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June 2019 Prayer Guide




For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then …
1 Corinthians 13:12a

Dear friends,

At some point we all can expect to wrestle with the question of suffering, asking why, given that Light has come into the world, darkness persists, troubling men, women, and children every single day. Even as we believe that God is good and that God is love, the mystery of evil can at times threaten our faith and grounding.

Paul addresses mystery in this way:  “For now we see through a glass, darkly,” (KJV) the word darkly having been translated from the Greek ainigma, the term from which we get enigma or puzzle. Our effort to grasp what lies beyond our understanding is the experience of trying to get clarity through a distorted glass. We have at this present time only a dim or limited view of just about everything. Whatever we know now, Paul concludes, we know only in part.

While CURE co-workers continually witness the consequence of dark and disordered attitudes towards disability, we see each day (only in part) God’s desire to reclaim for Himself every single child who walks through the doors of our hospitals. We’ve learned (only in part) how offering ourselves to the mission God has given us may result in healed bodies and restored relationships.

Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face.
Now we know in part, but then we shall know as we are known.
Now abide faith, hope, and love …

Faith, hope, and love remain and journey with us as we meet our various enigmas. So for now, may we all pray for, live in, and give from the blessing of these enduring gifts.

Praying with you,

Cathy Morgan
Prayer and Member Care Coordinator


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What’s New

I am asking for a Prayer to have my contract extended where I work as a Customer Support Analyst in Lilongwe. I also ask for prayer for financial stability.

Submitted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 9:34 am


Hospitals

CURE Zambia

Pray with us for
1. the upcoming Mobile Clinic in Southern Province in July
2.the patients who have passed through us to be healed
3. Patients to be receptive to the word of God as we minister to them
Coworkers
Pray for
1. Pastor Lubasi’s Son who is not at his best
2. Nina’s grand Mother who is not very well at Home

Submitted on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:31 am


Oasis in United Arab Emirates
The hospital is currently in Joint Commission International (JCI) review Monday to Thursday this week. Please pray for calmness for staff; that we will learn from the auditors to improve our quality, and pass the review.

Submitted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:15 am


Grace, a co-worker in Malawi, passed away on Friday and was buried over the weekend. She leaves behind husband Lighton, also a CURE co-worker, and four boys. Please remember the community and family in their loss.

Submitted on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:56 am


CURE Uganda
Last month the spiritual ministry team offered an open air evangelistic service in the Budaka district, taking along students for a practicum. The village where the service took place has no church building. The ministry team showed the “Jesus” film and offered a free medical camp for two hundred people. In all, 2,639 people heard the gospel and several hundred gave their lives to Christ. As a result a new church community has begun! Praise the Lord!

Submitted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11:55 am


CURE Malawi
Late last week the hospital community received a patient from Zimbabwe who needed to be placed on life support; the patient passed away yesterday and the spiritual ministry team is putting together a plan to help the family return to their home to bury their child. Please remember our friends as they comfort the family and reflect the presence of Christ.

Submitted on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm


Dr. Shelley Oliver left Philippines for Niger this past weekend to help with surgeries for the next two weeks. Pray for her in this transition and for the hospital as they welcome her.

Submitted on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm


CURE Niger
Praise God
*for the blessings of three babies born last month to cow-orkers Yvonne, Ichakou, and Garba.
*for the patients identified at mobile clinic events who have come to the hospital for surgery.
*for returning our spiritual director to us following surgery.
*for the positive progress in the Bible study. Thirty of our Christians co-workers have completed part 1 of lessons on following Jesus from the Bible study book “Reaching Toward The Goal.”
Please pray
*for much wisdom and new ideas in the planning and achievements of activities with patients, co-workers, and community.
*for Niger as a country, we are receiving information from many sources about some potential terrorist attacks outward and inward the capital (Niamey), the main targets of which are churches. Please Pray for God’s mercy and protection.
*for our spiritual ministry team as we host a pastor training seminar in Maradi from June 17 to 21. Please pray for availability, understanding, and commitment of pastors and for strength and clarity for the team during the presentations.

Submitted on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1:03 pm


Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines
The spiritual ministry team asks us to pray specifically that hospital co-workers will hunger and thirst to know God through His Word. Many different opportunities are provided for this; pray for engagement.

Submitted on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:36 am


CURE Kenya
Thank God
*for our internship student from ‘Ukamba’ –a Bible college in Kenya.
*for the completion of our five year strategic plan; we are now in discussion for a plan for the next five years.
*for the 80% of our hospital team who received Saline Process training.
Please pray
*for the new staff staff members to settle down into their new appointments, joining hands with the rest of staff to fulfill our CURE mission.
*for the four staff members who resigned to pursue other goals in life; pray that God may guide them.
*for the upcoming Outreach follow up event to be held this month.
*for the managerial Strategic Review this month.
*for the spiritual ministry team as the staff Bible study program is introduced. The new topic in our study book for this month is “Self-Control.”

Submitted on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:20 am


CURE Afghanistan is making the transition to Be Team International. Please pray for those who are already serving this entity, preparing to launch into a new day where more work will be required to support and raise funds to continue the beautiful work of healing in Afghanistan.

Submitted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:51 am


Programs

CURE Neuro
Hydrocephalus is a life-threatening condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, especially dangerous for children in under-resourced countries where access to neurology services is extremely limited (see https://cure.org/neuro/). The following requests come from some of the countries and areas where CURE Neuro operates:

Kijabe
Pray that God will bring a neurosurgeon who will have a heart for the children

Angola
Pray for our coordinator who has been down with malaria; pray for restoration and for hospital management as they prioritize patient needs

Mbale, Uganda
Praise the Lord for the progress we are making as a program. Pray for Charles Howard, Operations Director, and Collins Kabachelor, Program Director, as they travel to Kenya and Tanzania and for the fellows and trainees who desire to be of service to their communities

Zambia
Praise the Lord for safe travel for the Hydrocephalus Spina Bifida team during a recent outreach event; pray for our management team as they render love, care and support

Philippines
Pray for wisdom, strength. and good collaboration with the neurosurgeon

Bangladesh
Pray for a good relationship with neurosurgeon and for the neurosurgeon’s family

Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City: Pray for the success of the hospital’s Hydrocephalus Spina Bifida outreach to the mountains of Vietnam

Hanoi: Pray for our patients

Submitted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:07 am


CURE Clubfoot has made the successful transition to a separate NGO, now Hope Walks. We are so grateful that the continuance of the global vision of early treatment for clubfoot so that kids are no longer disabled for life. Please pray for the support needed to continue this beautiful work.

Submitted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 9:35 am


Mission Support Center

A recent WAY-FM radio campaign for CURE resulted in over 1,800 new people supporting CURE. Please pray that our new friends will continue to engage and learn more about our ministry and that we may be able to continue partnership with WAY-FM.

Submitted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:12 am


CURE Mission Support Center
Nate Desmarais, HR manager for CURE, and his wife Tammy continue their search for meaningful help for Tammy’s health issues, including symptoms following a Lyme Disease diagnosis. Nate and Tammy and their baby Grayson are presently in North Carolina for further exploration and potential treatment for Tammy’s chronic and severe head pain. Please pray for the Desmarais family and for those assisting them today; particularly pray for Tammy’s relief.

Submitted on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm


Please remember our expats who will be returning to their passport countries for a break. Pray for rest (which can be difficult when living out of a suitcase) and good reunions with family and friends. Remember especially friends who have completed their time with CURE and are packing up, saying goodbyes, and preparing to begin a new phase of life.

Submitted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm


Diane Lawrence’s son in law, Matt, has been released from the hospital and the family is grateful and happy. In Diane’s words, “Yesterday was day 11 post op and Matt was discharged from Lankenau Hospital! He still has a considerable amount of recovery but is doing very well. As a family we have realized that the Lord’s mercies and faithfulness are new each morning……and we are very grateful for His healing of Matt’s heart.”

Submitted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm


Diane Lawrence’s son in law Matt had mitral valve repair surgery last Friday. Although the procedure went well, Matt is now in right sided heart failure, in part due to the failure of the SA node to function. Occasionally this complication is seen, but the cause is not known. Matt is on many IV inotropes/inodilators to improve his cardiac function.Please pray that very soon his right side will function on its own so that Matt can progress and leave the ICU. The cardiac team is projecting another 7 days in the ICU….and his wife Sarah’s delivery date is getting closer. Diane shares that the family has seen the hand of God in Matt and Sarah’s life and know that God can be trusted.

Submitted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 8:54 am


Jim Loeffler and his wife are proud grandparents of Baby Jonah who was over 11 lbs. when he was born. Jonah is back in the hospital with bilirubin issues. Thanks for your prayers for the Loeffler family.

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3:49 pm


Friends

Please pray for Maggie, daughter of a friend of CURE we met through the WAY-FM fundraiser event. Maggie is sick and has had extensive medical care, but they have yet to identify a treatment for her. Please pray for healing for Maggie, wisdom for the medical community around her, and strength for her family.

Submitted on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 4:34 pm


Diane Lawrence’s son in law’s heart is now functioning and he is being weaned from the meds that were doing this job as recovery begins. Diane shared from her devotions in Psalm 116 earlier this week: My devotions have been in the Psalms and yesterday was
The LORD is gracious and righteous,
our God is full of compassion.
The LORD protects the unwary,
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return to your rest, my soul
for the LORD has been good to you.

Diane shares that the LORD has been very gracious to her family and has heard the voices of many upholding them in prayer. They are very thankful.

Submitted on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm