First Trip of 2015!

A wonderful team of 45 loving and giving Canadians joining with at least as many selfless, hardworking Dominicans to truly became a family last week. Together, we built 3 homes (a single family home, duplex and triplex), trained 9 men as mechanics, treated & educated hundreds of people with medical and dental ailments, launched an after school program for girls, and taught positive parenting courses and, most importantly, built deep relationships.

We can all get so busy with life here in North America. Running from activity to activity, ensuring our kids don’t get “bored”, hosting this event and that…a mainly self-serving busyness. Every time we go to the Dominican, I’m reminded to ask “what’s it all for?”.

I think Albert Einstein summed it up best when he said¬†“only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”. Our Dominican family consistently teaches us that life is about serving others, loving others, taking time to see the beauty in people and nature, and simply pausing to enjoy each moment.

If this sounds like a refreshing perspective on life, we’d love to have you join us on one of our upcoming trips. We will be returning to the Dominican May 15th – 23rd and October 23rd – November 1st.

Change a life. It will change yours.

Wendy

Mission Accomplished!

Last week we completed our biggest and most extensive mission to date. Our team of 47 Canadians from 4 provinces built 4 houses for 20 people! One of the homes, a triplex, was ‘large’ by Dominican standards and housed 15 people! You have to see it to believe it! I believe there were 2 sets of bunk beds which provided sleep for 8 kids. We were also able to complete dental clinics with the help of Dr. Saniya and her husband, Dr. Mike.

These people are such amazing people. They exude love and selflessness, which is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the people with whom we meet back home. These people have a lot to teach us about what’s most important in life. They are literally willing to give the shirt off of their backs, even though they hardly have anything to begin with.

Wendy and I have already began planning our next trip, which will be in the last week of October (the 26th of October to November 2nd). If you feel your heart tugging at you to find out more about one of these life changing trips, please email us for more information at: info@shinethelight.ca

Change a life. It will change yours.
Brent.