September 14, 2019

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  As always, 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 hit the ground running when we returned from the States.  Our time in the States was thoroughly enjoyed.  The time we spent with friends and family was a blessing to us and our spirits were refreshed, energized and made ready to serve.

I may have noted the changes at Casa Esperanza in my last monthly report.  Forgive me if I am repeating myself.  There have been changes in staff and in the condition of the building.  We were pleased to see some improvements to the kitchen and upper storage areas of the building.  Little by little the building is being transformed to allow us to serve the ladies better

We mailed our first batch of purses to the person who bought them in Pinetop, AZ.  Turns out this it not an economical way to get the purses and aprons to people in the States.  The five purses we just mailed cost $40 to mail.  Therefore, if Jamie continues to sell the Red Zone ladies sewing items, we will have to have friends visiting here take them in their luggage and then mail them from inside the States.

I have begun serving three days a week at the missionary training center here in San Isidro.  There is a maintenance shop on the property that is used to make and/or repair items for the building on the property.  I serve by cleaning and organizing the shop.  I also aid in the repair and maintenance inside the buildings.

The center is over fifteen years old with several buildings.  Some are conference buildings, some are dormitories and there are a couple of houses. 

So, if you have a team that likes projects, we have stuff for you to do.  Your team can stay on site.

I will share more about what we are doing and about opportunities for short term missions here in our next monthly report.

Ronald L. McDonald


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