Some news from Diospi Suyana.
Federico Romero (left) and Karen Espejo (right) eating dinner at the John’s house.
Two reporters visiting from Lima
They arrived yesterday at 11am and will be leaving this morning. This means journalist Karen Espejo and photographer Federico Romero have 23 hours to produce their story about the Diospi Suyana hospital. About what will they talk, what about the missionary hospital do they consider relevant to the readers of their weekly magazine? Maybe their audience would be moved by the stories of our patients, who come to Curahuasi, often times from far away, in the hope to be healed. Or will they talk about the missionaries? Almost all of the hospital volunteers can contribute their very own chapter to the story about Diospi Suyana. Most likely, the journalists will mention the hospitals’ modern equipment – the “high tech hospital for the poor” aspect. We do hope that they will talk about the essential role that God’s will plays in the story of the hospital, especially since the Peruvian mass media called Diospi Suyana, “the hospital of faith”.
The “unfinished project” is found all over South and Central America. It is frustrating and sad to see buildings and roads partially completed. It is a product of both corruption and poverty I do not know much about the politics of business or government in Peru or Curahuasi, but I hope that as the gospel of Christ is made more well known, the “unfinished project” becomes more rare. This hope and prayer is inspired by a short note on the Diospi Suyana website regarding an unfinished street in Peru. Continue reading
I am always glad to read a new post from the Diospi Suyana website, and I am often surprised by what is going on there. I suppose I imagined that they bought their bread from Wonder Bread Company or some place similar. I think I am going to surprised relatively often at the resourcefulness of the hospital and the people who work their. I pray that I find myself to be more resourceful and inventive than I currently consider myself to be.
Rolls and bread of the highest quality.
Yesterday we watched the group of students that are one trimester ahead of us graduate from the Spanish Language Institute. It was a sweet moment to watch them finish what has been a good and sometimes hard year. It was also sad to see them leave, realizing that we may not (and likely will not) see them again this side of heaven. Language school is a little bit like summer camp. You make friends quickly, and they are very important in your life because you really need their friendship. And then they leave, and you realize a big chapter of your life is coming to a close. And you move on to the rest of your life without these friends, yet you are not the same as you were before because of them. These types of friendships happen both inside of Christ and outside of Christ. There is a common grace that God has given to all people that allows us to make friends. Yet the friendships that that are bonded through our faith leave us with an assurance of future reunion that is not found outside of Christ. For that I am thankful. And, I am thankful to God that I will see all these people again and we will be able to talk about everything that has happened since the time we were with each other, and that we will rejoice in the presence of God as we praise Him for what he has done. And part of our praise will be for the friendships he gave us along the way as we followed him.
Paul Jones is headed to Guatemala.
Melissa Rubles is headed to Honduras.
The graduates at the front of the chapel.
Paul spoke of his experience during language school and sang a song the summed up the year.
Allison and Gabi
Allison with one of her teacher, Alejandra and her classmate Gabi.
Did you know that missionaries get lonely? Of course it is not a surprise, but it is more true than you may realize. One of the greatest gifts any person in the mission field can receive is the presence of their family or their friends with them. I remember when David (Allison’s father) came during Thanksgiving. It was a short visit, but all of us lived off the memories of the visit for several weeks. He brought a suitcase filled with gifts as well as things we miss from the United States. It was like Christmas in November. Will’s mother (Ruth) came for a week during Christmas. It was possibly our best week of the year. We cooked a traditional American Christmas dinner and showed her the sights around San Jose. The kids still talk about both of their grandparent’s visits. We were so thankful to have them with us.
If you ever feel like visiting a friend or a family member in the mission field, I recommend that you do it. They may be busy, but they will be glad to share their day with you as you see what their normal life is like. You can understand their world better, and they will be more thankful than they will probably be able to express. This is something I did not understand before I left the United States. I underestimated the value that my friendship and my actual presence would have for my missionary friends. We supported many, but we always waited for them to come home to see them. I wish I had known, because I actually wanted to visit them, but I didn’t pursue the idea because it seemed impractical. I realize that many people do not have the money to visit different countries, but your presence is felt when your missionary friends receive cards, Skype phone calls, comments on their blogs, or emails. Even a “like” via Facebook lets your friends know they are remembered. I wish I had known the difference it made in the past, but I am learning how to be better in the future. So to all my friends who are missionaries, I am going to try and do better. To those who are supporting others, please know that every little action makes a difference. And to my friends and family back home, we miss you and we will try and be better about reaching back home to let you know we remember you as well.
Every day there is a chapel service in the hospital before the clinics open.
A Quechua pastor speak at one of the daily chapels in Quechua.
Dr. Klaus John presents a gospel message at the daily chapel in the hospital.
The Jesus film is shown in the hospital waiting room every day.
Thanks be to God that the good news of Jesus Christ is presented to the people who are interested to hear at Diospi Suyana Hospital. Diospi Suyana means “We Trust in God” in Quechua, and the actions of the hospital demonstrate this. Every morning there is a chapel service in the main hall of the hospital where several songs of praise are sung and a short gospel presentation is given. I like that every morning begins with the recognition that all we are and all we do is in the hands of a God who loves us.
I am learning Spanish, and I need all the help I can get. This article explains how exercise appears to have a very positive affect on memory. I think it might be time to start pounding the pavement as I learn the rules of subjunctive. How Exercise May Help Memory – NYTimes.com. Also, I looked up an old sermon for a friend and I was reminded of how it affected me the first time I heard it. I listened to it 3 or 4 times the first week I received it as a gift from Reese and Jennifer Graves, who themselves are likely heading to the mission field soon with their 5 kids. The title of the sermon describes the content very well. It is worth your time, and it is better to listen to than to read. Doing Missions When Dying is Gain. As we started homeschooling David over the past two weeks, someone posted this article on Facebook or their blog. I read it and I was encouraged that things will be OK as we start our new homeschooling season with our kids. We have loved our kids schools and the friends they have made, but as we move to the Andes in Peru, we are going to do something different as we wait for the school in Curahuasi to be built. 18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children. Finally the beauty of the Andes near Diospi Suyana Hospital from the Diospi Suyana website.