The Brunner Family are Living Christ

In 2004 Alex and Laura Brunner (both doctors) first heard about plans for a mission hospital in southern Peru. They spent many evenings translating the German webpage about Diospi Suyana. After some time they emailed the german office expressing their interest in volunteering at the hospital. Alex and Laura had studied at theVanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee – normally a sure thing in setting themselves up for a lucrative career – but the Brunners had other plans.

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As committed Christians, they first wanted to give 2 years to help the poorest of the poor, serving not only God, but also their fellow mankind. Thus, in April 2008 they arrived in Curahuasi and Alex began to work in the mission hospital. Meanwhile Laura cared for their daughter and became involved in children´s and women´s ministry. A year later Laura gave birth to their second daughter, Sofia Anis, at the hospital. Now still a year later, we are bidding goodbye to the Brunner family. Thankfully they have plans to return to Curahuas in the future and this gladdens our hearts.

Nobody disputes that life here is not easy. Sometimes the town´s water supply is exhausted and the water tanks run dry. Clearly they have sacrificed thousands of dollars in potential wages to volunteer at the mission hospital. Why go to all this trouble? This evening the film “The Passion of Christ” was screened in the town´s marketplace. It was attended by around 300 people where they saw the suffering of Jesus, all for His love for each person. The Brunners know personally this sacrifice of Christ and in gratitude for this, they happily gave 2 years of their lives for service to the Quechua people of South America.