by Polly Blosser, guest blogger, Makarios Medical Team 2015
We arrive to a wonderful two bedroom, air conditioned room with two patios, two pools, all the food we want, and a beautiful beach. The staff is friendly, and they try to accommodate our every wish. They will even take us to a bigger resort to spend the day if we would like. All of this to enjoy for the entire week, but something is still missing...
My heart yearns for the week before. The week where we stood in the heat all day, treating the families of Makarios. There was no air, no pools, not many luxuries, but I felt so blessed. To see the pure joy in the children's faces because we were there, there to spend time with them, there to hold their hands, there to love them. They didn't possess all the material things that make people " happy", yet they were some of the most content people I had ever met. They didn't ask for money, they didn't want gifts. They just wanted us to be their friends.
The relationships we saw, and even formed, were so genuine. Everyone truly loved one another, just as Christ wants. The Holy Spirit was very present, and we could feel it moving among us. Angels rejoiced five times, as 5 people made decisions for Christ. A pastor, an optometrist, 4 primary care givers, 5 nurses, 3 pilots, and a water specialist developed relationships that will last into eternity, all because God put us all in the same place that week. We went from what felt like the awkwardness of a junior high dance to openly sharing our highs and lows like we had always known one another. All because God had a plan.
"Boy become kings, girls will be queens"- the powerful words of Audio Adrenaline play over in my mind. We may think these children who have little are "the least of these" but they are the ones who have it all. They have Jesus, and they have blessed us more than we could ever bless them. Makarios, I am in love, and although my heart hurts, it is because I know God has a plan to return someday, so those relationships continue to thrive! Until then, keep your eyes focused on Him, and always remember what a blessing you are!
The medical team of 2015 was more than a team of health care providers offering their expertise . . . (in fact, part of the team had other professions and they spent the week running electrical wires, plumbing and performing other non-health care tasks!) They were a team of God loving, people loving, gospel sharing, friend making, servant hearted individuals who made a difference in the kingdom, not just last week, but every day that the Lord blesses them with, because that's who they are.
Medical teams visit and provide care for our students and their families once a year. Are you a health care provider interested in sharing your gifts on the mission field? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It's true! November 21st is 9 days away! We are so excited to gather with everyone next week.
That's the big question- why have a Gala? ... We believe in unity, and creating the space where people can invest in our future. We have a vision of people coming together in Austin to celebrate the incredible things God has done through this ministry.
Most importantly, we do this because the children of our school
are coming to know Jesus.
Children who once had chronic medical and skin issues are
healthy and able to focus on their education.
We have kindergardeners who are reading! -
that was once only a dream.
We are having a Gala because we are
reaching and educating families as part of our family,
because our students have access to medical care, meals, excellent education,
and relationships that empower.
We have entire families moving to the Dominican Republic with all of their children and devoting their lives to the future of God's children.
We have seen God move mountains in this ministry,
and we know He wants to move more.
What to Expect
While we are serious about what we do- the Gala is going to be FUN.
Our Gala Emcees
30 Days of Prayer
Leading up to the Gala, our students, teachers, staff, families, and church partners have been praying together at 10 every morning. We have come before God together and prayed bold prayers. We pray for our kids, our mission, and the future of Makarios. We know that our work is not anywhere near done and want to press into God and seek Him as we grow. Join us for the rest of the days leading up to the Gala!
See you at the GALA!
by Rachel Sawyer
NEVER live like you are too old, too young, too (fill in the blank) to do the Lord's work. Joy J. doesn't! A 10 year old from Arkansas, Joy created a ministry called "Art from the Heart" in 2014 in which she raises funds, collects art supplies and ships them around the world to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do art in their homes. Makarios kids are SO HAPPY that Joy didn't let her youth prevent her from her mission - to share art everywhere, especially in impoverished and war stricken areas!
Over the summer months, art packs were shipped to the Makarios Austin office and then packed into suitcases for several of our mission teams to bring over (shipping is $$$$!). Last month, the Art from the Heart packs were distributed, and let these happy faces tell the rest of the story . . . .
Here is our unpolished yet very heartfelt thank you from some of the younger Makarios students from the community of Chichigua - with a little help and coaching from Makarios principal Laurie Majcher.
Thank you, Joy J., Art From the Heart, and all those that partnered to send art supplies to Makarios kids in the Dominican Republic! We know you are just getting started and we have been blessed to be on the receiving end of such kindness!
If you are as touched as we are by this ministry, visit Art from the Heart of Joy on their facebook page and send them some encouragement, consider partnering with them or contact them about other mission organizations that you may know that would like to have their students blessed. Thanks for your heart, Joy!