Operation Christmas Child – El Salvador

In March, my sister-in-law, Dona Hoover, and I and 15 other Canadians went on an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) distribution trip to El Salvador. OCC is a ministry under Samaritan’s Purse led by Franklin Graham that delivers shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and toiletries to children in poor and often war-torn countries. It was a dream come true for me. I have volunteered and worked with OCC for many years and I wanted to experience what happens after the shoe boxes leave the processing centre in Waterloo Region. On many occasions, it has given me a healthy focus when my personal life was unravelling. During many sleepless nights and days filled with despair, I could at leas

Lighthouse 2016 Missions Trip - Los Alcarrizos, Dominican Republic

This past March break the River sent another team to serve in the DR. Team members consisted of Gavin Albrecht, Bronwyn Albrecht, Dan Baer, Scott Frey, Dwayne Ruby, David and Lisa Cosier, Faith Gerber, Kaitlyn Scales and Brad Brodhagen. We joined with Teams from other cities in Ontario and met new friends and reconnected with some folks who we’d met last year. It is really amazing to be able to see the progress that has been made in the community. Last year we poured the floor for the Open Wall Church and this year it had a roof on it. Completion for this large building is slated for 2018. More houses have been built and eager families have settled in to them. This year we began working on a

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