Family Brady heads back to Europe
Dr David and Dr Dorothea Brady have spent a decade of their lives at the Hospital Diospi Suyana. The urologist and the paediatrician are among the pioneers of the first hour. They can truthfully boast that they heard the first ever talk on Diospi Suyana. In late summer 2003 the Bradys met the Johns in Hospital Vozandes del Oriente in Shell, Ecuador. Invited by a certain Dr Eckehart Wolff Dr John gave a small PowerPoint presentation about a hospital yet to come into existence. The rest is history.
Just in time for the inauguration of the Hospital Diospi Suyana the Bradys arrived in Curahuasi with their children Anna and Konstantin. That was back in 2007. For five years the urologist held the position of Deputy Head of the Hospital. On 16th December 2008 he and Dr John had a severe accident; both of them only just survived.
(S)He who wants to honour David and Doro Brady’s achievements will always be accused of presenting an incomplete list. Over 1,000 prostatectomies are among the several thousand operations that the serene Austrian has successfully performed at the missionary hospital. The mother of two girls and a boy became an anchor of hope for many needy Indian children. The doctor-couple was active in children’s- and grown-up-work in several churches. A men-discussion group and a mother-toddler-group thrived considerably under their leadership.
Their open house and hospitality were available to everyone, be they famished or needing a listening ear. Doro’s every cake was Ritz-quality. It is said that at the end of every missionary activity only one question needs to be answered: “Have you become a friend to the people living where you were based?” One simply has to answer the question for Doro and David with a definitive “yes”!
A few days ago a bus brought the five Bradys, Laura Fuhrmann (teaching assistant), Judith Friedrich (English teacher) as well as Jonathan Wessolowski (teaching assistant) to Lima. Coming Monday the 8 of them will fly to Frankfurt/Main, Germany – well that is the plan. Memories and personal contacts remain, as well as some melancholy feelings.
We wish the Bradys and their travelling companions a blessed new start in Europe. As soon as their three children have finished their schooling a further stint in Peru would be possible. But a lot of water will have flowed down the Apurímac-River by then.
In Proverbs chapter three it is written:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
In their lives the Bradys have sought for what is eternal. Even if we do not understand so many things we live full of hope towards eternity./KDJ.