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That was our year 2018: from January to June

Unbelievable progress

What a year! For the first time sponsorship money (€2,500) was raised for Diospi Suyana at the Rallye Dakar: a certain Dr Tobias Thorban (above left) who worked at the Herzog Elisabeth Krankenhaus in Melverode, now a senior doctor at our missionary hospital, looked after the Mini X-Raid Team made up of 100 people.

In January the company based in Immenstaad reduced the price for their telemetry equipment by €43,000, whereby all radio complexes can now be monitored from Curahuasi. The company’s head of sales made the following comment: “We were so moved by Diospi Suyana’s story that now all departments in our company have heard about the news!”

In January the company based in Immenstaad reduced the price for their telemetry equipment by €43,000, whereby all radio complexes can now be monitored from Curahuasi. The company’s head of sales made the following comment: “We were so moved by Diospi Suyana’s story that now all departments in our company have heard about the news!”

Beginning of February three missionary families arrived in Peru. Hanna Tielmann writes: “After 24 hours of travelling we arrived exhausted, but happy at 10p.m. on Sunday evening at Diospi Suyana’s guest house. We, the group of travelers met at Madrid Airport, namely Mr and Mrs Kügler from Berlin, Family Kessler from Heidelberg, Family Tielmann from Herne and Tanja Derksen.” Since 2006 180 long-term missionaries have worked at Diospi Suyana.

The stream of patients visibly increased in 2018. Even though there is a lot of cheap accommodation (with up to 70 beds) in the hospital’s vicinity, patients prefer to sleep directly at the hospital’s fence, using plastic tarpaulin as a defence against the rain. The picture was taken during the night of the 4th March.

After long negotiations with the Ministry of Transport and Communications the Asociación Civil Religiosa Diospi Suyana was given permission to operate Radio- and TV-channels. However, beforehand the whole of the German Media Law had to be translated into Spanish. We are probably the only organisation in Peru that employs European staff which has this recognition.

On 27th March pupils of the Diospi-Suyana-School performed a passion play. Jesus rode on a real donkey into the open air theatre, which was made up of the school’s outdoor facilities. For everyone who was present it was an unforgettable evening.

 

10 years after the first article in the Berliner Tagesspiegel the second article about the missionary hospital was printed in its 1st April edition. Michael Schmidt, the author, wrote honestly and homed in on our practised faith in God.

The German President Frank Walter Steinmeier presented the missionary doctors Dr Martina and Dr Klaus John with the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon. Jörg Ranau, the German Ambassador in Lima personally presented the medals in his Residence in Lima. The official ceremony lasted 3 hours.

For Mother’s Day our media group organised a raffle that was broadcast live on radio and TV. Seven generous hampers waited for the happy winners. 239 female listeners living in Curahuasi District and beyond dialed in hoping to be among the lucky winners. The prizes were donated by the local newspaper Chaski and several shops.

We don’t give fire a chance. Finally the Hospital and the Media Centre have a sophisticated smoke detection system. On 22nd May Andre Bacher, Benjamin Azuero and Yessica Herreras performed the decisive trial runs.

On25th May we treated the 300,000th patient. The father of six children and his wife were honoured in the morning service. By the end of 2018 the figure had crossed the 327,000 mark. Alone in 2018 we treated 48,000 patients, a new record; most of them come from the States of Cusco, Apurimac, Madre de Dios and Puno.

Our Orthopaedic Workshop opened its doors in the first week of June. Among other things Daniel Müller makes high-quality prostheses for leg amputees. Company Streifeneder based in Emmering near Munich gave us a fantastic 50% discount in the price of the workshop’s equipment.

On 12th June cyber warfare became a tragic reality for Diospi Suyana. For a full 24 hours no one could access our website that was launched in 2003 – it was the first time that our website was the victim of such an attack. Thousands of site accesses from many different countries blocked our domain and led to our host to shut down the website.

After Dr Klaus John’s presentation to staff of the company Schölly Fiberlptic GmbH based in Denzlingen made a donation of high-tech equipment worth a five digit sum. Furthermore Regula Schölly made a very generous financial donation.

We are delighted that all areas of Diospi Suyana are blossoming: the hospital, the school, the media centre and the 12 children’s clubs are realising Diospi Suyana’s vision. We want to help the poor and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Tomorrow I will report on the second half of 2018…!/KDJ