Heavenly Father, in the midst of our challenging lives, cause us to be wise enough to make YOU our number one priority. Amen
Lord, clear the smudges from our judgments, that we might realize we are all frail, faulty, and vulnerable. Amen
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
September 30, 2019
Dear TJO2 Supporters,
Last Thursday night Jamie and I returned from a five-week journey to the States. During our debrief together about the trip we both agreed that it was one of the best visits we’ve had to the States since we left in 2012.
As always, the journey was exhausting, emotionally and physically. Normally, we look forward to being back where God has sent us so that we can get some rest before getting back to serving.
This time, however, we experienced such a wonderful time that, even though tired, we were sad to leave. We love serving where God has put us, but we were in need of some encouragement.
Everyone we visited seemed to be especially kind to us. From the very first day of our visit people were ministering to us in unexpected ways.
We traveled to three different states (two of them twice). We traveled to numerous cities and stayed in several homes.
Our presentations went well and seemed to be well received. For the first time Jamie was the lead presenter and, I believe, she did an excellent job. After each presentation there was a time of question and answer. We were pleased to have been asked so many questions about where and what God has us serving.
In Anaheim, California; Pastor Gary called us up to give a short promotional about our presentation that would follow the service. The presentation was very well attended. We were also surprised that they held a bake sale to raise funds to help us with our pending residency.
In Show Low, Arizona we were again surprised by being given the whole service for our presentation. Pastor Michael and his wife Susan were wonderful encouragers. The service was followed by the church’s annual Mission Fund Raiser Auction; which was very successful; and it gave us time to visit with several people there that we had not seen in some time.
While we were in the States, we spent a lot of time dealing with government agencies. It took four trips to the Motor Vehicle Department to obtain the new driver’s license that will be required in Arizona by October 2020. This caused us to have to drive clear across the city to the Social Security Department to file for new SS Cards. We had laminated our original ones and the MVD would not accept them. Long story but make sure you have what you need and make an appointment before you go to the MVD.
To be able to apply for our residency in Costa Rica we had to obtain several original documents from three different States. Some of the documents needed included our birth certificates, marriage license and something called a “Letter of Clearance” from the Police Department.
Each of these documents had to be sent to be “Apostilled”. All this was expensive.
In the end, almost all of what we needed to do was completed. We’re still waiting for Jamie’s birth certificate (who knew it takes two to three months to get a Texas birth certificate). When it arrives at my sisters, we’ve already set it up for her to mail it back to Texas to be Apostilled. We are fairly confident that we can then get it to us here in CR.
As many of you know, Jamie had sold all the aprons and purses that the Red Zone ladies had made before we even arrived in the States. We had no idea so many people would be willing to help in this area. The ladies were able to make more while we were in the States and these have also been purchased by our dear friends in the States. Over the next few weeks we will see if it is possible to have them mailed from CR.
If you are interested in encouraging the Red Zone ladies to make a change in the way they currently support themselves by purchasing an apron or a purse, please contact us.
Currently, Jamie and I are looking forward to returning to the Red Zone tomorrow. While we were away there were some more staff changes at Casa Esperanza.
On October 9 our fellow servant, Yami, is scheduled to have the operation to remove kidney stones. She has been on the list for over a year. We are praying that the doctor will confirm her operation date when Yami visits him next week. Please pray that all goes well. Specifically, pray that she has the operation, that it is successful, that she has a full recovery and that she does not get kidney stones again.
Yami will be staying with us during her recovery.
As always, if God leads you to start or continue supporting us financially, TJO2 is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit tax-deductible ministry. We would really appreciate your monthly giving or a one-time donation. 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
Viviendo el Sueno ���
Wow! The last five weeks went by fast. Jamie and I returned from the States last Thursday night. I’ll share how our journey went after (in our monthly post) I share the last leg of our flight back to Costa Rica.
Since we book the cheapest flights possible, we normally don’t get to pick our seats, therefore we normally get assigned center seats in different rows. Which was the case this trip.
However, prior to boarding in Atlanta for our final flight, Jamie went up to speak with the lady at the counter to see about getting seats one in front of the other so that we could pass items back and forth to each other.
As Jamie walked up the lady stopped her and said she was having a bad day. She informed Jamie that her computer wasn’t working and that the tech guy on the phone did not speak English very well. She went on to tell Jamie that she was also not doing well with her current passage through menopause.
Jamie then did what Jamie does. She smiled, told her she understood and gave her a few words of encouragement. She told the lady she would come back when the computer was working.
A few minutes later the lady informed the crowd that she was ready to answer questions. Jamie was able to be the first at the counter and politely explained our request. The lady stated that the seats were already assigned but she would see what she could do.
Jamie smiled, said thank you and left the counter.
As we were boarding the plane the lady asked for our passports rather than our “center seat” boarding passes. When we scanned our passports seats 10A and 10B printed out. Window and center in the first row behind first class. What!!! And no one sat in 10C!
We had a very lovely last leg of our journey. It pays to be nice.
Ronald L. McDonald
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.