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    March 27, 2019
  • Dear TJO2 Supporters, Once again, this month has held some interesting events. After three months of efforts we finally got our dryer replaced.  About three weeks ago they came out and replaced a part and got the heat to work; for as long as it took them to walk from our apartment to their car.  Last week they came back out and looked at the dryer and confirmed it was broken.  So, finally, three days ago they exchanged it for another new dryer. When we went to do a load of laundry so we could see if the dryer worked, we found that we had no water!  We are right at the end of dry season.  We were told that ‘sometimes’ there is no water towards the end of dry season.  Well, it’s true.  We only had water for a few hours a day for about four days.  Most likely it will happen again because the rainy season normally doesn’t start until, at least, mid -April. Jamie now has five adult students in her evening English class with possible a sixth starting next Monday.  I really must remember to video them next Monday.  Jamie is teaching them that song “Head, shoulders, knees and Toes”.  It’s hilarious. For my part on class nights I go back and forth to the gate to let the students in and out.  I also perform teacher aide duties and pray for Jamie during the class.  I was listening to Jamie teach the other night.  During part of the night she was teaching them about words that are spelled the same but have different meanings depending on the text.  English really is a hard language to learn. As I noted last month, I go with Jamie on Tuesdays to the Red Zone.  My service is manning the door.  Yesterday, as I was letting the women in and out, I was also observing the activities of the street.  As I review what I observed I remember that I was surprised, aggravated, felt deep compassion, confused, disgusted, dismayed and at a loss for words.  I will share more about my observations in my weekly posts on our Facebook and WordPress sites. Manning the door also gives me the opportunity to observe Jamie and the other servants serve the ladies of the Red Zone.  One of the servants was sitting with a Red Zone lady near the door.  I could not hear what they were talking about.  They were speaking Spanish, so even if I could hear it, I would most likely not understand most of what they were saying. It was obvious that the Red Zone lady was upset.  She was crying and had a hard time sharing her news with the worker.  Later, after Jamie and I got home, Jamie told me that the night before she was walking the street at night with her three-year old son.  The police found her and the Costa Rica version of CPS took her son from her.  Apparently, it was at least the third time they caught her walking the street this late with her son. Regardless of how she got this way, what she was doing or why, we know she loves her son.  She understands why they took her son, but she is heartbroken.  The son is definitely better off.  We are not promoting women walking the streets at night with their children.  But we do have compassion for a women who doing all she knows how to survive.  The worker tried every phone number in the Red Zone lady’s phone to contact a family member or friend who could help her contact the CPS office to get information about her son, but every number was out of order or changed.  As I wrote in one of my recent posts, this is a hard ministry to be called to.  A person must be hard enough to deal with what they see and hear, and yet compassionate enough to truly love and care for these ladies.  Please pray for Jamie, and the other workers for Christ who minister to the Red Zone ladies. Concerning Juan Pablo, (the family our Bible Study is helping).  One of our members managed to get Juan an interview at a gas station close to his home.  Juan was able to get a job!  Praise God for His provisions.  Juan is able to provide for his family, thanks for God and all your prayers for him. Last month I reported that Jamie and I were experiencing difficult trials in all aspects of our life here in Costa Rica.  While the trials are on-going, our faith in God’s protection, provision and guidance is strong.  We attribute this to your prayers.  Thank you for continuing to pray for The Journey Of 2 as we strive to completely obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He works through us to do the will of God. As always, if God leads you to start or continue supporting us financially, TJO2 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit tax-deductible ministry.  We would really appreciate your monthly giving or a one-time donation. 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 Email:  Thejourneyof2@gmail.com                          Facebook:  Jamie-Ron Rich-McDonald Blog: wejourneyedsouth.wordpress.com (there is a PayPal button on this site) 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

    Ronald L. McDonald
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