As the pandemic continues and countries begin to open back up, our work in each base is looking different every week. However, we are blessed to continue finding ways to serve God in the communities to bring light and hope. Today, we are hearing from Alberto Herrera, serving in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
My name is Alberto, and I have been part of the team in Santiago, Dominican Republic, for a little over two years now. I oversee all the facilities and assets in Santiago, including the base, sites, and vehicles.
2020 has been an exciting year. Santiago is still a place of growth, and we have seen several projects develop and finish during this year:
- Moving the medical clinic in Cienfuegos to its new two-floor building.
- Reallocating the social-work site to its new house.
- Investing in the new pre-school building to have it ready to receive the kids.
- Improving the security at the base.
- Building the new sports court.
One of the more significant challenges has been overseeing that the safety and health protocols related to COVID are implemented, and particularly making sure that the base is as COVID-free as possible with the final goal of providing a safe environment for our staff and students.
In the middle of this craziness and busyness, we have been able to partner with ministry sites to provide food and care to families of the communities that have been severely affected by the COVID crisis. Experiencing first-hand how families around us felt cared for when they lost their jobs or their loved ones made us face the challenges and the year-to-come with hope and a renewed sense of excitement and anticipation of how God will keep working in Santiago.
At the end of the day, irrespective of either, whether serving in a ministry site, bookkeeping, or maintaining the facilities, we as a team have a single goal: to glorify God through our daily duties and responsibilities.