Whom can one still trust?

The short-lived business with contacts

On 7th August the Peruvian Home Secretary Jorge Eduardo Montoya Pérez welcomed me in his office.  For 90 minutes the high dignitary listened to many aspects of Diospi Suyana’s story.  In the cabinet the minister was in charge of Apurímac State, i.e. he had the means of giving our mission substantial backing.  The “bond of friendship” was visibly strengthened by his visit on 22nd August.  On Monday he resigned because of a small political scandal.  Silently and without a word.

On 4th August Head of State Martin Vizcarra listened to the presentation about the hospital in the Presidential Palace.  One can hardly imagine a better contact to the top of the hierarchy.  But currently the members of Congress are discussing an impeachment process.  It concerns a game of intrigues with countless trivialities.

In the Book of all books one can read: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9)

Some say that they only trust in themselves.  After countless disappointments and frustrations caused by false friends they put their trust solely in themselves.  But there comes the time when everyone’s strength starts to fail.  One’s own evaluations can be deceptive and we discover time and time again how narrow our scope is.

A wise man remarks in the Book of Proverbs chapter 3 verse 5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight!”

(Above picture caption: The missionary hospital’s entrance area.  The Minister is wearing a red jacket flanked by congressmen on both sides.)

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