Update letter, Sept. 2011

There have been a lot of tears on the Doulos campus this week…and it’s only Tuesday.
It seems like every day and in every class there are students crying. Why, you ask? The reasons are many and varied. The important thing is the beautiful way our staff can and does respond. Today two girls needed to leave my devotional class because one was sobbing about something. I let them go sit in the lounge for a few minutes until I could come see what was wrong. By the time I got there our secretary and Administrative Assistant were kneeling at the girl’s feet praying for them. In another situation, another devotional teacher got to comfort and support a new student who came from a sad situation and had been dealing with depression. The student doesn’t know Christ but our staff has been able to begin to introduce her to His healing love. Our High School staff meets on Fridays to pray for various students but in reality we are checking in with each other daily and sharing student needs. We have each been able to form special bonds with different students and can step in and help them deal with hard situations. The world is full of sadness and tears. We don’t tell our students that they can avoid pain. Instead we bear their burdens with them and teach them to lean on Jesus when the load is too heavy. Galatians 6:2 says “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” This is what discipleship is really about.
Another aspect of discipleship that we are enjoying is helping our students get a vision for what God might have for them after they graduate from Doulos. To this end, we will be opening our home to small groups of students on Monday nights for a time of research about college options and all other related topics. The majority of our students will be first generation college students and will be leaving the country for their college experience. They need a lot of support and assistance in finding colleges, affording tuition and fees, applying etc. We look forward to good times of sharing dreams and helping make those dreams a reality.
Abby, Harley, Kaden, Tavin, and Logan

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About harleymc31

My wife Abby and I are missionaries in the Dominican Republic, working as a High School Math and Science teachers at Doulos Discovery School. We are joined by our three boys, aged 9, 7, and 5 who attend the same school and bring us untold joy every day.
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