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Healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God.



Around the world, under-resourced health care systems and crippling poverty have led to an overwhelming number of individuals living with correctable disabilities such as clubfoot, burn contractures, hydrocephalus, and cleft lips/palates, among others. Children and families burdened with disability are often subjected to mocking and humiliation due to a lack of understanding.

They are excluded by peers, neighbors, and family members; they endure chronic physical pain; and they can be seen as a target for physical, sexual, verbal, and/or emotional abuse. CURE’s hospitals and specialty programs currently operate in 29 countries around the world, providing charitable medical care to patients regardless of gender, ethnic background, and/or religious affiliation.

We develop a culturally sensitive approach to spiritual ministry at each of our hospital locations, working with children, their families, and their communities to help them understand the medical reasons behind various conditions; we want our patients and their families to know that they are not cursed, as they've often been told, but rather valuable gifts from God.

We do what few others do: address the emotional and spiritual impacts of these conditions on the patients and their families and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope found in Him. From our founding in 1996 through June 30, 2017, CURE hospitals have performed more than 175,000 hospital-based procedures, more than 102,000 children have been treated at partner clubfoot clinics, and surgeons trained by CURE have performed more than 8,000 procedures to treat hydrocephalus and spina bifida.

Most importantly, we have seen God move in the lives of our patients, their families, and their communities and have had the opportunity to witness more than 172,000 expressions of faith in Jesus Christ.


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Jon Ortlip-President

Richard B. Chelko-USA 
President of The Chelko Consulting Group, President of EdisonHealth Network, LLC and Co-President of World- wide Employee Benefits Network.   He is also a board member of the Christian Business Owners Fellowship and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the In His Steps Foundation.  Rich formerly served as the board chair for the Cleveland Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the John Carroll Entrepreneurs Association.

David A. Cook-USA
David has a consulting practice serving entrepreneurial companies and non-profit organizations. He serves as a Senior Advisor to SDG, Inc., a drug development company at the Cleveland Clinic, and Choice Cabinet, a manufacturer of fine wood cabinetry. In the non-profit area, he advises Parkside Church, Truth for Life and Ambassadors Football. David was formerly the CFO of Matrix Essentials, Inc., a manufacturer of salon products founded by the Miller family and sold to Bristol Myers Squibb. He also established Symax Ltd., the Miller family office which managed investments and started several family enterprises. David began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. after graduating from Case Western Reserve University. David serves on various charitable and civic boards including The Entrepreneurs EDGE, NEO Leadership Foundation, Lifework Leadership, NEO Pinnacle Forum and Parkside Church.

Andy Lim—Singapore
Andy is a Trainer and Life-Coach.  Andy is also a Board member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore (EFOS), Church Resource Ministries Singapore (CRMS), Evangelism Equipping Singapore (EE Spore), YouthWorks & Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Julie C.M. Matiba-Wahome
Julie Wahome is a hospitality professional with a BS degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She has also completed a post graduate certificate program from the Victoria University of Manchester, Institute of Development Policy and Management, in Manchester UK, and from Cornell University specializing in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management. She is currently a director at Kenedco; a company which has various interests in Real Estate, Education, Hospitality and Agriculture.

She also currently sits on the board of the Pan African Leadership Foundation – an organization that seeks to transform our society by nurturing young leaders; The Cluster Foundation – an organization which raises awareness about and advocates for respect for the rights and dignity of persons living with spinal cord injury.

Eric Peiffer-USA
Eric is the Managing Director of the Investment Banking Division at KeyBanc Capital Markets in Cleveland, Ohio.  He received his B.S. Business (Finance, Accounting) from Miami University (Ohio) and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.  His prior work experience includes both Deloitte and J.P. Morgan

Guilherme Thomé – Brazil
Guilherme is the Managing Director of WGT Incorp, a real estate and construction company headed in São Paulo, and founder of Brazil Sports Network, a sport company focused on exporting Brazilian football overseas. He also serves as leader at IBNU (Igreja Batista Nações Unidas) in São Paulo. He received his B.B.A. from USP – Universidade de São Paulo and M.Div. from Servo de Cristo (SP).

Wayne Walker – USA

NOTE: USA board members are serving on the International Board because the operations of Ambassadors Football are based in the USA at this time.

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