A Soft Touch

From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

A Human Encounter in the Operating Room

Dana-Henning-und-Kind-slider-900x551A moment in life – Captured by Dr. Achterberg

Operating rooms are frightening places, especially for children. A patient having to approximate the operating table is acquainted with the feeling of concern and uncertainty. The high-tech-machines  are intimidating. Everything seems so strange. A foreign environment accompanied by foreign sounds. The staff often acts under stressful conditions. The hospital (business) can become a soul-deprived factory. And then the uncertainty. Who can predict whether the procedure will turn out to be a routine case or a tragedy.

In the midst of this exception Dana Hennig smiles at a child. The atmosphere seems completely detached, almost surreal. The infantile cheeks mirror the anesthetic nurse’s/anesthetist’s friendliness and love. For a short while the very recent fear is forgotten. In a moment the surgery will begin. Lastly a tender hug, a fervent kiss and a final prayer.

Secure in God’s hand /KDJ

This is a Big Country!

We have been traveling!  Our kids have mentioned that being in the US has not been what they were expecting, and I do not blame them.  We have spent way more time in our car than is good for family harmony, yet we are hanging in there.  We have seen friends in many parts of the country, and even fit in a little sightseeing along the way!  Between visiting friends and supporters in Crested Butte and seeing my family in Kansas City, we had a few days to waste, so we added a short trip up to Mt. Rushmore.  If you have not been, it is worth the visit!  We are glad to be home, but we are wondering when the rest comes.  Tomorrow we leave for Abilene again!  Then some time at home and a trip through south Texas!  So far we have seen great friends in Abilene, Lubbock, Colorado Springs, Crested Butte, Ft. Collins, Denver, Kansas City, and Oklahoma City. I love traveling, but mostly I love seeing so many friends that we have not seen in such a long time. To our supporters in Dallas, we actually will spend time in Dallas in the future, and we plan on seeing you too!Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 9.11.19 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 9.23.45 AM

On a mission to encourage

OK. We’ve been in the States now almost a month and we’ve traveled about, seeing friends and family, we’ve eaten Mexican food, we’ve flushed our toilet paper, we’ve gone to church in English, we’ve hugged people we love. We drove through ten states over the last two weeks. I will ask Will to post some travel pictures and news.

As we go, I’ve been praying that we can be an encouragement to people we see. I’ve been wondering what we could say or do that would bless our supporters. I’ve been asking God to reveal something we’ve learned or gleaned that would help others love Him more. I have also listened as we have related things that are difficult, things that make us laugh, cultural things we don’t understand, things that have hurt our hearts. Will and I have discussed trying to be mostly positive when we are sharing about Peru. There are many amazing, beautiful things about Peru and our life there. But sometimes when we start talking about it some of the frustrations rise to the surface because they are somehow easier to describe. Maybe we are subconsciously trying to win sympathy, but I believe that one’s joys are more ephemeral while one’s complaints are easy to pin down.

The other day it occurred to me that the honest way we are opening our hearts and the desire we have to encourage our listeners could possibly go together. Here’s how: we are plodding on, by the grace of God. It is not very glamorous and we aren’t holding our breath for any missionary keynote speaker invitations, but maybe seeing sinful, broken, normal people persevering can be an encouragement. Hearing someone say, “It isn’t easy and simple, but we’re going back, counting on God to do something through us,” could help someone who is living their everydays here. May the strong name of Jesus be exalted in our weakness.

Having fun with cousins!

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Visiting friends. Someone forgot our legs.

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Blown away! Colorado is awesome!

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Las bonitas! Friendship is a blessing of greatest measure!

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Kansas Caires.

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