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The CUPS Director's office in McAllen, TX has moved to a new location.

613 North 8th Street
McAllen, TX 78501
T: (956) 686-7456
C: (956) 605-8159
EventsUpcoming Events

Oct. 26-27, 2012

   Five minutes of prayer at 12 noon in Valle Hermoso. Banners around the city ask for everyone to pray at the same time - from home, school, church, office, business, maquiladora, in the countryside, and from the Rio Grande Valley to bless Valle Hermoso. CUPS hopes that each of you and your church will join Valle Hermoso churches and families in prayer on this day.


Oct. 26-27, 2012

   Exhibit at Mission Presbytery meeting at First Presbyterian Church McAllen.


Oct. 28, 2012

   Exhibit at Island Presbyterian Church mission fair.


Nov. 2-3, 2012

   Organize and distribute school donations from Valle Hermoso warehouse.


Nov. 16, 2012

   Organize and distribute school donations from Valle Hermoso warehouse.


Nov. 17, 2012

   Distribute PETs in Matamoros with RGV PET, Fundacion Miguel Morales and ASPELIFe.


Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, and 8, 2012

   Organize blankets, clothing and toys for winter. Valle Hermoso warehouse


Dec. 10-12, 2012

   Distribute blankets, clothing and toys for winter. Valle Hermoso warehouse


Dec. 18, 2012

   Distribute blankets and other gifts for Las Higuerillas Christmas Fest for Senior Citizens.


Jan. 25-26, 2012

   CUPS Board Meeting in Kingswood, TX.

ReviewREVIEW of 2012

During the past 12 months, CUPS completed two construction projects in Mexico, organized a mission trip in Hidalgo County colonias and distributed donations of educational and medical supplies in Mexico. In addition, children's books in English were distributed for use in Hidalgo county colonias through Project Arise, Proyecto Azteca and BARCA, local nonprofit organizations working in the county.  CUPS has also taken steps to eliminate certain expenses by relocating its McAllen office and by relocating its Valle Hermoso warehouse.


Distributing school supplies.


These are challenging days for Mexico and for CUPS.  It is a comfort to know that our CUPS supporters are called to make a difference in Mexico.  You bless people - families, children, seniors - you may never meet.  Your actions indeed follow His commandments. Gracias and keep Mexico in your prayers.  The U.S. colonias where CUPS volunteers have worked for the past two years also face challenges caring for their families.  Keeping their children in school is of particular importance to parents so working with Project ARISE is a blessing for everyone participating - colonias parents, kids and CUPS volunteers.


For a complete description of the 2012 year, please click here to read the entire review.


2012 was another difficult year for CUPS as ongoing drug cartel activity reduced the number of volunteers coming to Mexico, diminishing our ability to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to our neighbors through health and education projects. Even in the midst of these trying times, CUPS still managed to complete some much needed work this year with small teams venturing into Mexico and the Valley to work alongside community volunteers to improve their quality of life.


In the past, much of the project work in Mexico was done by missionary volunteers from churches in the United States. This year however the bulk of the work in Mexico was done by local resident volunteers with help from small groups of mission team volunteers. Our second year of Valley oriented mission projects has again demonstrated that it is possible to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to our valley neighbors in U.S. colonias as well. 


As circumstances force CUPS to curtail U.S. workgroup activity, former volunteers are left wondering how they can still help. CUPS has responded by increasing its efforts to solicit donations of health and educational supplies for distribution where they are most needed in Mexico or Valley colonias.


CUPS sees this shift in our ministry model continuing into the near future and so we are embracing this new model in the coming year. Today, CUPS is leveraging its resources by networking with other border area ministries such as PET International, Proyecto Azteca, Project Arise and Fundacion Miguel Morales. In order to continue to support this model shift, it has been decided that project work next year will need to be self funded by the organizations wanting to participate on a mission trip. Previously a fixed workgroup fee had been offered to mission teams wanting to participate on a project but this fee only covered a portion of the actual costs of a project. The remaining costs of a project were subsidized from general donations from individuals and organizations which have trailed off dramatically.


CUPS will work with any interested mission teams to define a project and its costs. While we still passionately desire to facilitate these trips to Mexico or the Valley, CUPS is no longer in a position to partially fund these trips. In addition, CUPS will continue to expand its role in facilitating the collection, delivery and distribution of school supplies and medical equipment to those in need both in Mexico and the Valley colonias.


Please continue to pray and support CUPS has we strive to be good stewards of our resources and look ahead to what God has in store for this ministry.


CUPS (Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud)
613 North 8th Street
McAllen, Texas 78501
(956) 686-7456 Telephone