A View from Above

I took this picture at about 12,000 feet elevation on the way to Abancay.  I have to get special permission from the government to drive a car with tinted windows.  That means two trips that last all day to the regional capital of Abancay.  Hopefully I will complete the process on Friday!

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Fun vs. Joy

Now Radio and TV

Now we are adding radio and TV to the ministries of the hospital. I have heard a saying to the affect that if you are not growing and changing, then you are in the process of dying. If that is true, God’s work in Curahuasi will not be dying soon. This is from the Diospi Suyana website.

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A time plan for 6 months

The building for our radio and TV work is standing. But many details are still missing in the TV-Studio. There is a lot of work to be done before the first broadcast of the first show. The offices should be furnished by the end of May. Today, Thursday, the tables, closets and chairs for Diospi Suyana are being loaded in Switzerland. The installation of the equipment for the Radio- and TV studios will take another 2 months. Most likely we will purchase the equipment in the USA or in Europe.

 

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The radio waves left their mark in the window

At the same time, antennas need to be constructed in Curahuasi and in the east of the state of Apurimac. Possibly, we will be purchasing the land for this purpose.

We are planning with the arrival of our Australian TV-technician, Chris Welsh, and his family in May. His input is very important for the signal transmission. In June, a team of around 10 people will be thinking about the programs embodiment. The plan is to have a Tandem-Team. Each professional will be teaching one further person.

End of July/ beginning of August: The official induction of the Media Center. After that the transmission over FM. 2 months later the TV transmission may follow.

In the fall, during the evening program, we would like to transmit a show over short waves. For that we must also buy the equipment and install it.Every long journey begins with the first step. Luckily, this first step has already been taken some time ago. The opportunities that this new branch of work presents, is worth all the effort.

What to do When Our Boys Love “Halo”

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Almost every Friday afternoon our living room is full of boys playing the video game “Halo Reach”.  In this game they have the option of going on campaigns to destroy the violent invading aliens, or they can choose to play a game where they each take a controller and try to kill each other.  Guess which one they choose.  If you guessed the option to kill one another, you are correct.  I would guess that anyone who has boys would have guessed the latter. There is something about boys and violence that often, if not always, goes hand in hand. And I think one of our jobs as parents is to direct this violence to the good.  While the instinct may be to say “No” to violent games and give the commendation to”Be Gentle” or “Be Nice” (gentleness is a fruit of the spirit), maybe instead we should redirect and say “Be strong for the weak” or “Be courageous for God” or “Protect” or “Do courageous things for the gospel”.

In the magazine “First Things” the article “Killer Instinct” takes on the natural tendency toward destruction in many boys. I identified with the author as I thought about how recently Peter had some homemade fireworks explode in his fingers as he was using a toothpick to try and extract the “gunpowder” from the red caps that produce the loud “POP” in cap guns.  He needed it so he could load the powder into his aluminum foil firework. All he ended up with were blistered fingers and bruised pride. Peter likes to make explosives.  I think it is the spark, the creativity, the noise, and just the curiosity to see what will happen.  As I looked at his fingers I had to resist the impulse to prohibit his violent activity completely while indulging the good instinct to warn him to be careful with explosives. And I came upon this author and thought it was worth sharing. The following is a quote that gets to the gist of the article, but click the link above for more.

What I think I have come to understand about boys is that a desire to commit violence is not the same thing as a desire to commit evil. It’s a mistake for parents to presume that a fascination with the idea of blowing something away is, in itself, a disgusting habit, like nose-picking, that can and should be eradicated. The problem is not that the boy’s hand itches for a sword. The problem lies in not telling him what they are for, that they are for something—the sword and the itch alike. If I had told my aggressive little son not, “Be gentle,” but, rather, “Protect your sister,” I might, I think, have had the right end of the stick.

 

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An all out battle amongst a bunch of really kind kids in the backyard.

Something to Think About

“God is like nothing we could have imagined. God is utterly other than us—other in a way we express with the word holiness. Yes, He dwells within each Christian, but He’s not you. He isn’t the same as you, He isn’t a part of you, and He isn’t a “higher” you. Yes, you’re made in His image, but you’re not Him. You’re not the same as Him, you’re not a part of Him, and you aren’t a “splinter” of Him––nor will you ever be. He doesn’t depend on anything else because He is what everything else depends on. He can’t be explained by anything else because He is what everything else must be explained by. Although we can know what He has taught us about Himself, we can never comprehend Him completely because He is greater than our minds. Anything He wills, He can do. He not only holds supreme power but He also uses it. Nothing can defeat Him and nothing can happen contrary to His will. He is also supremely good—light with no darkness. Although evil is real, He detests it and brings it to judgment. He knows everything, He pays attention to everything, and nothing escapes His notice. He’s not just a What and a Who, like me or like you, but one What in three Whos—one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[ 2] There is no one like Him. He is set apart. He is what He is, and there was never a time when He was not.”
― from “How to Stay Christian in College