Bella Lopez Martinez, Makarios Staff
It is a pleasure for me to be able to talk about what Makarios has been in my life.
And the answer to the question, "What has Makarios produced in your life?" is short and sweet: Blessing. But that would not be sufficient to leave it at that. Oh what God has done through Makarios! I knew of Makarios because my friend Marnelia was working there. She and I attend the same church and she was the one who introduced me to Makarios. At that time my husband nor I were working nor did we have a place to live. Someone lent us a room in their house for us and our two kids to live. I had no idea all that God had prepared for us.
I then decided to go to the Makarios School to ask if there was need for Christian people to work and to not make the story so long, they hired me as an assistant to the teachers. Then the following year they made me the head teacher of the classroom. It is in this moment that the big trials started. I had two miscarriages, I wasn't able to pay my bills at the hospital, but God had selected people to help me pay that debt. Then I broke my right hand and my knee also.
But Makarios was also with me in those moments. Though I have experienced hardships, I have also seen how the love of God has been there through all the people who were giving of themselves without complaint. I believe that without the help of God and without the help of these people who know how to love and help that I would not be in my 6th year of working with Makarios. Through the special people that God has here my husband works for Makarios and the blessing of Makarios has spanned the generations of my family. My family is verrrrrrrrrrry thankful to God for allowing us to be a part of this very special family. Makarios has taught me to not need to just understand God, but to obey God also.
I am working as an administrative assistant this year. My husband is a chaufferr for the school. My daughter is a student at Makarios. We are in charge of the worship at Makarios activities, but it isn't just what Makarios has given us physically, but spiritually we have learned by the example of the leaders who recognize God who is bigger than culture. We are a blessed family. We are a family that God has chosen to be a part of Makarios and we want to be a blessing to Makarios. God is faithful and good. My family is always praying for Makarios and for the people who support this ministry.
Makarios has incredible staff who love the Lord, the students and each other! If you have had the opportunity to interact with Makarios and have experienced the product of blessing as a result, would you send some encouragement and leave a comment? For more information on what Makarios is about, click here.
by Rachel Sawyer
A product as defined by Merriam Webster Dictionary:
noun prod·uct \ˈprä-(ˌ)dəkt\
Simple Definition of product
What does it mean to be a <Product of Makarios>? We are not dealing with commodities, objects to be bought and sold. We are dealing with people, created in the image of God, His workmanship, crafted by His hand to walk in good works that He prepared ahead of time for each one to walk in (Ephesians 2:10). We aren't talking about a product, packaged for maximum appeal and marketed for maximum success, but a person, empowered by the knowledge of Christ's love for them, unleashed to their full potential, set forth for kingdom building - one household, family, community at a time.
What are we striving for that the process of being a part of Makarios would result in for our students and their families? How does the environment of Makarios shape the future for those we have been entrusted to for a season? These are some of the things that we intentionally strive for as a result:
As an organization dedicated to meeting the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of impoverished people, we are continually striving to improve, evaluate and discern the imprint that we are leaving on those who serve with us and those we serve. With sincere and authentic hearts we commit to being intentional about creating an environment that produces servant hearted leaders that love the Lord, the world around them, and who ultimately hold the key to making an eternal difference in their spheres of influence. We ask for your prayers in this process.
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