An Apologist Hears about Diospi Suyana Hospital

From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

Valuable Hours with Prof. John Lennox

Slider Lennox

A stimulating experience and a great honor

For many, he is currently the most important apologist for the Christian faith. His two public debates with the voice of the “new atheists” Richard Dawkins have made history.  But even with Christopher Hitchens, Victor Stenger, and Michael Shermer – all leading thinkers of the atheistic worldview- he was already in the open game.

His book, “God’s Undertaker” could be described as perhaps the best response to books like “The God Delusion.”  The mathematics professor from Oxford discovered in the micro-and macrocosm much evidence for the existence of God.  We see in the history of Diospi Suyana equally clear references to the God of the Bible, who answers prayers and strengthens our confidence in Him.

Yesterday, in a private laptop presentation, Prof. Lennox heard for the first time about the “Hospital of Faith” in Peru.  The German accent of Dr. John did not seem to bother him.  In any case, the Northern Irishman is fluent in German, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.  The hearty lunch at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, to which the professor had generously invited him, gave the missionary doctor the necessary energy for his presentation.

Diospi Suyana wishes John Lennox many more productive years, ingenious ideas when writing his books, and God’s abundant blessings.

There Are Lots of Stories Like This

There are many interesting things that happen in the hospital.  Some stories are tragic and others miraculous.  The following story from the Diospi Suyana Hospital website is in the category of miraculous.

A Team of Doctors and Nurses fighting the inevitable

Curahuasi:  It’s Sunday evening.  The missionary Simon Giesbrecht pulls out his phone and takes a picture.  The scene shows Dr. Martina John talking to some relatives; to the right you can recognize a patient on the intensive care bed.

Review:  The Quecha man no longer wants to deal with life.  He is a slave to alcohol and his wife and children have been suffering since his addiction began.  The disputes with his wife and the agonizing self-reproach have been going on for weeks.  When he looks in the mirror, his conscience accuses him screaming, “You loser!”

A neighbor noticed that it was unusually quiet in the house.  He went to investigate and finally found a son that poked his head through the window.  The father is sitting upright at the table, but he does not respond to verbal stimulus.  The whole place smells of insecticides and the empty bottle on the table explains why.  They get the unconscious man to the local health center.

Sunday, 10:30 AM.  The worship is in full progress as the phone rings; it’s the doctor at the health station asking for help.  A little later, the ambulance brings the patient to Diospi Suyana.  Dr. Luz Pena is the doctor in charge today.  She assesses the situation and begins the normal protocol: oxygen, atropine in high doses, and evacuating his stomach.  But Juan does not respond, he’s already in a deep coma.  Meanwhile, Dr. Martina John and Dr. Reinhard Kühn have arrived.  The following is an emergency intubation.  Now the Quecha man depends on the artificial respiration machine.  The analysis of blood gases dashes their hopes and the doctors prepare the family for the worst.  The chance of survival is slim and a normal neurological recovery unlikely.  What remains is prayer.

Hours later:  The respiration takes place with the steady beat of the machine.  The patient shows no reaction to pain stimuli and the pupils remain still.

Midnight: Juan slowly moves his legs.  Incredible!  By the following morning he recovers rapidly and is extubated.  He survives without neurological damage.

The hospital pastor prays with Juan and talks to him about faith in God.  How God alone is the only one who gives life and can also give comfort and support to the desperate.  The hole in the soul can really only be filled by Him.  Jesus once said: “Come to me, all who are troubled and weighted down, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28.


The Hospital

Diospi Suyana Hospital

Diospi Suyana Hospital

From the “new” Diospi Suyana Hospital website . . .

The Diospi Suyana Hospital

Our mission hospital opened its doors to the public on October 22, 2007. Since then, our doctors and nurses have served more than 120,000 patients. The superb reputation of the hospital is founded on its modern equipment, inexpensive prices, and last but not least on the friendly care by our staff members. In the morning, long lines of patients crowd at the main entrance. Our patients come from all 25 states of Peru. It is not rare to have four patients from four different states in one single room. Most of our visitors are needy Quechua people as is obvious by looking into our waiting room. The great majority of Peruvians have heard about Diospi Suyana through some 30 TV reports and countless articles in the press. The mass media of Peru have named Diospi Suyana “the Hospital built on Faith”. There are 3 principal reasons why we think that this expression is well chosen.

1. Diospi Suyana is a modern high-tech hospital serving the Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes. It offers a standard of care on par with western medicine anywhere. This “miracle” project was made possible through answered prayers and a chain of individual events. The story reads like a suspense novel, fascinating to both Christians and non-Christians alike. As pioneers of this work, we saw God at work in the establishment of Diospi Suyana with our own eyes. For this reason, the book detailing the work of Diospi Suyana is titled “Seeing God! The miraculous story of the Diospi Suyana Hospital.” Many readers can’t put the book down once they start, reading the book in a single night. The 6th edition was published by BrunnenVerlag in 2013. The first English edition will come out in September of 2014 by Lion Hudson.

2. Jesus Christ himself was dedicated to healing the sick and bringing relief to the poor. His disciples follow his example and Diospi Suyana is leading the way – just like the founders of the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Christian Blind Mission, World Vision, and countless others who were and are dedicated Christians. Our commitment to serve the poorest of the poor in Peru is due to our desire to follow the “Great Samaritan,” not solely for humanitarian purposes.

3.  Even though Diospi Suyana practices medicine on a daily basis, we know that the ultimate solution to end human suffering is not found in prescribing medications, nor in procedural interventions, nor even in life-saving surgeries. Sooner or later, we will all die one day. The key question is “What comes after death?” Jesus Christ promised that anyone who believes in Him will have eternal life in heaven. The staff of Diospi Suyana is convinced this is true. Therefore, each working day at the hospital begins with a chapel service and a prayer reminding all why we are here.


Please pray for the Construction of Diospi Suyana’s School

This school is very important to us!  Please pray that it will be built, that it will grow and all the kids can attend.  From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

The last five months of construction time fall in the rainy period

A building update on Diospi Suyana School under construction

Dear Friends of Diospi Suyana, After a full week of dry weather with temperatures around 30° C at lunchtime it has turned cold and rainy today – no sign of sunshine anywhere. The rainy period is approaching.  Screed work on the first floor of the administrative building has been completed; next will be the ground floor. External plastering at this building is also making good progress.  On the top floor of the sports hall all supports in the stage area have been concreted and masonry work is going well. However, the toughest jobs are still ahead of us when it comes to working in lofty heights. Still, I am confident that we’ll be able to get those jobs under our belt.  The ceiling above the changing room area is being encased.  More effort is required here since this section of the building is skewed.  As regards the kindergarten house, foundation works have been moving ahead at a slower pace this week due to capacity constraints. Individual fundaments, however, and part of the foundation beams have been concreted since.  The building team wishes everyone a relaxing weekend.

Johannes und Udo

Poverty and Illness

I have been involved in caring for the patient referenced in the article that follows, although he is not my patient. Already I have seen many diseases that I am not accustomed to treating . . . Typhoid fever, parasites, leukemia, even a possible skull fracture. The lives of the people here are hard, and that leads to fatigue, weakness, and a predisposition to illness. The lack of clean water and poverty also contributes negatively. I am thankful to God that I am here (although it is also a big challenge as well). From the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

There is no warm feather bed

The patient on the isolation ward

The patient on the isolation ward

The X-ray picture shows pneumonia in both lungs.

The X-ray picture shows pneumonia in both lungs.

A patient becomes a victim of his poverty
David Rondan* lies on the isolation ward and urgently needs oxygen, also he needs IV antibiotics and breath exercises. In his treatment, the warm bed also plays an important role.

His home is an Adobe house in a suburb of Curahuasi. As so many of his neighbors, he cannot afford window glass. The holes in the walls are sealed with plastic tarpaulins scantily. If at night the temperatures falls, the cold creeps in every corner of his hut.

Last week he helped some friends in the firewood search. Fore three days they were on the move. After sunset, they found shelter in a small hut. The Quechua Indian soon suffered from cough and high fever. Diagnosis: Acute pneumonia. When he was admitted to our hospital last Friday his oxygen saturation had dropped to 70% (Normally more than 95%).

In his hospital bed it is warm and cozy. David has a good change of recovery. However his living conditions at home will be the same. Unfortunately our patient is not an isolated case but just one example of millions who live in the mountains of Peru. *Name changed