January writing plan
Father, when we feel put out with someone else, remind us of how you put up with us. Give us eyes of mercy as you look upon those around us, and grow our hearts to fit you love. Amen.
Dear TJO2 Supporters,
Well, here we are at the last monthly report of 2019. It seems proper to write a quick, short summary of what God has done through The Journey Of 2 over the past twelve months.In January we were blessed with visitors. First, the Whites and then Debbie Lybrand. Both great times of fellowship and encouragement. In January, Jamie began teaching her first English class and I began developing a friendship with Jeff, the caretaker of the Missionary Training Center.In February, we asked for prayer to combat the spiritual warfare that we were experiencing. Jamie added two more students to her English class. I began doing maintenance projects at the MTC. We both started getting more involved in the Red Zone ministry. Our Bible Study group was actively involved in helping Juan Pablo and his family.In March, after three months of effort we received our replacement dryer. A sixth person joined Jamie’s English class. I was really struggling in my service in the Red Zone. It was/is a ministry that a person can only do through the power of the Holy Spirit.In April, I noted the name of the place where we served in the Red Zone (Casa Esperanza). I sent Jamie to the States so that she could be there for our grandson’s birthday. When she returned, she held the first “Bra” party here at our apartment.In May, Casa Esperanza hosted a team from World Race; which were a group of young ladies on mission during their ‘Gap year’. Jamie was able to use her experience of hosting teams that she’s gained during our years in Roatan. In June, we made an immigration run to El Salvador with our dear friends, the Whites. With the help of our supporters we were able to get Sarahi (Carmen’s daughter) in Roatan into a private school.In July, due to staff changes at Casa Esperanza, Jamie and I decided to increase our service to this ministry. Jamie and I came to the realization that we both had mild cases of stress from our time on Roatan. God began changing my view of the street people in the Red Zone. Oh, and I turned 65!In August, Jamie hosted a sewing training session here in our apartment. This resulted in the sale of numerous purses and aprons made by the Red Zone ladies. I finished my first craft; a boat that ended up being nearly twice that size as I had originally intended. Jamie also held another Bra party in our apartment.In September, we made our annual trip to the States to visit friends and family, and to raise funds for The Journey Of 2. It was a wonderful journey. While in the States, Jamie and I gathered as many of the documents we could that are needed to apply for residency in Costa Rica.In October, upon returning to Costa Rica we hit the ground running. While I stepped up my service at the Missionary Training Center, Jamie suspended her English classes until January in order to concentrate on learning Spanish. We both have worked hard at developing better relationships with the Red Zone citizens.In November, we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating two Thanksgiving Dinners. One with our Bible Study group, and one with the family of our friends Esteban and Ivonne. We met with a lawyer to begin the process of obtaining our residency. We couldn’t file yet due to needing two more apostilled documents from the States and the need to raise another $1,200 for the cost of the application.This month (December), Jamie and I were part of the Christmas party for the Red Zone ladies. Jamie came up with several games for the party. Again, with the help of our supporters, we were able to purchase numerous small prizes. Casa Esperanza’s staff continually shows the love of Jesus to the Red Zone ladies. The celebration of the birth of our Savior was for the purpose of encouraging them to trust in Him. During a conversation with our fellow servant, Ere, a few months ago, we had mentioned to her our need to leave CR to renew our visas in December. Ere suggested we spend it with her and her family in Mexico, so that’s where we went. It was a great visit with some great people. Ere’s father (Marcos) and mother (Ana) were so kind to us; showing us the love of Christ through themselves. Ere’s other relatives and family friends were also very kind to us.Jamie used the opportunity to practice her Spanish because that was pretty much our only option. I was even forced to use some of my limited Spanish.Ere, Marcos and Ana took us on some wonderful adventures. We do hope they will come visit with us in Costa Rica.As we reminisce and thanking God for all He has done for and through us in 2019, we also look forward and have started planning for what He will do through us in 2020.It’s not too late to start supporting us prayerfully and/or financially. If you would like to give a year-end, one-time donation to help us with our immigration costs, TJO2 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit tax-deductible ministry. We are still in need of the other half of our residency money (and much prayer to get this started and completed) Any donation will be much appreciated. If God leads you to monthly support, that would be great too. You can use the PayPal option either through our email or blog or mail your donation to: TJO2 at PO Box 1196 Springerville, AZ 85938Email: Thejourneyof2@gmail.com Facebook: Jamie-Ron Rich-McDonaldBlog: 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
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
– Luke 2: 16-18
”Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.”
-Joy to the World
Yesterday was Casa Esperanza‘s Christmas party for the red zone ladies. All the Casa Esperanza staff arrived extra early. As usual, I am in the door. Today, we can only let in one person at a time in order to give them their number. We could only accommodate sixty women today.
To make sure everyone received a number, we had them file in single file. As Sylvia wrote down each of their names, Jamie gave each one a wrist band with three tags. Each tag had their number on it (tags for breakfast, lunch and gift bag).
They were told they had to stay for the whole event, if they wanted the gift bag at the end. If they left early they had to give me their wrist band and they would not be allow back in. This is something they’re not used to.
We had previously decided that the maximum number we could accommodate was sixty. This is twice our daily average. So, when we gave out number sixty, we could not allow anymore in the door. There were several women left outside and they were not happy.
Just as we were about to begin, a singing group of 26 people arrived to entertain the ladies. So, including staff, we had 95 people in a room where we normally have 25 to 35. Did I mention we have one bathroom for the ladies?
We started by feeding all the ladies Christmas tamales and coffee.
The singing group was wonderful. The leader gave a good message after their singing.
Singing was followed by a bunch of games that Jamie made up for the ladies to play. This was a hilarious, exciting and fun time.
As the ladies we’re winning their prices from playing the saran wrap game, they would use them right away. Things like lipstick, lotion and nail polish; all sorts of things like that.
While lunch was being prepared, one of the ladies decided to karaoke. So she got up and sang “What’s love got to do with it” by Tina Turner and “I close my eyes “ by Cindy Lauper. She sang other songs by other artist too. The ladies loved it and were dancing. Jamie pulled out all her dance moves. =)
Lunch was fried chicken, kettle chips and tea. They really enjoyed that. You could tell because it got fairly quiet while they were eating.
Prior to handing out the gift bags we served dessert; which was a lovely cake.
The day can be described as herding cats. However, it was a great success. Our leader, Sylvia, managed the whole event skillfully. We learned a lot from the event, and we know we will put on an even better celebration next year.
Pictures will be on Instagram and Facebook.