If you are interested in sponsoring a child a Colegio Diospi Suyana, please let us know. We can help make the contacts that you need to help some of the poor kids in Curahausi attend what we believe to be the best school in the region. And all this great teaching will be in a Christian environment. The best work we are doing is with the young people in Curahuasi as we try to show them Christ in our lives. Read this note from the Diospi Suyana Hospital webpage.
A report by Carolin Klett
“Wow, my sponsor has only two children.” “My sponsor is alone; she has neither husband nor children.” “I have quite a lot of sponsors—an entire company, in fact.” “A whole company? Wow, Rosa has a whole company of sponsors.” “I’m sponsored by an entire class.” “We have the same sponsor.” “My sponsors sent me a letter and a photo.” “Mine too—look, here’s the picture.” “My sponsor is named Julia.” “I don’t remember my sponsor’s name—it was so funny.” “What was my sponsor’s last name? I’ve forgotten it.”
I was able to witness many such conversations last week, when all students of Diospi Suyana who attend on scholarship received a letter from their sponsor. In Curahuasi, people almost never actually get letters, so this was a special experience for the children.
Many children have scarcely stopped talking about their sponsors. One big question has been, “Can my sponsors come to Curahuasi? I would like to get to know them.”
Thanks to all the sponsors who make it possible for 70 children from poor families to attend our school. These children’s parents and we as a school are grateful for your support!
We are thankful to have more than enough sponsors for poor children in the community—there is even a sponsor waiting list. Again and again I am asked, “Why does the school not take more children from poor families?” The problem, however, is that these children often require more support, both from within the school and in their communities. The teachers offer tutoring in the afternoon for struggling students, but they are limited in the amount of help they can give. In addition, there are unfortunately many parents from poor families who have come to terms with their poverty and choose to rely on free handouts rather than working themselves. But at school, we expect to work with the parents, so that the child can really have success in school. Some parents are simply not willing to make such a commitment. That is why we are looking for families who are motivated to change their situation.
For many children, it is a privilege to have a sponsor, which allows them to receive a quality education. One girl put it this way: “I’m going to learn a lot, so that my sponsor will be proud of me.” One boy writes: “Thank you, God, that you have given me a sponsor.”
Thanks to all the sponsors! Thanks also to all those who pray for their child and for the school in general. Your prayers are very important because many students have school and family problems. Prayer is powerful.
Letters of thanks to the sponsors overseas.
Christians know the secret behind what David Brooks never gets around to saying completely in his article in the New York Times.
If you think that human nature is good and powerful, then you go around frustrated because the perfect society has not yet been achieved. But if you go through life believing that our reason is not that great, our individual skills are not that impressive, and our goodness is severely mottled, then you’re sort of amazed life has managed to be as sweet as it is.
Read the article here.
In this post from the Diospi Suyana Hospital, they acknowledge once again that we are depending on God for our sustenance. This is so important, and so easily forgotten. Every part of me wants to be self reliant, not needing anything; and every part of me wants some assurance that things will be OK and that someone will take care of things because I realize I cannot do it on my own. This dichotomy of thought plagues the Christian life for many, and we need God to help us sort thought it. But through all our confusing and dual-minded thoughts, we can pray and trust God to work it out. These women pray for our school especially, and I trust that it makes a difference. Please keep praying for us.
A secret society of women
For 5 years, a group of mothers has met in private homes in Curahuasi to pray together. On Wednesday mornings, 5 to 10 women leave their daily tasks for an hour to engage in a focused prayer time. Praying all together or in smaller groups, they ask God to provide for their children and families, for the needs of the mission hospital, and for the concerns of the school. They also pray for the Diospi Suyana staff and patients, as well as the many children of the village.
No one can measure what a positive influence these meetings have had over the past few years. Being in the presence of God brings rest, strength, and blessing.
I took this picture, and then he pulled out his smart phone and took one too!
We need specific help in several areas. One is in the area of education. We need teachers for the mission school who are trained in the US or Europe. A volunteer needs to speak Spanish, so that is one hurdle. You need to be a Christian as well. However, if you are interested in a challenging, cross cultural, Christian experience for a couple years, we have the place for you in Colegio Diospi Suyana. Every year we are adding a grade level, so high school opportunities will be here soon. You will teach in Spanish, and you can have your own classroom or work in tandem with a Peruvian teacher. Also if you want to come and you don’t speak Spanish or lack confidence in the language, you can help with tutoring the English speaking missionary kids in their English language and cultural classes. Allison does it all right now, including helping teaching English to native spanish speakers and substituting in other areas (right now as the math teacher in the junior high classes). Our kids and others need help to be prepared for American universities and high schools on their return to the States. We are doing the best we can, but we really could use your help. If you came to help tutor, you would still have half of your day free to work on your Spanish language skills and to help in some of the social ministries that are going on around the community.
Also we need help in the hospital. All physicians, nurses, and technicians are needed. The requirements are that you are a Christian and that you speak Spanish. We really want your help long term!
Send us a message if this sounds like the place you should be! Let us talk.
We got an email a couple weeks ago from a friend who wanted to come for a visit! It was Ryan Blucker, a friend from our carefree days at Abilene Christian University. It is always good to have another wildcat in Apurimac . . . we already had five of us in these lonely mountains. I dare to say ACU is the most represented American university in this part of Peru. So we were eager for number six to arrive. It was a great blessing for him to be here as he encouraged us and laughed with us about some of the funny things about life in C-town. I did not remember that he is a child psychologist, and really an expert in helping to try and break the cycle of family violence. He is a fluent Spanish speaker, and he already works in Central America, specifically Honduras and Guatemala, in efforts to try and help alleviate the suffering that comes in these broken societal structures. His job at the University of Oklahoma allows him to take time away from work to travel and help. Ryan had been in Lima presenting to a conference of Latin American psychologists, and while there he made a little time to fly out to Curahausi to see us in our humble home. When I was reminded of the work he does, I was very eager for him to meet with the leaders of the school to see if he would be able to help. I think the meeting went well, and there might be possibilities for the future. Who knows? Maybe God has a purpose in this short visit that could pay dividends in the future for the people of Curahuasi!
Ryan Blucker on Capitan Rumi
While here we took him to the local swimming hole. I think he may have more respect for our biting flies. Never forget the bug spray!
Paying the price
I think Deborah does some of the best work in the hospital. Social service are difficult in the US. It is even harder here.
The struggle for social assistance
Nicolas Quispe is 93 years old, and he is only expected to live for a few days. In an emergency surgery at the Diospi Suyana hospital, the surgeon found that Nicolas had a twisted colon and advanced inflammation (peritonitis). Now he may die with dignity in his own bed at home.
Social worker Debora Centner writes: “His three daughters have become his full-time caregivers. But they were struggling to make ends meet, because in order to withdraw their financial aid from the bank, their terminally ill father had to be physically present. So we grabbed the ambulance and took Nicolas directly to the bank. As a social worker, I helped negotiate with the bank employees. Then the person in charge of the program came to the ambulance armed with a clipboard and an official document. He pressed the patient’s finger onto the document as a signature, and then the money was paid.
“You have received your money,” I told Nicolas, who is blind. In a weak voice, he replied, “Gracias, Mamita.”
This money can now sustain him and his daughters until his last breath at home. He will be able to leave this earth surrounded by those he loves most.
Moving the patient to the stretcher.
The patient is finally at home in his own bed, with Debora Centner seated alongside.
Some pictures from the recent medical campaign to a community a couple hours from Curahuasi.
Our interns ready to start the day.
Roads on the edge.
Above the treelike.
Arriving in the early morning to a cloud covered town.
Dr. Martina giving expert care.
Patricia waiting for the kids to arrive.
Registering the patients.
Patty doing a club for kids.
Singing and sharing the gospel.
Teaching about dental health.
Dr. Ruth checking out a patient.
Jumping in celebration after a long day of work.
We have had two very nice witnesses with us this summer. When I talk about witnesses, I am referring to the World Wide Witness program that is a class on missions at Abilene Christian University. In this class students learn about missions, and then they do a practicum where they spend time with missionaries in the field. We had two witnesses last summer who were great! And we have not been disappointed with the two fun witnesses we have had this time around. It has been a little different for them, as it feels like the summer has been a little bit crazy and busy, but we trust that God gives them what they need in each moment to grow in their faith and in their understanding of the mission life. I thought it might be nice to give a little publicity to their blog which is called Hasta los Confines de la Tierra. Click the blog name to go see what they have had to say about their experiences over the last 5 weeks. Here is a picture of Allison with Natalie and Haley that I stole from their blog. It was taken on a recent trip to Cuzco where they bonded and bought hippie backpacker pants.
Allison, Natalie, and Haley