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If you were a daddy

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If you were a daddy, and had a sweet little girl like Evelyn, I bet you’d feel the same way.

You’d call her the “light of your life.” You’d love her more than life itself.

And you’d wonder why Evelyn – why did it have to be her? – was so broken.

Her feet are backwards and upside down. You’d get little “shoes” for her, cobbled out of old tire rubber, because she has to walk on the tops of her feet.

You might think that Evelyn, the most precious thing in your life, was broken because God was disappointed in you.

If you were a daddy, and little Evelyn was the light of your life, and someone told you a CURE mobile clinic was in your neighborhood, you might take off running, out of desperate hope. Could this be…?

And, after The Miracle, after CURE doctors had turned your baby’s feet around, and you saw her running and playing and skipping with friends, you might stop, take it in, and cry tears of joy, too.

Evelyn’s daddy is named Willy. He says when he sees CURE, he sees “the light of healing,” and now he sees that light radiating through his sweet little girl.

If you were Willy, you’d likely not know who Jessica was, or Andrew, or Jenny. You may not understand that they went to cure.org and gave to help cover the cost of your miracle.

But if you were a daddy, like Willy, you’d see your daughter’s feet, the light in her eyes, and you’d know God didn’t punish you.

You’d know your own Daddy loves you.


Are you a hero?

Listen to Brant’s podcast about CURE Heroes:

Here are four quick ways to tell:

1. Heroes see a need and they respond.

So here’s our “bat signal” for you:

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CURE could heal MORE kids. We have the beds in our hospitals to do it. The missing piece? Donors. People willing to say, “I see what needs to be done, and I’m going to do it.”

Here’s the equation. It’s really this simple:

You + Action = Healed little bodies.

That’s an opportunity for heroism.

2. Heroes look for ways to change lives. It’s just what they do.

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You’re changing the life – forever! – of a precious child, every single month.

This isn’t “child sponsorship.” You’re helping to heal a different boy or girl each month. You get to see her picture, or read about his condition and progress. You get to be part of God’s work in their lives.

You’re part of a remarkable story, month after month, one after the other – stories that wouldn’t happen without you.

3. Heroes sacrifice for what they believe.

There’s a children’s song that says, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

It’s one thing to sing it.

You’re proving it.

4. Heroes know what they do matters.

One person may look at a hurting child, or a heartbroken mom, and say, “If God wants to help that person, He will do it without me.”

Another says, “But God’s plan is to use us. And I’m going to act.”

That second person?

Hero.

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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!


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.

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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.