Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Snapshots and Highlights...

There are way too many Summer highlights to list, but here are a few that stand out:

Our Summer Interns
Teaching Vacation Bible School in
 4 communities throughout the summer

Milka and her 2 precious kiddos!
Milka is our newest staff member with Group Ministry
and has been one of God's greatest gifts to us this summer

Ministering alongside some of our
favorite churches and group members

Hosting 3 new churches

Evening Outreaches for youth and their families

Using our NEW outdoor dining area
Hosting Soccer Camps for local adolescent boys

Hosting Basketball Camps for local adolescent boys

...And serving alongside 198 people who served with Makarios and stayed at the Mak House this summer!
There are thousands of moments and photos we could have shared, but these are just a few.  What an amazing 9 weeks!  Not to us, but to God be the glory!

Thanks for joining us on this journey.  

We are grateful...
The Becks

"Let us consider how we can spur one another on towards love and good deeds."  Hebrews 10:24

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Logos Prep is in the House

We were delighted to host Logos Prep for the 3rd time this past May.  Our partnership with this school has been such a blessing and we appreciate their commitment to being a part of the Makarios family.

Outdoor Movie Night
for our neighbors
For the first time ever, we hosted a "Movie Night" and invited those who live around us.  We made several pounds of popcorn and showed the movie on a big screen under our newly constructed (and recently finished) patio.  The gospel was shared and many Bibles were handed out.  It was fun night that was full of energy and such a blessing and a treat to our neighbors and friends. 

Fun was had by all at the 3rd grade pool party at the Mak House.  Logos Prep sponsors the 3rd grade class at Makarios and so it was awesome to see the students from both schools interact.  They played in the water, ate lunch together, played a giant game of Jenga, and even played a game of "telephone" in English and Spanish!  If interested in finding out more about a classroom sponsorship, click HERE.

One of my personal highlights from the week was seeing the interaction between one of the students on the trip and her sponsor student.  A student's family from Logos Prep sponsors Emmerson, and she was able to meet him during her trip.  Emmerson was so excited to show her his class, where he sits and where he keeps his school supplies.  After school, they walked to his house where she had the opportunity to meet his dad.  It's partnerships like this that speaks to the heart of what Makarios is all about and what we are called to do in the Dominican Republic.


Our greatest need right now is sponsorship for our local Dominican and Haitian teachers.  If interested in learning more, click HERE to see which teachers need to be sponsored.  This is such a great investment.  Doug and I sponsor 2 teachers and have been blessed to be a part of this sponsorship program.  We have AMAZING teachers who invest deeply in the lives of the Makarios students.  What a great investment!

Logos Prep was also instrumental in helping us prepare for the summer teams. They cleaned, painted, moved furniture, did yard work and so much more.  They helped us accomplish things that have been on our list for several years that we just never have time to get done.  It was a great feeling to finally mark those things off our list.

Thank you, Logos Prep, for loving and caring for the staff and students of Makarios.  You are like family to us.  We are grateful for your partnership and look forward to seeing you next year!

The Becks

"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain."
1 Corinthians 15:58

POOL PARTY AT THE MAK HOUSE for the 3rd graders

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hug A Dentist Today!

We had the privilege of hosting the Dental Team again this year.  Dr. Bud Neeley and Dr. Laurie Bradley (Barton Oaks Dental),  and Dr. Josh Tomasik (Tomasik Family Dental) are amazing dentists from the Austin area who always bring an incredible team to minister to our students and staff.  This was our 5th year to host this team, but Dr. Bud has been offering his dental services to the Makarios Family since almost the beginning.  One thing that is extra special about this team is that they have many returning members each year, so it’s like hosting a little reunion of friends every time they come.  They have quickly become treasured friends and are such a blessing to us personally. 
This year, Doug and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary by getting our teeth cleaned.  You know what they say, “A couple who flosses together stays together.”

Here’s a video that they put together about their week here. 
Thank You, Dental Team! 
We appreciate all that you do to keep the Makarios Family and School healthy! 
See you next year.

Video Credit:  Daisy Tabarez

We love you guys and appreciate your prayers, love and encouragement from afar.  Thanks for joining us in the journey!
Love from the DR,
The Becks

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Back In the DR!

Home, Sweet, Home!  
After being in the States for 4 months, I (Margaret) received a clean bill of health and we finally returned to the DR on January 6th! Hallelujah!

This picture makes me so happy.  It symbolizes so many things that I love here.
The people, the culture, God's creation!
I couldn't help but try to capture this moment as I went up to get Silvia's laundry.

It has been great to be back.  The day after we returned, we began doing what we love- HOSTING!  We've had people in our home since the day after we got here... and it's been awesome! Cole & Win (former summer interns) and Stewart (our nephew) and Sharla (founder of Makarios) were in town for a wedding and it was fun to have people back in the house.  
Cole & Win with us at the wedding
As soon as we dropped them off at the airport, we picked up Silvia who has been staying with us for over a week.  She has been a complete joy to have in our home and she will be here until Thursday. 

The Dental Team arrived on Saturday, and they've been busy doing what they do best- providing excellent dental care to our students, staff, and community members.  Stay tuned for another post with details about their time here!
Cole, Win, and Stewart- Looking like tourists!
Me and Silvia

We are grateful for a new year and new beginnings!  Thanks for your love, prayers, and support, not only throughout our journey in the DR but especially during this past year.  And we especially want to thank everyone who prayed for my health and gave towards our medical needs.  We are truly blessed...and grateful!

The Becks

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.