Stolen Post from Dr. Ari

One of our good friends who also works as a doctor at our hospital is Ari Cale. She is a pleasure to have with us, and you can go to her blog on our sidebar.  I was reviewing her blog this past weekend, and I saw this excerpt from a very long post reviewing the past couple months in her life.  I like how she has taken 1 Corinthians 13 and modified it for missionary doctor life.  Below is the excerpt, but you can visit her blog by clicking here.

I feel like this season of my life God has really been letting 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 sink in and helping me it apply it to aspects and areas of my life.

My version:

“If I could speak Spanish, Quechua, Aymata, and German perfectly, but I didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I could speak the perfect spiritual truth in to the lives of my patients and others, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans about whether my patients will heal and live and if I possessed all knowledge about the body, illness, and what is the underlying health and spiritual problem of my patients and those I encounter during the day, and if I had such faith that could just pray and the people are healed, but I didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the people of Peru and gave up 6 digit salaries in the US and even sacrificed my body by never sleeping or resting and just care for the people, I could boast about it, but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

And how does this “love” that it the only thing that God asks from us look?

When I’m truly living and serving with this kind of “love” I’m: “patient and kind. Never jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  I never demand my own way.  I’m not irritable, and never remember who’s wronged me.  I don’t rejoice about injustice but rejoice whenever the truth wins out.  I never give up even though I keep failing, never lose faith (even when though my friends no show me all the time and frequently don’t follow through on their word), I’m always hopeful, and endure through every circumstance of fatigue, over working, and call.”

A Hard Diagnosis

Ari Cale writes a post about a hard case from our hospital. From her blog.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common and the most rapidly progressive muscular dystrophy, with most patients losing the ability to walk by 12 years of age and requiring ventilatory support by 25 years of age (which is probably not a possibility in Peru). It’s rare for them to live beyond 30, even in the USA.
I wanted Eric and his grandmother to understand well what he had, prognosis, and treatment options so I asked Martina to talk to the family with me. I wasn’t sure if I knew all the right words in Spanish and I wasn’t sure of treatment options available in Peru for him.

The young patient with his grandmother after learning his diagnosis.

The young patient with his grandmother after learning his diagnosis.

Ari Cale Has a Blog

Our friend Ari Cale from Washington State, via Harding University, via medical school in Texas, and via In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Oklahoma has a blog to share with the world.  She has a unique perspective about the work and life here in Peru.  I tend to be most interested in our family and the life we live and sometime I have to think hard about the work in the hospital to bring an interesting story, but she brings a nice personal perspective on the hospital work.  Check her out at


Ari Cale giving the discussion while Jens Hassfeld and the rest of listen and learn.

Ari Cale giving the discussion while Jens Hassfeld and the rest of us listen and learn.

Every morning at the hospital we meet as a group of doctors, physician assistants, ultrasonographers and others to discuss the admissions of the previous evening.  Some mornings we discuss a medical topic in order to standardize our care throughout the hospital and improve our daily treatment of the patients we see in the consultorio.  These capacitaciones include the pharmacists and nurses from different departments, and they can range from a discussion of anaphylaxis to how to interpret a blood count or treat asthma.  Sometimes they are basic, and other times they are more difficult.  For many of us they are always difficult because they occur completely in Spanish.  Other times they are difficult not just because they are in Spanish, but also because the topics are things we did not treat often in the US such as acute organophosphate intoxication or some sort of strange parasite.  I am thankful for these meetings, and I am glad when I don’t have to present them and can just sit back and listen.  Especially on a day like today when Ari Cale had to give the hemograma presentation and pronounce the translated words for Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin and Eosinophilia.  I won’t even try to type them in Spanish :).   I appreciate the continued effort for professionalism and continuing medical education at the hospital.

Missionary Life


One of our new favorite doctors, Ari Cale, at Diospi Suyana Hospital getting her clothing on the line between morning report and the clinic starts.  I appreciate her efficiency!

Ari Cale and the glamorous life of a missionary doctor.

Ari Cale and her life as a missionary!

Welcome Ari Cale

Glad to have Ari Cale here with us.  This is another person from America with whom we share some common history.  She is from Washington state, went to Harding University.  Of course with our Church of Christ background, that gives us a lot in common with her.  She did medical school in Ft. Worth, and then residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  So it is like we have been neighbors for years!  I grew up in Oklahoma, lived in Dallas and Washington state, and we went to Abilene Christian University.  (Right now in our little region of Apurimac there are at least 3 ACU graduates and 1 Harding graduate.  When we were at the Spanish Language Institute there were at times at least 7-9 of us who had been at ACU.  Way to go Christian university education!)  Back to Ari, she is also very thoughtful, enthusiastic about God and serving others, and she is someone who will make you think, especially in spiritual matters.  Ari, welcome to Curahuasi!  Also from the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

Dr. Arianna Cale

Dr. Arianna Cale

Dr. Arianna Cale

We are thankful for our friends from the USA

Among the 52 long-term employees missionaries, we currently have five doctors and dentists from the United States. Yesterday was the first official working day of Dra. Arianna Cale, who graduating a few months ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her specialty is general practitioner, family medicine. In the next two years she will treat an approximately 6,000 to 8,000 patients at Diospi Suyana.  We wish our young colleague, success and God’s blessing in her mission medical work in Curahuasi.