Because of the Olympics

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

– 1 Timothy 4:8

I really like the Olympics.  I enjoy how healthy and strong the athletes look.  Not like models or actors who are thin or have muscles for looks, but strong and lean because they have refined their bodies through great discipline to achieve excellence in strength, endurance, and precision.  They glorify God, intentionally or not, by their effort.  Yet despite all their work it is of only some value.  Paul makes it clear in his letter to Timothy that Godliness has greater value.  And the great thing is we can all pursue Godliness.  And even greater is that it is Jesus Christ who makes us perfect.  We fail without him.  We all win the gold through him.  I am thankful for the work of Godliness in me through Jesus Christ.


Truth and Assurance


Jesus Has Been Made Perfect Forever

“For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.  He has no need like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.  For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever” – Hebrews 7:26-28

Going away party with our Church small group!

We had a going away part with our small group at church.  They have always been supportive and encouraging as we prepared for this move to Costa Rica and Peru.  Here is a picture of most of our group.This following picture is more realistic picture of everyone.  Thanks to everyone in our group for their prayers and support.  We will miss you.

Another Good Post From Diospi Suyana

Another Good Post from the Diospi Suyana Website.

Maybe The Picture Of The Month

TV journalist Rolando Escaró donates blood

Many TV production teams  have visited the Diospi Suyana hospital during the last few years. All of them have reported positively, some of them even exuberantly, about the “Hospital of Faith”, and ultimately helping Diospi Suyana. TV journalist Rolando Escaró went one big step further:  he gave blood in support of the hospital work.  This act of humanity was recently mentioned in a report that was broadcasted on national TV.  Rolando Escaró thinks of himself as an agnostic. Nevertheless, he said the following: “It is said, that God’s existence is only visible when something that is obviously, impossible becomes a possibility.” He was referring to the missionary hospital, which, as a journalist, he had just visited for four days. Interesting!

TV journalist Rolando Escaró supporting the hospital with his blood


For One Sol

From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.  God works through the generous hearts of many people.  The stories of generosity toward this work in the mountains of Peru are assurances of God’s involvement.

At the bus station of Expresso Palomino / Wari in the notorious neighborhood of “La Victoria”

Friday night, 6pm: I just bought numerous blinds for the hospital lab. For 20 Soles, a taxi drives me and the blinds to the “La Victoria” neighborhood. Many bus companies leave from the bus station here and I want to find out whether one of them can take my purchases to Curahuasi.

It is busy at the bus station of Palomino Wari: busses coming in, busses leaving and people dropping of packages in all sizes to be taken to the Southern parts of the country. People are lining up to quickly buy a bus ticket. The hustle and bustle is a bit confusing.

The guys loading the buses already know me. They know that I work for the Diospi Suyana hospital and will try to negotiate the price for my package delivery down. “10 Soles” says one of them and thank him for the generous offer. About $2.50 – that’s not a bad price for sending my package on a 1000 kilometer trip.

Then, another employee comes up to me and shows me his face. It looks as if he is suffering from a bacterial infection, and for a little while, the station courtyard turns into a doctor’s office.

All of a sudden, a young woman addresses me: “We will take your blinds to Curahuasi for 1 Sol (30 cents). And that will be our fare for any future deliveries as well.” She gives me her business card and smiles at me. Who is this fairy godmother? One of the laborers whispers in my ear that she is the wife of the bus company owner Palomino. I start a conversation with her and hand her information about the Diospi Suyana hospital.

At the register, I have to explain to the surprised employee why my delivery bill is only 1 Sol. At that moment, a supervisor joins us, saying: “Mr. Palomino just called instructing us that, as of now, all hospital deliveries from Lima to Curahuasi will be free!”

I am wondering what happened? Maybe the Palomino family watched the documentary about Diospi Suyana last Saturday on TV. I am wondering whether the promise will be upheld.

I don’t know the answers to these questions but one thing I know: “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” (Mal 4:2) /KDJ

Being the Best is No Cure for Eternity – Gospel Driven Church

Another nice post by Jared Wilson.

Being the Best is No Cure for Eternity

“Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, ‘Hey man, this is what is.’ I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think, ‘God, it’s got to be more than this.’ I mean this isn’t, this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be.” When Kroft asked him, “What’s the answer?” Brady responded, “I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I love playing football and I love being quarterback for this team. But at the same time, I think there are a lot of other parts about me that I’m trying to find.” (– Tom Brady interview with Steve Kroft, 60 Minutes, 12.23.07.)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
– Ecclesiastes 3:11

(NFL kicks off Sep. 6 with the Cowboys visiting the Giants.)

Blessed Are the Vanished, for Theirs is Glory

Nice post by Jared Wilson at The Gospel Driven Church.  I am so challenged by those who have sacrificed so much for the sake of the gospel.

Blessed Are the Vanished, for Theirs is Glory

An Egpytian Muslim by birth, [Sharaf] el-Din converted to Christianity in 1983 after both he and his wife had visions of Jesus (a surprisingly frequent occurrence in Muslim countries). They left Egypt for Kenya in 1988 to search for employment and to avoid the increasing religious persecution they faced at home. Desperate for a job, Mr. el-Din legally returned to Egypt in 1994. But upon his return, his family did not hear from him for five months because he was immediately “detained.” A hearing was eventually held in which no charges were raised, yet he continued to be detained. After getting legal permission, his lawyer attempted to visit him in the prisons, but he couldn’t find him. The only reason given for his incarceration, informally, was that he converted to Christianity. He was suffering for his faith.

– Mark Dever, “1 Peter: When Things Get Tough,” in The Message of the New Testament (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2005), 445.

In a footnote, Dever writes, “At date of publication, no further information on Mr. el-Din could be found.”

The man simply vanished into the disappearing torture cabinet of martyrdom.

And yet, he did not. He is united with Christ, seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6), hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). Some day we will learn truly that obscurity, lack of recognition, being swallowed up into thin air and forgotten by all earthly powers, whether by persecution or simply by the circumstances of life, is but a light momentary affliction compared to the eternal weight of glory that is every believer’s in Christ Jesus. And I suspect the most glorious of us in the age to come will be those we’d never heard of in the age that is.”