A thread that runs deep and wide, pulling on every other thread, woven into the raw fiber of Doulos, is relationship. If you’ve ever stepped foot on the Doulos campus, you know that it is teeming with energy, but WHERE does that energy come from?
Ms. Bryan on Monday mornings (she loves Mondays …well, it seems that she actually loves ALL the days!)?
Mr. Stomprud with his quirky sense of humor?
It could quite possibly be Ms. Rosalina, who is the hub of all knowledge and hospitality at the helm in the office?
Or is it the first and second graders on the front row of the amphitheater all-a-flutter with excitement that creates that energy?
Could it be Mr. Griffin with his endless supply of high fives and machukas or Mr. Phelps with his extreme positivity powering the school?
Or maybe that energy is created by Mr. Alfonso and his break dance moves?
What about that 10th grade class with their big personalities or those seniors that are like horses pointed towards the barn at the downhill slope of their final year at Doulos?
What about Ms. Carolina and Ms. Ann who are able to make learning as appealing as lollipops and who are expert kitten herders?
Mr. Cesar Valdez with his consistent leadership, meek and humble spirit and tireless efforts could quietly produce a lot of energy?
What about Ms. Mer and her artsy ways and sweet voice of worship?
Ms. Rosmery and her crew of helpers who make lining up exciting?
Mr. Lowe with his stapler ceremony and spinning wheel for presentations could certainly be a major part of the source?
How could I forget that service learning team on campus, all bright eyed and bushy tailed as they serve alongside us or that sponsor who is on the ground in the D.R. visiting with their student?
What about all of the unseen people, working diligently and quietly whose presence is not always known but who make everything else run smoothly – the Susannas, Marlenes, Leos, Joses, Eladios, Yesenias, Merediths, Joyces, Kylies, Jonathans, Danias.
Clearly, I could go on and on and mention everyone on campus because every single person and area contributes to this special ant hill of creative learning and Jesus loving. Like most places, there is a wide array of personalities and giftings, but the thread of relationship binds all of this place called DOULOS together and creates the unique and special blend of energy that is experienced on our campus. You could say that Doulos is powered by relationship. Ultimately, it is because of Jesus and our relationship with Him that we do what we do and how we love like we love. All of the love that radiates out of a bunch of wildly different yet singularly focused on Jesus people is hugely powerful!
If you are reading this and are, have been or will be connected with us in the future, thank you for being an impactful part of relationship.