Emil the missionary
Emil Daniel Dressler was the first of the Diospi-Suyana Community to die in Curahuasi. He lived for 32 weeks of pregnancy before he quite unexpectedly left this life on 5th August 2016. His parents, Daniel and Susan Dressler, often stood at the small grave of their son in Curahuasi’s cemetery mourning. In the last couple of months the city council built a wall, in which future coffins will be laid, directly behind Emil’s grave.
The modification works ensured that cemetery’s peace and tranquillity was over for a while. But the Dresslers came up with a good idea that the put into practise a couple of days ago. Onto the plastered wall above Emil’s grave, with the city hall’s permission, they painted the following words of Christ: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even if he dies!”
The Dresslers did not choose the location of Emil’s grave themselves. It is located at the highest point of the cemetery, visible for everyone. In a couple of days Family Dressler will return to Germany – Emil will stay here as a missionary. His grave conveys the living resurrection hope, which Christians have clung onto for 2,000 years./IS