A couple weeks ago Allison had the idea of trying to create a night out for several of the young mothers that are missionaries here in Curahuasi. There are two German women who have had their babies within the last months, and while there is support and friendship from the missionary community and the Quechua, it is not like being in your home country with a baby. Those first several months have hard times, as all you mothers know. So she came up with the idea of a restaurant night, and with the very strong encouragement of David, they worked to make it a reality. We invited all the German parents who had kids to come to our house without their kids to eat at our restaurant. The mothers with infants could bring their babies, and we would take care of them upstairs. Allison and her friend Konika are experienced mothers, and they are good with infants. The night was a blast. We set up every table and chair we have, covered the tables with flowers and candles. The kids dressed up in dark pants and light shirts, the girls in skirts. We slicked the boys hair back, taught them how to take orders and serve as waitstaff, filling glasses, taking dirty dishes, and then we put everyone to work. Allison and Konika cooked a bunch of bread, provided dipping oils, made a big italian dish, a choice of molten chocolate cake or key lime pie for dessert, and the restaurant was open. Nolan played guitar for some live music, and Ari helped in the kitchen, and all the Germans were able to relax, talk in their native language by candlelight, and we hope have a very relaxing and fun time. I was a proud husband and father watching the efforts of Allison and our kids while trying to help wherever I could. Here are some pictures below from the evening.
This video has brought many hours of pleasure to our family over the last 18 months. Words to live by.
Check out this list. I have not read enough of these books to consider myself well-read. I guess that too many years focused on the fantasy and science fiction genres and then medical school, marriage, kids, and work have kept me from the others. A pretty common story I think in regards to finding time to read. How many have you read? Are there any books left off in your opinion?
Allison and I have read a lot since we have moved here. The life is pretty calm when I am not in the hospital. There are not a lot of after school or nighttime activities. It gets dark early, as the sun goes behind the mountains in the 5 o’clock hour, and then it is dark completely by 6:30 to 7. Then the brilliant stars come out if it is not raining or cloudy. So when the kids are in bed, the reading can start. I have introduced myself to Jane Austen and I have enjoyed her books. David is starting the Lord of the Rings. Allison has been through a lot of kids books as part of her teaching responsibilities. I have read quite a few of them myself. Several biographies have been enjoyed including William Wilberforce, C.S. Lewis, John Newton among others that were not so interesting. I am trying to work through Malcom Muggeridge’s auto-biography currently. So we have time to read, and we are open to recommendations if you have some. I am going to start looking at the Time list from above. We are thankful for the Kindle that allows us to get books very easily. It would be so different without electronic books. It is easier to live in a foreign country now thanks to technology. God is always giving us what we need, and often what we want. We are thankful for the gift of literature, reading and technology.
From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.
A stimulating experience and a great honor
For many, he is currently the most important apologist for the Christian faith. His two public debates with the voice of the “new atheists” Richard Dawkins have made history. But even with Christopher Hitchens, Victor Stenger, and Michael Shermer – all leading thinkers of the atheistic worldview- he was already in the open game.
His book, “God’s Undertaker” could be described as perhaps the best response to books like “The God Delusion.” The mathematics professor from Oxford discovered in the micro-and macrocosm much evidence for the existence of God. We see in the history of Diospi Suyana equally clear references to the God of the Bible, who answers prayers and strengthens our confidence in Him.
Yesterday, in a private laptop presentation, Prof. Lennox heard for the first time about the “Hospital of Faith” in Peru. The German accent of Dr. John did not seem to bother him. In any case, the Northern Irishman is fluent in German, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The hearty lunch at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, to which the professor had generously invited him, gave the missionary doctor the necessary energy for his presentation.
Diospi Suyana wishes John Lennox many more productive years, ingenious ideas when writing his books, and God’s abundant blessings.
Extra money passing hands is common in Peru, but the government is making a big effort to get this corruption under control. If you talk to missionaries here, you will get lots of different ideas on how to address or work through this part of the culture. I have never purposely been part of a bribe here, but in retrospect I have thought maybe I had unwittingly been part of one. There are often extra receipt-less expenses for services that make you wonder. But, lots of expenses here are provided without a receipt, so maybe I should just calm my suspicions. With these experiences in mind, I read with interest on the Christianity Today website an article titles “When Should an Overseas Missionary Pay a Bribe?” There are several interesting opinions, and I found myself thinking in new ways about this confusing topic for a developing world missionary.
One of the things I have been a little sad to see as we have been interested in medical missions over the years is how they are diminishing. In some ways, maybe that is good. Countries are doing a better job at providing for their people, so perhaps there is less need. On the other hand, sometimes it is not so good. The cost of running a mission hospital is very high, and it takes a lot of work and commitment. A mission hospital is not usually financially sustainable within the context of where it has been placed. These hospitals are in the poorest areas of the world. So they need money from the West. Christians in Europe, the United States, and Canada give of their own resources to maintain hospitals so that people who cannot fund them will have access to care. I noticed a lot of mission agencies were leaving this type of mission behind because the cost is too high. And I think that this is a shame, because as Christians our witness of the work of Jesus Christs is both in words (of course) but also in deeds. Compassion often wins hearts where logic will not. Check the article below to see how hard Dr. Klaus John works traveling the world to keep our little hospital to the Quechua people open.
It was a bumpy flight and even at an altitude of over 30,000 feet, the view was obstructed by clouds. But then, somewhere over the Atlantic, suddenly was the bright morning star, a small dot in the sky. Last night, Dr. John arrived in Oxford for two important appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Friday, the journey continues to Barcelona, where five lectures and interviews are waiting for him. A Spanish women a few months ago had read the book “Seeing God” during their return flight from Peru to Spain. A few days later, she sent Dr. John an invitation to Catalonia. On May 15, the mission doctor will begin a tour of Germany. So far, over 75,000 people have attended one of the 1,843 presentations given by the Dr. John.