.I had the privilege of visiting the Heart of Love Clinic with a team from Life of Hope ministries. We assisted in the pharmacy, taking vitals, and praying with patients. As always, there is much more going on in and around Heart of Love Clinic and it is amazing to see!
Some patients we prayed with had left their homes as early as 4:30 a.m. in order to ensure receipt of a ticket to see Dr Layla. The waiting area is full of faces eager for both physical and spiritual healing. We prayed with patients who lived in the settlement and attended Pastor Saul's church. We prayed with patients who were not believers.
Pastor Saul gave us a tour of the third floor construction. I went with Nancy, our leader from Life of Hope, Dr. Layla, and Pastor Saul to a home improvement store where we looked at tile for the third floor and discussed ideas for a bright area, with a little color. Dr Layla chose the tile and we saw much of it installed by the end of the week!
Dr. Layla went with our team on Wednesday and Friday as we delivered bunk beds to families in the settlement. She then took us on several very emotional home visits.
We visited the home of a young woman whose four month old infant had passed away that morning due to illness and malnutrition. The infant was still on the bed. I could see the silhouette of his tiny face through the sheer covering draped over him. We tearfully prayed with the mother, and later attended the wake. I cannot even put into words the emotional weight of that day.
As I walked down a settlement street with Dr. Layla, she explained to me that the conditions are much more extreme in the newer colonies. There is little or no electricity, no water, and the methane fumes are very high. We visited a family in this area. Multiple members in this family were victims of gunshot wounds from a gang retaliation hit. The most seriously injured, an 8 year old little boy. He was shot below the knee. His injury required rods, screws and skin grafts. He has to lay still in bed for weeks, in order for proper healing to occur. As we left his home, we walked by the corner where the family was shot, noting the bullet holes in the sheet metal from the incident. These are not isolated situations. This is life in the settlement.
The love and compassion seen in Dr. Layla and Pastor Saul's ministries is evidenced in the clinic, the home visits, feeding the Pereginos, the Friday night feeding of hundreds at the settlement, and the way they are known and respected by all we encountered.
Please continue to lift Dr. Layla and Pastor Saul in prayer. Your support of Dustin's Dream Foundation extends far beyond the clinic walls in ways that you may never see firsthand. The needs are great. But through the ministry of Heart of Love and the passion of Dr. Layla and Pastor Saul, we see lives changing, people turning to Christ, and God's love continually poured out to the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump and beyond.
"Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen." 1 Cor 13:7-10 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)