At Makarios, we believe that God's great commission to His people is to live obedient to His Word and to go into all the world and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people, baptizing and making disciples of all those who believe.
“A disciple is a follower of a particular word or doctrine. To be a disciple of Christ, then, is to be one who follows Jesus and lives in obedience to his commands. The purpose of discipleship is to shape believers into committed followers of Christ who live out the kind of devotion that Jesus described through his teachings” - Doug Franklin.
We believe this shaping and growing happens when followers of Jesus engage in relationships with each other, learning from each other, in order to know Christ more. This process is called discipleship. We disciple others because it’s a command from God and because it’s our joy.
In obedience to this command, Makarios staff lead a discipleship class for our older students. Nicole, Libny and Belizeur, along with other staff, lead this group and meet with students on a weekly basis in their discipleship groups. In these groups, students learn about the gospel and who God is. The leaders guide them and encourage them to be faithful and hard-working in the classroom and as followers of Christ. Our students are dynamic and fun, and Beli, Libny and Nicole are filled with joy as they watch this group of students grow in their understanding of Christ and the importance of having a personal relationship with him.
At the end of each semester, the discipleship program hosts a fun event to celebrate our students. Our last event was a pool party where our students got to spend time swimming, having fun, and talking with their friends and teachers about all they had learned that semester.
Will you join us in praying for the students in our discipleship program? Pray that each one of them would become dedicated followers of Jesus and feel empowered to influence their communities. Also pray that our staff would lead them with integrity, and that our students would become empowered through Him, and would begin to influence and lead others around them.
A word from our sponsorship director:
A few weeks ago, I sat down with one of our students and read a letter to him from his sponsor. I was very aware that this particular student struggles in his classes and often receives more negative attention than positive. In the letter, his sponsors wrote “we are a part of your team and we are praying for you.” He looked at me and asked, “What do they mean, ‘a part of my team?' What team?” I then shared with him about how we all have a team, people who are cheering us on, encouraging us, praying for us, guiding us, people who want the best for us. As I listed people who are a part of his team, he looked pensive. His demeanor changed and he cracked a smile. I helped him write his response to his sponsors and he went back to his class. It was a brief moment and short letter but it was so special to witness his reaction when he heard that people believe in him. We all need to hear that.
Sponsors act as an extended family. Not only do sponsors support a student’s education but also have the opportunity to build a relationship with them, encourage them and speak truth into their life.
Times like these remind us of the importance of connecting with one another. Despite quarantines and social distancing around the world, people are finding creative ways to reach out and check on loved ones, neighbors and those in their communities who are hit hardest by CO-VID19. This is a perfect time to send a message to the student(s) you sponsor to offer words of encouragement during this time of uncertainty.
Send a message through the Sponsor Portal!
Did you know that our sponsors have a Sponsor Portal where you can write messages to the student(s) you sponsor? You can also send pictures of you and your family. Our team translates the messages and makes sure our students receive your letter. We then upload their response (or drawing) with the translation in the portal and send it with the next US-bound staff. Here are the instructions!
Thank you for the ways you support our students and Makarios. You are making an impact on their lives!
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