By Rachel Sawyer
If I do say so myself, there are MANY endearing qualities about the Makarios Staff as a whole and as individuals. This is a VERY SPECIAL group of people that the Lord has assembled, Dominicans, Haitians and Americans united by the love of Christ that makes us brothers and sisters and bondservants.
One of the things that I LOVE about this staff is how arrivals and departures of those coming to serve and headed home after serving are celebrated together - with posters and signs and music and prayers and sometimes tears. It is overwhelming, really, to be received with such joy and love by people that one doesn't really know . . . yet. Or, to be sent off with prayers for a new journey.
Doing life together on the field in community sometimes gets, well, messy and complicated. Sometimes we misunderstand, miscommunicate, and make mistakes, offering opportunities along the way to offer and receive grace from one another, as well as come alongside one another in ways that we likely did not forsee.
So, the everything in between part is filled with joys, sorrows, hardships, laughter, struggles, heartbrakes, prayers - only slightly more heightened because being on the field is like being under a magnifying glass in the blazing sun - everything is bigger and more intense! But really, we celebrate life together regularly as we walk out our callings.
When there are "hellos" to be given, the staff are there. When there are "goodbyes" to eek out, the staff are there. When someone is sick, has a baby, needs prayers, a break, a helping hand . . . you guessed it, the staff are there! It is truly a remarkable and special trait about the general culture of Makarios staff. If you've been blessed by Makarios staff, leave a comment or take a moment and send them some encouragement!