My CURE Trip: Watching God work in the Dominican Republic
This post was written by Joe Sabella, who is a member of the CURE U chapter at Liberty University and also serves in the US Army.
CURE has had such a huge impact on my life the past few years. I first heard about CURE two years ago from Tim Jacobsen, who is the President of the CURE U chapter at Liberty University. We were on a board for a different club that we both helped found, and he told me all about CURE and how the organization had a trip coming up to the Dominican Republic. It really struck my interest.
After doing hours of research and seeing the immense impact CURE has on the world, I knew I wanted to be a small part. After praying for God’s will and, eventually, applying for the trip, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic. Now over two years later, I am heading to Zambia, and I could not be more excited!
It is so hard to pick one experience that sticks out in my mind! One particular day was while while my team was visiting a hospital in the Dominican Republic. We saw a lot of patients with clubfoot. It was incredible to see every aspect of the treatment: from initial consultations and praying for the patients, to castings, to surgery, and, finally, to taking a child’s cast off and getting to see them run around the room on straight feet for the first time in their lives! It was mind-blowing to watch God work.
The next experiences that I remember from that trip would be going into villages, feeding the kids, and sharing the Word of God with them. It was humbling to see these hungry kids and be able to feed them. The craziest part was seeing how happy they all were. When we arrived in the village, the children were all singing, dancing, and praising God! That has made me seek joy in all aspects of my life; it will make you think about how blessed we really are.
During my entire college career, I have been cutting hair for friends and roommates. I would never charge anyone because I was a poor college student just like them, and I just wanted to do it to help the guys in any way I could. After doing this for so long, people insisted they pay me, but I would always refuse. During my pre-deployment training in Virginia and Texas, I brought my barbering tools with me. I would cut all of the guys’ hair in my company. Some would offer to pay, and I would still refuse. I always told myself I did not want to accept their money for my own benefit. I wasn’t doing it for the money.
Then, one day I realized that if they were willing to pay, their money did not necessarily have to go to me. That is when I decided I could cut hair for CURE! Each night after we finished our training, I would do 10-15 haircuts, and I would tell each soldier about CURE and my experiences with them. It was amazing to see people’s reactions to the incredible work CURE was doing. Some of the guys had heard about CURE already. Usually, the conversations about CURE would last longer than just a single haircut. Word spread like wildfire. More and more people would come each night wanting to support CURE! I was blessed to be able to raise money for CURE and to share my experiences. Now that I am heading to Zambia, my fellow soldiers have been very supportive already.
I am so blessed.