We are glad to be serving at this Christian facility, here in the middle of Peru, high in the mountains, surrounded by both the beauty of God’s creation and the desperateness of poverty that is a result of this fallen, sinful world. We are thankful that God saw worthy the lives of many here to build a hospital to be a beacon of hope in Christ to those who might not otherwise see Him. The name of Christ is not just something we say, but he is the person and God that is the root of all our work and motivation. At the hospital we are not humanitarians, but Christians trying to serve God and man through the love and Spirit of Christ working in us. There is hope in this world, and it comes through Jesus Christ. See the following from the new Diospi Suyana Hospital website.
You are more than a grain of dust in the universe that will be blown away by the wind of time without sense or meaning. The story of Diospi Suyana points to a higher power. The Bible says that the worth of our life is God’s love itself. For many this sounds too good to be true.
The mission hospital Diospi Suyana came into being as one of the most modern hospitals in Peru without any guaranteed budget and without debts. The basis of this unbelievable success story was our trust in God’s reality. Divine providence and a series of miracles gave birth to something wonderful, which has received world-wide acclaim as a testimony to God’s faithfulness.
If God can make much out of little and everything out of nothing, then he can intervene in our personal lives in the person of Jesus Christ. One verse in the Bible sums up what the Christian faith is all about: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Faith in God is more than a sop in the dark hours of our lives, but it gives the answers for our past, our present and our future.
a) Our past
When Jesus died on the cross, it was not that a dirty political intrigue found its sad end. No, prior to his death Christ had predicted that he would die in order to bear the sin of all humanity. Under the cross we can get rid of the burdens of our past, our unfaithfulness, our lack of love and our pride. The sign of the cross solves the conflict between God’s justice and his love. God passes sentence on us, but he carries the punishment himself. By forgiving our sins he declares us free of guilt so that we can breathe a sigh of relief.
b) Our present
In Jesus God offers us his friendship. Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3, 20) To eat means to enjoy fellowship with God. His presence fills the void in our soul and gives our life a deeper sense. If it is true that God loves us, that life is worth living.
c) Our future
Death calls all our efforts into question. Sooner or later we will have to part from all the people we love. Or we ourselves will be lying in a coffin with all the others weeping for us. God promises eternal life to those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. When 2000 years ago Jesus lived on this earth, he carried out the greatest rescue operation in the history of mankind. His death on the cross and his resurrection mark the most important events in world history.
You may object that the Christian faith sounds good, but how can we know that it is true. Many philosophize for hours by the fireside about the faith and get nowhere. At the end we have to take the plunge and try it out ourselves. We have nothing to lose, but all to gain. The Bible encourages us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
If you want to learn more about the Christian faith, then you should start with a simple prayer. This is how you can pray, “Lord Jesus, I want to trust in you. Please forgive my sins. From now on I want to do your will. Come into my life and lead me through your Holy Spirit. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Amen!”