The church is full. And since I didn’t get a seat, I am standing near the entrance in the back. There must be about 180 patients, their families and staffers at the service. Over the last five years and two months, more than 200,000 people have attended our 1,400 services.
As I am standing in the back of the church, my mind starts to wander. What if we had our own radio station, Radio Diospi Suyana, and could broadcast the service all over Southern Peru? More people would hear the message of faith, hope and love in one than over the past five years.
To get to Curahuasi, our patients travel many hours, some even days. They usually set out on their stressful journeys in the hope to see an internist, a gynecologist or physical therapist. But sometimes all this time spent on a bus or truck is in vain as the doctor they wanted to see is not available. If we had a radio station, however, we could make daily announcements of which services the hospital offers on a given day.
The possibilities of "Radio Diospi Suyana" are tremendous. Day in and day out, radios are playing in thousands of Quechua homes. None of these adobe houses have internet access but they all have a small radio.
I am still in my thoughts as the last hymn starts. Time to stop day dreaming and time to get back to work, I remind myself. /KDJ