May 25, 2020
Dear TJO2 Supporters,
Prior to writing this month’s report, I spent more time praying, meditating on God’s Word and discussing with Jamie about how the last month has changed our lives.
Being confined to our apartment for the last two months has allowed us to spend some time alone. That’s sounds strange, since we’ve spent most of the last eight years together 24 hours a day. Most of that time, however, was us serving others. We have found ways to serve during our confinement, but this has been a wonderful time to rediscover each other.
Turns out, we love to be together. We have known that for a long time, while we love serving others, we have tended to set aside the time that should have been spent with just the two of us. We missed that, so it has been nice ministering to each other.
We’ve talked a lot; I mean a lot. As you all know, Jamie is a very sociable person. She likes to share her thoughts and she likes to hear what others want to say. She is a gifted listener. People tell her things. Therefore, I have had to step-up and increase my 2k words a day (the average man uses 5k) to like 8k!
We have had some great conversations about our past journeys together. Our present journey and what we would like God to direct us to do in the future.
As I mentioned earlier, we have found ways of serving in our confinement. Jamie has learned how to use Zoom. She has been teaching English via Zoom. She has also continued to take Spanish lessons via Zoom. We have been able to send funds to people in need in Roatan. We have also been able to send funds to people who are able to get food and clothing to people in the Red Zone.
Two weeks ago, I started walking up to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) and have been doing maintenance for them. This is good for me in that I get exercise and I am able to use my maintenance skills to provide them with some much-needed help.
Recently, the Costa Rican government extended visas again. This time we have been extended to August 17th. This is a blessing to us since our visas would have run out in mid-March.
However, the extension is not without side effects. When they closed the borders, they put an indefinite hold on all Resident Applications. In addition, any non-citizen, even people with Residency, who leave CR, will not be allowed to return until the country reopens. Some of the apostille documents we obtained in the States for our Resident Application are time sensitive. This means some must be redone, which means more expense. We are praying about this.
TJO2 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit tax-deductible ministry. 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
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If you have specific or personal questions for us, please email us and we will answer your questions. =)
Always, In Him, Ron and Jamie