May we walk through the hours we’ve been gifted today with gumption and grace.
yesterday was an amazing day for us…I cried, I had great heartache and I danced and sang. chepe de banas is an organization that has a mobile shower unit/bus. So, the ladies of Casa Esperanza had the privilege to participate. The were treated to a big breakfast, clothes, haircut, manicure, makeup, bingo (with prizes), feminine products and a SHOWER. There was also live music and prayer. I (Jamie) worked the check in table and Ronnie worked the clothes table. We checked in 56 people. The set up was in a welding/car wash parking lot (it was a perfect place for all of this), anyways at the check in table some of the questions were do you live in a hotel or on the street, did you go to school, if so; then how far did you get, how long have you lived on the street and age. A few ladies had no idea how old they were, about half lived in nightly rented “hotel rooms” (which aren’t what North Americans consider hotel rooms) and the rest lived on the street. It was so so heartbreaking when some of the ladies stated they have lived on the streets their whole lives, some when they were children, some for 21-38 years. can you imagine, I can’t!!! I asked one of my friends who lived on the streets for 9 years how do you eat , survive…live??? she told me that satan pulls you in with drugs and alcohol (no matter how old you are, some in our group started drinking at 6yrs old, given to them by family and neighbors) and at times you are given food, drugs and alcohol for free, so that you have no desire to leave. I was at one point just overcome with emotion and heartbreak for these people whom the Lord has not forgotten and struggling to figure out how to break the cycle and help them realize this and that they also are loved children of the Lord. My answer from the Lord was to show joy, love and friendship daily to them, through hugs and caring about them. Show love and concern…isn’t that what the bible tells us. Love your neighbor as yourself…go out today and show joy and love to someone you know that needs it or maybe just someone you don’t think needs it because they are putting on a mask of “all is well”. Enjoy the day that the Lord has given us.
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.
Hooray, Jamie is home! While it was a productive two weeks for both of us, we were both ready for Jamie to be home.
Jamie had a wonderful time in So Cal. Special thanks to Suz Wittman and Karen Thormahlen for housing Jamie during her stay, and for helping with the presentation Jamie gave concerning the service God has us doing for Him in Costa Rica.
Jamie’s joy meter rose several notches due to being able to spend time with our children and grandchildren. It is a true blessing whenever we can physically be in the same place at the same time with our children.
Thank you also to all of you who donated the women’s bra’s and underwear that will be distributed to those in need in the Red Zone and to others that can’t afford to buy them.
Speaking of the Red Zone, this past week there has been a lot of police activity; particularly on our street. This is good and not so good. Good because it thins out some of the men who loiter around Casa Esperanza looking for free stuff. Not so good because it also tends to impede the ladies from coming; they’re afraid of being shook-down by the police.
Periodically one, or more, of the ladies will come in and need some first aide. Yami, one of our fellow workers, is the one who generally performs this service. Sometimes it is minor burns or cuts. Sometimes it’s mysterious holes in the arm or leg; plus, a variety of other needs. Yami does this service with love. Please pray for Yami. She has medical issues of her own, but she shows up every day to minister to the needs of others. Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
To the choirmaster: with stringed[a] instruments.
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
- 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. On Thursday Jamie will be on a plane headed to Southern California. She will be visiting both of our children and their families. This is a rare event; to have both children, their spouses and both our grandchildren in the same place at the same time. Praise God for arranging this opportunity. While in So. Cal. Jamie plans to share, to a small group, a presentation on what God has us doing in Costa Rica. If you are interested in hearing the latest you can message Jamie, Suz Wittman or Karen Thormahlen for details of where and when this event will take place. The Saturday before last Jamie and I, along with other servants of the Lord, had a ‘workday’ at Casa Esperanza. While Jamie and the others separated about a thousand bras of various types and sizes from cardboard boxes into plastic containers, I cleaned three shower/toilet stalls that have not been used in years. The bras are part of the “Free the Ladies” program. The program is to help Red Zone women get out of their current life styles by creating micro-businesses. Instead of selling themselves, they can sell bras. This is just one of the ways Casa Esperanza is helping women help themselves. In other news, I learned Leroy’s real name! I don’t know his whole name yet, but I have learned that his first name is Willy. So now we can all pray more specifically for this man. Truly, he is in need of prayer, and I am in need of discernment on how I could best serve him. Please continue to follow our journey as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica.
- Ronald L. McDonald