by Rachel Sawyer
"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." 1 Corinthians 12:27
Spoon cannons were created, imitations were presented, balloons were tossed over the MAK house and caught with sheets, an amazing speaker brought the word, ministering happened, the Lord was worshipped in multiple languages, island excursions were filled with laughter, wrestling, water sliding, and sea creature shows, a vision was cast and mission statement revisited.
Once a year the Makarios staff enjoy a funfilled, action packed, worshipful time of fellowship at a staff retreat which refuels, renews and re-energizes us as we love, learn and serve the Lord together. This is an important part of healthy maintanence of the body of staff that are serving with Makarios. These times of silliness and seriousness of worshipping and waling (with laughter usually) are like a unifying glue that bind us together and helps us in part to remember why we are here when the times are tough.
The DNA of Makarios is the GOSPEL. And to that end, we love, encourage, pray and challenge one another. AND, sometimes people get thrown into the ocean. Lots of people - of the male species.
We had such a great time together and we missed our staff that were not with us (shout out to the Majcher family who is in the states training and fundraising!) Though Laurie Majchercita did make an appearance.
Retreat allows us to worship together, pray together, play together, enjoy together and to see and appreciate all the different gifts that the Lord has given us as a staff. It helps us to remember that we aren't just body parts, but that we are part of the body of Christ that the Lord has assembled for this time. HE is good.