Step by step

Dear Friends of Diospi Suyana, last Saturday the necessary chiselling work resumed in order to install the access stairwell to the 2nd storey. Again we unfortunately came across power and IT-cables that we had to relay, which again entailed considerable chiselling work. Nevertheless I hope that we completed most of the rough work last Saturday and that we can start with the structural work of the concrete stairs. But either way these works will keep us occupied for the next while.

Since we have completed the plastering works, our two or three masons and their helpers can now focus their attention on the new operating theatres.

In the meantime we have slightly altered our supply ramp and have finished building the window opening in the adjoining field. We will only dismantle the ramp itself and close up the wall when we have definite access through the inner stairwell and when we are sure that no large materials need to be transported in.

The window constructor has taken the final measurements of the window-openings and by the middle of December he will have produced and put the windows in place. The screed works are progressing step by step and the decorator has applied the undercoat and the first coat of paint on the walls of the first three rooms.

The subcontractor is still tied up producing the rain gutters and pipes. Wishing you a blessed first of Advent weekend, Udo

Building the operating theatres with energy and gusto.

Looking down on the operating theatre building site.

The section of the wall next to the ramp is being closed up.

The screed is being applied in a further room.

The holes for the sewage pipes are being drilled with a core drill.

Preparations for the children’s festival on Saturday are in full swing

In May 2016 Dr John gave a talk about Diospi Suyana’s various sectors of work in the Misión Iglesia Bíblica Carismática. The church in Lima was gripped by the story and sent the missionary back to the mountains with a generous donation. Shortly afterwards something amazing happened. The church sent Dra Patricia Almeida de la Cruz to the Hospital Diospi Suyana. For two years now the young doctor has been completely financed by her home church.

Since yesterday we have further support. A group of young adults from the Misión Iglesia Bíblica Carismática – the church is sponsoring the whole trip – arrived in Curahuasi. They will help run Saturday’s children’s festival. We look forward to what we will experience in the Amphitheatre over the next two days.

A cordial “Dankeschön” to the Misión Iglesia Biblica Carismática, headed by Pastorin Alicia Estremadoyro and all participants of the travel group.

Dra Patricia Almeida de la Cruz next to Dr Julian Swanson in the missionary hospital’s intensive care unit.

This stall should be present on every Peruvian marketplace

The idea was born years ago when ophthalmologist, Dr Ursula Buck, saw the awful consequences of alcohol consumption in the Andes: setting up an information stall during the many city festivals that take place on Curahuasi’s market square.

Alcohol and drunk-driving are the main reasons for the many, severely-injured, crash victims that we treat at the Hospital Diospi Suyana. Alcohol is the dominating factor that causes so many family tragedies, be they abuse, neglect or violence. No one can count the children conceived out of wedlock during wild orgies in the Peruvian hill-country where the alcohol rules the roost. It is really difficult to curb the misuse of alcohol, since so many shops and companies earn loads of money and knowingly cause so much misery.

Years ago a Health Minister told me: “Dr Klaus, we must curb alcohol’s power. I plan to start a huge campaign!” These attempts are noble and good, but in order to change the hearts and minds of the populus one needs to do much more than simply distribute information flyers and have good intentions. Instead one needs the inner strength to conquer alcohol’s slavery. And now the good news: Millions of South Americans have proven that a practical faith in Jesus Christ is the correct source of strength for this battle. Personal addictions can be really be conquered and also inthe long-term.

Most of the Peruvian Protestant Churches have issued a general prohibition of alcoholic drinks. This reaction has to be read in the light of the tragic historical background, since for centuries alcohol has held the Indian rural population ever so in its grip.

In Peru over the past 25 years the percentage of evangelical Christians has risen from under 5% to over 15%. The church’s strict approach has positively transformed swathes of the country. The solution to this massive social problem was and is the Christian faith. This strategy works since God really exists and answers prayer. /KDJ

In the Andes great emphasis is put on DANCE

Every year the mayor’s office organises a dance festival as part of the city’s yearly celebrations. Dancing is an important part of Andean heritage. And even more so, since folklore dances “narrate” a people’s history, remind everyone of their traditions and mirror the inhabitants’ lifestyles. One could describe dance as depicting a cross-section of everyday life: sowing and harvesting, alcoholism, domestic violence, religious contents and many other subjects are woven into the dance routines.

Diospi Suyana’s ensemble on the road to a medal.

For a Christian school it is not that easy to find appropriate contents for such a performance. Teacher Luis Poma Tacuri rehearsed the dance with the 5th grade which deals with the communal building of a mud house. Clay, straw and shingle are brought together and while the walls are growing, a priest asks for God’s blessing. Wonderful material taken from everyday life. The ten-minute choreography, performed by 20 pupils, was rewarded by the jury with the third prize.

It was the first time that the Diospi-Suyana-School entered this competition. With their dance routine our pupils, being a part of our village community, expressed their high regard for Andean culture.

At the end of the event the teacher prayed with the pupils. It was a prayer thanking God for this wonderful experience and for the privilege of being able to honour Him through dance. Parents, teachers and head of school, Christian Bigalke, were very proud of their pupils’ result!

Let us thank God for this wonderful experience.

Vascular surgeon Dr Thomas Tielmann opens a new chapter

A dialysis shunt is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein. During a dialysis treatment such a bypass is created on purpose in order to achieve a higher blood flow.

On 22nd October Dr Tielmann met nephrologist, Dr Rios, at the State Hospital Antonio Lorena in Cusco and learnt that countless dialysis patients are waiting to receive a shunt. On the spot both doctors agreed a cooperation.

On 23rd November the time had finally come: our vascular surgeon performed the first three dialysis shunts at the missionary hospital. The patients, who had waited months for their operation, are incredibly grateful. After this good start we can offer such shunts as a routine operation at the Hospital Diospi Suyana.

During the operation.

Dr Tielmann and the patient after the operation.

We congratulate Dr Tielmann mostly heartily to this success.

A freight elevator

He repairs lorries and builds cranes and Oebele de Haan is your man if you need to install emergency stairs. The Frisian’s newest idea is a freight elevator between the storage hall upstairs and the technical rooms downstairs. All sorts of boxes can now be moved elegantly directly from the intensive care station’s door to e.g. the entrance of the operating wing. The fascinating apparatus even has a special braking-device!

This man comes up with ideas and turns them into a reality. What will he do next? Perhaps he will come up with a missionary boat for the Apurimac River or develop a space rocket for Diospi Suyana’s outpost on the moon! One never knows what the lean Dutchman has up his sleeve!

With his inventions everything fits perfectly together – even the colour of his shirt matches the elevator’s.

Another idea turns into reality.

The elevator’s ground floor station.

Express gratitude rather than complain

Once a year the whole school community comes together to say thank you. But who should one thank for all the good things that one has received in life? While the Chilean song-writer Violetta Parra can only thank life (Gracias a la vida), our pupils, together with Christians worldwide, have a wonderful privilege: we bring our gratitude to God, the giver of all good gifts.

Teacher Lilli Warkentin‘s class.

Accordingly diverse and beautiful were the programme contributions of the various classes. Class 2, conducted by Lilli Warkentin, performed a song. Rosa María del Pilar Mattos wrote a small theatrical piece in which animals, plans and the elements realise something important: our Creator deserves our thanks.

Class 7 performed a Saya (a Peruvian-Bolivian Dance) which touched the audience’s heart and a pop-style choreography entitled “Alabemos” (let us praise) gave the children an opportunity to express their praise in an age-appropriate way.

Participating in a big conference: animals, plants and the elements

In his address school pastor, Wilson Lipa Turpo, referred to one of the big classics of world literature: the healing of the ten lepers. Only one of them came back to Jesus to thank him (Luke 17:11-19). One look into the newspapers and you will recognise that this topic is still as current as ever. That is why we use Harvest Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving celebrations to say “gracias” from the bottom of our hearts!

Talented dancers.

But what must be, must be

Dear Friends, now that the roof has been completely covered, our subcontractor has started working on the gutters and rain-pipes. The plastering works have nearly been completed and we have applied the screed in two rooms, while the masonry work for the two operating theatres is progressing sporadically.

Last Saturday we started tearing a hole in the ceiling for the staircase light. Unfortunately the almost bare shell acts as a microphone and the noise is verging on the unbearable. Despite earplugs and headphones it is completely unacceptable to continue working on the lower storeys with such noise going on upstairs, never mind recording radio programmes. Therefore all chiseling work will be coordinated beforehand with the Radio and TV department and will be done on Saturdays.

Cordial greetings, Udo

The roof is completely covered and the roof space is clear.

The gutter for the north-eastern side is being riveted.

A two-component primer coat is applied before the screed is installed.

Applying the screed concrete.

Almost 50% has been completed.

Driving the building rubble away – a task that also needs to be done.

In the Straßheim’s home one is already adorning a wall

In the Straßheim’s home one is already adorning a wall. Some voices say that the 2019 calendar is the most beautiful ever in the history of Diospi Suyana. Picture motives, colours, compilation, everything fits perfectly. From today onwards Karin Straßheim is bringing the parcels and packets to the post office. If you have not ordered your copy, you can do so right away. A quick email to suffices.

Suits any wall.

From today onwards postmen will deliver the 2019 calendars.

21st November 1835

Georg Müller has just finished reading a book about August Francke’s life work, who, trusting in God, had headed an orphanage in Halle in the eighteenth century. Georg was profoundly moved and feels deep in his heart that founding an orphanage is also his life’s work. They filled every nook and cranny on Bristol’s streets, boys and girls without a roof over their heads, growing up without their parents’ love and a ready prey for tuberculosis and diphtheria. Georg, born in Prussia, was now living in this city in south-west England. He started working on his project with hesitation and apprehension and bucket loads of prayer. He did not have an inkling that in his life he would care for 10,000 homeless children and that, without actively advertising in the newspapers and asking for financial support, he would receive €146mio in today’s money, over the next 50 years. This sum was not a result from his begging of people but of asking of God to provide. His homes, which now Bristol City College uses, were called Ashley Down back then. Hardly anyone in Bristol knows about the buildings’ original importance and meaning, but Georg Müller’s faith has been an example for millions of Christians over the past two centuries.

21st November 1838

The orphanage has run out of money. No supper can be bought for the children. At lunchtime Georg and his small team are sitting together and are praying for nothing less than a miracle. After this anxious and worrying meeting and burdened with many problems, Georg goes for a walk, just to clear his mind and to take an extremely deep breath.

On his way back to the orphanage he bumps into a man who, unrequested, gives him £5. A lot of money in those days and enough to buy enough to feed his hungry protégées.

21st November 1839

Crisis meeting in the orphanage. There is just enough money left to buy the children breakfast the next morning. But no one has an idea, how to provide food for lunch. The staff come together for a prayer meeting. That evening Georg Müller writes in his diary Matthew 6,34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In the firm conviction that God answers prayer and knows what his orphans need, he falls asleep.

The next day three hours before lunch the orphanage receives donations in kind, which they sell and from which proceeds they then buy food.

21st November 2014

I have just finished my talk in front of 230 children of the Presbyterien School in Houston. I presented Diospi Suyana as a work of faith. With many pictures I show how it came about that there are now a hospital and school in Curahuasi, Peru, by a chain of coincidences and answers to prayer.

The children should then head back to their classrooms, but a teacher hurries to the front and says: “What we have just seen is a miracle, let us pray.” 230 pairs of ears listen in silence. The teacher, however, does not speak a word. Then she starts to cry and ends her sobbing with an “amen” – the prayer is finished. /KDJ

A teacher hurries to the front and wants to say a closing prayer.

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