Archive for April, 2012

Appreciating our volunteers

Hello again from the Global Outreach Office!  Did you know that April is a really exciting month with lots of things to celebrate? It’s true! April is straw hat month, frog month, amateur radio month, cranberries and gooseberries month, brussels sprouts and cabbage month, and couple appreciation month, but our favorite thing about April is that it is volunteer appreciation month! Read the rest of this entry »

Mead Minutes: Learning more about the UAE

Am I not beautiful?

Greetings from the desert! Early morning is still a little cool, but the sun warms the air quickly. Spring passed by quickly as the trees dropped their leaves. Our first summer in Al Ain looms ahead. Stories of blistering heat are shared with us ‘newbies’ — I can hardly wait. I already think it is hot here.

Al Ain and all of the United Arab Emirates are a true international community. You see everyone, from the excessively wealthy to the simple worker just trying to survive. Besides these, all manner of people in between make this country their home. Change has come very rapidly to the UAE, starting first with the discovery of oil in the 60’s to forming the United Arab Emirates 40 years ago, and from there unbelievable growth and development. We have taken visitors to the national museum in Dubai a few times and are still amazed at the documented changes. Dubai has morphed from a few thousands of people huddled along the Gulf to a growing city of millions with skyscrapers, monorails, megamalls (with musical fountains, indoor skiing on manmade snow, and high-end shops), fancy cars, and a frenzied pace of life. Could you imagine living through these changes? Read the rest of this entry »

Hydrocephalus at CURE Uganda on Kenyan Television

Recently on Kenyan television, this report was filed regarding the story of 3-year-old Milan Ochieng, a boy from Kenya whose father works for a telecommunications company in that country. Today, Milan is healthy and happy, but as an infant, his life was threatened by hydrocephalus.

His family crossed the border into Uganda to pursue the specialized treatment that CURE Uganda and the CURE Hydrocephalus program provide. For those who have never seen African television or who are interested in this issue, it’s a real treat to have this available on YouTube.

CURE In the News: Week of April 15, 2012

CURE Afghanistan

Weekend attacks rattle Afghanistan” from Mission Network News

CURE Egypt: 100 patients and counting

I received an email this week from Mina Ayoub, our Program Director in Cairo, Egypt. CURE has been offering care to disabled children in Egypt for the past eighteen months.  In his email, Mina wrote:

Thanks also for all [CURE]  has done for CURE Egypt, your idea in establishing a program in Egypt and all your instructions helped about 100 patients up till now. Without [CURE's] idea those children were going to grow up and live their lives as disabled people.

Even with all the political troubles occurring in this country (almost since our program started), CURE has been able to offer the hope of healing to these children and their families. Thanks to our Egypt staff for their commitment to our mission despite the daily challenges of a transitioning government.

Something Wonderful: Tuesday Morning with Hameed

I love Tuesday mornings; I start my day with a visit to CURE to do rounds. I visit the patients, pray, and of course blow bubbles. This past Tuesday I was a bit late and so I was still in Leron’s office when I heard the cutest singing coming from the corridor just outside. I opened the door a little and joined my little friend in song. He stopped and then peeked around the corner. What a delight, a sweet little boy about 6 years old with the brightest smile. Read the rest of this entry »

Mary Bernard: Familiar Faces

Follow-up on the difficult facial tumor cases

It’s two months after their tumor resections and facial reconstructions. Most of the swelling is gone now. Abebe has a little bit of a facial nerve palsy (the nerve was stretched either during surgery or with the swelling post-op). This is improving, however, and he is expected to have a symmetric smile in no time. Kasahun has a little extra skin from where he lost that big tumor. That can be fixed easily. We praise God for the good outcomes of these difficult cases. So many things could have gone wrong during the surgeries and their post-operative course.

To view the “before” photos, follow this link:

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.  Lamentations 3:22















Mead Minutes: Leaving our comfort zone

Good morning!!  I made my coffee, opened the door, and went to descend the steps into my ‘Man Cave’ when I had second thoughts.  Yesterday the winds built to a fury force, lifting up the loose sand and turning the sky a dull brown.  Sand storm.  Although I was safely hidden in my small exam room, patients and staff shared the news.  Opening the hospital door to the outside, my face immediately felt the effects of the storm.  The view was not quite the equivalent of the new “Mission Impossible” film but still impressive.  This morning the winds have died down substantially, but there is still enough sand in the air for me to decide I would prefer my coffee without sand today, thank you.  As it is, I am still rubbing sand out of my eyes, ears, and scalp from the walk home. Read the rest of this entry »

CURE in the News: Week of April 8, 2012

CURE International

ToonUps Continues to Blend Online Gaming and the Real World” from MarketWire

Real World Civic Innovation Through Online Gaming: A Collaboration Between CURE and ToonUps” from Publicyte


CURE Niger

Lutheran General Anesthesiologist Readies for Mission Trip” from TribLocal

Doctor to lend hand 
in Niger” from Northwest Herald

Chicago Anesthesiologist to Fill Staffing Shortage in Niger Hospital” from Becker’s ASC Review


CURE Clubfoot Worldwide

Sierra Leone Ponseti for Clubfoot Training Report” from Global Clubfoot Initiative


Mary Bernard: Easter in Ethiopia

We wish everyone a happy Easter as we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death on our behalf. We are humbled as we remember that Jesus suffered and died to bring us to the Father. Ethiopians always have to be different than the rest of the world – they celebrate Easter next Sunday. Today was Palm Sunday for them, where we remember Jesus coming into Jerusalem the week of Passover, before His death and resurrection. The Bible explains how people hailed Him as King as He rode into Jerusalem, so there were parades around town today with palm branches being waved and enthusiastic singing. Many people wore palm branches tied around their foreheads to commemorate the event. Read the rest of this entry »