Recently we took a team of women to the Dominican Republic to work with Sharon and Adrian Thomas and Every Day Ministries Canada. It was an impacting trip for all of us involved.  

One of the most impacting moments was related to our encounter with a woman named Doris. Doris is the wife of Robertico and mum to three children.  When Sharon and Adrian first met this family, it was clear that their living conditions were not good.  

The family home

Make shift sleeping area

Every Day Ministries became involved in their community about 2.5 years ago when the home of a single mother burnt down.  In responding to that specific need, they saw a hopeless community filled with despair.  They realized they needed to do something and made a commitment to re-build 25-35 of the worst homes...and one of those homes belonged to Doris!  

Now this is where ZOE got involved.  Doris' home was almost complete and we got to do something very special...we held a housewarming party!  Gifts to "feather the nest" werebrought to Doris which she gratefully received. 

It reminded me of James 1:17 where it says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

Doris was clearly impacted by the experience and opened herself to a "new life in God".  Absolutely amazing.  This is what God does...He gives us good gifts and in Him there is always a fresh start!

Team Leader Marvelyn with Doris