A feast day atmosphere in a warm restaurant
The three of us are sitting round a table, emptying bottles. Olaf Böttger, Diospi Suyana’s chairman, sticks resolutely to his fruit tea. I myself pour fruit juice down my throat, a joy to body and soul. Outside the local citizens struggle with record hot temperatures, inside we rejoice about the decision just taken by two motivated ladies. The scene: a restaurant near Darmstadt’s main station last Friday.
In the first interview a nurse gives us an insight into her life. She explains to me with conviction but without pathos: ”Having been through a difficult life situation, I decided to surrender my life to God: my time and my life belongs to him!”
In the next few months she would like to head to Peru and spend at least three years working at the Hospital Diospi Suyana on a voluntary basis. We wish her safe travels.
Then Dorothea Töws tells us why she, in the role as a qualified optician, is the person to head our eye clinic.
Both ladies have completely different vitae, but both believe in God and are convicted that as a Christian one should positively shape the world. This path, however, means that they will have to bring financial sacrifices and overcome uncomfortable hurdles.
It is said that people exist who live after the principle: “avarice is cool”. Both our candidates see things a different way. First of all they experienced an inner transformation which changed their lives’ plans in a fascinating way. Practical, vivacious and genuine. Being a Christian, not simply as a worldview or as a sanctimonious hypocrisy, but rather being prepared to follow him who, of his own free will, was prepared to die for every one of us on the cross. The nurse and the optician are also willingly moving the centre of their lives to a small mountain village in the Southern Andes.
Which power can help us conquer egoism? The power of God? /KDJ