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.
This month, we looked inward and asked: who amongst us is living out the Makarios values? Each one of our program directors recognized one person on staff who is living out a specific value on a daily basis.
Adrienne from the makarios School
Relationship is a value of Makarios. We initiate, build, and grow healthy and empowering relationships. Enter many of the Makarios staff, but today I will mention Adrienne Christian. Adrienne works with the school and Family Empowerment and Group Ministry in the summer. Adrienne is the one spending the night in Chichigua with one of the missionary youth because her relationship is intentional with Chichigua and with Myah. Adrienne is the one who inspires people from Makarios to lead workshops to bless the school, Quisqueya, she worked with prior to Makarios in the south of the island—because she is committed to Makarios and Quisqueya.
Adrienne is passionate for the relationship that reading and writing has on the educational development of a child. This is not usually just a sterile process. With many of our kids an interruption in their emotional development has impeded their academic development. It takes relationship to melt those walls.
It is not only the students that benefit from the talents of Adrienne—our school has been revolutionized by Adrienne's knowledge and ability to share it with the teachers. Our school as a whole has been able to focus on how to creatively include aspects of reading and writing into the classroom. It is Adrienne's relationship with the staff that allows her bring some very different ideas to our educational table and be heard by the staff.
The greatest relationship that Adrienne shares in is her relationship with her Creator God. Like the definition states there is definitely a connection, there is regard for each other and Adrienne behaves in a manner that considers her Lord. Even the verse she has chosen for the closing of her email speaks to the priority of relationship in her life.
1 Peter 4:10-11
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Adrienne is a talented gift from the Lord to the ministry of Makarios and her embodiment of relationship is beautiful to see. She loves the Lord and serves Him faithfully which is turned into sweet blessings for the Mak staff, students, school, and beyond.
Laurie Majcher, Principal of Makarios School
Bernabe from family Empowerment
He was my mentor before coming to work for Makarios, and was the director of a Compassion Project for 10 years. Yet, he was willing to work as a team and come under my leadership with respect.
He is spiritually mature and is a role model for our team.
Benjamin Nunez, Director of Family Empowerment
Lucia from Group Ministry
She also shows integrity in her daily life outside of work. She faithfully serves at her church and others around her. Lucia is a seamstress and loves to sew and make clothing etc. Recently someone donated some fabric for her to use. Instead of making something for herself or for her home, she took the material and made several dresses for young girls in Haiti that she knew were in need. Her integrity can also be seen in her family. She and her husband, Joel have raised 5 children, and they all live their lives with integrity, honor and faith in the Lord. They are respectful, trustworthy and great examples to everyone around them.
We love Lucia for many reasons, but integrity is one of her most apparent assets. Without her, the Group Ministry would not be the same!
Doug & Margaret Beck, Directors of Group Ministry