A Brave Heart for Jesus

It’s been a long journey for McDonald, but his heart radiates joy even through the toughest circumstances.

McDonald first arrived at the tender age of two and has been a patient at the hospital for over four years (for extremely difficult cases, some kids need to return for multiple surgeries]. His smile radiates joy even through the most difficult circumstances. It is as if Jesus has sprinkled McDonald’s heart with an extra dose of happiness.

McDonald could not walk when the doctors first met him at one of our mobile clinics near his home. Born with amniotic band constriction, his left calf was attached to the back of his left thigh, and his mother carried him on her back to move from place to place. However, this did not slow him down. McDonald was an expert crawler and he found a way to be in the action, to play, and to live life to the fullest.

“My heart is just for Jesus now!”

McDonald

The hospital has never been easy for McDonald. He’s been to the operating room more times than we can count. His grandmother is usually the one who accompanies him to the hospital so that his mom can stay back and care for his siblings. He absolutely adores his grandmother! The two stay with us anywhere between one to four months at a time because they are from so far away. It takes them an entire day, on multiple buses, to arrive at CURE Malawi.

McDonald takes his first steps.

McDonald’s grandmother says they’re not sure when he’ll be completely healed. Each time they hope it will be the last surgery, the last frame, the last check-up with the doctor, but he continues to get readmitted to further his care towards complete healing. No matter the hardships, no matter the pain, McDonald comes back with an ear to ear smile each and every time. His grandmother says they are hopeful for every new day to be better than the last.
McDonald is part of our welcoming committee when he’s in the hospital. He and his grandmother quickly befriend everyone. His grandmother treats the other children as her own, and McDonald makes sure he doesn’t miss a new person in the kid’s ward. Watching him play with his newfound friends and witnessing the medical miracles of his leg straightening are moments that constantly leave the staff in awe. McDonald has bravery and perseverance that is rare to find.

McDonald riding his favorite bike at physical therapy.

McDonald’s grandmother has never once given up hope. She says that ever since they came to CURE, she knew that her son would be able to walk one day. The day McDonald took his first steps in physical therapy with a frame on his leg and a walker to assist him, McDonald’s grandmother’s face glowed with excitement. Her patience and determination have inspired the other guardians in the hospital, as well. She has never missed an appointment and works diligently while at the hospital, ensuring that McDonald completes his physical therapy, wound care, and frame turns. She says, “Now McDonald can do anything in life that he wishes! I am very grateful for what CURE has done for my grandson.”

McDonald says that throughout his many stays at the hospital, he has grown in his faith by singing songs and listening to the daily Bible studies. He loves reading his Bible with his grandmother and is grateful for all the friends he’s made over the years at CURE Malawi. McDonald’s healing journey continues, but whatever the road in front of him looks like, he knows that God is with him, making him brave and giving him hope for a bright future.

Faith Like a Child

17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 (NIV)

What does it mean to have faith like a child? We hear this term a lot, as people often talk about faith like a child, or child-like faith. It is even found among the values of CURE – to be childlike. And yet, it isn’t always clear what people mean when they speak of faith like a child. Many times, people assume that it means to have faith in God that is an innocent, unquestioning faith. It means having a faith that knows the truth and accepts the truth in a simple, straightforward way.

However, if either you have been around children – in one of the CURE hospitals or your own home, you know that this is not a very realistic portrayal of what children are like. Children love asking questions! They are filled with curiosity and wonder at the world around them, as they encounter new and unfamiliar things every day. This is part of what makes children so amazing! They never get tired of learning new things and of trying to figure out the way the world works. As we grow older, we lose some of this curiosity and excitement to learn. We start to think that we know how the world works, and we stop asking questions. We become set in our ways; rigid, cynical, and almost immune to awe.

We need to learn from children. They question everything, but not in a skeptical way. They ask questions because they truly want to know, and they are full of confidence that their questions will be answered. We need to remember how to have faith like a child: question everything, but also trust that God has the answer. No matter how much we learn, we will never know everything, and the beauty of the world will never run out.

Serving together for His kingdom

Josh Korn
Director, Grants Acquisition and Management

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for our mobile clinic in September.
  • Praise God for 21 patients and guardians who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for peace and order to be maintained in Niger during the upcoming elections.
  • Pray for the recovery of many of our patients with malaria.
  • Pray for the Nurse Team and their understanding and application of the lessons in the Kingdom Agenda bible study they are following.

CURE Malawi

  • Pray for healing for a patient that has lost some relatives due to a road accident.
  • Pray for our co-workers as they adapt to changes.

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for those that have recovered from COVID-19.
  • Praise God for the relative peace in the country of Ethiopia.
  • Pray for the western part of the country where there are rebel fights
  • Pray for Kalkidan, a patient who came back after breaking her hip.
  • Pray for Mahlet, a patient that accepted Jesus during her stay in the ward.
  • Pray for the locust affected areas of Ethiopia
  • Pray for the flooded areas, more than 200,000 people are affected.
  • Pray for immediate food and shelter provision.

CURE Philippines

  • Pray for wisdom for our Senior Management Team as they make decisions in response to the pandemic and government regulations.
  • Pray for our new hires – that they may be able to adjust well to their new roles.
  • Pray for more hunger and thirst for the Word of God and spiritual things among our co-workers.
  • Pray that children with treatable disabilities find their way to our hospital.

CURE Uganda

  • Pray for the political atmosphere of Uganda and for a smooth and peaceful process.
  • Pray for the hospital as we strive to introduce people to the Lord.
  • Pray for the safety and protection of all co-workers at the hospital.

CURE Zambia

  • Pray for successful surgical operations among our patients and for their emotional healing.
  • Pray for spiritual transformation among our patients, caregivers, and co-workers.
  • Pray that the study material on work as worship will impact our co-workers.

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God for the ongoing construction work on the ICU and the expansion of the wards.
  • Praise God for the new faith expressions we have witnessed.
  • Pray for the scheduled mobile clinics and proclamation of God’s kingdom among patients.

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

Persistent Prayer.

One may ask, is it biblical to pray for the same thing repeatedly, or do we only ask once? Luke 11:5-13 records the parable of a man who went to his friend at midnight, knocked repeatedly on his friend’s door, and received his requests – not because of their friendship but because of his persistence. In Luke 18:1-7, Jesus talked of a widow who received her request from the unjust ruler because of her persistence. In Psalms, David made consistent prayer requests to God. Jesus prayed three times regarding the cross (Mathew 26:36-46). All these are examples of persistent and expectant prayers.

Our repeated asking is not a sign that we do not have faith in God, or we do not trust that He heard our prayers. Indeed through our prayer requests, we honor God; we reveal the desires of our hearts and admit our inadequacy and His adequacy. Therefore, we can repeatedly bring God the same requests and rest in the fact that His response will be best for us.

However, in our persistence, we should be willing to patiently listen and submit to God’s will. His ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). His timing is not ours. So, He desires both our persistence and our submission. In 2 Cor. 12:8-9, Paul prayed three times, and God refused his request. Interestingly, Paul ceased from praying over it not because he gave up or thought it inappropriate to ask God more than three times, but because he received an answer – apparently, it was a No.

I invite you for another month of persistent prayers, patiently listening, and ready to submit to God’s will. Amen.

Serving together for His kingdom

Earnest Kioko
CURE Senior Director, Spiritual Ministry

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Uganda

  • Praise God for the chapel which is in the final stages of completion.
  • Praise God for the ward expansion and renovation works that kicked off last week.
  • Praise God for the ability and strength to continue serving in the midst of the pandemic
  • Pray for the political atmosphere as we draw near to the elections
  • Pray for the work on the chapel and ward expansion
  • Pray for continued protection against the spread of COVID-19

CURE Niger

  • Praise God that 12 of our staff members successfully completed the first 3 lessons of the God Kingdom Agenda
  • Praise God for 18 patients and guardians who accepted Jesus Christ in August
  • Praise God for our medial director who arrived safely and has started surgeries
  • Pray for our co-workers and their families, many are sick with malaria. May the Lord heal them and protect us.
  • Pray for God’s support for many Nigeriens who were victims of the flood in August.

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God for the ongoing construction of the ICU at our hospital
  • Praise God for the new faith expressions we have witnessed
  • Pray for our staff to strengthen their relationship with Christ
  • Pray for the spiritual ministry including clinics, training, and proclaiming God’s kingdom

CURE Malawi

  • Pray for Pemphero. He is a patient that was discharged with frames, due to COVID-19, to avoid infections.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom in working with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

CURE Zambia

  • Praise God for the spiritual revival that is occurring
  • Pray for the launch of the patient hostel once it is fully completed

CURE Philippines

  • Pray that God will continue to bring patients to our hospital that need help
  • Pray for unity and teamwork for our staff as we continue on our mission to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God
  • Pray for good health, wisdom, peace, comfort, and protection for the members of our Ministry Team
  • Pray that we can share the gospel with more people at the free clinics each week
  • Pray for God’s abundant provisions so that our operations can continue and flourish

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

Fear Not, Faint Not, and Forget Not because God is still Sovereign Amidst Affliction.

The month of August has been a challenge for CURE hospitals. COVID-19 cases in the areas we serve are still rising, and so is fear and anxiety. It’s quite possible that many are still asking, who is in control? Good or evil? God or Satan? Christ or coronavirus?

Psalm 97:1 makes a profound theological affirmation with a universal affection when it says, The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.”

The Lord reigns means Yahweh is sovereign. He is still in charge. He cannot be moved. He cannot be dethroned. He is unshakable. He is in control. He is where He was even before this pandemic came. This truth reminds me of the hymn “He’s got the whole world in His Hands.” That is to say, health and sickness are in His hands, no matter how long this pandemic remains or comes closer to us, He’s got us in His hands – Hallelujah!

Because the Lord reigns, we should respond to Him with gladness and rejoicing. We should approach Him with joy and confidence. Above all, He promises nothing will separate us from His love (Rom 8:34-39). He is a loving and caring father.

Let us remember that even amidst our afflictions, God’s sovereignty remains. Therefore, fear notfaint not, and forget not His promises, present, and power. Let us pray.

Serving together for His kingdom,

Ernest Kioko
CURE Senior Director, Spiritual Ministry

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for what He is doing through us for the people that committed their lives to Christ in July.
  • Praise God for being with us during this fiscal year and for granting us strength, wisdom, and success.
  • Pray for the patients and guardians who have committed their lives to Christ. They need the spiritual food and protection of the Holy Spirit from the persecution that they may face.

CURE Uganda

  • Pray for the hospital, that God may shield us from the COVID-19 virus – so that we can continue serving these very vulnerable children.

CURE Philippines

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for our Senior Management Team as we navigate through these difficult times.
  • Pray for the safety and protection of our patients and their guardians
  • Pray for the good health, safety, and protection of our medical staff and all our co-workers who are directly interacting with patients and guardians
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue working as we resume activities at the hospital
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading as we prepare our evangelistic program and team-building retreat.

CURE Malawi

  • Praise God for the opportunity to use radio and TV for building awareness of CURE’s services

CURE Zambia

  • Praise God for our new Executive Director, Frieda Phiri.

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for the relative peace in Ethiopia
  • Pray for the leadership of Ethiopia and for peace.
  • Pray for the flood-affected regions in Ethiopia and those who need immediate help.
  • Pray for the successful treatment of a patient with cancer. We meet him every week for physiotherapy.

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God for sustaining our hospital despite challenges brought by COVID-19.
  • Praise God for the people that accepted Jesus as their Savior this month
  • Pray for our staff to grow in their faith as they read the Word of God and to bear fruit that leads to the advancement of God’s kingdom
  • Pray for successful mobile clinic activities, patient ministry, and staff discipleship.

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

God our Source, everything else is a Resource

“For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” – Romans 11:36 (NIV)

In the quote from the scripture above, Paul affirms all things are from God as the Creator. He is the original source of and reason for existence (from Him).  God is not only the source but also the means through which He sustains all that He created – nothing exists without God’s continuous support (through Him). All things are from God and through His power He sustains them, hence he deserves our praise (for Him).

Friends, as we navigate this season of uncertainties and diminishing resources, let us continue to prayerfully fix our eyes and anchor our hope on The Source – resources can be exhausted, but The Source can not. He is reliable when we call on Him to resource us again and again, for His glory.

Serving together for His kingdom,

Ernest Kioko
CURE Senior Director, Spiritual Ministry

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for the patients that we reached during our mobile clinics in June.
  • Praise God for the gospel presentations we held in June and for the people that responded to the gospel message
  • Praise God for the opportunity to have all staff members outside the CURE hospital for a retreat
  • Praise God for staff training opportunities on evangelism and trauma training
  • Pray for CURE Niger to find an orthopedic surgeon. We are awaiting the arrival of a doctor who has been unable to travel due to the lockdown from COVID

CURE Uganda

  • Praise God for the optimism of our leadership
  • Praise God for the new chapel that is under construction
  • Pray for the ward expansion, which we hope to start in the next few months.
  • Pray for peace for Uganda during this campaign season – elections are early next year

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God that none of our staff has contracted the COVID-19 virus
  • Praise God for the continuity of staff discipleship despite social distancing
  • Praise God for enabling us to conduct four post-operation mobile clinics
  • Praise God for our dedicated partners who are always willing to bring patients to our hospital
  • Pray for the people affected – those that are sick and suffering the effects of the virus
  • Pray for our staff that are on the front-line in serving patients
  • Pray for the citizens of Kenya to adhere to the government’s measures of combatting the spread of the virus
  • Pray for the financial sustainability of our hospital and for our processes to remain effective
  • Pray that staff will be safe as they travel in and out of the hospital every day.

CURE Philippines

  • Praise God for enabling us to complete another fiscal year amidst many difficult obstacles.
  • Pray for our Senior Management team for strength, wisdom, and courage as they make difficult decisions for the hospital
  • Pray for us to resume our practice of daily group devotions.
  • Pray for God to lead the right people to fill our vacant staff positions
  • Pray for financial stability in the new fiscal year

CURE Malawi

  • Praise God for a very peaceful, credible, and transparent presidential election
  • Pray for our staff and patients to be kept safe and free from the COVID-19 virus

CURE Zambia

  • Pray for our acting Executive Director (ED), Catherine, as we await the start of our new ED.
  • Pray for the oncoming outreach scheduled for the end of July to the Northern province. May God protect the team members from accidents and sickness.
  • Pray for our ministry partners (pastors) for assurance that God will guide them to find lost souls

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for the peace in Ethiopia and continue to pray for stability
  • Pray for peace and understanding between politicians in western Ethiopia
  • Pray for those that lost their home, business, and family members during the unrest two weeks ago
  • Pray for our patient Amanel’s recovery. He has to go through chemotherapy after a big surgery he had at CURE.
  • Pray for our long-term patients being away from their peers and school as a result of the pandemic

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

Navigating through the Crossroads of Life

Acts 16:6-15 [Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas..].

We all have moments of confusion, discouragement, and frustration – when we are not sure whether to stop, turn, or proceed. Moments, where patience is critical, and listening to a higher voice, is paramount. 

Paul was not new to crossroads during his missionary journeys. At times he had to wait, turn, and others had to proceed, but in all, God remained his Divine Navigator. Paul maintained an active prayer life and opened his heart to God’s leading. When the Lord spoke, he rightly obeyed Him (v8). As a result, he made the right moves, went where the need was most, utilized his gifts better, left the highest impact, built relationships that supported him in ministry and fulfilled the will of God.

COVID-19 disruptions have left many at crossroads. Thankfully, God, our Divine Navigator, is ready to intervene. May we connect with Him through active prayer life, know He is in control, seek and listen to Him for directions, and learn to be open and to be ready for His interruption into our lives.

God help us in the crossroads of life to remain calm, to remember to seek your direction in prayer, to listen, and follow your leading.

Serving together for His Kingdom,

CURE Spiritual Ministry Team

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for the good progress in fighting COVID-19 in Niger. At the end of May, we had some days where no cases were registered in the country
  • Praise God that none of our co-workers have been diagnosed with the virus
  • Pray for one of our staff members who was attacked by robbers. Praise that God saved his life
  • Pray for our mobile clinics in June
  • Pray for CURE Niger as we mobilize patients this June in Niamey. May this be the opportunity for many families to hear the gospel message and be shown the love of Christ

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God that none of our co-workers has contracted coronavirus
  • Praise God for the continuity of co-worker discipleship through media platforms
  • Praise God that we graciously conducted four post-operation mobile clinics
  • Praise God for our partners who follow up with our patients and update us as to their welfare
  • Pray for the citizens to adhere to the government’s measures of combating the spread of coronavirus
  • Pray for the financial sustainability of our hospital and for our processes to remain efficient and effective
  • Pray for all our patients to smoothly find their way to our facility amidst traveling challenges
  • Pray for our co-workers to practice spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence as they seek the face of the Lord during these challenging times

CURE Malawi

  • Pray for our co-workers who are single mothers to remain faithful after the salary cut
  • Pray for our co-worker whose young child drowned in a nearby river
  • Pray for our Human Resource office as they lead during the transitions
  • Pray for the coming elections

CURE Philippines

  • Pray for our co-workers healing and recovery
  • Pray for wisdom, patience, good health, and protection for all members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases
  • Pray for daily good health, strength, wisdom, and protection for our essential frontline workers
  • Pray for the scientists who have been working together to quickly find a cure, solutions, and a vaccine.
  • Pray for all Christians to be good examples of submission to authority, kindness, compassion, generosity, and unity.
  • Pray that everyone affected by the virus is able to lean on God’s strength during this time

CURE Ethiopia

  • Pray for Yohannes, a patient who lives 800 km north of Addis and needs to come to the hospital for an infection
  • Pray for the process of COVID-19 testing for patients before admission
  • Pray for wisdom for the spiritual department to provide the right support to our patients
  • Pray for our partner churches and ministries, and God’s intervention as they go through financial support challenges

CURE Zambia

  • Pray for Catherine who will be acting as the Interim Executive Director
  • Pray for the outreach scheduled for the 14th – 20th of June in the southern province – that God will protect the team members from accidents and sickness.
  • Pray for quick recovery among all our patients and that they hear and respond to the gospel

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

We Have a Caring God. 

Greetings fellow intercessor and thanks for your persistence in prayer. As we soldier on, let’s be encouraged to know we have a caring God. 

Looking at the story of the Israelites, it’s possible to think that God neglected or forgot His covenant in the 400 years of Israel’s slavery in Egypt, since the time of the patriarchs. Nevertheless, God was at work during that time, preserving and multiplying the nation. As a caring God, when the right time came, He called and commissioned Moses to lead the deliverance process.

During their conversation in Exodus 3, verse 7-8 points us to some specific words God wanted Moses and Israelites to know to emphasize He had compassionate care for them. These words revealed His character as: 

(a) One who SEES. “The Lord said to Moses, I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt…” v7a

(b) One who HEARS. God confirmed that “He heard them crying out because of their slave drivers…” v7b

(c) One who is CONCERNED. He said, “…and I am concerned about their suffering” (v7c)

(d) As one who RESPONDS. “So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey….” v8a.

As we lift this month’s prayer items and praises to the Lord, let us be encouraged our God is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. Let’s approach Him with confidence for He sees, hears, is concerned, and will respond to our cries. And, may we live to encounter and experience His character manifested through these prayers in Jesus’ name. 

Blessings,

Ernest Kioko
CURE Senior Director, Spiritual Ministry

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for his protection of our patients and coworkers every day
  • Pray for our patients who need transportation to come and see their doctor for follow up
  • Pray for those who are experiencing pain
  • Pray for provision of transportation expenses as the price has doubled to travel
  • Pray for travelers safety as many of our patients travel a long distance
  • Pray for Ethiopia – peace and stability
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for our leaders on the adequate handling of COVID-19
  • Pray for our coworker, Berhane, who lost her husband recently

CURE Zambia

  • Pray for a smooth transition for our Executive Director
  • Pray for God’s intervention in eradicating COVID-19 so that we can share the gospel with more people
  • Pray for courage and strength among coworkers during this COVID period
  • Pray for our coworker, Natashia, who lost her father on May 10th

CURE Malawi

  • Pray for peace for the country of Malawi as we approach Presidential elections in July – there have been incidences of violence in some parts of Malawi.
  • Pray for CURE Malawi during the transition process during COVID-19
  • Pray for the patients that are waiting for operations and are becoming anxious

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God that we still have some patients showing up for services
  • Pray for the people affected, who are sick and suffering the effects of coronavirus
  • Pray for our doctors and nurses as they are on the front lines serving patients
  • Pray for the leaders of nations to have wise and effective decisions during this time
  • Pray for God’s will to be done and that the gospel is spread wide and far
  • Pray that God will overrule the plans of Satan and grant us peace
  • Pray for patients’ healing and grace for those who are no longer receiving clinic services
  • Pray for CURE Kenya staff to be safe whether in their homes or at the hospital

CURE Philippines

  • Pray that God sustains CURE Philippines so that we can continue our operations
  • Pray that God will continue to use the Spiritual Ministry Team as we minister to the staff, patients, families, and community during this very difficult time.
  • Pray for good health, strength, wisdom, comfort, and peace for all the members of our Senior Management Team as they make very difficult decisions.

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for our patient Rabiou who came back to CURE for follow up. He had some difficulties with his cast but has been healed.
  • Praise God for our patients who reached their homes safely after a long wait due to COVID-19
  • Pray for the Spiritual Department Team as we work on the best approach to minister during this time – pray for wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit

CURE Uganda

  • Pray that COVID may be suppressed by the power of God
  • Pray for the management to handle the circumstances we are going through with wisdom from the Lord
  • Pray for Uganda as we are still in lockdown. People are hungry, no longer earn money, and can not purchase food.
  • Pray for peace in this crisis

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

Where Fear and Faith Meet

Fear is a normal part of the human condition. We fear what we cannot control. Now there are fearless people, sort of. They are fearless until the reality of their circumstance shows itself. There’s a difference between confidence and bravado. Right? We’ve seen it or projected it, a mask of confidence that overcompensates and betrays the truth of our situation.

I am so grateful Jesus called Simon Peter to be his disciple. I get the sense from the Gospels  (His own account of himself through Mark) that Simon Peter was a confident guy. He was good at taking command of a situation.  When Simon Peter hears from Jesus that he will betray Him, this rocks Simon Peter’s world. “No Way!” he says. And sure enough, in the garden when the soldiers come to arrest Jesus, Simon Peter cuts off a temple slave’s (Malchus) ear. This act drips with bravado, an overcompensation. I wonder if Jesus’ prediction is ringing in Simon Peter’s ears. Jesus rebukes Simon and heals the slave’s wound.

The disciples are facing a situation where the “distant” idea of Jesus’ declaration that He will die as a ransom for many, is now a reality. Their response? They melt away in the night. Simon Peter, can’t tell a woman in the crowd that he knows Jesus-three times he denies knowing Him.

Fear

What changed the disciples who melted away into the night, a disciple who was self-confident and then the next moment denied his association with Jesus? God raised Jesus from the dead, Resurrection. Jesus is not dead, He is alive! It’s true! 

Faith 

Because of the resurrection fear is no match for faith. Where fear and faith meet is precisely the place where God will meet us. Jesus is alive and all His promises are yes and amen in Him. Because Jesus’ resurrection we can come to God’s throne with confidence knowing He hears us.

Let’s pray! 

Brian VanderArk
US Spiritual Formation and Ministry Partner Engagement Officer

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God for giving us a chance to operate as a hospital.
  • Pray for the people affected – sick or those suffering from the coronavirus
  • Pray for doctors and nurses on the frontline serving patients
  • Pray for God’s will to be done and that the gospel is spread wide and far
  • Pray that God will overrule the plans of Satan and grant us peace
  • Pray for patients’ healing and grace for those who are no longer receiving clinic services
  • Pray that staff will be safe as they travel in and out of the hospital every day.

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for the safety of our families, co-workers, and patients
  • Pray for the protection and wellbeing of everyone coming to the hospital
  • Pray for the current challenge for CURE and for our country
  • Pray for Molla, a CURE patient, and his new life in Christ.
  • Pray for peace and stability for Ethiopia

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for being able to minister to patients, guardians, and staff members this month
  • Praise God for the people who were exposed to the gospel message – that God would strengthen their faith.
  • Pray for staff members who have lost loved ones – that the Holy Spirit would comfort them.
  • Pray for the end of this COVID-19 pandemic. We ask God to restore those who have been affected and to restore the world economy.

CURE Malawi

  • Praise God for the healing and reconciliation meetings that went on very well with our co-workers
  • Pray for the patients who are now dealing with additional fears due to COVID-19
  • Pray for the newly trained pastors in the northern part of Malawi

CURE Zambia

  • Pray for peace and healing from this global pandemic
  • Pray for restoration of country economies around the world
  • Pray for our patients recovering from operations to heal without infection
  • Pray for Christians to not give up on their faith during this difficult time

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.

The Good Shepherd

Psalm 23“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He restores my soul.”

As I write, the rains have come to Uganda. It is a six-hour drive from the airport in Entebbe to the CURE hospital in Mbale. The hues of green on either side of the road explode across the landscape. The rain hangs in the air as if all of Uganda was enveloped by a blanket of clouds. Today, as I experience the beauty of God’s creation, I will son meet Ugandan mothers and their children who face an uncertain future. Mothers who have come to find hope and healing for their children, over 130 a month come. We know the Lord, our shepherd, has brought them here.

At CURE, we long for every child, every mom, every day, to experience the Lord as their shepherd. We believe that every person who comes to our hospitals and clinics comes by Divine Appointment. The Shepherd has led them beside the still waters of restoration for their body and their soul. Below, you will find reasons to pray to our Good Shepherd and give praise for His care. Let’s pray together!

Brian VanderArk
US Spiritual Formation and Ministry Partner Engagement Officer

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for the containment of the Coronavirus and for the health and safety of our co-workers, volunteers, visitors, and patients.

CURE Uganda

  • Pray for the ongoing construction of the chapel, ICU, and Ward extension.
  • Pray that God will help us serve His people well as he continues to bring them to us in large numbers.
  • Pray for Pastor Fred who will be traveling to Athi River, Nairobi for Community Health Evangelism training

CURE Niger

  • Praise God for Doctor Anthony and Hannatou Labo who traveled to Kenya and Uganda for the Medical and Spiritual Directors conferences.
  • Praise God for granting us the opportunity to continue to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God.
  • Praise God for the patients and guardians who responded to the gospel this month.
  • Praise God for the patients who are at the end of their treatment sessions
  • Pray for staff and patients at CURE Niger as we head into the warmest part of the year. It’s mostly in this period that people catch diseases like meningitis.
  • Pray for opportunities to hold a mobile clinic in Galmi to help people in that area.

CURE Kenya

  • Praise God for the safe travel to our community engagement events
  • Praise God for enabling us to carry out spiritual ministry this month
  • Praise God for the successful outreach follow up
  • Pray for the spiritual emphasis week to be held March 18 – 20th

CURE Philippines

  • Pray that God will sustain the hospital’s needs and continue to use us to minister to the community.
  • Pray for the success for the mobile clinic team as they go to Butuan City on March 27th
  • Pray that God will prepare those who come to the clinic to be open to accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior

CURE Malawi

  • Pray for our strategic planning to reach our goals
  • Pray for staff interviews this month
  • Pray for the mobile clinics coming in March to touch many lives and for safe travel
  • Pray for the political tension following the nullification of last year’s election results

CURE Neuro

  • Pray for the program – that God will continue to lead us and that His purpose will prevail
  • Pray for the Care Coordinators to continuously be refreshed in the gospel
  • Pray for the partner treatment locations that there will be enough resources to serve and care for the children
  • Pray for us as we recruit two new Care Coordinators – that God will build our team and give us wisdom in these hiring decisions

CURE Ethiopia

  • Praise God for the visits made by the Canadian Board and their fruitful visit.
  • Praise God for the Limb Kind organization’s visit who provided artificial limbs for our patients.
  • Pray for the upcoming pastors training in Eastern Ethiopia
  • Pray for patients Dofte and Challa, who were not able to come to CURE because of family issues
  • Pray for the day ward ministry, for open hearts to the presentation of the gospel message
  • Pray for the country of Ethiopia, for peace and stability, and for the locusts to go away

Prayer Requests are closed for this month.