“How long is it going to take God to free us from the unhealthy habit of thinking only about ourselves? We must get to the point of being sick to death of ourselves, until there is no longer any surprise at anything God might tell us about ourselves. We cannot reach and understand the depths of our own meagerness. There is only one place where we are right with God, and that is in Christ Jesus. Once we are there, we have to pour out our lives for all we are worth in this ministry of the inner life.”
– Oswald Chambers
Evening Scripture: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (patsy clairmont)
We are starting a new week here in our “new” little town. We have changed up our life a bit and are trying to start new and different habits. we haven’t hit the 21-30 day mark yet but we will get there.
Last week we started our 90 bible plan with a small group of others, so we are doing that daily and started a daily exercise plan. though I GREATLY miss my daily work out in Roatan, I am enjoying my time with Ronnie and just the two of us trying to get in better shape…We have a small office in our apartment and that is now our office/workout place. Ronnie even now has a yoga mat so that he doesn’t have to workout with a towel on tile =)
I have been praying for a few years and contemplating getting more education for teaching English abroad SO tomorrow I am starting a TEFOL online program. I have to stop procrastinating and then looking back and thinking “why didn’t I do that”…so here I go. Yes; I am nervous, yes; I wonder if I can do it, yes; I wonder if I have that many brain cells left but I am moving forward nonetheless. If it is Gods will I will complete it. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.
ALSO, shortly I will be starting up English classes again. I have had requests already so as soon as I can get books, a white board and some chairs I will start planning it all out. Thanks to my friend Esteban for helping me with this. Life here in Costa Rica is so different than our life on the island, partly because that was our normal after a bit and now we don’t have that. For example: we need to get some things done this week and since we don’t have a vehicle we are going to have to experience UBER in an area we don’t really know and in a language I am not proficient in =) and yes I should be by now. My son jokes me that I am on the 20 year learning Spanish plan (he’s probably right, it could be the whole brain cell thing hahaha). Life is an adventure set out by the Lord, high and low and we are choosing to “give thanks in all circumstances 1 thess 5:18). LIVE WITH INTENTION!!!
Have a great week! if you think of it please add us to your prayer requests and if you are so inclined please donate to my new school startup expense.
Viviendo el sueno – Jamie
Dear TJO2 Supporters,
This month’s report is a blend of May and early June. Between traveling and not having internet the first week back in Costa Rica, we were not able to get our May report sent out before now.
We’ve been back in San Isidro, Costa Rica for eleven days. Our time in the United States was wonderful. We so enjoyed visiting friends and family. We shared the details of the new journey God has prepared for us. Our mission and vision are the same, but God has sent us to a new location.
While in the States we were blessed to meet several new friends and visit several states; some of which we have never been to before.
Seriously, the United States is a beautiful country filled with graciously, kind people. During our trip God also blessed us with good weather; which made the driving parts of our trip very nice. We did have some light rain towards the end of our stay, but it did not dampen our joy.
While we enjoyed our time in the States, Jamie and I are happy to be back in Costa Rica. We’d planned to take some time to pray, meditate on God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to and guide us into our new journey.
We have been reading our bibles, listening to sermons on God’s Feeding Station and going to a church not far from us; however, we really haven’t taken as much time to meditate on God’s word as we’d planned.
We have been furnishing and setting up our apartment. We were able to get our internet installed last Monday; which was an adventure.
We have been venturing out everyday into our new neighborhood getting to know the area and interacting with our neighbors. This has been challenging, especially for me, since it is all Spanish all the time.
We need to share something from our hearts to all of you. Jamie and I have made three major moves in our lives thus far. Each was hard. Hard to leave the churches we belonged to. Hard to leave family. Hard to leave friends and move to somewhere where we knew no one. Hard in that each move was to vastly different elevations and climates. Then there’s the different languages.
I tell you the truth, the move to Costa Rica has been the hardest thus far; and we actually know people here who love us.
In each move we have had to start over; which has been a good thing. We believe we have grown in so many ways; especially in our faith. For only by the power of the Holy Spirit within us have we been able to adapt, learn new things and witness the power of God as He works through us. We are sure that those of you who have followed our journeys can also witness to what God has done through The Journey Of 2.
For some reason though, this move is particularly challenging. It may due to the fact that this is the first time when we moved and have started with almost nothing. Not since each of moved from our parents have we had to start from scratch. From furnishing our apartment to living where there is almost no English to discerning from the Holy Spirit how we are to go about how we are to minister here.
Frankly, being totally honest, we are so overwhelming afraid right now. We believe we have entered into the biggest challenge of our lives. Are we up to it? Can we adapt? Can we learn? Can God still work as effectively through us as He as all these years?
So here’s the best part. We also believe this is right where God wants us. Time and time again God has worked best through us when we are at our weakest. We are constantly aware of 2 Corinthians 12:9-12 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
We know because God says in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes from My mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”
Isn’t it great how when life overwhelms us, we can turn to God’s word and end up rejoicing and praising Him!?
Jamie and I want to thank all of you who have either just started or are continuing to follow, financially support and pray for us as we begin the new journey that God has put before us.
As always, if God leads you to continue or start supporting us financially, TJO2 is a 501 (c) non-profit tax-deductible ministry. You can use the PayPal option either through our email or blog or mail your donation to TJO2 at PO Box 1196, Springerville, AZ 85938.
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If you have specific or personal questions for us, please email us and we will answer your questions. =)
Always, In Him, Ron and Jamie
Viviendo el Sueno
Its another beautiful day in San Isidro, C.R. The weather here is so different from Roatan. I don’t think it has gotten over 75 degrees since we moved here. In Roatan we considered that a really cold day. Here it is wonderfully comfortable.
When people here say that 70% humidity is high, we smile.
I love our new office in our apartment. Right now, as I am writing this, I am looking out the open window. I can hear the church bells ringing; letting us know that it is 12 noon. Even though we have only lived here a few weeks, we have to listen for the church bells or we don’t hear them; and the church is roughly 100 yards from us.
Jamie and I are watching the World Cup in Soccer. Currently Portugal and Spain are playing. Less than ten minutes into the game Portugal is ahead 1-0. I plan to get up early this Sunday morning (6am) to watch Costa Rica play its first game of the cup. They are playing Serbia. I’ll have my red Costa Rica shirt on along with pretty much every other Costa Rican in the country.
We are learning. The journey of 2 continues. Thanks to all of you who continue to follow us.