All his life Klaus-Dieter John has struggled with faith in God.
“I must say that faith has always been very difficult to me,” the missionary doctor told CBN News. “It has been the deepest desire of my heart to see whether God is true… I mean the Bible says you can pray and He will respond. I wanted to know if this was the case, so my whole life you can say has been an experiment with God, praying out of desperation.”
His life of experimental faith not only confirms that he serves a miracle-working God, but it’s bringing a miracle to some of the neediest people in Peru in the form of a hospital that provides them with first-rate healthcare.
The hospital is called Diopsi Suyana, an Inca word that means ‘we trust in God.” In 11 years, it’s served about 330,000 patients and delivered the Gospel message to more than half-a-million Peruvians.
Most of the patients are Quecha people, descendants of the Incas, who live in dire poverty with no running water and no electricity, but thanks to Klaus and his wife’s faith and perseverance they are served by a hospital as well-equipped as any in the U.S.
It includes operating rooms, intensive care, dental and optical health, and a pharmacy where 35 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals volunteer their services.
Patients are expected to pay for their health care, but the amount is based on their income and they often receive assistance from the hospital’s charitable foundation.
Not Just Healthcare, but Soulcare
Those patients often bring family and friends, giving the hospital pastors an opportunity to share the Gospel message with many more.
“We start every morning with a church service, so we have celebrated 3,000 church services and half a million Peruvians have listened to the story of the cross of Christ, the empty tomb, hope for eternal life,” Klaus said.
One of the hospital’s pastors follows up with the converts, ensuring that ministry doesn’t stop at the hospital.
“He drove through the south of the country in Peru to visit people who converted at our hospital and he helped them get in touch with local churches. It’s a neat follow-up program and we know that 50 percent of the people who raise their hand at the service, they end up in a local church where they are,” said Klaus.
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