Post for November 16, 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.

Last week I shared about some of the things that go on outside Casa Esperanza in the Red Zone of San Jose.

Today I want to share a little about what goes on inside of Casa Esperanza.

This past Thursday we had a medical doctor volunteer her time to tend to 25 to 28 women.  I say 25 to 28 because there were 35 on the list when we stopped putting names on the list.  During the 6 hours that the doctor served, the ladies continued to go in and out of the door.

There were approximately 50 different women who came and went.  We stopped putting names on the list because we only had one doctor.

The ladies are not used to sitting and waiting (like you would do in any doctor’s office).  So, they continually came and went.  Mostly because they were working the streets while waiting for their turn with the doctor.

There were also the men standing outside who were very irritated and impatient when the women would come in and sit down.  So, they influenced the ladies behavior.

While the doctor tended the ladies, the other servants ministered to them.  Jamie was running the kitchen.  She prepared the food and handed to other servants who distributed to the ladies.  Jamie also must be on constant watch to keep the ladies out of the kitchen.  Numerous items have disappeared; including the projector that was used during the bible studies. 

Jamie also supervises the distribution of the donated clothes.  This is a story in itself, so I’ll save this for another post.

In between, Jamie also mingles with the ladies.  They all have stories they want to share.

Michelle was all over the place.  She spent some time outside, as she does each day we serve at the center.  She goes out and finds the ladies and invites them to come to the center.  Michelle speaks Spanish very well, so she continually moves around the center showing personal attention to the ladies.  Michelle is also the one who often administers first aide to people.

Then there’s Alyse, our volunteer from Norway.  Also, a good Spanish speaker.  Lately she spends most of her time entertaining a daughter of one of the ladies.  I estimate the girl to be 5 or 6. I tell you the truth, entertaining a 5-year-old for several hours is no easy task.  Alyse is a saint.

One of our newest volunteers is Susie.  Not sure where she is from, but I think she’s from Colorado.  Susie also spends her days moving from one to another ladies encouraging and listening to their stories.

Both Alyse and Susie distribute food, and other items, to the ladies.  They also help Jamie as they gather up the dirty dishes and coffee cups.  They then wash and put everything away.

To me, as an observer, I see something along the lines of herding cats, or maybe a daycare for 5-year old’s.  The ladies attention span is short, and they struggle with patience.

All-in-all, per my observation, a wonderful day of God using His servants for serve His creations.

Ronald L. McDonald

​morning Scripture:
How beautiful on the mountains

are the feet of those who bring good news,

who proclaim peace,

who bring good tidings,

who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,

“Your God reigns!”

-Isaiah 52:7

​Morning Scripture:
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?  read more. Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;

Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive

    to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,

    Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness,

    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,

    and in his word I put my hope.

-Psalm 130:1-5

I was asked to pray this over someone recently AND who doesn’t need this?!?! I know I do…

Morning Scripture:

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:7, 9-10

​coming before God with hands filled and leaving with them empty is relinquishing control of the situation

Post for November 7, 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 and I had a typical day serving at Casa Esperanza today.  Typical in that all sorts of things happened inside and outside the building.

Today post is about what was happening outside the building.

As many of you may know, I am the ‘doorman’ for Casa Esperanza.  Normally, I stand inside the door.  Today the weather was so nice that I spent most of my time standing outside in front of the door.

This gave me easy views up and down the street.  In between opening and closing the door for women as they enter and exit Casa Esperanza, I keep an eye on who’s passing by and/or hanging out around the entrance. 

When standing inside my view is limited to about 100 feet in each direction.  Standing outside, my view is a good two blocks each way.

So, here’s what I witnessed.  While two police officers were shaking down one of the street ladies on the corner, across and to the west of us, there were four guys (two sitting on the curb and two standing in the street) just outside Casa Esperanza arguing over a small bag of crack.

I was actually laughing about the fact that the two cops were being so thorough checking the street lady that they were totally missing the blatant activity just down the street from them.  One of the cops kept looking down our way but seemed oblivious as to what was going on.

Eventually, they let the girl go.  By then the four guys had divided up their crack and had gone on down the street.

As all this was going on I was also watching three tourist on the opposite corner from the two cops, who were by then shaking down two guys.  One tourist seemed to be reading a tourist flyer while another appeared to be looking through a small book, which seem to me to be a translation book.  The third person for sliding his finger on his phone as if to be looking for something.

I was contemplating walking down there.  They were obviously in the wrong place and, I believe, they were trying to figure out which way to go.

I was sort of amazed at the fact that the cops shaking down two guys across the street didn’t indicate to them that it was not a place to hang out and look lost.

Right about then they decide to head west, bad choice; which they promptly followed with an even worse choice by turning north on the next block.  They literally could not have gone in a worse direction.

About five minutes later I watched one of the cops start talking on his radio and the next thing I knew they were both running down the street in the direction of where the tourist had gone.

About ten minutes later there were a several police, in cars and on foot, criss-crossing the streets around us.

About ten minutes after that a guy walked by Casa Esperanza. He was flipping through a small book.  As he went by I noticed he was wearing a back pack that look very similar to the one the guy tourist was wearing.

And this was a fairly slow day on the street.

Ronald L. McDonald

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