We hope you enjoy this update from our National Director in the Dominican Republic, Nelson.
Yesterday, March 2nd was my 38th birthday… Somebody is getting older here, I tell you right away is not me, it is the children in our programs. The first week of February Dr. Jill, Sue and Audrey came to the Dominican Republic to train some volunteers on some practical ways to prevent diseases by washing hands, having good nutrition, etc. It was excellent, and we all learn a lot, but as I was looking around the table, the majority of those being trained to do this on an ongoing bases are young adults that a few years ago they were in 2nd, 3rd grade at Tia Tatiana School. Some were just another child in Brisas and one in particular, was a girl who was rescued from an extremely risky situation by a beach area close to our city. It is hard to believe that the time has gone so fast, those who were just kids around the school, are now part of the force that is transforming other children.
A year ago, when we moved our office from Herrera to our current location, we left a young lady in Herrera in charge of all the bookkeeping of the school and grace water—who is she? Lisandra, one of the girls that with her sister were in the school since she was 3 years old. Today she is part of our HELP program (Higher Education Leadership Program) and is also our book keeper at the school. When we were looking for somebody to help on our sponsorship department with translation, there was a young lady right in front of us, Pamela, another girl who just graduated from our school after being there since she was 2 years old. Today she is our sponsorship assistant. In Brisas del Este we needed to re-structure the staff, creating some job descriptions, the most important for us was to find an administrator. Guess who is there now? Erika, a girl from Brisas del Este, one of the poorest areas in Santo Domingo. She is now going to college and is now our administrator for this program doing an awesome job.
We hear some of the students already thinking about marrying—as I am writing this I know 2 for sure will marry soon, they have a nice relationship with their fiancé. So we are going to some weddings in 2014, again from children that were with us not too long ago…
So, as I meditate about the numbers in my age getting higher, I rejoice in the Lord to see that VisionTrust ministry makes sense and in a few more years the number of stories of some of our children doing wonderful things for the Lord, for their families, for the nation are going to be by the hundreds.
Half of February I was in the USA, (once again stuck with Mark Cornelison) 🙂 .. as always a great joy for my family to visit our dear friends from FBC church, Harvest church, and others in the Houston area. It was a wonderful way to end the month, thank you to all that made this trip possible!
So, my conclusion is, I know now for sure who is getting older… it is the children.
Pablo Paulino (Nelson)
Director, VisionTrust Dominicana.