I have been reading Hebrews recently. Last night I was up earlier than I wanted to be, and so I got to spend the first hours of the early morning with my Bible trying to pray. Some of these early morning bible studies are a gift of Peru (read that as stomach problems) and other times they are a result of other things (drunk people crashing cars into the house). And sometimes I think God just wakes me up. This morning it was the first of the three. So as I sat and tried to settle my stomach, I opened up to Hebrews 8. I came to verses 10-12 and read this:
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
And I was struck by how great it is that we can all know and be in the presence of God. In the past, before Jesus Christ, God chose his special people to whom he would reveal himself more fully. Heroes, such as Joseph, Moses, David, or Abraham were given special revelation and special access. And only the high priest was permitted to enter the Most Holy Place and be in the presence of God. And even when he entered it was once a year with a myriad of sacrifices. But now we have all been made equal, “from the least of them to the greatest”, and we can all know God. We can come directly to our creator and our savior. What a blessing it is to be made holy by the blood of Jesus Christ so that we can be in his presence without fear because he has forgiven our wickedness and remembers our sins no more.
Here is the text of my Easter sermon. It was not exactly this word for word, but it was pretty close.
Carb loading before preaching. You need to be ready to bring it, and you don’t want to hit the wall in the middle of the sermon.
“My name is Will Caire, and I am a doctor at the hospital. My wife is Allison, and I have four kids David, Peter, Annie, and Sarah. I thought I would never be asked to preach, because I don’t have the ability to do it in Spanish. But Jens checked with Damaris and she said I could preach in English. Then I thought to myself, I will get it over with now, and after everyone has heard me they will never ask me to do it again. So here goes. Continue reading →
We aim to establish a Christian school for Curahuasi that will provide an excellent education for students from a rural background. Its goal is to educate its students while being sensitive to their culture, which in the Andes means learning to speak and write Quechua as well as Spanish. Besides gaining academic knowledge, the students will grow in their knowledge of God their Creator and will learn what Jesus Christ did for them. Christian values should contribute to a positive change in their families and their society. Through sponsorships, even children from the most humble and impoverished families will be able to attend Diospi Suyana School and will have new opportunities in their lives. The children of the missionary families will receive a complete education as well. They will attend classes with Peruvian students in the Peruvian curriculum for most of the school day. In addition, a team of German and American teachers and volunteers will supplement their education according to their individual needs.
We are glad to be serving at this Christian facility, here in the middle of Peru, high in the mountains, surrounded by both the beauty of God’s creation and the desperateness of poverty that is a result of this fallen, sinful world. We are thankful that God saw worthy the lives of many here to build a hospital to be a beacon of hope in Christ to those who might not otherwise see Him. The name of Christ is not just something we say, but he is the person and God that is the root of all our work and motivation. At the hospital we are not humanitarians, but Christians trying to serve God and man through the love and Spirit of Christ working in us. There is hope in this world, and it comes through Jesus Christ. See the following from the new Diospi Suyana Hospital website.
You are more than a grain of dust in the universe that will be blown away by the wind of time without sense or meaning. The story of Diospi Suyana points to a higher power. The Bible says that the worth of our life is God’s love itself. For many this sounds too good to be true.
The mission hospital Diospi Suyana came into being as one of the most modern hospitals in Peru without any guaranteed budget and without debts. The basis of this unbelievable success story was our trust in God’s reality. Divine providence and a series of miracles gave birth to something wonderful, which has received world-wide acclaim as a testimony to God’s faithfulness.
If God can make much out of little and everything out of nothing, then he can intervene in our personal lives in the person of Jesus Christ. One verse in the Bible sums up what the Christian faith is all about: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Faith in God is more than a sop in the dark hours of our lives, but it gives the answers for our past, our present and our future. Continue reading →
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.