About the Book:
I Have Seen God: The Miraculous Story of the Diospi Suyana Hospital in Peru (Monarch Books, October 2014)
The miraculous founding of a top class hospital for some of the world’s poorest people
Klaus-Dieter and Martina John—both brilliant, talented, and highly qualified doctors—turned their backs on lucrative careers to follow their dream to open a first-rate medical facility for the Indians of the Peruvian Andes, some of the world’s poorest people. The Peruvian Andes natives suffer appallingly from the diseases of poverty and, although they make up approximately 40 percent of Peru’s population, are ignored by the authorities.
Having studied at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Johannesburg during his training as a surgeon, Dr. Klaus-Dieter John together with his wife, Dr. Martina John, a pediatrician, developed a concept for a modern hospital in the Peruvian Highlands.
Turning down other offers, including a professorship, they set themselves the task of raising the millions of dollars needed. God opened the hearts and consciences of individuals and companies to create not just a health center, but a fully equipped hospital. Their story and vision has captured attention around the world and today they have the backing of 180 corporations and 50,000 private supporters.
The hospital’s name, Diospi Suyana, means “we trust in God” in Quechua, the native language of the people it serves. It is a testament to their experience that with God the impossible can happen. The incredible conviction and profound faith of the Johns will refresh your heart and stir your spirit.
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About the Author:
Klaus-Dieter John studied at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Johannesburg during his training as a surgeon. He and his wife Dr. Martina John, a pediatrician, have dedicated their lives to the establishment of the hospital in Peru.
You can learn more about Klaus-Dieter John on his website.
I enjoy stories written about missionaries especially when they are written by the missionaries and Klaus-Dieter John’s story was fascinating from beginning to end. I enjoyed his honesty when he begins to grapple with his faith, is God really there?, his honest account and then how God begins to respond to his prayers even in his state of questioning is a real faith builder. The story of Diospi Suyana begins even before my parents thought of me or even gave thought to marriage, but it’s true, long before Klaus-Dieter knew what he’d be doing, God knew and that is what makes John’s story, His story. When people think of missionaries, they think of those who go to educate foreign peoples in reading, writing and of course the Gospel like in China or Russia or the Amazon most don’t equate doctor’s with extensive training, a wife, and three children who are building a hospital to be the usual run of the mill missionaries.
Mr. John’s family faced many hardships – through naysayers of their faith and their dream of serving the people in Peru with their own hospital. Satan trying to throw a wrench in the spokes by mean customs officials or governmental workers, but in the end the Lord always comes through. What I appreciated about his story is that there were no claims of ‘visions’ or God audibly speaking to him, not that those things are wrong but I do believe evil spirits can lead missionaries astray by these things, but Mr. John makes none of these claims. He simply steps out in faith. Faith. Some days that is all he has to go on – when all they had were $58 US dollars and there was still building to do, equipment to get – faith. A quick read about the life of a missionary family who put their faith in God and He shows them what their faith can do – it can literally move mountains.
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