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[Guest Post] A Cause I Hope You’ll Consider Supporting.

April 16, 2011 3 comments

Hi again, folks!  The guest blog feedback has been interesting.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the posts!  The latest is from my younger brother, Rob, who wants to let all of you know about something he is doing, and how you can support the cause.  Without any further adieu, please enjoy the latest guest blog, and please consider supporting him.





I hope this post finds you well.  My name is Rob Cunning; Dave’s brother.  This year, I am finishing my Athletic Therapy practicum at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.

Since I’ve been at TWU, I’ve really been challenged to grow in all aspects of my life.  We call this the ‘Complete Champion Approach’. Trinity is serious about helping build us all into future leaders and has programs in place to help us grow physically, educationally, mentally, and spiritually.

Part of the “CCA” is an opportunity to travel internationally with the team and serve people who are less fortunate than us. This year, the men’s soccer team (who I am the trainer for) has the opportunity to travel to Cotonou, Benin in West Africa from April 28-May 10/2011.  While in Benin we will partner with SportAid (the humanitarian arm of Athletes in Action)and Global Aid Network and their ‘Water for Life’ well drilling program, and to help bring God’s love to the people of Benin through word and deed. The main partnership will revolve around helping GAiN’s ‘Water for Life’ program which provides deep capped wells for villages across the country. For more info on this program please visit

This trip is also vital to the development of our athletes. TWU Athletics is committed to excellence on the field but we are even more committed to helping produce student athletes who are ‘Complete Champions’. The Complete Champion approach is holistic and looks to improve all areas of life. On this trip our athletes will experience the hardships others face, grow in leadership, have a chance to serve and give back, and grow in their spiritual journey.

Our basic mission is to help serve in various villages around the main city of Benin.  More specifically, here’s what we’ll be doing while we’re there:

• Help complete a drilled well (pour well casing and install pump).

• Teach hygiene and sanitation seminars in villages.

• Run soccer clinics for village children.

• Distribute soccer equipment. Most villages do not have a soccer ball.

• Participate in building a church meeting structure in villages that do not haveone.

• Play matches against local competition.

• Share God’s Love with those we serve.

TWU has sent teams all over the world the last couple of years but this is the first trip for the men’s soccer team. Needless to say we are very excited to see the results of this trip. I’m sure we will bring great joy to the people we visit as well as change within ourselves.

We cannot do this on our own though.

This team is made possible by interested individuals such as you who are willing to invest in our mission, and in that way become part of our team as we travel and compete.  Each member of our team is asked to raise $1,500, which is a portion of the team’s goal.  These funds will cover part of the costs of accommodations, food, travel, and materials. The overall program is raising the other half.

Would you help me take part in this unique opportunity this summer by giving a gift of $50, $100, or $200, or some other amount?  Please know that any amount will be helpful and greatly appreciated.  You will be helping bring clean water, hope, and love to the people we serve while in Benin.

If you would like to support me in this opportunity, please send your check (made payable to The Spartan Foundation) in the self-addressed envelope assoon as possible.  PLEASE DO NOT WRITE MY NAME ON THE MEMO LINE OF THE CHECK BUT INSTEAD WRITE MSOC BENIN TRIPBecause of my status as a collegiate athlete it is important that my name does not appear anywhere on the check.   Your gift will be tax-deductible.  For information on how to deliver your donation, please turn to the next page. I’ll let you know how the tour goes and all that God does in my life while I am there.  Please help us make a difference.  Thank you for your support!

To Give:

1. Make cheques payable to The Spartan Foundation (MSOC Missions Trip in Memo)

2. Send to PO Box 31052

RPO Thunderbird Village

Langley, BC V1M 0A9

OR Call 604.613.7710 to make credit card donations

OR contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding the trip or your donation: email: phone: 250 859 3381 or Facebook.

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