Post for July 12, 2019

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  Jamie and I appreciate all of you who take the time to follow our journey as we serve God in Costa Rica.

Did I mention before that we are very happy that the rainy season has started?  The weather this time of year is wonderful here.  It rains in the afternoon almost every day, but the rain also brings warmer weather.  So even when it’s raining, it’s nice.

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the sleeping bag we gave to Willie.  Nope, the bag is gone.  No way of knowing if he just didn’t want it or if someone took it from him.  I have decided to stick with helping Willie only as God leads me.

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a visit from one of our fellow workers at Casa Esperanza.  Technically, she’s our boss that the center.  October 3 she will have an operation.  She will need someone to look after her while she recuperates.  Jamie and I have offered to do so by having her stay in our apartment after her operation.  She stayed with us this past weekend to, sort of, test us out to see if she, and us, would be comfortable with the arrangement.  We all believe it will.

We do have something we are asking for prayer for.  When we returned to Costa Rica after our last immigration rule to renew our visas, the immigration officer gave us a hard time about re-entering Costa Rica.  There is a movement in CR to get rid of all the “permanent tourist”.  That’s what they are calling people who live here and leave for three days every ninety days to renew their visas.

You may remember that when we first looked into obtaining residency here, they told us there was a moratorium due to the vast number of Nicaraguans entering the country.

We have contacted a lawyer here to see what our current options are.  There is a possibility that we could obtain residency, or at least apply for it, in the near future.  We need your prayers in this to discern what God’s will is in this matter.

Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.

Evening Scripture:

“When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:

all flocks and herds,

and the animals of the wild,

the birds in the sky,

and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Psalm 8:3-9

I believe the Lord is leading me to a little sewing “business” to help a few of my friends that work in the red zone. you all donated $ to buy one sewing machine and part of another one. if the Lord allows all of this I will need funds for two more sewing machines. Please join me in prayer regarding all of this, the adventure would be through “Better Way”, you can look up their videos on YouTube… thanks again for continuing to follow our adventures and for donating and helping us work as the Lord directs our paths and help us to continue to be faithful and listen carefully.

fyi: this is just a random photo of a sewing machine taken off google =)

Post for June 26, 2019

 

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  Jamie and I appreciate all of you who take the time to follow our journey as we serve God in Costa Rica.

I am a couple of days late on this week’s post due to the flu.  Praise God that it was just the flu.  The last time we worked at Chepe de bana there was a medical team there giving free flu shots to anyone wanting them.  Apparently, there is currently a minor epidemic in Costa Rica. Jamie and I have always avoided such shots.  Be-that-as-it-may, we are fine now.

Yesterday we had another interesting day in the Red Zone.  Casa Esperanza hosted another team of women; well, mostly women.  They brought a few ‘under 18’ girls with them.  The policy is no one under 18 in the Red Zone; particularly girls who have never been exposed to what they may see there.  We allowed them to serve but kept them from the front door so they wouldn’t see the daily activities on the street.

The team was actually a big help, and the ladies who sell the bras were able to sell several to the team.

One of our team members donated a nice sleeping bag on Tuesday.  My first thought was about Willie, our street guy who lives on the sidewalk across the street from Casa Esperanza.  A couple of weeks ago someone took his large trash bags that he had stuffed with who knows what.  Willie just seemed lost without his bags.

So, one of the other workers and I took the sleeping bag over to him and talked with him a few minutes.  He accepted the bag and we returned to CE.

As I continued my service of manning the door I also continued to scan back and forth observing the activities of the street.  After about fifteen minutes I noticed that Willie had thrown the sleeping bag about five feet away.  In the past this would bother me, but it is Willie’s MO.  I am fairly sure the bag will be ceremoniously stuffed into one of his new black trash bags when we return to the Red Zone tomorrow.

Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.

Evening Scripture:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

John 14:1-4

Post for June 17, 2019

Welcome to this week’s update on The Journey Of 2.  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 have had a whirlwind few weeks.  As you may know from our posts, we traveled to El Salvador between June 3 and 10.  The purpose had several goals.  To renew our visas.  To enjoy a little R&R time with our dear friends, Doug and Lesa White.  To minister to each other through sharing and encouragement, and as always, to be the witnesses for Christ.

The four of us rented an Airbnb in a small pueblo on the Pacific Coast called El Tunco.  While there we met a wonderful couple.  Wayo and Claudia.  They own a surf shop and Wayo was our guide for most of the adventures we took that week.  Both are believers.  Before we left, Doug charged them to be the missionaries to El Tunco.

Upon our return to Costa Rica we immediately went back to serving.  Last week Jamie posted some pictures and, I think, a short video, of our day helping at Chepe Se Baña.  A special thanks to all those who donated the bras and underwear.  These were very much appreciated by the street ladies of San Jose.

Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.

Evening Scripture:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17

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