An unapologetically Christian hospital that has been serving in a Muslim country for more than five decades is still continuing to thrive.
CURE International just held the grand opening last month for a new state-of-the-art facility for its Oasis Hospital in the city of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Oasis Hospital, which was founded by Christian missionaries in 1960, has long been known as the birthplace of the Abu Dhabi ruling family.
Dale Brantner, CEO and president of CURE International, tells OneNewsNow that in fact the royal family gave a generous grant for the new building project.
"The hospital is literally the birthplace of a nation, and we get to do that in Jesus' name,” he says. “And it is celebrated by the ruling family as a symbol of what they're aiming for, which is tolerance and religious freedom."
Brantner says this has all happened because two missionaries – Dr. Pat and Marian Kennedy - served the ruling family in their poverty, before they became rich and powerful.
"I have never in my entire life seen an example as beautiful as this, where Muslims and Christians are cooperating for the common good and where Christians are given freedom to be who they are in a Muslim country,” Brantner says.
He adds that during any given week there are more than 30 congregations holding church services in a multi-purpose building inside the hospital.