Post for June 26, 2019

 

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  Jamie and I appreciate all of you who take the time to follow our journey as we serve God in Costa Rica.

I am a couple of days late on this week’s post due to the flu.  Praise God that it was just the flu.  The last time we worked at Chepe de bana there was a medical team there giving free flu shots to anyone wanting them.  Apparently, there is currently a minor epidemic in Costa Rica. Jamie and I have always avoided such shots.  Be-that-as-it-may, we are fine now.

Yesterday we had another interesting day in the Red Zone.  Casa Esperanza hosted another team of women; well, mostly women.  They brought a few ‘under 18’ girls with them.  The policy is no one under 18 in the Red Zone; particularly girls who have never been exposed to what they may see there.  We allowed them to serve but kept them from the front door so they wouldn’t see the daily activities on the street.

The team was actually a big help, and the ladies who sell the bras were able to sell several to the team.

One of our team members donated a nice sleeping bag on Tuesday.  My first thought was about Willie, our street guy who lives on the sidewalk across the street from Casa Esperanza.  A couple of weeks ago someone took his large trash bags that he had stuffed with who knows what.  Willie just seemed lost without his bags.

So, one of the other workers and I took the sleeping bag over to him and talked with him a few minutes.  He accepted the bag and we returned to CE.

As I continued my service of manning the door I also continued to scan back and forth observing the activities of the street.  After about fifteen minutes I noticed that Willie had thrown the sleeping bag about five feet away.  In the past this would bother me, but it is Willie’s MO.  I am fairly sure the bag will be ceremoniously stuffed into one of his new black trash bags when we return to the Red Zone tomorrow.

Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.

Evening Scripture:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

John 14:1-4

Post for June 17, 2019

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  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 have had a whirlwind few weeks.  As you may know from our posts, we traveled to El Salvador between June 3 and 10.  The purpose had several goals.  To renew our visas.  To enjoy a little R&R time with our dear friends, Doug and Lesa White.  To minister to each other through sharing and encouragement, and as always, to be the witnesses for Christ.

The four of us rented an Airbnb in a small pueblo on the Pacific Coast called El Tunco.  While there we met a wonderful couple.  Wayo and Claudia.  They own a surf shop and Wayo was our guide for most of the adventures we took that week.  Both are believers.  Before we left, Doug charged them to be the missionaries to El Tunco.

Upon our return to Costa Rica we immediately went back to serving.  Last week Jamie posted some pictures and, I think, a short video, of our day helping at Chepe Se Baña.  A special thanks to all those who donated the bras and underwear.  These were very much appreciated by the street ladies of San Jose.

Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.

Evening Scripture:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17

Morning Prayer:

Breath at Daybreak, resuscitate my courage to enter the demand-strewn path ahead. Help me not to pick up problems before they materialize. When I hit a dead end, help me not to camp out there. When I encounter a difficult person, help me not to join their fraternity. And when I am that person, remind me that it cost You for my freedom and forgiveness. Amen

​Evening Scripture:

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;

    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

 I will be glad and rejoice in you;

    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2

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