Peter has successfully completed sexto grado at Colegio Diospi Suyana! He started three years ago in 4th grade, not hardly speaking a word of Spanish (in a school where not a single student or Peruvian teacher can speak English), and now he is a fluent Spanish speaker excelling in his classes (at least the ones that interest him). Can you imagine the challenge of changing schools, learning a new language, studying in a different type of educational setting while dealing with the stresses of living cross culturally? He is a champ! We are proud of you Peter.
Some photos from our recent hospital retreat. This article is from the hospital website. The people at the hospital are a great group, and they are a great example to us of Christian love and brotherhood.
A day of creative joy
If 107 grown-ups and children play and make handicrafts fun is not far away. The several workshops on offer rediscovered and promoted talents. Santa Claus came as a surprise visitor and brought presents for all the 45 children there. The “Olympic Games” ensured that there was not a dry eye in the house. The group honoured seven exceptional athletes for their excellent support over the past years: Dr Will and Allison Caire, Harry Dürksen, Patti Piepiora, Simon and Belen Giesbrecht and Dr Marlen Luckow all of whom are finishing their multi-year working-stints at Diospi Suyana. Thus drops of sadness mingled with the joyful atmosphere. But we as Christians believe that we will see each other again one day.
The bigger a mission gets, the harder it gets for it to maintain it’s Christian character. Please continue to pray for Diospi Suyana and its work in health care, education, and evangelism. From the website.
The Work Force Grows Every YearWe are still a medium-sized company, but not for much longer!
According to the official German definition a medium-sized company employs up to 250 employees. Currently Diospi Suyana employs 240 Peruvians and missionaries in its manifold areas of activity; the employment trend is steadily heading upwards.
Of course our missionary work is not a company in the classical sense. Naturally supply and demand play their role – we want to help alleviate the huge human need – but Diospi Suyana does not focus on a black figure on its bottom line. Our patients pay only a quarter of their respective true costs. A network of solidarity makes it possible for us to offer our services on the basis of charity. It is amazing seeing how well this system works – here we experience real examples of God’s faithfulness.
Due to the size Diospi Suyana has currently reached, it has lost some of its original familial character. Over this weekend several missionaries and their families are on a retreat at a hotel in the Inca’s Holy Valley. 107 grown-ups and children play and sing together and a Columbian pastor-couple are providing the biblical inputs. Pastor Carlos Supelano and his wife Miriam Suarez started yesterday’s workshop with radical and honest confessions from their personal lives: what an atmosphere to experience!
On Monday we will dive back into reality. The patients’ queues grow yearly, the school is growing and the media centre has placed great expectations on itself. There is no lack of hard work. But for two days we do not want to think about that.
Top foto: After a city parade on November 25 some of our co-workers line up for a foto.
The hospital retreat is an event looked forward to every year by all of us. Last weekend we went to Yucay in the Sacred Valley of Peru. It is a 2 1/2 hour trip from Curahuasi which ends in arguably one of the prettiest parts of Peru. We left the hospital on Friday at 2:30 after rushing through a lightened patient schedule, and then returned on Sunday afternoon. Every year there is a speaker who works to encourage the missionaries in their faith and perseverance. Saturday afternoon is spent playing games, going on hikes, or simply talking. It is a blessing to have this weekend each year to work on our friendships with one another to be refreshed in remembering our purpose.
Can you imagine a school without running water? That has been the situation at Colegio Diospi Suyana for much of it’s existence. If you have read our blog you know that the town of Curahuasi has water problems. In our home last week, we received water only one day. In fact we are in Cuzco now to renew our kid’s passports, but also so we can wash clothes and take showers at leisure. But a school without running water is simply gross. And that has been the case much of the time due to the lack of fair water distribution in town. Thankfully, Diospi Suyana has had success with drilling a well. We are thankful and praise God for his providence. Here is the article from the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.
Crystal clear water gushes from our well at the school
Email from Peru 2 p.m. CET: The well drilling was stopped at a depth of 71,40 m due to extremely hard solid rock. The installation of the pipework went smoothly. At 8 p.m. last night a provisional pump started swilling the well. An hour later the water was “as clean as possible” so that the filter gravel could be built into the aquiferous layers. Our own measurements showed that 6,000 litres of water could be pumped in an hour.
Today the pump is going to be installed 5,00 metres lower, as last night everything had to be done very quickly. The solid rock has made the drill completely useless. Perhaps will be able to exhibit the drill in the school at some point in the future. Best regards, Oebele + Udo.
Email from Peru 6:06 p.m. CET: Crystal clear water is now gushing at a rate of 150 litres/min = 9,000 litres/hour and is tasteless. Greetings, Udo.
Email from Peru 8:19 p.m. CET: I attach two pictures of the drilling head. The diamonds are totally spent and parts of them are broken away. Normally they can drill between 500 and 600 metres; in Curahuasi they only managed 70 m. We were told they were new! It is impossible to put the diamonds back into the drilling head. Greetings, Udo
Our friend Ari Cale is a doctor in the hospital. She is married to one of the teachers at the school. David, her husband, is the homeroom teacher for our daughter Annie. Recently Ari posted a long discussion on her blog about her discipleship group as well as a weekend retreat David had with his class. The post has a lot of pictures, and gives a different view of life in Curahuasi. You can read it at her website at this link.