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

Morning Prayer:

Breath at Daybreak, resuscitate my courage to enter the demand-strewn path ahead. Help me not to pick up problems before they materialize. When I hit a dead end, help me not to camp out there. When I encounter a difficult person, help me not to join their fraternity. And when I am that person, remind me that it cost You for my freedom and forgiveness. Amen

​Evening Scripture:

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;

    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

 I will be glad and rejoice in you;

    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2

Morning Scripture:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

Colossians 3:23

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 don’t know if Jamie has mentioned this in a previous posts, but we started taking dance lessons about a month ago.  Partly to get in some more exercise but mostly to do something together that would be sort of a date day.

We do pretty much spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week together, but quite a lot of that time is spent doing different activities in the same place.

While serving at Casa Esperanza, Jamie concentrates on serving the Red Zone ladies, while I man the door and perform various maintenance tasks.

At home Jamie is often teaching while I am doing chores around the house.

We do take walks together, but what use to be five to six times a week has dwindled to two to three times.  We’ve filled our walking time with ‘stuff’.

So, the dance lessons are mostly so that, at least once a week, Jamie and I can focus on each other.

In other news, just today we learned of a family in San Isidro who’s house has burned down resulting in the loss of just about everything they had.  Our Bible Study group is in the process of gathering donations to help this family.  For our part (TJO2) we have committed to providing food for the family.  Our first trip to the store for them is planned for tomorrow.

We’ll give you more details about this family in future posts.

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

Ronald L. McDonald

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