Published by Josh Korn
The “fly-in medical mission” faces criticism. Is some of it warranted?
A recent article on NPR’s Goats and Soda blog took a critical look at traditional short-term, “fly-in” medical missions that are common throughout the developing world. I found this piece very interesting, and after spending seven years with CURE International in our hospital in Niger, West Africa, a lot of what was said resonated with […]
Is God a crutch?
A few weeks ago, I started seeing a video about crutches pop up all over the place. In this video we see an exciting new redesign for crutches, which basically haven’t changed much or been improved upon since the American Civil War, 150 years ago. It was interesting to see this redesign, since we see a lot of crutches here at the hospital.
Cast your nets
Then Jesus came to him, and told him to go out and try again. “Cast your nets into the deep.” You can almost picture Simon rolling his eyes – who was this stranger, telling him how to do his job. He was a fisherman, he knew how to catch fish, and he knew that what Jesus wanted him to do wouldn’t work. He had just spent all night trying to catch fish, and there were none to be caught, and anyway, who in their right mind would go out fishing in the hot sun? Simon knew that it wouldn’t work, but for some reason, he did it anyway. He knew it wouldn’t work, but he heard the voice of Jesus and for some reason he decided to obey.
Milestones for CURE Niger
As we reach the end of 2015, it is a good time to look back and reflect on some of the accomplishments achieved over the past year at CURE Niger. In the past few months, we have reached some important milestones at the hospital: In December, we performed our 700th surgery for the year, a […]
Personally, I had the privilege to work very closely with Hassane, and to see with my own eyes the love he has for everyone and the goodness of his heart. I have witnessed his love of our patients, their parents, and of our personnel, and seen him demonstrate this love over and over again, either through providing prayer, counseling, advice, or just friendly conversation. I have also seen him give of himself in every way.
Niger’s first clubfoot symposium
Suggestions were to begin including the Ponseti Method in the curriculum for all medical students and nurses, and to continue to train health care professionals on clubfoot treatment. Overall it was very encouraging to see so many of Niger’s health care workers so involved in the discussion and dedicated to reaching the maximum number of patients through healing.
St. Patrick’s Day, or CURE Day?
What do you do when you get a bunch of St. Patrick’s Day party supplies donated to the hospital? Have a photo shoot. Obviously. One of the kids said, “Are we celebrating CURE?” when he saw all the green stuff. I said, “Sure!” because we’re always celebrating over here. With each healed child, we celebrate. So happy St. Patty’s Day, and happy CURE Day, too!
Finding Hope in Niger, Part IV
When you really boil it down, hope is one of the central messages of the whole Bible. It is a peculiar type of hope that is hopeful in the face of despair. It is unflinching hope that is aware of the very bad things that are happening, and aware of the chance that even worse things are on the way. But through it all there is still hope. Impossible, unbelievable hope.
Finding Hope in Niger, Part III
Hadiza still had hope for Saratou, but she never actively looked for a hospital or clinic where she could be treated. Hadiza knew that even if she took Saratou to the hospital and she could be healed, she would never be able to pay for it. But one day, she heard about the CURE hospital in Niamey on the radio.
Finding Hope in Niger, Part II
We hear it over and over again. Almost every patient we talk to at the hospital tells us the same thing. Their disability is seen as a curse. It is something terrible and unfortunate that has happened to them, but also something for which they feel responsible. In many cultures, having a disability is viewed as a sign that you must have done something wrong; you must have somehow invited it upon yourself.
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