Archive for October, 2011

E is for Excellence in Ethiopia

Biruk Tesfaya, before surgery

As an accredited member of the SOE (Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission), our goal in the GO office is to mobilize volunteers with excellence.

In order to execute excellent missions, three things are essential: an enthusiastic goer, an efficacious sender, and an eager receiver.

When all three come together it’s extremely exciting!


Biruk Tesfaye, after surgery

Last month, Dr. Joseph Clawson made his second trip with CURE to our exotic hospital in Ethiopia. During his trip, Dr. Clawson was exceptionally energetic; correcting 18 cleft lips (see the photos in this post for evidence!). Dr. Clawson’s trip was a successful excursion indeed. Upon his return he expressed some encouraging words, about our embracing, efficient and, effective, employees.


Here’s an excerpt:

The staff in the hospital was outstanding.  They were well organized and carried out their responsibilities very well.  They almost spoiled me as they made sure I had everything I needed to carry out this mission, and I didn’t have to be concerned at any time that something was not being done.  Essentially, I could not have had a finer team, not only in the operating room but in recovery and on the floor as well.

In addition their administration was also excellent in arranging all my other needs such as transportation and communication. 

Complementing their staff, they had a pediatrician, Judy, and an anesthesiologist, Mary Bernard, who were excellent to have on board. You couldn’t have a better administrator than Eric along with his great administrative staff.

After receiving such a kind exchange of words, we are euphoric and offer praise to God for everyone who helps to make these expeditions easy! Thanks for your engagement in the work of CURE; you always exceed our expectations!

Mesganaw Aregeta, before surgery

Mesganaw Aregeta, after surgery


Josh & Julie Korn: Talitha Kumi

I’m kind of stuck in the Gospel of Mark, but that’s ok. I see it as more of a theme than a rut, plus I keep making so many connections between things I have read in Mark and things that I see/hear about/witness at the hospital.

Mark 5:21-43 is really interesting because it is actually two stories in one, or rather one story, with a narratological digression in the middle; there is the story of Jesus on his way to heal the daughter of Jarius, and the story of Jesus healing the woman with the bleeding (some versions say “the woman with a problem” – nothing like a nice little euphemism for clarity). Here we go: Read the rest of this entry »

CURE in the news – week of October 23, 2011

This has been a very busy week for CURE International in the news.  Here’s a recap of articles and blog posts that have mentioned CURE this week:

Articles related to the partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation

Other articles referencing CURE International:

What an incredible blessing to see so many people talking about CURE as we continue to share our story and invite others to join us in healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God!

Picture of the Week: Sunrise in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Sunrise in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Mary Bernard: A tour of CURE Ethiopia

First, a few sites on the drive everyday to Cure Ethiopia’s Children’s Hospital…

A herd of goats in the road.

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Josh & Julie Korn: Apples

It keeps happening. Over and over again.

Just when I think I have finally figured this place out, that I have a real grip on reality and know, more or less, what goes on here, something happens that totally bowls me over. You would think that I would expect to be bowled over by now, but each time it happens, I think “Ok, that was crazy, I never saw that coming, but now I get it.” But I’m wrong. I don’t get it. I think I could spend the rest of my life trying to get it.

The other day Julie wanted to buy some apples. She saw them in the market and said that we should get some. So we went over and asked how much a kilo of apples cost. They said 1,500 CFA, which is like $3 or $4 USD. Not too bad right? But it kind of seemed like a lot. Of course, this is the first time we have bought apples in this country, so we don’t know what the going rate is, but I just kind of felt like I was being ripped off. Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons from a CURE Patient: Being “Others Focused”

Time with Heidi (in the red shirt)

I learn a lot during home visits with kids and families who have received care at CURE hospitals.  I just returned from a remarkable trip to CURE’s hospital in the Dominican Republic.  I was schooled in the art of being “others focused” by Heidi.  Heidi is not your typical 16-year-old girl.  She was born without either of her legs below the knees.  For the first 14 years of her life, she struggled to overcome her disability in a country with few accommodations for such conditions.  Yet she continued to hold on to her dream of the day she would walk… even while she was unable to attend school, spending the majority of her days crawling from place to place.  She shared, with tears in her eyes, how she literally had zero friends due to her condition. Read the rest of this entry »

Tim Tebow Foundation Partners with CURE International

Tim Tebow Foundation Partners with CURE International to bring physical and spiritual healing to the world’s poorest children


Jacksonville, FL  (October 25, 2011) – The Tim Tebow Foundation today announced its partnership with CURE International.  The Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission is to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day, and this partnership will directly benefit children throughout the developing world who suffer from treatable physical disabilities.  CURE International, which exists to provide both physical and spiritual healing, operates programs and hospitals in 20 countries and has performed more than 121,000 surgeries in its 14-year history.

“I am truly excited about this partnership with CURE International,” said Tebow.  “When I learned about what CURE does and how intentional the organization is about sharing the gospel and healing children, I knew it would be a great partnership.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mead Minutes: Trip to Honduras

Ripening coffee fruit pods

Greetings from the Meads! Muy Buenos Dias! We are here in the warm, rainy country of Honduras. The coffee competes well with the Kenya AA; I have selected several bags to add to my collection for Al Ain. Our time here is drawing to a close. We will soon fly back to cool Michigan for a time of packing and then off to Al Ain, UAE.

The weeks have been very interesting for us. The CURE Honduras Hospital resides in an industrial area of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Looking at the map, you see CURE is in the northwest portion of the country. As you stand on the stairs from the guest area, you see the distant mountains rising above the buildings. As the day progresses, the temperature and humidity rise steadily, causing clothing to stick and foreheads to dampen and weep into the eyes. Thankfully, the operating theaters are air conditioned, as are our sleeping areas. Read the rest of this entry »

CURE Uganda Highlighted on UK Channel 4 “Unreported World”

Last night in the United Kingdom, the television program Unreported World highlighted the amazing work of CURE Uganda in a 30-minute report entitled “Uganda’s Miracle Babies.” Viewers were taken inside the incredible work of CURE’s hospital in Uganda to learn about hydrocephalus and to see and experience the plight and hope of children and families who come to Mbale for the life-saving treatment that CURE Uganda provides.

This story is a must watch for everyone who is a part of CURE: medical professionals, staff, and supporters alike. You can find the entire broadcast online by clicking on the image below or by going to this link

Our special thanks goes out to Jenny Kleeman and producer Suemay Oram who told this story to the world. Also thanks to Daniel Bogado for reaching out to CURE Uganda Executive Director, Derek Johnson in June to spark this project. We are sincerely grateful.