer able to receive services from them because of an outstanding $50 bill.  (not that I would ever seek services from them again.  You may recall, that March 21 when I went in for my routine appendectomy-this is where the saga of human error began.  A “tumor” removed from my intestines, laporotomy, and all of the complications that landed me in Hospital in South Africa for 5 months… a “tumor” that was mis-diagnosed.  It was diverticulitis and could have been treated with diet and medicine-NOT a knife!)


So today, I walked in those doors for the first time since march.  Heart pounding, and trying to compress the steam coming from my ears.  Angina/panic bringing pains to my chest as I think about all that has transpired due to human error.  And I shared with them(as gently as I could-as I am still trying to be a kind Christian example)-that we have not received anything from them, and 3 weeks ago my wife came in and verified that we owe nothing.  That there seems to be some conflicting problems with their accounting methods.  (all along, I was praying that I would not see or be seen by the doctor(butcher) that started this process-and THANKFUL that I have not seen him yet).


A flippant apology regarding the billing came and then the news that there are still several outstanding bills that they are waiting on insurance to pay.  I informed them that the insurance will not pay, as it capped out in May due to the South African hospital claims.  So he asked me for my number so he can call me with details as pertaining to outstanding bills-at which point, I politely directed him to HIS document that has my name and number already printed on it.


I admit, I am a sinful human, and I am struggling with some deep anger.  I did not see the Doctor, and walked out of the hospital only to break down into tears as the pain and emotion came flooding back to me.  I am tired of re-living the experience, the daily reminder by the giant gaping wound in my stomach, the urine collection system sticking out of my back and strapped to my leg, the Colostomy pouch glued to my side to collect the waste from my intestines, the Skin graft donor area that has yet to heal and requires 4-5 daily treatments of lotions/cremes.  The morning routine of wound changes and bandaging for showers.  What used to take 5 minutes now takes an hour. 


I know all of the right Christian responses, but I so desperately want to confront and complain.  To share how hurt I am, for them to genuinely apologize, to “hear” me…I know that I have to own my behavior, and am trying to take my thoughts captive, but I am week, and pray that God will give me the strength to process and deal with this. 


I am reminded of the pain and torment our Lord went through when He bought my sin.  What I have gone through and continue to-does nothing to compare with the gift He has given me, the price He paid.  I realize that my struggle first went through His sovereign hands.  He knows, and He understands, and He grieves with me.


May my openness in sharing real life and struggles help someone else that is struggling today.  I know that I have a personal Savior that loves me and gets me, and is ok with me when I get angry.   You do too!


For today and every day- His grace is Sufficient!

Monday, October 1

Update from Africa

Greetings, we pray you are keeping well, and experiencing God moving in your

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Great verses to ponder, ministry growth opportunity as well as our USA visit
schedule. We will update more frequently during January and February's
surgeries and follow-ups via FaceBook, should you like to stay involved.

Ps-we are looking at assembling a team to come serve with us next year.
Early June or mid/late August- please let us know if you have serious
interest. We have NO details(cost, exact dates, etc), but if the Lord is
calling you, trust us, HE will sort out all of that on your behalf.

Saturday, September 29

Leadership Academy interns Sing for Mitch

While in hospital our Children's Cup Global Leadership Academy Interns and Students got together to give Mitch a special gift.  They sang his favorite song.  We watched over and over and wiped away alot of tears.  Wanted to share it with you too.  We pray it will touch your soul the way it has ours-and give you a feel for how amazing these students and this program are!

3 years

Reflecting today on how awesome God is, and how great that He choose us to
do what we do in Africa! Then, as we finished a video shoot for a promo
video for Cup we see what a difference 3 years has made. Side by side
stills of video shoots this time of year in Africa 2010,2011,2012.
Children's Cup has been good to me. @Jesus Christ has been GREAT to me!

God is so good, He's so good to me!

Friday, September 21


Adrian Plass recorded the below reading with his calm and smooth lightly English accented voice years ago.  We found it today when going through some of our music.  Oh what a great word picture.  We so often cling to what we are comfortable and complacent with, yet I find myself pondering too; what will Heaven be like?  I am sure that unborn babies are afraid of the world they are about to enter, perhaps it will be that drastic or even more so.  The bible makes it sound like a beautiful wonderland.  No more sorrows, tears, pain.  Thousands of years of praising.  I think Music is close to God’s Heart:


When I’m in heaven,
tell me there’ll be kites to fly;
the kind they say you can control,
although I never did for long.
The kind that spin and spin and spin and spin,
and sulk and dive and die,
and rise again and spin again,
and dive and die and rise up yet again.
I love those kites.

When I’m in heaven,
tell me there’ll be seasons when the colors fly;
poppies splashing flame through dying yellow, living green,
and autumns burning sadness
that has always made me cry...
the things that have to end.
For winter fires that blaze like captive suns,
but look so cold when the morning comes.
I do love the way the seasons change.

When I’m in heaven,
tell me there will be peace, at last.
That in some meadow filled with sunshine,
filled with buttercups and filled with friends,
You will chew a straw,
and fill us in on how things really are.

And, if there is some harm in laying earthly hope at heaven’s door, all in this saying so,
well, have mercy on my foolishness, dear Lord.
I love this world you made.
It’s all I know


Thursday, September 20

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow" know, when you lie flat in a hospital bed for 5 months, you can ONLY Look Up!  Hi friends(mitch here), things are going well.  Battling a little kidney infection(i think my kidney is little, I actually dont know how big it is, but I speak to it like I would a child)and putting together plans to return to the USA in just a month. 
WOW, i am amazed how fast 2+years in the field have flown by.  Some have asked, so i will tells ya(said with a sweet southern accent for flair)-YES, we are and will be returning to Africa after the surgeries are completed(mid February 2013).  We LOVE these people, and are excited to get back to full health and run this race to one day finish strong!  I have a Dr.'s appointment in South Africa in 3 weeks to change the tube that goes into my back and through my kidney(called a nephrostomy), then at the end of October we will meet with the USA surgical team in South Carolina nad set the plan for January 4th(our new D Day).  Would sure prefer NOT to have all of the complications and errors we experienced with my surgeries here in Africa, but(this is hard to say); I would not change it!  I have experienced death which resulted in a deeper life in Christ than I ever thought imaginable.  Though I  did not realize it at the time(I went 2 months and could not/would not talk to God)-HE was still talking to me.  "He never let go".  Countless nights and without my knowledge, Char was putting earphones on me and turning on the Christian playlist on the ipod.  "He never let go!"  Today, I cling to the same result and promise that God honored in Job's life(for our non Christian friends-this is a dude in the bible that was wicked sick and attacked)- that ended in an expansion of Job's influence in those around him.  His territory grew, and the opportunity to impact others grew.  I know this; GOD is always on the move, and I  desire to be in sync with Him. 
Can I just offer you a simple word of encouragement today?  NO matter what you are going through, no matter how difficult, how confusing, how painful, how sad..HE has not forgotten about you, and (from experience)He wants to help you through it.  Trust me, when you come out of the fire, on the other side-you may just have a brighter shine!

Tuesday, September 4

USA Return trip Schedule- We would LOVE to see YOU

We would love to connect with you, below are the dates of our return trip to the USA.  We will try to do an “Open house” sort of thing in Rapid City-as we do not want to offend folks if we can not see you individually in the short window we have.  That way-if you would like to see us, there will be a convenient time for us all to be together and fellowship. 
We appreciate your understanding that the priority of our return is for the remaining surgeries, to see family, connect with churches and friends that have been instrumental in the ministry and in our medical care.

Kansas City/Iola KS
Rapid City SD
Beach ND/Dickinson ND
Spartanburg SC-first round of surgeries
**Baton Rouge LA
**Colorado Springs Co
Spartanburg SC-final surgery
Feb 18 2013
Home to africa
**pending first round of surgeries results

MUCH LOVE, we are thrilled to have the amount of time we have been given to see family and friends.  The Children’s Cup ministry has been incredibly accommodating and has referenced on numerous occasions the importance of our health, healing and connecting.

Thursday, August 30

A creative Creator and a return visit to USA

We were blessed this past weekend to get to stay at a private game farm in Kruger national park(about 1/2 the size of ND).  Our dear friends Lean and Karen Drinkwater's family live here, and open it up for friends and family to stay and rest and soak in all that is pointing to a creative creator!   Lean, Karen and toddler Andrew were with us AND OH did we see God in everything!(small things and big things, and scary things, and things with pointy teeth...). 
It has been 2 years this week, since we packed it up with a one way ticket to Africa-and has been an incredible adventure.  We LOVE everything to do with this great part of the world- Of course, the children are our absolute favorite, but when we get a chance to see His nature, it just brings us that extra step closer to His mind.  If we were created in His image, then we must have some of the creative ability that He has.  We pray that that creativity will flow forth as we develop programs for children, and relate to regional people groups.  The ONE thing we have in common is Him, and that is a SOLID foundation!
We went away this past weekend to have a time of respite and relief.  A time to start processing the previous 5 months of infirmary. Mitch is still not "cleared" to work(but sneaks in as much as he can with networking and visiting with people) and our daily routine has been completely turned around.  Yet we find inexplicable peace and joy.  That is something that can only come from a God that paints the stripes on zebra and dots on the Cheetah.

We know this, we continue to experience "CHANGE".  it seems to be the missionary model.  A constant and revolving change in ministry, tasks, duties, etc.  and we are certain that the one thing we can count on is that as soon as we become complacent(a pitfall of ours)-God "stirs it up" and Change is around the corner.  We have come to LOVE this, as we see His hand in greater detail and are starting to process the enormity of a God that created us to have relationship with Him.  AWESOME!
We will be coming back to the USA(note, we did not say "home" ) in November for a short while.  We hope to see YOU!  We plan on trips to Pennsylvania, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, South Carolina, and Louisiana.  
SO, the plan is to visit mid November and December(Holidays with the families-hooray!), surgeries in early january, recovery, possible final surgery in early february(please join us in prayer that we will not need this one) and quick trips to Baton Rouge and Co Springs in between rounds of surgery.
Sorry, didn't mean to make this all about us.  God is still moving in Africa-and we are seeing incredible testimony of His goodness with our beautiful brown faced children!  Perhaps in 2013, YOU can come see what God is doing and has done here in Southern Africa and have a God experience worth sharing with others!

Wednesday, August 22

some favorite shots

Some favorite shots in Swaziland, many thanks to Paul Chasusa and for the incredible talent on many of these.