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
Dear TJO2 Supporters,