Evening Prayer:

The Lord will keep you from all harm—

he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.I will lift up my eyes to the hills—

From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;

He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel

Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;

He shall preserve your soul.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in

From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 121

​Morning Scripture:
Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise God in his sanctuary;

    praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;

    praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

    praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with timbrel and dancing,

    praise him with the strings and pipe,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,

    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.
Psalm 150

Jamie and I have been in the states for almost a month now. We have stayed in three different states and slept in five different cities.

We have enjoyed visiting with friends and family, however, as in each year, we return to the States primarily for fundraising for The Journey Of 2.

It is only through the support of those who have faith that God has directed our steps to serve Him in Costa Rica that we are able to serve effectively.  God has continued to put the prayerful and financial support of TJO2 on people’s hearts.

Jamie and I have lived and served God in Costa Rica now for over a year.  Through much prayer and the seeking of the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are confident that God wants us in CR for at least two more years.

Therefore it has become necessary for us to apply for residency.  CR does not have ‘missionary’ residency as an option.  This means the cost and process is more expensive and technical than our previous residency in Honduras.

The total cost of residency for the two of us is right at $3,000.

At this time we are asking our followers to pray and see if God is leading you to financially aide us in these costs.  Our dear friends in California recently held a bake sale that has provided about half of the down payment we need for the lawyer to begin work on filing our application.  So even before we asked, God was already at work ahead of our visit.

Jamie and I want to thank all of you who have continued to follow and support our journey as we seek to be willing servants to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Morning Scripture:

Blessed is the one

who trusts in the Lord,

who does not look to the proud,

to those who turn aside to false gods.

Many, Lord my God,

are the wonders you have done,

the things you planned for us.

None can compare with you;

were I to speak and tell of your deeds,

they would be too many to declare.

– Psalm 40: 4-5

Today’s Scripture:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

– 1 John 4:7-8

Post for August 14, 2019

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  As always, Jamie and I appreciate all of you who take the time to follow our journey as we serve God in Costa Rica.

Jamie is excited about our pending visit to the States.  I am too, however, I am doing my best to deal with my issues with traveling.  I used to be good at traveling, but in the last couple of years I tend to stress about it.  Please pray that I relax, knowing that God has it all under control.

As I mentioned in our monthly report for July, God has been doing a lot of work through us and in us.  Jamie is branching out into different ways of helping the Red Zone ladies, and I have begun to see the Red Zone population through the eyes of the Holy Spirit, rather than through my own judgmental eyes.

When we arrive in the States, we will be bringing some items that have been sewn by some of the Red Zone ladies.  Jamie will be offering them for sale.  All funds received from the sale of these items will go directly to the Red Zone ladies.

One of Jamie’s goals is for the ladies to make enough money to pay for a hotel room a month in advance.  Currently, paying by the day costs them $300 a month.  If they can come up with the advance of $200 (security/first month’s rent), they will be able to lower their rent to $100 a month.

We believe that between selling bras and the items they sew; they can easily support themselves without the need to sell their bodies.  Please pray about this.  Also pray that the women can learn how to budget their funds so that they can pay the rent each month.

Jamie and I are also somewhat concerned about our re-entry into Costa Rica at the end of our States visit.  We have heard that CR immigration has denied entry to some “permanent tourist ” This is a term they use for people like Jamie and I who live here and leave every ninety days, for at least three day, to renew our visas.

Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.

Ronald L. McDonald

Monthly Scripture:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out, so that you can stand up under it.

-1 Corinthians 10:13

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