”I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light” — John Keith Falconer
Follow the above link to a story about Diospi Suyana’s Kids Clubs. This is an important ministry of Diospi Suyana Hospital. Unfortunately many of the children in Curahuasi suffer the consequences of the extreme poverty of the community. I appreciate the effort that the hospital makes to serve the children of the community by playing with them, loving them, and teaching them about the love of God. We look forward as a family to serving in this ministry.
Our daughter Annie is turning seven. It is nothing but a blessing to have her in our family. She brings us great joy, and we are pleased and feel privileged to be her parents.
THREE AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE MAKING THEIR WAY TO CURAHUASI
Dr. Kirsten Sayson, her husband Ryan and their children Noah and Ocean.
Dr. Kirsten Sayson is an internist who is planning to work at the Diospi Suyana hospital for two year. She and her husband Ryan, a computer specialist, have three children: Noah, Ocean and Ezra Emmanuel. The family of five will arrive in Curahuasi this June. And, in case you were wondering why there are only two children in the photo to the left: Ezra was not yet born when the photo was taken.
The Caire Family: Dr. Will, his wife Allison, and their children David, Annie, Peter and Sarah.
General practitioner Dr. Will Caire and his wife Allison might potentially be staying and working at Diospi Suyana for many years. Allison is a teacher and interested in helping at the Colegio Diospi Suyana. The Caires are currently living in Costa Rica, where they are learning Spanish at a language school. We are hoping the Claires family will move to Curahuasi in September.
Dr. John Washburn, his wife Crystal and their children Caleb and Hannah.
Dr. John Washburn visited the Peruvian Andes in 2003, and witnessing the poor living conditions and general plight of the Quechuas affected him deeply. He decided to one day return to Peru to work at a hospital. The day of his return is near: at the end of this year, the general practitioner will join the Diospi Suyana team. His wife Crystal is a photographer and will support the Diospi Suyana public relations team. The Washburns are planning on staying in Curahuasi for three years
Yesterday was Sarah’s birthday! We are glad to have had her in our family for five years. What a joy it is to have her for a daughter.
My mom cuts my nephew Augustus’ hair
I have been thinking about my Mom today, as I do most every day. Yesterday I did a simultaneous translation of a talk at Spiritual Emphasis Week. It was for two appreciative students from Korea who wanted to hear what the speaker was teaching, but needed a translation. They asked me to do it as the guy was getting up to speak. I didn’t have time to get nervous or wonder if I could do it. I just got up and tried. I kind-of liked the challenge. This morning I compared notes with a friend who did today’s translation and I realized that the difference between how we felt is that I didn’t really care that I didn’t do it perfectly. I think I would have been more intimidated if the teachers at our school had been listening, as they were today. But, really, I just did it to bless and help those students and I assume that when I made mistakes, they had grace for me, a fellow student. This is a heritage from my mom. My mom did all sorts of things to help people– wallpapering, “mudding” walls (putting a putty on for texture), painting, electrical work, installing floors, organizing events, giving perms, cutting hair, sewing, making jewelry, cooking lessons, marriage seminars, teaching the Bible, and probably much more. She may not have been an expert and she made mistakes sometimes, but she just assumed that people would appreciate the help and overlook any amateur errors. She was right. She taught the Bible in tons of settings, including being a BSF teaching leader, and she always said yes to challenges. It wasn’t because she thought, “Oh, I’ll be really good at this. I’m probably the person they should ask to do it.” It was because she thought, “Here’s a need and I’m available. I’ll do it with God’s help and it will be alright.” I used to marvel at how she rose to every challenge, how “perfectly” and “artistically” she did everything, how everything she did, she did well. Now I see that God blessed her willingness, her heart of service and love for others, her joy in trying something new, her quest for adventure. Yes, I’m crying now. What a blessing to have such a mom, to teach me to risk yourself, to agree to try what you’re not sure you can do. God is glorified in our weaknesses, as Will wrote last night, and He’s glorified by blessing a servant of His to do something well for Him. Thanks so much, Mom. I can’t wait to see you again.
Tonight, I was reading a friend’s blog. She was writing about the challenges of balancing her family life, the social / friend life, the life of service, etc. with the desire to learn Spanish. Learning Spanish is hard, and it takes a lot of time and work. She asked the rhetorical question, “What if I never learn Spanish?” I have certainly had my moments, some of the worst being last week when I wondered if I am going to arrive in Peru and not be able to understand anything that is said. All my medical work would be miraculous because God would have to help me understand what people are saying (perhaps the gift of listening in tongues – I am not sure I saw that in the Bible, but with God all things are possible), and then he would need to give my brain the right medical diagnosis and treatment for diseases I have never seen. It is discouraging to have these thoughts. But I was reminded that God works in our weakness. He is most glorified in us when our dependency and reliance on him is most obvious. If this all came easy, then it would look like I could do it alone. But the truth is that I am not making it look easy, and I cannot do it without him. So I remind myself of the truth from 2nd Corinthians when God spoke to Paul telling him “my power is made perfect in weakness.” Praise be to God that he will work through all of us and any of us.
2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Tomorrow is a big test covering Futuro Simple, El Condicional del Indicativo, and El Participio. I have thought that it might be a good idea to write a few posts about grammar since that is what I am spending so much of my time doing. So look forward to some posts about grammar, coming soon! However for now, I am going to study about how the Futuro Simple is used for future tense, but also about conjecture in the present. I am going to review how the conditional is used for being courteous, softening warnings or giving suggestions, for talking about the future of the past, or for conjecture regarding the past. I will also remind myself of the regular and irregular participles, their regular structure, their irregular structure, how they can be used as nouns, verbs, adjectives, or to express a passive voice.