Fearless into the future
One of the many established traditions at Diospi Suyana is that all the new volunteers and their custodians climb Curahuasi’s nearest highest hill. This happened last Saturday.
Stefan Seiler, Verena Bigalke and Katharina and Matthias Besold make up the team who look after the eight young volunteers.
To avoid the midday heat we set out at 7 a.m. and reached the summit before 9 a.m. in glorious sunshine. The spectacular views and the breathtaking panorama always make the arduous and steep climb very well worth it. On the one side you can admire the snow-covered mountains and look 1000m downwards into the Apurimac River Canyon. On the other side the view extends over the school, the hospital, Curahuasi and beyond.
After a sumptuous picnic at the summit cross Stefan Seiler gave an encouraging input: expounding Joshua 1.9 the head of the hospital administration encouraged the young people to meet all the upcoming challenges boldly and confidently: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
At the end of the day we enjoyed a BBQ in family Bigalke’s garden. In this discussion group we talked about our first experiences in Peru and about what we expect from the coming year.
The Besolds will meet with the 8 volunteers every six weeks to accompany, encourage and challenge them during their time at Diospi Suyana. We wish all volunteers a life-enhancing time in Curahuasi and God’s blessing.