Debbie is the Content Manager for CURE International. CURE International is a non-profit organization that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 26 countries worldwide. At CURE hospitals patients experience the life-changing message of God's love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity.
"Healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God"
"I love how our website states it: We serve Royalty! We look to the example of Jesus and who He chose to be with. He spends His time with children, healing the sick and the disabled, and giving women hope. He says in Matthew “the least of these” meaning those in the community that were often rejected or ignored because of their perceived inability to contribute any value. Jesus makes it a point to redeem the story that society has written about these people and He rewrites their story to who He says they are – sons and daughters of the King. We want to use our gifts to do the same at CURE!"
Photo Captured by Joel Witwer CURE International Niger
"I was introduced to CURE five years ago when my husband Matt (missions pastor) was vetting CURE to see what a partnership with them would look like for the church we were attending. The kingdom minded mission of CURE and the people who work here captured our hearts. Not long after, a position opened up that gave me the opportunity to work with our Storytellers (photojournalists) in the field - helping to manage them and publish the stories they were capturing. In essence, telling the story of healing that God is doing at our hospitals every day. My position now is Content Manager but it’s more fun to explain that I serve as a bridge. I’m in two collaborative spaces. One space is working with the Storytellers in the field that document the healing that is happening. The second space is collaborating with my co-workers in the US in deciding how to best steward those stories. My role bridges those two spaces. I find joy in the challenge of how to creatively highlight and tell the restorative stories happening every day for the purpose of connecting us to the work we’re all invited into!"
"We have hundreds of CUREkids stories on our website, it would be so difficult to choose just one so I’ll try and summarize the stories I see God writing in people from the hospitals I’ve experienced first hand! I can tell you that the stories that come out of Kenya teach me about where true joy is found, the moms in Uganda inspire my faith and teach me to trust, and the kids in Malawi show me how there is strength to persevere when done in community. Our hospital in Niger exemplifies that faith is a steady obedience done with a servant’s heart, and in Zambia - partnership and community is essential to bringing healing to the kids we serve. The stories that come from the Philippines hospital are stories of hope and integrating one’s faith into work. Ethiopia is leading their country in the excellence of children’s orthopedics and training up surgeons who will carry it on. The stories that come across my desk every day have deepened my faith and taught me that joy is a reward for a vocation surrendered to God."
Photo Captured by Avanell Brock CURE International Malawi
"I’ve had the opportunity to go to nearly all of them and it’s like experiencing a taste of heaven – a bit of God’s kingdom here. There is so much hope and restorative work happening at all levels! The visual transformation that happens through surgery is what’s noticeable right away – restoring the broken is so clearly evident in the physical healing. We’re just as much about spiritual healing as we are about physical healing too at CURE! There’s a faith-driven purpose in how my co-workers use their gifts to deliver a compassionate, holistic care that causes me to pause and acknowledge the sacredness of the ground I stand on at our hospitals. It’s a profound experience to see a child first come in who is shy or guarded as a result of being made fun of or left out because of their disability, to then gain confidence as the week goes along. This happens because they’re in a place where they are accepted by all, treated with dignity, loved and shown that they have value. I’ve been humbled to be able to sit with moms and have them share the hurt that comes from the spoken misconceptions about her child’s disability – to be told that it was her fault and then abandoned. It’s life-giving to see that mom’s hope being restored through the gift of healing her child. The gratefulness and renewed faith that tumbles out of these moms as her child is wheeled out of the OR could be sung as modern-day Psalms! We believe in integral ministry at CURE and we view our work as an opportunity to use our gifts to serve, no matter what our role is. Our guards at the gate welcome and encourage our patients who may be afraid because they’ve never been to a big city or a hospital. Our cooks in the kitchen would tell you the joy it brings them to nourish a child and take part in healing from the inside out, in order to make our kid’s bodies strong so that recovery is a smoother process. I’ve witnessed our nurses comforting and praying with our patients and families before wheeling them into the OR where our surgeons again lay hands on where the first incision will be and pray for wisdom and healing. Our pastors go bed to bed counseling and praying with patients and families. Then there is singing in the ward, and let me tell you, there is nothing more beautiful than those spontaneous five-part harmonies! We have playrooms for the children where our pastors share Bible stories and organize activities to foster friendships and acceptance. To experience a CURE hospital is truly to be in a space where heaven and earth are very close."
Photo Captured by Joel Witwer CURE International Niger
"Hope, Healing and Restoration"
"There are many creative ways to get involved and the stories of people that are partnering with are inspiring! I’d love to invite you to become a CURE Hero, which is our monthly donation program that will introduce you to a different child each month who was helped because of your generosity. You could also encourage a child or a guardian by writing them a Get Well Message or sign up to get our prayer guide so that you can pray with us! You could get your church involved by raising money for a child’s surgery through your church’s VBS program! Or get creative and use the gifts that God has given you to benefit healing kids at CURE – that could be anything from running a 5k to hosting a culinary feast (I’ll RSVP Yes!) We’d love to know and celebrate how God has invited you to participate in rewriting the stories of kids at CURE through healing!"
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