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The following items are also desperately needed in Mexico.
  1. Nutrional supplements for young children.
  2. Fully functional wheelchairs, walkers and canes for senior citizens.
  3. Beside toilets for older adults.
Please contact us if you have any of these items or any other items you would like to see if we can use.
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June 7-8, 2013

   CUPS Board Meeting in Brenham, TX.

For many years, CUPS has been a volunteer driven organization. While many people still think of CUPS in this way, we now play a significant role in serving our friends in Valle Hermoso, Rio Bravo, and Matamoros in other ways that do not involve mission teams. Now, churches collect and send much-needed supplies and equipment for education and health needs. 

Mauricio receives donated wheelchair.
Life is really difficult for our friends in Mexico. Jobs are scarce.  Fishermen face diminished catches. School teachers work with dwindling resources because of the inability of parents to now pay what were modest fees to support the school where their children attend.  One contact tells me that she has not ever seen such major hygiene problems. Families renting homes are frequently forced to move and may be unable to pay utilities like water or electricity. People line up at 4:00 am for a Rio Bravo food distribution program run by the La Sautena Lion's Club. I have visited at least three schools with leaking roofs and little ability on the part of the school community to cover all the costs. Kids and supplies get wet when it rains. At the same time, northeastern Mexico suffers from the same drought conditions as Texas. 


Books donated to La Capilla Kindergarten Library  


CUPS friends who continue to help provide resources for use in Mexico are making a big difference, and are examples of faith and service to our Mexican neighbors. The recent annual DIF publication for Valle Hermoso both acknowledged the contributions of CUPS and included photos of our work and our presence in their printed report. DIF is a total family development program that acts as the social service arm of the government at the city, state and national level in Mexico. CUPS and DIF work together to provide mobility and other health equipment in the municipality. I recently saw a lady of significant years, hanging on to her walker with one hand while she racked her yard with the other. This represents the dignity that is offered by the mobility equipment being provided to our friends in Mexico.



The spring of 2013 has been very busy and fulfilling for CUPS. Through you continued generous donations, we have

been able to supply packets to

the schools in the rural farming and fishing communities, deliver over

one hundred quilts made by the LaGrange quilters to children in Mexico, provide many adults with blankets from Sergeant

 Bluff Lutheran Church, Doris Mathews, LaGrange and other CUPS friends, placed donated Spanish language, bilingual

 and English books into the schools, distributed nearly one hundred PETs in Matamoros and Valle 

Hermoso and transported health equipment

that continues to impact the lives of those in need in the fishing villages and Valle Hermoso. All of this work goes on even as we strive to further streamline our operations under our changing model.


WOYWoman of the Year 


Louise was nominated for Woman of the Year in Matamoros by Cata Cantu in Las Higuerillas. This nomination represents the special place CUPS and Louise have in the hearts of people we serve there.


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CUPS friends have a long history of donating books in Spanish, bi-lingual books, and low-level books in English for basic English language classes held in primary schools.  May is our month to encourage more book donations.  We also help nonprofit organizations working in colonias in the U.S. with books in English.  It is a challenge, but the McAllen Public Library, thanks to volunteer Bob Ordway, sold CUPS books in Spanish for $.20 each. The local Goodwill store, the Salvation Army store, and the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store are all good places to check once or twice a month.  You can also find discounted books in Spanish at bookcloseouts.com.  Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have used books in Spanish available for purchase.  


Of particular need are Bibles in Spanish or collections of Bible stories in Spanish for use by pastors and Sunday school teachers in Mexico. Any book in Spanish is welcome for use in the schools in Mexico. To view or print a complete list of books in Spanish from on-line sources, please click here.



Letters of thanks continue to come in showing support for Louise and CUPS efforts to support our neighbors in Mexico. Here is one such letter from some winter Texans that went into Mexico with Louise.


Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed spending the day with you. You are truly God's hands in action.

Our friends here at the park were really worried about our safety and were glad when we were back in the park again. I told them that we really felt at ease and thanked them for their prayers.

You do a great work in Mexico. God Bless You always.

Thanks again for taking us.

Tom and Gloria Mitchell
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McAllen, Texas 78501
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