Remember that blog post from my partner, Dr. Glen Wysel, about his trip with his wife, Lisa, to Guatemala to visit the site of the clinic we're helping to build there? Many of you were quite moved by his recounting of his meeting with the mayor and other community leaders, and by the drawings the children of the area were creating to show their vision of what the clinic would look like. Wait until you see this:

Two buildings under construction.

When Glen and Lisa were there only a few weeks ago, they were looking at a bare patch of land. I could hardly believe my eyes when photos like these arrived in my inbox several days ago – pictures of how the whole community came together and accomplished so much over the course of one weekend. In fact, in just about six weeks they have been able to take this project from vision to reality. Workers laid the foundation and then more than 100 volunteers from the community came to help raise the walls of their new facility...

Workers and volunteers helping in the inside of the building.

And before long they were unpacking equipment and setting up...

A man opening a large box.

Men carrying a large box.

A man stands beside new dental chairs and equipment.

I look at these pictures and my heart soars. This is a perfect illustration of what I meant in my last post “A Special 2012 Message from Imtiaz” about the power of belief, and how you have to believe it before you see it. Take a look again at that child's drawing:

Child's drawing of a dental clinic with flowers and two people.

...and compare it with the reality we see in the pictures above. That's the power of belief. I have to thank all the people – the people in Peronia, the industry leaders who are donating equipment, the people like Patterson L.A. Branch Manager, Jason Owens, who sent a small team to help with the installation of equipment, the dentists who are donating their time and money – for believing with us. If you want to find out more about exactly what we're doing, visit the Open Wide Foundation. We welcome you to join us. Update: This post was written just before I left for Guatemala last weekend to attend the opening of the clinic. The events of that weekend have had a profound effect on me and I can't wait to tell you all about it in an upcoming post.