Last week, 27 college students took part in Symposium, CURE U’s annual planning and leadership event. CURE U represents 20 college campuses across the country that are excited about the work God is doing through CURE in 30 countries around the world. CURE U students raise enough money to heal dozens of kids each year!
CURE U is made up of a variety of students. There are some students who dream of combining academic talents in medicine with glorifying God through medical missions. There are CURE U students who have their own health struggles and know what it is like to be in the hospital, awaiting treatment and facing the unknown. Some of these students have lost friends to illness and are now majoring in fields like Child Life to learn art therapy and ways to encourage and empower children facing serious health issues.
CURE U students are young adults who have the personal conviction that we are broken people, both spiritually and physically, and need the complete healing that only Jesus can provide.
For me, coming to this point has been a personal journey. Ten years ago, I started to learn Chinese and volunteered in a hospice and orphanage in China for children who were dying or abandoned due to their disabilities. As my language skills improved, I was able to have conversations with the children. They told me about their dreams – simple ones: to play the piano, to hold a baby, to play soccer, and to go to school with other children. I will never forget the little girl who called me into the living room one day, excited to give her seat to me in the crowded room, although she herself had a hard time standing up, just to show me that a children’s program about Jesus was on TV. She couldn’t wait to introduce me to Jesus.
Fast forward to last year. I was struggling to complete my masters thesis, gradually coming to terms with the fact that God was changing my heart to leave academia. I was struggling with writing a thesis on a topic I no longer cared about and was ill-prepared to write in the first place. My thoughts were on the children at the hospice and orphanage. I had absolutely no post-graduation plans and felt like I was about to be ripped away from my university’s campus ministry, the one that had invested in me and that I cared about deeply.
I started applying for jobs with the painful reminder that I was unable to finish the degree that I started. I felt angry at God about my powerlessness. I was bitter about my frailty as a human.
But where we can’t, God can. If I had only focused on my futile efforts and on my failure, I would have missed His story.
One year later, I am working my dream job, the perfect intersection of healing children with disabilities and campus ministry. I can see how so many circumstances have shaped me for the specific role that I play in this ministry as the CURE U Coordinator, doing work that my heart truly loves.
I remain constantly humbled that God invites us, broken people ourselves, to join Him in healing the sick and proclaiming His kingdom throughout the world.