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Feathering the Nest...ZOE loves a good housewarming!

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

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How has this ZOE Projects STM changed me?

ZOE Team - DR 2015

by Louise Crepault (Team member from Hawkesbury, Ontario)

How has this ZOE Projects Short Term Mission changed me?

I am so glad you asked!

Well, maybe it was seeing how 11 women – very different, from vary varied backgrounds, with a difference of 40 years between the youngest and the oldest became a strong, beautiful, powerful, loving unit!

Was it getting a glimpse of global workers totally sold out to the Great Commission, and drawing people to Christ by their love and commitment to meet their needs?

It could have been witnessing a new birth in Christ after this beautiful woman received gifts for her new house – gifts she could never afford, but received from Canadian women who care.

Then again, I could have been deeply moved by the testimony of this humble man of God whose son died at the age of 10 from Dengue fever who found healing and peace as God revealed to him all the lives that were touched by his son’s love for God while he was in the hospital.

Or maybe it was when this beautiful man of God thanked us for our generosity towards his congregation, when we are the ones who were so blessed in his commitment to pray for Canada.

What about all the love and blessings we received from these amazing pastoras who lead flocks of other women with almost no resources, but glowing mountain-moving faith?

Dozens more of these God-moments come to mind! I am expecting so many more! After all, it’s only Wednesday.

ZOE is all about connecting Canadian women with vulnerable women around the world. From where I sit, this goal is well on its way.

Louise Crepault

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ZOE is in the Dominican Republic...like, right now.

ZOE Projects is in the Dominican Republic.  Like, right now!

ZOE DR Team - 2015

We are on our first ever Short Term Mission with a group of 11 women from various parts of Canada.  While we are here to minister (you can see more on our Facebook page), we are also here to listen to Dominican women.  We want to understand more fully what the needs are of women in the developing world.

So we are trying to not do tons of talking...instead we are listening.

Some of our team members will be blogging for ZOE this week.  Our first team post is from Ruth Unger from Manitoba...

Ruth at our Pastoras "Pop up Party"

by Ruth Unger

It is about being available. Listening. Then doing.

Then, as for the making a difference part…that is on God’s shoulders. Not mine. And He’s got this.

So – will a difference be made? Oh, yes! Hearts and lives will be changed…probably starting with the eleven women who travelled!

There will be so much more too. Some results, some differences we will see and some we will not.

Because of who our God is, we approach this then with great expectation, anticipating his accomplishment, feeling completely privileged, thankful and humbled that we get to take part.

That God chooses to work in us and through us…that expression of grace and mercy and love extended to us…doesn’t that just stop you in your tracks…and then doesn’t it compel you to take a step…to go?

We love that this group of women has taken the step...to go.  Check back with us to hear what we learn.

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