By Doug and Margaret Beck
One of the things God has blessed us with here at Makarios is a mission house to host our teams who
come to bless the ministry. The Mak House, as its known, is located 5 or 10 minutes from the Makarios school and has hosted over 1500 people in its 6 year existence. That’s a lot of beds made, toilets fixed, gates locked and floors swept! Thankfully, God has blessed us in an even bigger way with a wonderful group of fellow workers who take care and help us maintain the Mak House on a daily basis.
One of our dearest friends here is Lucia, who together with her son Abram form our housekeeping
crew. They are in charge of keeping the house clean and they do their work with excellence. On a
typical week, there are 30 or 40 people in the house, and Lucia and Abram are at the house daily to
clean sheets, make beds, mop floors and keep things in order- all with smiles on their faces! Often Lucia will cook a dinner or two for our groups in addition to her duties during the day. Margaret often says to Lucia “If you leave Makarios, I’m leaving too!” which speaks to how important she is to us and our ministry here. Lucia is an excellent seamstress and enjoys making clothing and accessories when not at work. Abram enjoys listening to music and making jewelry, and his jewelry is always a popular item at the Mak Store. Lucia and Abram are not the only family members who work for Makarios. Lucia’s sister, son, daughter-in- law, and sister-in- law all work for the ministry too, so their family is a huge part of our family as well.
To keep things safe during the night, we have our friends Miguel and Josue who serve as our
“Watchies”. In the Dominican Republic “watchies” are essentially security guards who keep an eye on
things at a house or business. They work between 8pm and 6am and are in charge of making sure our
groups stay safe during their time at the house. Miguel might be the hardest working man we’ve ever
met; oftentimes he comes to the house in his off time just to check on us or to do some odd job at the house. He also loves to bring sugar cane and coconuts to the groups and can usually be heard listening to the Bible on CD while he is working. We are thankful for Josue who diligently works at the Mak House, too. He can be seen walking around the house making his rounds at all hours of the night. It is also a blessing to hear him singing a praise song as he is working. Josue is a soft-spoken individual with akind smile and gentle demeanor. He loves theology and reading/studying Scripture and does his job very well.
As you might guess with so many people coming through our doors, things tend to break or wear down at the Mak House. For that we have Emanuel, or “Chorro” as he is called, to help us out. Chorro’s main job is the Maintenance Director at the Makarios school, but he is also in charge of repairing and taking care of the many working parts of the ministry house. We’ve often called upon him very late at night or during the early morning hours to take care of a maintenance emergency, and he always comes to help with a big grin and a friendly greeting. Chorro and his family live right across the street from us, so at least his commute to the house is quick! He loves basketball and riding and fixing motorcycles.
As we think about the team that the Lord has assembled, we are reminded of Colossians 3:23:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Lucia, Abram, Chorro,
Miguel and Josue are wonderful examples of modeling this Biblical truth. We truthfully could not do what God has called us to do without these friends and fellow workers. Most of their work is behind the scenes, but we know the hard work and love that they put into every little detail in order to help make Makarios a better organization as we serve God together.
Have you been blessed by watching one or all of these "hands and feet" in action during your stay at the MAK house? If so, leave a comment telling what you love about these hardworking, loving people!