Ryan and his wife Kirsten left about six months ago, but we remember them well. Ryan has gone on to be a major help in our mission organization, working in the area of communication as he takes lots of pictures and tries to convey well the story of what God is doing through the doctors who work with the Christian Health Service Corps. I like these pictures in this post from a couple of years ago, and I wanted to share them again.
Ryan is the husband of one of our physicians working in the hospital. Besides being a great guy, he is a very talented photographer. Both he and Kirsten, his wife, work harder than most of us to understand the Quechua culture and to try and bridge the cultural gap between us and them. While I see a gap that cannot be crossed, they see opportunities for friendship. I really respect the work they are putting in to make a difference here in Curahuasi. Please take a look at the post below from the spanish portion of the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.
Ryan during a photographic session in the hospital chapel.
Ryan Morigeau shows this photographically.
Week after week Ryan Morigeau saw poor patients in the waiting room of the mission hospital. A look at their shoes, their clothes, and not least, their teeth, indicate to us the sad and heavy circumstances in which they have lived and still live.
Ryan Morigeau had a great goal. “I wanted to give the Quechua speakers, which are usually treated in Peru as second class citizens, dignity and beauty.” His portraits show that he succeeded.
A local online magazine published an article about our little school here in Curahuasi. Here is the first part of the article, with a picture including one of the best and brightest students in the school, front and center. At the bottom is a link to the full article which also has some pictures by our friend Ryan Morigeau.
Diospi Suyana: A miracle for Curahuasi
Diversity found in the school is exemplary of its inclusive approach (Photo: Disopi)
December 19, 2014
By Roxana Garmendia
A district in the Apurimac region, Curahuasi has become the home to an innovative school and healthcare system thanks to a program run by a German couple.
Apurimac is a region one doesn’t hear much about despite its proximity to Cusco. Tourists – Peruvians and foreigners alike- tend to visit neighboring regions like Ayacucho, Cusco or Arequipa, rather than visit the land where ‘God talks’ – ‘Apu’ for God and ‘Rimac’ for talking. Likewise, most of the international assistance, including volunteer work by enthusiastic young men and women, goes inevitably to the Cusco Region. Nothing wrong with that, but perhaps we can take a closer look at Apurimac where assistance could translate into improved livelihoods of the local population, and be very much rewarding for the soul. . . .
You can read more at Diospi Suyana: A Miracle for Curahuasi from the online magazine PeruThisWeek.
Our friend Ryan Morigeau has been blessed by God with an amazing artistic eye and he is always practicing taking pictures and videos. His work is really great, especially when it stars my favorite family in my favorite house, celebrating one of my favorite holidays. We are so thankful for our community here and the one back “home” who reads this blog. Blessings of gratitude to you every day.
We have heard the rumor that when there is no rain in August that the people will set fires to the fields as an offering to their gods so that they can guarantee that the rains will come. I don’t know if this is true, but I would not be surprised. The people do a lot of superstitious things, and many still honor their old gods, especially in the country. I know for certain that the people burn their fields in preparation for planting before the rainy season. During the last month, the fields have been burning! This past week, on the mountain across the valley from the hospital and our house, the fires are out of control, and there is a line of fire from the top of the mountain to the valley bottom as it has creeped daily toward us. At night, it is pretty, and these pictures from Ryan Morigeau (you can see more photos at his Facebook page and his blog) show how beautiful they can be in the night, as long as you forget they are less than a mile away. The days are filled with a hazy ash fog that hangs over the valley, and at night everything smells like a campfire, inside or outside the house. I am glad I do not have asthma! Just this morning I thought they had stopped, but again in the afternoon I saw fresh smoke. I rest a bit more comfortably because there is a small river between us and these fires, and the people keep the valley bottom pretty well irrigated for the crops they grow year round. But I wonder how it is for those on the other side of the valley.
This video is in German, but the images at the beginning give a nice representation of the school. If you watch closely you will see Sarah, Annie and David. This video was put together by our friend Ryan Morigeau who is an American missionary serving with us in Curahuasi.
Our friends Ryan and Kirsten Morigeau have an interesting post about a couple they met in town. I saw this couple for the first time last week, and they are tiny, even by Quechua standards. I sort of wondered about them, but was in a hurry so I did not stop and talk. The great thing about the Morigeau family is that they always stop and talk. Read a litte bit about their story of meeting this sweet appearing couple on their blog post which includes this somewhat shocking turno of events. “After we arrived at the plaza and said our goodbyes, a woman approached us and said “don’t help her, because she is a witch!” I didn’t know what to say, smiled and walked away.”
Our friends the Wrights have a post with lots of great pictures of the scenery. Here is an example. You can link to it here to read what they said and see more great photos.
Some of our newest friends have written a bit about what it is like to be brand new with very young kids. They have three kids 3 and under. We know exactly what they are going through in regards to having lots of little kids (of course we were in the US with a minivan, so our life was a little different, but we understand the stress. David turned 3 the day after our third child, Annie was born, so for one day we had 3 that were 2 and under. Good times!) Read this very honest post titled A Few Months in Curahuasi written by Crystal explaining what it is like to be the mother of very young kids in a rural, Quechuan village. She is also a very good photographer as you can see by the picture below. You can see more of her pictures on her blog.