January 27, 2020
Dear TJO2 Supporters,
Yikes! January 2020 is almost history. I remember in 2017 lamenting where 2015 went. Now we’re a month into 2020.
Many years ago, I took a Business Writing class at Cypress College. I took the class because I wanted to convince my boss to hire a couple of more workers, so I wanted to know how to write a proposal.
One of the things I learned was to never start out with a negative. Strive to present the benefits of accepting your ideas and suggestions. If you have to address a problem, do so in a “Here’s an opportunity to improve this” sort of way.
Over the years I have tried to focus on how to accomplish something rather than the obstacles to prevent it. There are always plenty of people to point out the obstacles.
God tells us through Paul in Philippians 3: 13-14 “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (NASB)
Verse 15 goes on to talk about having “this attitude”.
Remembering the teachings from my college days and being blessed with God’s Word, Jamie and I strive to keep our eyes on the goal.
That being said, I would be wrong in not sharing that our trials and tribulations have, at times, almost overwhelmed us. If not for the prayers of the faithful and the Holy Spirit’s protection, we would be ineffective.
In truth, a number of people believe we have abandoned the work that God sent us to do. While the loss of their financial support certainly affects us, the loss of their prayers is what makes us the most vulnerable.
In recent posts I have shared that Jamie and I have sought counseling. We have just learned that there are some who think our counseling is due to problems in our marriage. No, no, no. I tell you the truth, the trials and tribulations that we are experiencing have drawn us closer as one together in our service to our Lord.
My periods of depression and Jamie’s times of frustration have not divided us or obstructed our mission. We absolutely believe we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to be doing.
In a nutshell, it’s the fear some have lost faith that we are serving in God’s will. We have gone from serving children and young men in an “economically challenged” area of Honduras to ministering to prostitutes, teaching English and doing maintenance in Costa Rica.
Some seem to believe that our service here is not as effective or needed as what we were doing in Roatan. True, service in Roatan was a lot more visible and it provided many opportunities for individuals and teams to experience foreign missions. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. We praise God for those years and all that He did through us in that journey. We thank God for all the people we served and served with. There are so many life-long relationships that were started and that have grown through those years. We even have lifelong Honduran friends that we talk to every month.
However, when God says it’s time, we go. Many of you know that the realization that it was time for us to leave did not just happen. It was a long process of prayer, seeking advice and being still before Him.
As we continue to grow in the work that God is doing through us here, Jamie and I are every bit as committed to whatever He asks of us.
Please take note, we are part of the Body. For us to be as effective as God intends, we need the support of our fellow believers. First and foremost, in prayer “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the posers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6: 12) NASB
We implore you to pray for us.
Second, we need encouragement. We may never see the results of the work God is doing through us here. However, He promises a good result. “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11) NASB
Unlike those we served in Honduras, building faithful, trusting relationships with the ones we minister to here is a long, difficult task. Jamie and I need the strength of the encouragement that comes from the body of Christ.
Third, as imperfect works-in-progress who are truly striving to serve where and to whomever God wills, we ask that you maintain faith in us. Faith that we are being obedient servants of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Fourth, consider supporting The Journey Of 2 financially.
TJO2 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit tax-deductible ministry. If we can obtain residency here in Costa Rica, it will lower our expenses. Currently, we are struggling to cover our living expenses. Any donation will be much appreciated. A one-time donation, or, 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 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
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
Morning Scripture: I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. – Psalm 40: 1-3
I mentioned in a previous post that Jamie was preparing to start teaching English again here in our apartment.
Since her class is starting with nine students, we moved her classroom from the office to our guest bedroom. We turned the office into the guest bedroom. There’s no closet in the office but guests don’t necessarily need a closet, and that room provides more privacy and it’s quieter.
Please pray for Jamie as she will begin teaching tonight.
On another subject, there is something that has been coming to my mind recently that I want to share.
God tells us in Ephesians 6:11-13 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm”. (NASB)
I understand this. Satan has been deceiving and attacking Christians for centuries. We should not underestimate him. God tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”. (NASB)
With that said, here’s what came to me, pretty much every book and movie about good and evil portrays each as equal. In fact, most portray evil as more powerful and good only wins by miracle.
I would say that don’t understand how this came about but I know that, currently, the devil has a lot of power in this world. The writers of books, tv and movies are definitely influenced by him.
Once again, it’s a lie. Yes, the devil is powerful, but let me be clear, the devil is not a God. And he is not equal to God.
When the time comes, and I have no doubt that it will come, the outcome will not be barely won like some high anxiety moment that no one knows to the last second about who will win.
Nope, from the very beginning it is all clear. God is God and He has no equal. His will prevails.
The only real high anxiety is over how many choose to not believe.
Ronald L. McDonald
January 18, 2020
This week Jamie and I started serving in the Red Zone again. It is nice to be back. They had a mandatory closing December 13-January 13.
After returning from Mexico where we went to visit a fellow servant and renew our visas, we began preparing for where God is directing us in 2020.
Besides the Red Zone, Jamie will be starting up English classes here in our apartment again.
The first class is this coming Monday. She’s starting with nine students this time.
In addition, she has been asked to start teaching English at Casa Esperanza. We need to pray about this first. It will mean, well, we’re not sure exactly what this will mean. Hence, why we have to pray about it.
I started serving again back up at the missionary training center. As in all maintenance, it is a service that never ends.
Jamie and I are continuing to be faithful to our morning bible study. We attend two bible study groups (one in Spanish and one in English). We are getting to know more people at the church we have been attending.
Last week Jamie attended a staff meeting with the head of the ministry we are serving with at Casa Esperanza. They have laid out the goals for 2020. More praying with the RZ ladies. More relationship building activities. Basically, more serving with intent. To help start this process, Jamie suggested “prayer partners” so now Jamie has three ladies that she is engaged with as prayer partners. Please pray this connection spurs them towards the LORD.
We hope that you will continue to follow The Journey Of 2 as Jamie and I follow the path that God has placed us on.
Ronald L. McDonald
Morning Scripture: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out, so that you can stand up under it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13