We don’t give up

We’re honored that Pastor Jeff Manion of Ada Bible Church in West Michigan used you, CURE supporters, as an illustration of living out Galatians 6:9:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The entire sermon is worth a watch or listen when you have a chance. You can check out the part about CURE just after the 30:00 minute mark.

Thank you for your faithful support of CURE and the children who, together, we serve.

The joy of the Lord is her strength

At 20 years old, Nancy is one of our older patients here at CURE Kenya. She and her young daughter, Joy, were gladly received by CURE staff in June. Nancy’s arrival to CURE has been quite the journey considering her past circumstances.

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Nancy was only 1 month old when her mother abandoned her at a local hospital due to her clubfoot condition. This is not uncommon for children with disabilities in Kenya. Nancy was later adopted by her grandmother, who she still lives with today. In her infancy, Nancy’s feet were casted for 9 months. Unfortunately, no physical change took place. Despite her situation, Nancy was motivated to walk and has been doing so ever since she was 4 years old.

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Mead Minutes: One man’s faithfulness yields many blessings

Good morning! A cool, wet fog envelopes the view this morning. A man wearing a heavy jacket while braving bike shorts was huddled over the bars of his bike as he passed by. I love to explore the coast on my bike, but this morning my coffee trumps my desire to exercise. Maybe after church the fog will have burned off and my motivation will grow.

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The beautiful shores of Lake Michigan at Maranatha Camp.

Last week CURE International was the mission focus at Maranatha Camp. I had a great time! How could I not? We were staying at a beautiful camp, eating too much good food, meeting interesting people, and sharing God’s calling on our lives to care for physically disabled children in the developing world.

We were given time before the morning and evening sessions to highlight CURE, and I was able to share pictures and stories of the work we do. CURE “heals the sick and proclaims the kingdom of God.” We do this by combining emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. We are not just a “feel good” emotional ministry, nor are we purely a spiritual or medical ministry. Our goal is to deeply intertwine all three components into one ministry. Emotional, spiritual, and physical together – that’s CURE.

On Wednesday evening Jana shared her story as a missionary. God did not call me as an orthopedic surgeon alone; He called us to serve as a family. Our call to serve did not end at the walls of the hospital but entered the RVA School, the community, different people’s lives, and eventually different countries.

As Dale Brantner, CURE’s President and CEO, spoke, I was struck by how much CURE has grown. One verse leapt off the page as I was reading Isaiah. The chapter spoke of the faithfulness of Abraham, and I applied the same truth to Scott Harrison, CURE’s founder. The verse goes: “…When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.” CURE started with a calling to a faithful man, Scott Harrison. God has blessed his faithfulness and CURE has grown to become “many.” The Meads have been a part of this journey and rejoice with disabled children as God’s hand stretches out to them. We can sing, dance, and rejoice in His grip.

CURE In the News: Week of July 20th, 2014

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Brant Hansen Joins CURE International” from All Access Music Group

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Surgery gives 3-year-old Syrian refugee a new smile in the UAE” from The National

We GET to do this

Quick quiz, hotshot:

Q: You come across a little girl. She’s horribly scarred. She fell in a fire before she was a year old. Her horrified parents rescued her, but she was burned so badly, the bottom half of her leg was permanently stuck to the top part. Besides the massive scarring, she will be unable to walk the rest of her life. She’ll have no status, no chance at education, no marriage, no kids, nothing.

Here’s the wrinkle: You’re Jesus. (Work with me, here.) You can heal her, if you want.

Do you…

A) Say, “Well, I am Jesus, so I guess I have to…” And then heal her, because you have to, and would feel pretty guilty otherwise. Or…

B) Say, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I GET TO DO THIS??? THIS IS AWESOME!!!” and heal her leg, heal her scarring, and make her parents cry with joy. You then have a big party with one very happy, dancing little girl.

One is “have to.” It’s about guilt.

The other is “get to.” It’s about pure joy.

I’m thrilled to work for CURE, a network of charitable hospitals, where “the least of these” are given top-notch treatment and healing, both physically and spiritually. But I’m not doing it because I’d feel guilty otherwise. It’s not that I have to. I get to. I don’t get paid on commission. If no one clicks on this link and picks a kid to heal, it doesn’t impact my job. So no guilt from me here. Just pure, golden, joyful opportunity.

(True story: Before I came to CURE, I asked a couple friends who work there, “Do you enjoy it? Do you stay encouraged?” Their response: “We seriously walk around during the day, just amazed. Do we really get to do this??? Really?? HOW AWESOME IS THIS??”)

Amazingly, and this is so rare in history that humans like you and I have this option, but you and I get to heal children, if we choose to.

We seriously, really get to do this.

BY THE WAY: The above scenario was a real one. There is a little girl like that, and there is a person – ONE PERSON! – who paid for her surgery. The little girl’s name is Tigist.

And Jesus, in this case, is a woman named Anna.

I don’t know what Anna looks like, but I did find a new photo of our little Tigist, who found healing at CURE Ethiopia.

Anna, behold the girl God healed – through you.

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What a sweetie.

We GET to do this!


The Week in Photos: Hellos and Goodbyes

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia / Photos by Bryan Fay

I have introduced you to our surgeons in the past two Week in Photos posts. You’ve met Dr. Rick and Dr. Mesfin, and now it's time to meet Dr. Teddy! Here he is in the midst of Bereket's surgery.

Over the past few Week in Photos posts, you’ve met Dr. Rick and Dr. Mesfin. Now it’s time to meet Dr. Teddy! Here he is in the midst of Bereket’s surgery.

Occasionally we get visitors who come to CURE to volunteer their time and talent. This is Greg. He is a father of five who took two weeks off work to come and serve our kids here in Ethiopia! Here he is with Helina; you can follow Helina’s story here.

We occasionally get visitors who come to volunteer their time and talent. Greg is one of those volunteers. He is a father of five who took two weeks off from work to come and serve our kids in Ethiopia! The bright smile you see beside him is Helina; you can follow her story here.

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Mead Minutes: Communicating CURE’s Vision at Maranatha

Good morning from the Meads! The early mornings have been cool, making it the perfect time to enjoy a cup of fresh coffee. Today I am enjoying a blend of Ethiopian dark roast lightened up a touch with Kenyan AA. The flavor combination seems to bring out the best in both roasts. It’s great!

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This week, Maranatha Camp in Muskegon, Michigan, welcomes CURE International as their missionary focus guests. CURE will be part of an awesome week of fun, food, and endless choices for activities. Intertwined with each day’s events are opportunities to learn. Every morning and evening, teachers share their knowledge and passion. CURE will open each session with a time of sharing our vision. I will also have an opportunity to share.

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Brant Hansen: “I have a new job.”


I have a new job. I’m going to work at CURE International.

Please know, I’m not a particularly excitable person. But this is so cool I can barely sleep. And it’s not just the job, it’s the way it happened: I didn’t have anything solid lined up when I quit my last job.

“God, please take care of us. I’m doing what I think is right. Please take care of us.”

And now, my new job title is – get this! – “Storyteller.” I can’t do a whole lot of stuff. I’m a horrible mechanic. I’m a worse salesman. I wanted to be a baseball announcer, but I can’t see the ball.

But this? This, I can do. Oh, yes. AND – I will get to do radio, too! (We’re working on that, more details to come. Maybe on a station near you. And yes, I very much am hoping Producer Sherri is part of that!)

I get to visit CURE kids in hospital wards around the world. I get to meet their families and listen to their stories. And I get to share those stories with anyone who will listen. They’re really God’s stories, of course, about how He’s still at work in the world, still moving in profound and obvious ways.

“Where is God NOW?” people ask.

He’s where He’s always been: Where He’s wanted.

Dr. Jerry Umanos

I’ve visited CURE’s hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan three times. The hospital is a blooming, brilliantly colored flower in a dry and hostile place. A few months ago, my joyful friend Dr. Jerry Umanos died there. He was killed by a gunman. He was killed not in spite of the joy he brought to so many Afghan children and their families, not in spite of the love God had given him for the “least of these,” but because of it.

Jerry, who was a pediatrician, was intensely interested in people finding out about the work of CURE. He told me maybe I could come work for them, in some capacity, and use whatever gifts I had to let more people know what God was doing in healing these little bodies, in mending these little lives. At the time, I didn’t consider it a viable possibility.

Someday, he and I will laugh about this. If I could talk to him now, I’d say, “Hey, Jerry. You know those kids, the precious ones you didn’t want to be a secret? The ones you thought I should tell the world about? Guess what my new job is…”

I can’t wait. This job will involve a lot of travel. I’m not fond of airplanes, but I’m fond of the people airplanes take me to meet. And I plan to pack lots of crayons and – obviously – puppets. I’m good with puppets. Puppets transcend all barriers, not unlike my dance moves.

I’ll be speaking at churches, colleges, companies – wherever. So maybe invite me sometime! Or invite one of my puppets, who would be happy to minister to you in powerful ways.

I think a radio show – even a daily radio show – is going to happen, too. Thanks to technology, I can do it from anywhere, anytime, and if anything, I think this will help me be a more compelling radio personality. I want to keep doing it. I’ve spent a long time trying to get better at it, and seeing God at work just makes a person want to tell stories.

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So yeah – “storyteller.” I’m hoping to write a book with CURE, too. Every day, in every one of their hospitals, the most amazing things are happening. People need to hear it. Not because they need to know about CURE, but because they need to know that God is at work.

Like a mom said, after seeing her child’s life saved in CURE Ethiopia: “This is where God walks the Earth.”

Yes, indeed, ma’am.

Holy ground.

National Christian Radio Host Joins CURE International

Former Air1 Radio personality Brant Hansen to become “Storyteller” for non-profit

July 21, 2014 – LEMOYNE, PA. – CURE International announced today the hire of Brant Hansen as “Storyteller.” Brant joins CURE after over 20 years in Christian radio, most recently serving as afternoon host on the Air1 Radio Network.

For Hansen, the move is a dream come true. He explained, “This is a dream job for me. I get to travel the world and play with little kids. Crayons? Puppets? I’ve got those. I’m ready for this.”

Hansen is no stranger to CURE, having partnered in the past with the organization for on-air fundraising campaigns. “What CURE does gives me chills. Always has, since the first time I visited their hospital in Afghanistan. Jesus healed people and proclaimed the Kingdom of God. That’s what CURE does,” Hansen said. He continued, “I’m a skeptic by nature, and still long to see, ‘Is God still here? Where is He?’ When I see the little lives changed by CURE, I see that He’s very much alive, doing what He’s always done, and going where people are desperate for Him.”

In his role as Storyteller, Hansen will communicate through a variety of media, including blogs, speaking engagements, and, radio, relating the stories of the people that CURE helps every day. “My friend, Brant Hansen, is joining the CURE family this week to help share the stories of the children in our hospitals around the world,” said Dale Brantner, President and CEO of CURE. “I continue to be amazed how the Lord brings passionate people to CURE to help us heal kids and tell them and their families about Jesus.”

A graduate of the University of Illinois School of Journalism, Hansen has been on the radio for over twenty years, both as a talk show host and as a host in the contemporary Christian music sector. In addition, Hansen’s first book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better, is scheduled to be released by Thomas Nelson Publishers in April 2015.

Read more about Hansen’s move to CURE at cure.org/brant.

 

About CURE International

CURE is a non-profit network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs in 30 countries worldwide that delivers life-changing medical care and the good news of God’s love to children with treatable conditions. Since it’s first hospital opened in Kenya in 1998, CURE has seen over 2.4 million patients, provided over 167,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 7,200 medical professionals.

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The Week in Photos: Portraits of Perseverance

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Kenya / Photos by John McLaughlin

Nasrin looks right at the camera during his pre-surgery headshot.

Nasrin looks right at the camera during his pre-surgery headshot.

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