Post for November 16, 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.

Last week I shared about some of the things that go on outside Casa Esperanza in the Red Zone of San Jose.

Today I want to share a little about what goes on inside of Casa Esperanza.

This past Thursday we had a medical doctor volunteer her time to tend to 25 to 28 women.  I say 25 to 28 because there were 35 on the list when we stopped putting names on the list.  During the 6 hours that the doctor served, the ladies continued to go in and out of the door.

There were approximately 50 different women who came and went.  We stopped putting names on the list because we only had one doctor.

The ladies are not used to sitting and waiting (like you would do in any doctor’s office).  So, they continually came and went.  Mostly because they were working the streets while waiting for their turn with the doctor.

There were also the men standing outside who were very irritated and impatient when the women would come in and sit down.  So, they influenced the ladies behavior.

While the doctor tended the ladies, the other servants ministered to them.  Jamie was running the kitchen.  She prepared the food and handed to other servants who distributed to the ladies.  Jamie also must be on constant watch to keep the ladies out of the kitchen.  Numerous items have disappeared; including the projector that was used during the bible studies. 

Jamie also supervises the distribution of the donated clothes.  This is a story in itself, so I’ll save this for another post.

In between, Jamie also mingles with the ladies.  They all have stories they want to share.

Michelle was all over the place.  She spent some time outside, as she does each day we serve at the center.  She goes out and finds the ladies and invites them to come to the center.  Michelle speaks Spanish very well, so she continually moves around the center showing personal attention to the ladies.  Michelle is also the one who often administers first aide to people.

Then there’s Alyse, our volunteer from Norway.  Also, a good Spanish speaker.  Lately she spends most of her time entertaining a daughter of one of the ladies.  I estimate the girl to be 5 or 6. I tell you the truth, entertaining a 5-year-old for several hours is no easy task.  Alyse is a saint.

One of our newest volunteers is Susie.  Not sure where she is from, but I think she’s from Colorado.  Susie also spends her days moving from one to another ladies encouraging and listening to their stories.

Both Alyse and Susie distribute food, and other items, to the ladies.  They also help Jamie as they gather up the dirty dishes and coffee cups.  They then wash and put everything away.

To me, as an observer, I see something along the lines of herding cats, or maybe a daycare for 5-year old’s.  The ladies attention span is short, and they struggle with patience.

All-in-all, per my observation, a wonderful day of God using His servants for serve His creations.

Ronald L. McDonald

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