Mead Minutes: Why CURE?

Greetings from the Meads! We are finishing the “cool” months in the Philippines. To me, they have been rather warm and muggy. I have learned to appreciate air conditioning over the past several weeks as there have been daily power outages in Davao. Evidently there are four major power generating facilities but none are running at full capacity; all have mechanical issues waiting to be fixed. Losing power for several hours turns our apartment into a hot box. Opening the windows may help, but if the humidity index is near 100%, the assistance is small. When the old machines kick in I am truly grateful and realize just how spoiled I am.

On Saturday the Tebow CURE staff traveled to Outland Adventure for a “Team Building” day. Outland was started by missionaries as a location for training, outreach events, and team building events. The funds generated from these events are fed back into mission outreach work.

The day held a variety of challenges for the CURE staff. Some, like the high ropes course, were quite physically challenging. Others, like navigating an unstable boat or unstable logs, required much cooperation. We enjoyed a meal together and times of discussion, laughter, and cheers. The day ended well and was appreciated by the CURE staff. I feel it will provide many stories for discussion as well as principles to review and apply. There will also be some sore muscles, I’m sure.

As we close out 2015, I first wish to thank all of you who have stepped out and supported us all these years. We joined CURE in 1998 and moved away from home to Kijabe, Kenya. You have been there to assist with the financial, spiritual, and emotional needs of our family. Thank you! Our time with CURE has been an adventure as we seek to follow where God is leading us. Some of the memories are pure joy; some are not. Given a choice (which we never get the luxury to live), I would not change our decision to serve in this way. You have been critical in allowing us to serve children who are in so much need. Thank you!

So why CURE International? I know there are many voices out there proclaiming their needs. Food, clean water, health care, housing, finance, healthy cattle, community development, farming, and more lead to veritable din of needs in the world. I have no simple answers for all of the problems. So why CURE? CURE is one of the few organizations reaching out with care to people with physical disabilities in the developing world.

I joined CURE International because they offered a better way to treat children with disabilities. We seek to provide a more holistic package for our children. We offer emotional care for the child and family, the physical healing of their condition, and the truth of spiritual care. Before coming to CURE, the child and family are often the object of abuse and lies. The opportunities they have are usually less than their peers. Any one aspect of care can help a bit. Melded together, the three become strong.

Over the years I have witnessed the restoration and transformation of lives through CURE’s work. CURE also shares these goals, teaching doctors, nurses, community workers, pastors, and others about the needs of those with physical disabilities. Will we be able to care for every disabled child in every country? No, of course not! BUT… we can help some.

Once again I am asking for your support. You are an important member of the CURE Team. Your prayers, your emails, your financial gifts, your time, and your talents all count. As 2015 comes to a close, could I ask you to support the work of CURE and the Meads?

Thank you! We finish 2015 in celebration of the Greatest Gift in His grip.

To support the work of CURE in honor of Tim Mead, visit https://cure.org/donate/staff/tim-mead


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About the Author:

Dr. Mead served as the Medical Director of CURE Kenya from 1999 until 2011. After that, he headed up orthopedics at the CURE Oasis Hospital in Al Ain, UAE, followed by a time as the Medical Director at the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines. Dr. Mead then served as CURE’s Senior Orthopedic Consultant, traveling to various CURE hospitals, supporting and mentoring physicians across the network. He retired from CURE in 2018. Dr. Mead is a U.S. board certified orthopedic surgeon from Muskegon, Michigan, with specialized training in pediatrics. Prior to joining CURE, he ran an orthopedic practice in western Michigan providing a broad range of surgical reconstructive services, including joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery.

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