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German Finds Grace

Posted by: Tami Taylor PA-C on Monday, April 22, 2019
I imagine the anxiety and hopes of German and his wife, Anna, as they traveled to Pucallpa for two days on the Amazon tributary in a small, rented boat. With his yearly crop of rice to sell in order to pay for his trip, German was looking for a ...


"So many life-changing events in 10 days."

Posted by: Cody Sessions, MD on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

This article originally appeared on the University of Minnesota Medical Department of Orthopaedic's April Newsletter.



Growth on the Horizon

Posted by: Esteban Cardona on Wednesday, March 20, 2019
As we spring forward not just in time but as a ministry it is crucial to share some of our vision with our community and look towards the horizon together. We have recently been sharing about how far we've come from our first trip in 2005. Not only ...


Faith Emboldened

Posted by: Peter A. Cole, M.D. - PRESIDENT, Scalpel At The Cross on Monday, March 18, 2019
It occurs to me that both can be true, and both scenarios were true for our still young mission in its 14th year. We had some major realizations as a Board of Directors, that we were straining our staff and leadership under mounting pressure to meet ...


God Provides

Posted by: Racky Ruiz on Friday, March 15, 2019
Since 2005 we have been sending medical mission teams to serve the community of Pucallpa, Peru. What began as a family grassroots effort has grown beyond our wildest dreams. Within the last couple of years, due to the amazing growth God provided, we ...


Orthopaedic Surgery in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted by: Dr. Dustin Larson on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

This article originally appeared in Scalpel's Edge 25.



Agape Love

Posted by: Esteban Cardona on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
As we heard the news of our team returning safely back home the word that resonated in my mind was “Agape”. Not the definition of a mouth being left open, the word that describes the highest form of love God displays for us. I’ve ...


"Be still..."

Posted by: Esteban Cardona on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
We too often cite Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” as an anthem of rest. As we previously mentioned it is important to know that God commands us to rest and meditate on His greatness. However, a closer look at the beginning ...


Parting Words Of 2018

Posted by: Peggy Gasior on Monday, December 31, 2018
During the close of 2018, my husband and I reflected on life together, what we envisioned it would be at this point, as well as the shared ups and downs, joys and heartaches that we could not have imagined. The emotions that come with this time of ...


"Unto us a child was born"

Posted by: Esteban Cardona on Monday, December 24, 2018
As the fire crackles and hymns hang in the air with the aromatic smell of balsamic pinewood we ask ourselves, is this the magic of Christmas? We turn to evident signs of our abundance under our tree and the gratitude we feel tends to gravitate to ...


A life with the Scalpel

Posted by: Dani Ellerbe on Friday, December 14, 2018
The sound of the heavens dumping onto the jungle forest, a billion drops of water pounding on the tin roof, the smell of hot jungle mist in the air; this is one of my first memories of Pucallpa, Peru, engrained in my 8-year old brain because of the ...


As we "faith forward"

Posted by: Nancy Cole on Monday, December 10, 2018
I recently read a post from a friend's blog, and felt that what was shared described the maturation of Scalpel At The Cross, both as a collective entity and as individuals, to an absolute T. She put it this way, "Faithing forward trumps the ...


A reflection of Thanks & Giving

Posted by: Esteban Cardona on Monday, November 19, 2018
We live in a world of deadlines, overloaded schedules, and nonstop work. For some, it’s 16-hour days; for others, it is a seven-day work week. In the constant motion and stress of day-to-day life, it’s hard to stop for a moment and take ...


Behind the Scalpel: Covenant Presbyterian Church

Posted by: Nancy Cole on Friday, November 9, 2018
When one considers the word covenant from a purely secular perspective, it connotes the idea of contract, agreement, undertaking, commitment, guarantee, warrant, pledge, promise, or bond. But looking at the word Biblically adds interpersonal ...


Behind the Scalpel: Grateful for Church Support

Posted by: Peggy Gasior on Saturday, November 3, 2018
Psalm 67, v.1, begins with a prayer and plea, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us —“. This is our heart’s cry for God’s loving presence among us, and His provision to us, but first and ...


Behind the Scalpel: Luzmila Cahua

Posted by: Luzmila Cahua on Saturday, October 27, 2018

This article originally appeared in Scalpel's Edge Issue 17



Behind the Scalpel: The Cahua Family

Posted by: Peggy Gasior on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Peruvian Christian Medical Mission
Faithful to our mission to be a lighthouse for Christ through a medical ministry in the Peruvian Amazon region of South America, Scalpel has taken almost 30 teams to Pucallpa, Peru over the past 13 years. While in Pucallpa, those teams have provided ...


Hand Across

Posted by: Lisa Schroder & Nora Chian on Friday, October 12, 2018

A feature article from our Scalpel's Edge Issue 19



De Mi Para Ti - From Me To You

Posted by: Team Members on Friday, October 5, 2018
Peruvian Christian Medical Mission

Take a trip down memory lane as some of our team members share their experience of a trip to Peru!



Behind the Scalpel: The Prayer Posse

Posted by: Nancy Cole on Friday, September 14, 2018
Peruvian Christian Medical Mission
I wrote a piece entitled, Be Steadfast in Prayer, back in 2007 to exhort our stateside friends to wrestle in the prayer realm before, during, and after our Scalpel teams in the Amazon face warfare being waged in the spirit realm. My aim was to ...


Behind the Scalpel

Posted by: Dani Ellerbe on Friday, September 7, 2018
Peruvian Christian Medical Mission

Take a sneek peek at the inner working of our christian medical mission!



April 2017 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Sunday, May 7, 2017

I have been impressed by the calling on our lives … a calling to humble ourselves like little children so that we might know the joy of being in the presence of Jesus … the kingdom of heaven … a place where authority, peace, and purpose for life abound (Matthew 18).



March 2017 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, March 13, 2017

Today marked two weeks since our last team operated on a patient. With two weeks of healing behind them, patients came to our first of four follow up clinics to have stitches removed, xrays examined, and a prescription for the next four weeks given to them. What a delight to see the hand of God at work as stitches were removed revealing healthy skin covering the work that our surgical teams accomplished below in the bones. Still a lot of healing that must take place before restoration is pronounced, but these dear folks are well on their way to once again having full use of their limbs.



January 2017 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, January 26, 2017

The walkway between our apartment here in the jungle and our main guest house we lovingly call “Jungle Bunks” or JB for short … is a continually changing pathway … though you would not be aware of those changes unless one awakened you through one of your senses. Some of the changes happen oh, so slowly … these changes might develop as termites attack and create homes hidden deeply in some crevasse of the wooden walkway. Slowly, but surely, they eat away at the strength of the walkway structure ... eventually causing some portion, in weakness, to fail.



Christmas 2016 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How we celebrate this season! For those who love Jesus and the hope His birth, life, death, and resurrection promise for eternity, we rejoice with you. Let us encourage one another in the faith...as long as it is called today. For those who don't consider a Savior, we pray that this would be the year you would learn to treasure Him and enjoy His love
for you. From our house to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!



December 2016 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday was to be a day of travel ... by car ... up into the mountains with a friend ... for several reasons. The one I was looking forward to the most was time with this friend … time to talk … time to share in each others lives. But a strike of sorts closed the road to thru traffic … there is only one road … on to a different plan for the day.



October 2016 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, October 10, 2016

The young pastor moved slowly off his hospital bed and stood looking down. I wondered why he was gazing downward. Without lifting his head, he said, “This is the first time in 14 years that I have looked down and found my knees to be level with each other.”



September 2016 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, September 12, 2016

Laurie, Lyndi, and I returned to Peru almost a month ago. The transition back has felt like we never left. We were welcomed back to our jungle home with many familiar critters greeting us on our walkway and around the house.



July 2016 Update

Posted by: Unknown on Saturday, July 9, 2016

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2Co 5:14-15)



May Update 2016

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, June 6, 2016

Laurie, Lyndi and I are back in the USA for the months of June and July. We arrived back a day before Mitchell’s graduation from Calvin College in Civil Engineering. It was a delight to share that time with him and his friends there in Grand Rapids, MI. He begins an engineering job this June and will continue to make Grand Rapids his home. We are amazed at and thankful for the blessing of God upon his life.