My Dear Friends,
Special greetings from the Dominican Republic!
May 4th is a very special day for our ministry and in particular for my family. This is the day we celebrate the foundation of Tia Tatiana School—it has been 32 years since Tatiana came to serve the neediest children in that area of Santo Domingo. It’s also the day that I celebrate my wedding anniversary (14 years this year). So you can tell, I better not forget this important day!
This year, very sadly another reason has been added to this date on the calendar. I received a call on my cell phone at 5:30 AM to inform me that somebody had taken advantage of a heavy rain and the “sleeping mode” of our night watchman and broke into our office. This person stole eight of our laptops, four of which were just bought two month ago.
Suddenly my plans for the day were dramatically changed (my wife understood this was a special situation, so I was safe), and I came as soon as possible to see all the damage and call the police. I think they were looking for money because there was a general mess. We spent most of the morning giving declarations, and the afternoon reorganizing our office. Those were long and sad hours.
Yesterday I had two interviews with security companies and some offers for sound alarms and cameras, and a welder spent the day re-enforcing our window bars and putting bars where we didn’t have any. I’ve also talked to the owner of the property to heighten the fence walls. The last 48 hours have been very intense.
We praise the Lord because nobody was hurt and most of our data was saved on the cloud, but we are very sorry for the laptops. I brought from home my son’s desktop for our sponsorship leader to work with, and our other staff are bringing their personal tablets and checking e-mails on their phones.
We’ve been in this location for four years now, and we’ve never had a problem like this. We believe the area is safe for our office and for our guests. For now we are proposing to increase the level of security and continue our service trusting in the Lord!
If you feel from the Lord to help us in the unexpected expenses we now have to incur, such as buying laptops, installing the alarms and cameras and more, we will appreciate it greatly. Thank you for your love and for keeping us in your prayers!
PS: I still need to take to my wife to dinner this week, just to make sure I am really safe. 🙂
Nelson Paulino, VisionTrust Dominicana