Come and see. Go and tell. Both are what I do. There are so many reasons why I love my job as a CURE U Coordinator. One reason is precisely this: that I can come and see how God is working both in the US and abroad, then go and tell of His provision, power, and love that is universal to us all.
For the longest time, I have loved biographies and documentaries, but I felt somewhat ashamed to share that with my friends when I was younger. I never believed in Santa Claus or the tooth fairy. While I certainly enjoyed reading fiction or watching cartoons, I was still drawn to real-life stories. I was amazed that a biography was usually so much thicker than a fiction book. A person’s life could be so much fuller than a story that we could conjure up in our heads. Even as an adult, I am still in awe that God creates beautiful stories from our very own lives.
I want tell you of one way that I have seen God working through CURE U in the US because I can see God’s fingerprints in this endeavor. This April, I visited the CURE U chapter at the University of Georgia. Starting off in my job, I had purposefully entered into a season of waiting before I visited the CURE U chapters. After more than a year, the time had come for me to visit the University of Georgia (UGA). CURE U was started there in 2010 by a group of students who wanted to see God’s name glorified both on campus and abroad as CURE International heals children.
What is the secret to having a successful CURE U chapter? Many students had asked me this, and visiting UGA provided me with an answer. The leadership genuinely loves and cares for each other. I was struck by how much the leadership prays. Prayer is at the center of CURE International, and it is at the center of this chapter at UGA. At one of their meetings, a student praised God that He had answered her prayer about a difficult and complicated situation. The other executive members had been praying with her for months, that the situation would be resolved, and they all erupted in cheers when she told them that God answered this prayer. During my visits to the CURE U chapters, I had seen many executive board meetings where it’s all business and planning. It was refreshing to go to an executive meeting where the leaders genuinely loved each other and started their meetings with the most important action: prayer.
UGA holds the biggest CURE U event each year, called Spring Shag. Knowing how to swing dance must be an admission requirement at UGA, because at this event more than 500 students come out, and they were incredible! It’s the kind of event where you bring your friends who genuinely enjoy each other’s company and worship our God, who is the Healer and Redeemer of all.
A few days after Spring Shag, UGA was faced with a tragedy that no one could have anticipated. A car crash took the lives of four students and also injured a dearly loved member of this community. I was left asking, “Lord, what is good? Can there be good on both sides of this barrier between life and death?”
Through this, the UGA community gathered together and boldly proclaimed through the pain that, “Yes, He is still good.” Words in the Bible came to life with this community. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life… neither the present nor the future… will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
People not only in the US, but also around the world, were watching a community grieve while honoring our God who is good and only good. That is only possible through God.
Our stories are still being written, and there are chapters of mourning and chapters of joy, but our God is sovereign throughout the story; we cling to His goodness. So let us come and see and then go and tell of His provision, power, and love that is universal to us all.