Over the past month, we’ve seen God’s hand in many exciting developments:
- Since we last wrote, Laura has had several meetings with the leadership of the ministry. As a result, the vision for the hospital is now more clearly defined. Hospital San Lucas will function as a women’s and children’s hospital and will someday offer services such as high-risk prenatal care, c-sections, and neonatal intensive care.
- In the very near future, we will have a fully functioning lab in the hospital. Currently, when our patients need lab tests, we draw their blood here and then send it out to local labs. However, after hours and on weekends, these labs are closed. Many times, Laura has found herself with a sick child desperately wishing she had access to a lab. The opening of our very own lab will allow for better patient care.
- We have been particularly concerned about the mothers who stay here in the hospital for weeks and sometimes months. We want to do our best to treat them the way we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes. There have been several improvements for them lately: the establishment of both a dining area and a play area, better conditions in their rooms, more activities with our mission teams, and weekly devotions with our hospital chaplain.
- One of the highlights of our work here is receiving the support of our friends and colleagues. Laura recently asked her former partners and residency classmates to help gather over-the-counter medications for the orphanage (a great need!). Their response was overwhelming. Three pediatric practices are currently holding medication drives, and we are honored to have their support.
- A representative from a well-known Christian international relief organization visited Hope of Life and Hospital San Lucas on July 28-29. We hold this organization and its leadership in high regard, and we hope to work alongside them here in Guatemala.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God is working in Guatemala!