Monday, May 4, 2015

Sponsor Weekend- Allie & Alexia

We just finished our Sponsorship Weekend and had an amazing time with the Makarios Sponsors and their students.  We wanted to highlight some of the sponsors and give you a glimpse into sponsorship.

Meet Allie Turner.  Allie is in high school and has been coming to the DR for the past 2 years with her youth ministry.  This time, she had the privilege of returning with her mom.  Allie has been sponsoring Alexia who is in the PK3 class.  Here's what she wrote about the weekend.

Getting Ice Cream
Allie, Alexia & Deborah
"Sponsor Weekend was different than what I was used to because the goal was spending time with our sponsor kids, not on "doing" anything,  When going on mission trips, a common question that others ask is "What did you do while you were there?" Much like Martha, I can easily get caught up in that mindset- What am I doing? How am I being productive? What am I accomplishing? This trip was such a sweet reminder that the focus of my heart should be sitting at the feet of Jesus, not on just getting things done. The joy found at His feet is that our work is not what He wants from us, but rather He chases after our hearts. That empowers us to have the same focus with others, chasing after relationships instead of our to-do list!  Spending time with Alexia and her family, the Makarios staff, the other families on the trip, and with my sweet mom, I was reminded that Makarios is about relationships. Our serving and doing should be rooted in the fact that we love God and we value our relationships with others. Just getting to be with precious Alexia was such a blessing that pointed me to the Gospel!"
Visiting With Alexia & her Mom

It was also great to hear from Allie's mom, Deborah.  Here's what she had to say, "The stories of Allie's previous trips came alive for me during Sponsor's week. Alexia became more than a girl smiling in a photograph. She's a spunky little girl with a big personality. She has a family that understands the need for an education and experiences the love of Jesus through Makarios. All of this adds up to a greater understanding why Allie's heart explodes with love for the DR."
Allie, Deborah, and Alexia's Family

We had such a great time with these two and are thankful that they were able to come and spend some time with the child Allie sponsors.  We hope you are encouraged by these wonderful stories that are unfolding at Makarios! ...Stay Tuned.  There's more to come. 

Thanks for joining us in the journey!
The Becks

If you are interested in sponsoring a Makarios student, you can contact Becky, our sponsorship coordinator at
Allie catching up with another Makarios Student
who she met on one of her trips

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