You may have noticed that we have a link to pictures posted on Flickr on the sidebar of our blog. You can hit this link to go directly to the pictures if you would like to see some shots from our trip to Peru last February (2012). During the trip we visited the hospital and stayed two nights in Cuzco which is the closest big city. I am hoping to use the Flickr account to post more pictures for viewing in the future.
I have placed links to the Diospi Suyana website many times in the past. Here is a link to a recent article regarding some of the beauty that surrounds the hospital. They have recently had a water specialist visiting the town to give advice on how the pueblo could improve its water supply. As the town leaders took the missionary to the mountains to show him their main water source, they took some pictures. The result is the following link and article.
When you are in the Andes you should always carry a camera. There are so many beautiful things. Yesterday, a group from City Hall traveled up into the mountains to show engineer Bruce Rydbeck Curahuasi’s most important water sources.
Viewed from an altitude of 3500 meters, the landscape looks like paradise, as if out of a picture book. The Quechua Indians who live in the Andes sometimes live in an altitude of as high as 5000 meters. For the 30.000 inhabitants of the district of Curahuasi the trip to the hospital can take a full day.
Thanks be to God that the good news of Jesus Christ is presented to the people who are interested to hear at Diospi Suyana Hospital. Diospi Suyana means “We Trust in God” in Quechua, and the actions of the hospital demonstrate this. Every morning there is a chapel service in the main hall of the hospital where several songs of praise are sung and a short gospel presentation is given. I like that every morning begins with the recognition that all we are and all we do is in the hands of a God who loves us.
I am going public with one of my private prayer requests. In part because I read a blog by a young missionary friend, and in part because of my own selfish needs for friendship here, I have been asking God to give me someone who I could mentor/ disciple/ pray with. It may seem arrogant to think that I could disciple someone here at a missionary training school, but I love to think of passing on the blessing that different ladies have been to me. I believe all it really takes is willingness and the fact that I am one life stage ahead of some people– they only have preschool kids or are in their thirties. I have been asking God to show me who this person might be, but I’m not hearing anything. Will you pray with me that if this desire is from God that He will demonstrate who I could minister to in Jesus’ name? Thank you, friends.
I am learning Spanish, and I need all the help I can get. This article explains how exercise appears to have a very positive affect on memory. I think it might be time to start pounding the pavement as I learn the rules of subjunctive. How Exercise May Help Memory – NYTimes.com. Also, I looked up an old sermon for a friend and I was reminded of how it affected me the first time I heard it. I listened to it 3 or 4 times the first week I received it as a gift from Reese and Jennifer Graves, who themselves are likely heading to the mission field soon with their 5 kids. The title of the sermon describes the content very well. It is worth your time, and it is better to listen to than to read. Doing Missions When Dying is Gain. As we started homeschooling David over the past two weeks, someone posted this article on Facebook or their blog. I read it and I was encouraged that things will be OK as we start our new homeschooling season with our kids. We have loved our kids schools and the friends they have made, but as we move to the Andes in Peru, we are going to do something different as we wait for the school in Curahuasi to be built. 18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children. Finally the beauty of the Andes near Diospi Suyana Hospital from the Diospi Suyana website.
I actually do not know Bruce, but I hope I do someday. There are people all over the world, doing things that to me seem hard, difficult, or uncomfortable, and they do it for the sake of the kingdom of God. This is a note from Dr. John on the Diospi Suyana Hospital website. Bruce Rydbeck – A Man I Admire.
John Wesley and Charles Wesley created a club while they were students at Oxford where they methodically tried to live out their Christian lives. Apparently they were mocked as the “Holy Club” by their fellow students, yet despite this persisted in striving to live lives of holiness, generosity, and social consciousness. Thanks to Scott Benedict for the heads up during chapel at school regarding this list. The questions are worth reading and reflecting on as we examine how our lives express our devotion to God. Continue reading
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. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I was reviewing a blog of some friends who are headed to Peru, and I reread this post. I was challenged again by this crazy pursuit of learning Spanish as I recognized how far I have to go to learn this language. It is a lot of work, and for a mind that is becoming set in its English speaking ways, I think the transition is even tougher. As I read the post, I was reminded of a speaker who came to speak at our school during chapel. He spoke Spanish, but not well. He had come to language school in his 50’s or early 60’s, and as you would expect, learning Spanish had been difficult. Even now, after being in the country for a couple years, he struggled with his Spanish grammar. Yet he expressed joy in the difficulty, and he spoke to us of how God’s power is made perfect in weakness. When we suffer and demonstrate our frailties and our inadequacies, when we allow people to see how broken and weak we are, and when we cannot do the job well . . . when we are lacking in all these ways, yet we persist in obedience and love to do the work that God has called each of us to do, he is glorified all the more. When the missionary spoke in his broken Spanish, in front of his former teachers and the current students, with all his imperfections on display I was completely drawn to his obedience. I was more drawn to his obedience and surrender to the will of God than I have been to those who master the language. And so I remind myself daily that God makes himself known to the world through the brokenness of his people, as they walk out their faith in love and humility.
View the pictures below for a look at the people we will be serving in Peru. In many ways it feels like going back in time. I recently read a book ,The Last Days of the Incas, that explains the utter destruction of the Inca empire by the Spaniards and the desolation of the people immediately afterward. In many ways, for those in the rural areas, things have not improved since then. When reading the book, I was impressed by how much has been forgotten regarding the history and what was in the land – the cities, the roads, etc. I think the worse thing forgotten was/is the people, and they have suffered. I am glad to be working there to show them that God loves them, and I hope we can bring the compassion of God with us as we serve them humbly, as best we can. (I am thankful for these pictures from the Diospi-Suyana website.)