Do you want to actively participate in Diospi Suyana? Then you are warmly invited to come to the Information Day 2019

Have you ever considered working at Diospi Suyana?  If you have, then you simply must come to the Information Day 2019.  The above picture shows the illustrious group that met last year: since then eight of the group have moved to Southern Peru.  Others will follow soon.

We are looking for volunteers to work in the following areas: Hospital, School, Media Centre and Children’s Clubs.  They should have completed their vocational training, actively live their Christian lives and be prepared to spend a minimum of three years in Curahuasi.

On Saturday, 4th May we will start with a lunch.  After some talks there will be a question time.  Missionary doctors Martina and Klaus John will fly in from Peru.  The afternoon event provides you with the possibility, without any commitment, to gather information about possible job opportunities at Diospi Suyana.  If you are interested in coming, please contact Karin Straßheim in our Germany office via e-mail:

For completing a difficult mission

The sweat can still be seen in their faces.  The selfie bears witness to three days of extremely hard work.  At the outset success was by no means a given.  But we thank God that the most important goals were reached.

The starting situation: Our aerial tower in Casabamba was knocked out of action having been severely struck by lightning several times.  On top of that the electricity supply for our site had ceased.  In a few days our satellite technician Chris Welch is heading back to Australia for a couple of months.  Without an electricity supply and without checking the facility the Australian would be unable to turn on the radio-transmitter.

Headed by Doris Manco the team headed off to tackle a difficult task last week.  The approach to the aerial tower up on the hill – the earth was sodden – was nothing for people with weak nerves.  Having arrived on site four 2.4m deep holes had to be excavated; Doris had organised heavy machinery to help us with this task.  Spare parts were sourced from far away Andahuaylas.  The head of our Media Centre was in constant telephone contact with Chris Welch – he was based in Curahuasi –, with Electrosur – the State electric company, based in Chincheros – and with Dr John – based in Lima.  She fully used up her mobile’s battery.  Furthermore she had to cater for six men who worked flat out from morning till night under the scorching sun.

The relieving news finally came over WhatsApp at 6:20p.m. “We have electricity again on the hill!” Chris Welch plans to visit Casabamba on Wednesday next.  We hope and pray that all 6 of Diospi Suyana’s aerial towers will be fully functioning this coming Thursday.
A massive “well done” for an exceptional team under female leadership.  We ignore the not-so-good quality of the mobile photos.

Getting there was “a bit of a challenge!“

Working intensely at an altitude of more than 4,000m in Casabamba.

Carrying out repair works under a scorching sun.

Everyone surpassed themselves.

An example of extremely arduous work.

Installing the replacement parts.

Erring off the straight and narrow

Driving along the national road (Panamericana) I pass by the scene of an accident.  I assume that the driver of the lorry fell asleep at the wheel since the driver’s cab is lying in a ditch a good 10 metres away from the road itself.
The logistics company is called “Exacta” (spot on).  Its company slogan is “An efficient transport”.  I guess that advertising and truth might lie more than 10metres apart. /KDJ

Spot on – in the ditch.

Correct, U.K.

Dear Diospi Friends, now that two certified and experienced Terrazzo-floor professionals have arrived from Lima we have started the preparatory works for the floors in the two operating theatres.

First of all we had to mortise the empty tubes for the electric wires deeper into the base plate.  In order to avoid electrostatic discharging and charging in the operating theatres we had to ensure that the Terrazzo floor complies with official electric conductivity guidelines.  In order to achieve them we first applied a 2cms thick sand layer; then a PVC film, a finely-structured wire-mesh and several copper wire loops which are in turn joined to the building’s equipotential bonding.  On top of all this we have put the 4-5cms strong lower concrete layer for the Terrazzo-floor proper.

We are making good progress on the Kindergarten Building Site.  In the front part we have started encasing and reinforcing the required concrete walls.  As the walls are fairly high and since we do not have suitable formwork we will concrete the walls in two stages.  The wall for the ramp has been connected with the cellar wall by means of transverse walls.  Thus a type of tough has been created which can absorb the earth-pressure that is caused by the weight of the passing traffic.

We have started with the masonry work.  Our 2-3 masons have got used to working with the small-format bricks and work progresses slowly, but steadily.  Large-format bricks which have the necessary compressive strength do not exist in this neck of the woods.  Perhaps I should employ a further stonemason, but as the general construction boom in Curahuasi continues strongly, it is hard to get good and qualified workers.

That is it for today; with cordial greetings from Curahuasi where we have been enjoying summerly and warm weather for the past few days, Udo

The stripped layer of sand on the base plate.

Applying the subfloor.  One can see the foil of the wire-mesh and the square copper wire loops.

The wall for the ramp has been connected with the cellar wall by means of transverse walls.

Reinforcing the lower part of the cellar wall.

A start has been made on the western façade

Now work is progressing nicely.

Masonry work on 11.04.2019.

We have been waiting for these two

Frankfurt to Panama City with Lufthansa and then onto Lima flying with Copa.  Marion Hofmann, responsible for staff welfare, and general surgeon Dr Olga Koop crossed the threshold of the Diospi-Suyana-Guesthouse shortly after midnight.  The two highly-qualified ladies are planning to spend a minimum of three years in Curahuasi.

Before heading off to bed, missionary doctor Klaus John welcomed the two new arrivals most cordially.  “I am delighted that you are here!” Marion and Olga’s first night in Peru will be fairly short, since, due to jetlag, new arrivals from Europe are usually up by 4a.m. Peru-time.  But are not three hours sleep better than two!?

Diospi Suyana is no April fool’s hoax

It is the 1st April 2019.  In Thiendorf, in Saxony, company Quosdorf GmbH‘s workforce is enjoying breakfast.  While the 16 hungry members of staff tuck into their sandwiches, a doctor from Peru is telling a story.  South America is far away, one would think, but this company located near Dresden plays an important part in the presentation: it has donated several soundproof windows (the total value is a five-figure sum) for Diospi Suyana’s Media Centre. Furthermore, this company came into existence through diligence in the early 1990s.

Having received a request from Michael Mörl, Junior CEO, Susanne Mehner (right in the blue overall) looked for information in the internet.  And something fascinated her about Diospi Suyana.  “We would never have expected you to look in on your tour through Germany, but we are delighted!” commented Susanne.

After the 45 minute presentation the German-Peruvian closed on a personal note: “If God became visible for us in Peru then he can become visible in your life too!  God sees our secret tears and hears us wherever we pray!”

At 10a.m. the 19th presentation of the current tour is over.  In no time at all Dr John heads back along the autobahn to Wiesbaden and boards a plane over Madrid to Lima the next day.

Susanne Mehner and her husband (on the right).  The two members of staff standing in the middle helped produce the four donated soundproof windows.

The current state of play

Dear Friends of Diospi Suyana, on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, when no operations are being performed, we can continue our steady progress of the necessary conversion work to connect the new operating theatres to the existing ones.  In the meantime the walled up windows have been completely plastered and tiled from the inside.  The two storerooms for the operating theatre equipment are now connected via an open passageway.  We are currently working on the new wing’s access to the aeration and ventilation systems.

In the first week of April the Terrazzo-floor specialist will perform his work.  The required materials arrived recently from Lima on our building site.  Laying the wall tiles is progressing nicely.

Head of our workshop, Oebele de Haan, and his crew have installed the emergency outside ladder for the Media Centre’s top floor.

Kindergarten building site: the backfilling works are finished and the bottom floor has been covered with a thin granular subbase.  Currently the edges of the 250m² large foundation plate are being encased and the lowest layer of the reinforcement is being put in place.  Unfortunately you cannot find the reinforcement steel meshes that are produced industrially anywhere in Peru.  Connecting the thin irons (mostly ¼”) is a lot of hard, tedious and slow work.  It is my plan and my hope that we will be able to concrete the foundation plate in two sittings next week, even though an important worker will be away for a week, since he will assist completing a radio broadcasting station near Lake Titicaca.

Cordial greeting from Curahuasi and wishing you a blessed weekend, Udo.

The new wall throughput that connects the storerooms in the operating theatre wing.

Adventurous installing of the emergency outside ladder for the Media Centre’s top floor.

In an emergency the lower part of the ladder can easily be folded down.

Tiling work in the new building.

In order to stabilise the drive we have concreted over some loose soil.

Levelling works performed prior to applying the granular subbase.

State of play as seen on the 28th March 2019.

“But experience teaches us that they do still happen today”

Sunday Evening.  The talk about Diospi Suyana is now over.  Pastor Dirk Scheuermann from the Evangelischen Kirchengemeinde Nierenhof near Velbert goes up to the microphone: “During my divinity studies we were indoctrinated that miracles are a thing past.  But we experience it again and again, e.g. with Diospi Suyana, that this statement is simply not true: miracles happen there where people trust God!”

Is his conviction the reason that up to 400 people come to his Sunday services!?

A couple of days ago in Medipool’s warehouse in Wiesbaden: donations in kind, of a six-figure-sum value, are waiting to be transported to Peru.  Volunteers are compiling the data and are making long lists.

Tuesday morning in Cologne: Senior CEO of Dahlhausen Holding AG wants to support Diospi Suyana.  Missionary doctor Dr John is allowed to send a wish list that has no limits as regards to length!

In distant Curahuasi pastors from various churches are praying together in Diospi Suyana’s Media Centre.  Do their prayer requests in Peru have something to do with Diospi Suyana’s amazing developments?  Put a different way, miracles and “chance coincidences” happen as a result of Christians, who put their trust and hope in God, praying together.  The Bible says that that is the case.  And the manifold experiences of centuries past and present confirm this statement again and again.  I invite you to try it for yourself. /KDJ

Preparing the list for customs: on Friday our next container is leaving for Peru.

Karin Straßheim (left) and Claudia Schönbach (right); the latter’s husband is currently working as a surgeon at the Hospital Diospi Suyana.

After the presentation given to Peter Josef Dahlhausen, Senior CEO of Dahlhausen Holding AG. The company, based in Cologne, is planning a generous donation in kind of medical consumables.

In Diospi Suyana’s Media Centre: pastors are praying in small groups.

Absolutely no chance of arriving on time

Bearing the traffic congestion in Cologne and on the surrounding motorways in mind, I had left an hour earlier for my talk, to which pathologist Dr Dag-Daniel Dittert had invited me.  If Dr Dittert invites you, you arrive on time, full stop, no discussion.  A relaxed cruising along the autobahn and my destination was suddenly only 13kms away.  I already envisaged spending my extra hour in lecture theatre 6 and start to plan what I will do.  Suddenly the radio speaker announces that I am about to hit a 4km long traffic jam.  A minute later I am stationary, parked on the autobahn, part of an awful solid line of cars.  Powerless to do anything I can only watch as the clock on my satnav ticks steadily on.  By now I have lost 30 minutes and now I am fighting against the clock.  After all these years it looks as though this will be my first presentation at which I myself will not be present.  A two-hour drive to Cologne for nothing.  How frustrating.  A fervent prayer heavenwards and a constant eying of the clock.

On the right I espy a small slot between two lorries behind which I discover a further lane.  I pass by the traffic jam on the right and hold my breath.  I make some progress and finally enter rock-solid Cologne: cars everywhere.  At 7:20p.m. I call Dr Dittert: “Bad news, I have no idea when and how I will arrive, but I am on my way.  Has anyone turned up?”  The pathologist answers in an offhanded way: “Some!”  Not a word too many, the Spartans would have been proud of him!

Somehow I reach my destination.  I grab my books, my laptop and hurry into the university’s main building and follows signs pointing to the criminological institute.  Lecture theatre 6 is my goal.

I throw open the door.  50 people look at me totally relaxed.  There is absolutely no panic or stress here.  My presentation should provide the thrill.

The spark leaps over to my audience and the echo afterwards is fantastic.  Potential future staff for the missionary hospital queue up, waiting to speak to me.  Around 10p.m. I head back along the corridors I had so hastily rushed through a couple of hours previously.  I start the engine and am on my way southwards again.  And there was me expecting an evening in a lecture theatre without my taking part in my event. KDJ

How do I get to lecture theatre 6?

The thriller that is Diospi Suyana is well taken care of in the criminological institute.

50 Students and interested persons waited patiently.

Standing in a field

I feel as though I am in an open-air museum.  The ambulance standing in front of me might be more than half a century old.  The bonnet is corroded, but the wheels still have an impressive profile.  Inside no medical equipment can be seen, but amazingly the seats are still intact. Why has nobody stolen the mirrors or borrowed the headlights?  Old cars in Peru normally act as spare parts warehouses.  Weird.  I wonder whether I could start the car if I had the correct key!  But then I assume that the battery must be flat now for more than a decade.  The red colour makes a good impression and I could well imagine that Ambulance Number 167 would love to be back at work.

Perhaps in the next instance the driver might come out of the bar opposite and drive off as though it were the most normal thing on earth?  I simply cannot understand this lonely American road cruiser.  In no way fresh as a daisy, yet mysteriously complete.  Continuing on my journey I glance back one more time.  Yes, the vehicle is still standing there, immobile and silently; since many years now or only since yesterday? /KDJ

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