June Update

July 2, 2020

Dear TJO2 Supporters,

Yesterday, I realized that I forgot to post our monthly report on June 25th.  I opened it back up and rewrote it to include the present.

As of this week we have sold almost everything we have.  All that is left for sale is a card table and eight folding chairs.  All of which were used for Jamie’s English class students.

Our plan is to bring six suitcases with us to the States, one is my surfboard.  This is less than what we brought with us from Roatan.  At least one of the suitcases will contain Jamie’s teaching supplies, including her TEFL notebooks.  She plans to continue teaching her students via the internet.  Very much like the Spanish lessons she will also continue to take on Baselang via the internet.

Due to all that is going on in the world, Jamie and I strive to not watch the news.  We’ve also limited what we view on Facebook.  We prefer to cling to the fact that God is still in control, regardless of all the truly misinformation proliferating the media and the internet.

Jamie and I truly believe God has put us on the path of returning to the States.  We understand this is His will for us.  Therefore, one way or the other, God will bring us to the States.  How and when is what is stressing us right now.

We have given our notice to our landlord, which means we have to be out of the apartment on July 15.  The person who has bought our bed is picking it up on the 14th, so one of our friends is letting us spend the night at her apartment.

We have to go to San Jose on the 13th to turn in our internet box.  Not really excited about going into town two days before we leave but it’s required.  They will not come and get it.   Fortunately, our neighbor said we can use her internet to do an on-line check-in the day before our flight to insure our seats.

Jamie and I are asking all of you to remember us in your prayers, particularly throughout the next two weeks.

Pray specifically:

·         That our flight does not get cancelled

·         That all our luggage is accepted

·         The we and our luggage make it to Phoenix

·         That we do not have any issues at customs at our first stop (Atlanta).

·         That we catch our connection from Atlanta to Phoenix

·         That we are able to maintain our sense of peace, joy, contentment and oneness with each other with Christ.

God says to be specific, so that is what we are doing.

During our preparations for returning to the States we have also continued to serve the Lord here in Costa Rica as best we can.

While the restrictions ended Jamie’s students for coming to class at our apartment, she has been able to continue teaching via the internet.

Since we are not able to serve in the Red Zone we have stepped up our cash donations to the ministry here as well as to ministries and people in Roatan.  Praise God for this for it is an even bigger need now for those who are being prevented from working. All of our donations (that you have donated) are going to feed those in Roatan (Sandy Bay) and the Red Zone here in San Jose.

In Roatan we send funds, via PayPal to Nic VanZee.  He uses the funds to buy food for people that he prepares and serves in the tradition of the soup kitchen style.

We also PayPal funds to Light in the Dark Ministries run by the Trawicks.  They also solely use the funds to purchase food and make food bags, the same as TJO2 did many times while living there.

In addition, we are still sending funds to our friend, Carmen.  Many of you know Carmen and her family.  Carmen has to sneak out to clean houses in order to provide for her family.

Most recently we sent funds to Jamie’s last adult student she taught in Roatan.  Maynor has a good job where he is still able to work.  He expressed to us how he had been doing his best to do food bags for some of his neighbors.  Since we very much trust him, we are sending him funds for food bags.

Here in San Isidro, I (Ron) have continued to serve at the Missionary Training Center.  I have increased the days and amount of time each day that I serve.  My time is short, so I am trying to help as much as possible.

As I noted in our previous report, after a short time of rest and some traveling in the States, we do plan to continue allowing God to work through The Journey Of 2. 

In our future reports we will explain the path that, we believe, God will be placing us on.

Jamie and I want to thank all of you who have continued to support TJO2 as we serve our Lord, Jesus Christ.

As we begin this next part of our journey, we hope you will continue to follow and support TJO2.

As we have always stated, 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

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 JamieRon McDonaldJamie Rich-McDonaldViviendo el sueno


Giving thanks

Once again we want to say thank you for donating to TJO2… your donations have been supplying food to those in the red zone in San Jose and those on the island suffering greatly. Today we are helping those in the red zone with money so food can be purchased to give out. Thank you again for trusting us to use your donations wisely to those in need. Most likely these specific food needs will continue through the end of the year. May the Lord richly bless you this week

Lockdown

Well that was quick…We are on lockdown again! We have many Nicaraguan people that are in need of medical care and crossed over the border illegally to receive care and our covid cases have increased.  Oh well!! 

June 16

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Hi All – well in one month we will be in the states =0!!! this is a stressful time in our lives trying to figure it all out while still trusting the Lord to provide us with health, contentment, patience and the list could go on and on =) Here is my one sentence on COVID, the numbers have gone up a bit here in CR due to Nicaraguan’s crossing over the river due to the fact that they have no medical care… We have pretty much sold everything except the bed (the person never came to the apartment)…we are trusting the Lord to provide and letting my worry go. Okay so why the picture above well; Ronnie and I do bible study every morning, and now we are on the book of Revelation (Ronnie’s idea). We read the chapter then go to this bible to listen to the mini sermon about what we read. you use a scanner code thing with an app on your phone or tablet. This “bible” was recommended to me by a friend on the island but we didn’t have the actual/physical bible…well about 4 months later we received book donations and wouldn’t you know that God provided this bible in the stack of bibles we received. and it was pretty much brand new. This isn’t a sponsored ad for this bible it is just something we find really beneficial in our lives. we have used it when reading through the whole bible also or when we just want to study a particular book. i have seen it on Amazon (don’t know price) since i know there aren’t many christian bookstores around anymore. well that is about all that is going on. Stay healthy and have a great Tuesday.

hi All – we haven’t been quiet on there for any other reason than we are trying to get our life organized, sell everything that we don’t use daily and that kind of thing…i big task for us for sure. thankfully our downstairs neighbor is helping us SO much because we NEED it. a big thank you to all of you that responded to our email. we REALLY love and appreciate all the support and kind words. i really really hope this is the last time i have to pack my life in 6 suitcases (really 3 because Ronnie gets 3). BUT on the other hand i am very thankful that we’ve had this opportunity to live outside the states and have been given a way to come back. Okay have an awesome Monday and show kindness to someone today!!

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