I had the privilege this week to work with a friend in the “red light district” called zona de roja in San Jose. it really is only by the grace of God that I wasn’t born on the streets and felt I had no other avenue but working the streets to live… Against our stereotypes the women were all shapes and sizes and ages and for that matter sexes. On the day I went the M.O. was a meal and just to chat and give away the few clothes that they had to donate. You all, most of these ladies have it so so hard, I can’t even imagine. We know that God loves them as much as HE loves us. Our goal is to encourage them and give them the HOPE of Christ. That should be all our goals to encourage others in our lives and those we come across in life. Everyone needs to know that someone cares about them FYI: the picture is just an internet photo. I won’t be taking pictures of when I serve there =)
Evening Scripture: Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:2-5
Looking for someone to be a blessing to this season? The bible study group that Jamie and I belong to here in San Isidro has adopted a family in dire need. The family of Juan Pablo is living in a small home in the middle of a field of really tall grass. The landowner is letting them live there for watching the property. Juan has a wife and three children; the oldest of which is five. Juan lost his job as a driver and currently has a stomach hernia; which we hope to be able to get fixed. Juan walks his five year old to school everyday. It is a 1 1/2 hr trip each way in a hilly area.
Our friend, Esteban, found this broken down bike at his work. We would like to get it repaired and give it to Juan so that he can ride his daughter to and from school.
We are also hoping to buy a weed-eater for Juan so that he can hire himself out to clear other’s properties.
On behalf of our bible study group we are asking you to help us help Juan.
The cost of the bike renovation is estimated at $100. A decent weed-eater is just over $200.
It would be great if we could get some household items to help Juan’s wife.
You can donate to Juan through The Journey of 2. Note in our tax-deductible donation ‘for Juan’. You can use paypal @ firstname.lastname@example.org and there is a button on our wejourneyedsouth blog for paypal. or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 1196 Springerville, AZ 85938
Below is a picture of the bike.
We are choosing not to post a picture of Juan Pablo and his family so that they may remain private.
Ronnie’s video won’t download but this is the link to his nephews gofundme page. He had an asthma attack and passed out before paramedics could get there and suffered a heart attack. He was without oxygen for 7 mins. The icu put him on life support and a medically induced coma but the injuries to too extensive for him to survive. He was 47 yrs old, with a wife and three kids.
Morning Scripture: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:43-48
Every minute someone leaves this world behind.
We are all in “the line” without knowing it.
We never know how many people are before us.
We can not move to the back of the line.
We can not step out of the line.
We can not avoid the line.
So while we wait in line –
Make moments count.
Make the time.
Make your gifts known.
Make a nobody feel like a somebody.
Make your voice heard.
Make the small things big.
Make someone smile.
Make the change.
Make sure to tell your people they are loved.
Make sure to have no regrets.
Make sure you are ready.