On Mother's Day 2014, I was visiting Chontal to prepare for my stay to begin a mission near the city of Santo Domingo. That night, the rains caused severe landslides on the mountains that resulted in a national disaster. Fortunately, no one was killed or severely injured. But among many traumatic stories were the loss of several homes and extensive property damage. I opened a gofundme and over 35 of us from the States contributed a total of $14,000 to aid in the recovery. With the money, those most affected by the disaster were able to build new homes, rebuild the ones they had, or invest in new property.