Our friend Ryan has once again used his skills to bring to life through multimedia a bit of what our job here is like. Please take two minutes to watch this video that he created as Dr. Martina John, one of the founders of the hospital, describes a hard story from the past week. Dr. John is a very good doctor, and I would trust anyone in my family with her. I feel privileged to work with her and to learn from her.
From the “new” Diospi Suyana Hospital website . . .
The Diospi Suyana Hospital
Our mission hospital opened its doors to the public on October 22, 2007. Since then, our doctors and nurses have served more than 120,000 patients. The superb reputation of the hospital is founded on its modern equipment, inexpensive prices, and last but not least on the friendly care by our staff members. In the morning, long lines of patients crowd at the main entrance. Our patients come from all 25 states of Peru. It is not rare to have four patients from four different states in one single room. Most of our visitors are needy Quechua people as is obvious by looking into our waiting room. The great majority of Peruvians have heard about Diospi Suyana through some 30 TV reports and countless articles in the press. The mass media of Peru have named Diospi Suyana “the Hospital built on Faith”. There are 3 principal reasons why we think that this expression is well chosen.
1. Diospi Suyana is a modern high-tech hospital serving the Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes. It offers a standard of care on par with western medicine anywhere. This “miracle” project was made possible through answered prayers and a chain of individual events. The story reads like a suspense novel, fascinating to both Christians and non-Christians alike. As pioneers of this work, we saw God at work in the establishment of Diospi Suyana with our own eyes. For this reason, the book detailing the work of Diospi Suyana is titled “Seeing God! The miraculous story of the Diospi Suyana Hospital.” Many readers can’t put the book down once they start, reading the book in a single night. The 6th edition was published by BrunnenVerlag in 2013. The first English edition will come out in September of 2014 by Lion Hudson.
2. Jesus Christ himself was dedicated to healing the sick and bringing relief to the poor. His disciples follow his example and Diospi Suyana is leading the way – just like the founders of the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Christian Blind Mission, World Vision, and countless others who were and are dedicated Christians. Our commitment to serve the poorest of the poor in Peru is due to our desire to follow the “Great Samaritan,” not solely for humanitarian purposes.
3. Even though Diospi Suyana practices medicine on a daily basis, we know that the ultimate solution to end human suffering is not found in prescribing medications, nor in procedural interventions, nor even in life-saving surgeries. Sooner or later, we will all die one day. The key question is “What comes after death?” Jesus Christ promised that anyone who believes in Him will have eternal life in heaven. The staff of Diospi Suyana is convinced this is true. Therefore, each working day at the hospital begins with a chapel service and a prayer reminding all why we are here.
David is our oldest, and he has taught us many things about how to be parents. He is a great kid, full of creativity and drive. He is kind to his siblings and younger children, and he relates well with his peers. He has a good sense of humor, and he brings joy to our family. We are glad that he has been with us for the last eleven years.
Our daughter Annie is 8 years old today! She is adventurous and full of creativity. She goes constantly from on task to another all day long. She likes to get things done. She likes her friends (which I realized as I tried to find pictures of her by herself.) We love you Annie, and we are so glad we get to spend life with you! God bless you in this next year.
Sometimes it is hard to believe that Lima and Curahuasi are in the same country.