CURE at The University of Alabama
Spreading the love of Jesus Christ to the nations through the physical and spiritual healing of children with curable diseases in Mbale, Uganda.
Reflections on Symposium by Jordan Busshaus, President
If I hadn’t believed in the uniting power of the Holy Spirit before, after Symposium there is no doubt in my mind it exists. In a matter of five days, God managed to bring 40 different strangers together as brothers and sisters striving for the same cause: spreading the Gospel through the means of an organization called CURE. The friends I’ve made all over the country spanning from California (shout out to my Cal Poly people) to Virginia (fan ‘em flames), I will continue to stay in contact with, pray for, and even visit in the future. This phenomenon however, only scratches the surface of what God did in five simple days.
I truly got to see the heartbeat of CURE International at headquarters. I was overwhelmed by the authenticity and genuine spirit of the organization that longs to reflect Christ, His ministry, His love, and will do whatever it takes to make sure those things are never compromised. The people at HQ go out of their way to do and show love. They served us college students for a week beyond what we could have imagined. From planning and prepping every detail of Symposium Shuffle, to coordinating Skype calls with staff members all over the entire world you could see that months of preparation had taken place to make this week happen. They took their precious time to give us advice and wisdom. They believe in what the Lord is doing in CURE through the University students and want to see us be successful in our efforts at school. I don’t know of any other organization at a corporate level that goes to such intimate lengths.
One thing I admire about CURE HQ is that they have never lost sight of prayer, taken it for granted, or underestimated its power. A prayer anchoress, prayer room, and time called “3rd Wednesday Prayer” all help to keep CURE fixed on the truth. Every third Wednesday of each month, a period of time is set aside for all of the workers to come together, give requests, and lift each other up in prayer. We got to experience a 3rd Wednesday Prayer, where in the span of just an hour we were convicted, humbled, encouraged, and loved. I’d like to share what I wrote in my journal that Wednesday night, as I was reflecting on the message the prayer anchoress had given:
“Today in 3rd Wednesday prayer the prayer anchoress read from John 14:12-14.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than theses will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
I have read these verses before but they have never convicted me in the way they did this morning. Jesus is talking about how we will carry out His ministry when He leaves to go to the Father, that it will not only be like His works but greater because we will have the Holy Spirit and Jesus pardoning on our behalf in heaven. Did He really just say my works will be greater than His?! Bigger? Wider? More vast?
The part that stood out to me the most and in a new way than ever before were verses 13-14. Jesus says whatever we ask in His name it will be done that the Father be glorified. ANYTHING!! Do I really believe that? Do I truly believe that the Lord could do anything in my life? Do I live like that? Do I live with that type of abandon? With TOTAL faith and trust in His power and who He tells me He is?”
My prayer life after this message has been completely changed. Rather than praying in hopes that God will maybe, possibly answer my prayers, I now pray with confidence knowing He hears my voice, is capable of doing anything, and will, when it is glorifying to Him, carry out the things of which I have asked. I realized, my problem from the beginning was not that God wasn’t able to do what I asked, but that I was not asking in faith. God cares more about the condition of my heart than the number of works I am able to do for Him.
Over this summer as myself and the rest of my team at CURE Bama have prayed boldly to our Father for this upcoming year, what a difference I have seen in the ways God is moving in us and around us. I pray our chapter will be a continuation of the efforts made in HQ to long for the things Jesus did while He was here on earth: to glorify our Father in heaven, love other people, testify to the grace of the Gospel, and heal the sick.