Summer is a busy time at Makarios! We have 7 different teams arriving in the Dominican Republic for group ministry trips, and our interns have been working hard serving our students and staff. We want to be in a continual state of prayer, relying on the Lord for strength and guidance in each and every endeavor that we may face. For the month of July, we would like to invite you to be praying for our specific group ministry teams arriving, as well as a few other things we believe would be great to be praying for. We are excited for all the Lord is doing in the DR and cannot wait to hear how these prayers will be answered.
"Rejoice in hope, patient in affliction, and persistent in prayer." Romans 12:12
Makarios is made up of many people doing incredible things for the Kingdom, but the essential part of who we are is you. It's because of you that ministries are growing and lives are being impacted. Through prayer and support, you are loving, educating, and empowering families in the Dominican Republic.
let's celebrate your impact over the past year.
Seven new Group Ministry partnerships were made.
Forty-three new relationships were developed through sponsorship.
Eleven mothers are learning to read & write in hopes of reading the Bible.
Seventeen new Makarios School students were added to the three year-old class.
Twenty parents participated in a leadership course.
Three Family Empowerment parents established a new relationship with Jesus.
Fifty-seven parents were trained in Biblical parenting classes.
One hundred and thirty-four families were served through Family Empowerment.
Two hundred and five home visits took place to pray with and minister to families.
We're amazed at what God is doing through you.
Some of the ways we accomplish this are:
why family empowerment?
Community change starts within the family. Dominican and Haitian cultures rely heavily on family. It is highly valued and influential. Because of the investment being made in our parents through Family Empowerment, parents are coming to know Jesus as their Savior. Family dynamics and parenting styles are changing to reflect his love.
why group ministry?
We all have something to learn from each other. Through Group Ministry, Dominicans, Haitians, and Americans are coming together to serve and experience God in a different way. Through trips, eyes are opened to other cultures and ways of life. Relationships are formed, the body of Christ comes together and God is glorified.
why makarios school?
Not every child in the DR is guaranteed an education. Roughly half of secondary age students in the Dominican Republic don’t attend school. This is usually due to a need for work and to provide for family at an early age. Receiving an education changes the trajectory of someone’s life. The Makarios School exists to give students an opportunity to receive an education, learn about Christ, and prepare them for a promising future.
Positively impacting someone’s life is a huge blessing, both for the giver and the receiver. Sponsorship exists to create relationships and allow you to play an important role in the work God is doing here. Through this, you’re able to personally be a part of the incredible things happening in the lives of students, families, and staff members.
in their communities.
We accomplish this through four different ministries: Family Empowerment, Group Ministry, The Makarios School, and Sponsorship. Together, through these ministries we’re able to develop relationships, share the gospel, and change lives.
134 families | 7 staff members
The Family Empowerment Program is the newest addition to the Makarios ministries. It was created in 2016 to meet the physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of families. Several different classes and trainings are offered to parents of our students. Not only are parents given the opportunity to attend trainings and classes, they’re also being discipled by local church leaders and Makarios staff.
367 team members | 9 staff members
Group Ministry started in 2005, only a year after the Makarios School was founded. Teams from the US travel to the DR to serve alongside Makarios in person, see the impact of their partnership, and develop relationships with locals. During their trip, teams hold sports camps and VBS as a way to share the gospel with locals in the surrounding communities.
200 students | Grades PreK-11th | 40 staff members
The Makarios School was the first of our four ministries. It’s where students receive a faith-based education, meals, and medical care. Our staff is made up of local Haitians, Dominicans, and American missionaries who work alongside each other to educate and disciple our students. This provides our students with an opportunity for a better future.
Sponsorship is how the Makarios School operates. Whether you sponsor a student, class, or local staff member, sponsors like you fund the school and enable it to function. Sponsors are able to form relationships with their students by sending letters and packages, and communicating with them on a regular basis. You can do this online, by mail, or in person! Sponsors who attend Group Ministry trips are usually able to visit with their sponsor student and their family.
Many families have lived here their entire lives, including generations before them. Each community is unique in its own way. Tamarindo is made up of connected homes that can be accessed through walking down windy paths. This is where the Makarios School is located. Pancho Mateo is where Makarios originally started and resembles a small neighborhood. It’s home to many Makarios staff. Chichigua is a small Haitian community filled with colorful wooden and tin homes. You'll always find precious kiddos running around Chichigua.
There is so much character, charm, and potential for growth within these communities. We love them deeply and pray that, together, God uses us to impact them for generations to come.