JUNE update newsletter


Dear TJO2 Supporters:

Last month we were praising God that our electrical issues at our home were finally completely repaired.  This month we are praising God that our septic repair issue has finally been completed.  Little by little our home is becoming our home and not just the house we bought to live in.

I guess that it’s pretty much the same way the Holy Spirit works in us after we accept Christ as our Savior.  The Holy Spirit comes to live in us and, little by little, He repairs the damage of the world in us and turns us into Christ-like homes.

One of the things I really enjoy about the Holy Spirit living in us is the blessing we have by being able to help others in need.  Whether it be by providing food, water, physical or spiritual help; it’s a blessing to be used by God to bless others.

Last month we shared how Maynor has chosen an elderly widow as the recipient of TJO2’s next project.  Jamie posted some pictures on our Facebook and of the lady and the work that was done to repair her home.  It brings joy to our hearts that so many of you continue to support TJO2 so that we can continue to help others that God leads us to.

Twice a month we send funds to Maynor and German.  They use the funds to buy food, and other necessities, and deliver it to people in need in their community. 

A few people have requested more information about the people we choose to help.  We certainly welcome questions.  It is vital that we be held accountable for how we us the resources God provides us through our supports.

Here’s a short list of how we choose:  First, we look within the Body of Believers.  Second, we look for those with no other means of help.  However, first and foremost we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.

We must not forget that showing the love of Christ is very often what brings people to the knowledge of Christ.  Jesus went first to the house of Israel and He took care of His disciples.  But then He also used His resources to show the road to salvation to the lost.

Jamie has spent this last week volunteering as a leader in a VBS at a church near our son’s house.  She did this in order to be able to take our grandson.

We are still searching for a church to attend regularly.  We have visited several churches.  Some close to home and some a little further.  We would prefer to stay close to home so that we can possibly build some relationships.  I also work every Sunday afternoon, so close to home would help.  Please pray that we can discern which one the Holy Spirit is leading us to.

If anyone plans to visit Roatan this year, please let us know.  We have collected various reading glasses to give out to those who need them.  We could mail them to you and we have a contact for you to give them to who would see that they get to those who truly need them.

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 – 10544 E. Mendoza Ave, Mesa AZ 85209

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

Ron McDonald 

Jamie Rich-McDonald

Viviendo el sueno

House Build in Roatan

This sweet older lady needs a safe an dry home. If you feel lead please help by donating any dollar amount. The total cost we are trying to raise is : $986.95, every cent counts. Thanks again for still helping those on our beloved island that we care deeply about. Any questions please let us know. Just FYI, we are still running our ministry from the states. Two of my former adult students are the feet on the ground for us in Roatan…

May 25, 2021

Dear TJO2 Supporters:

Praise God, we have working electricity.  Just in time for the start of the hot season here in Apache Junction.

In a way, it was sort of nostalgic for us.  In Costa Rica, Honduras, and even Show Low we were use to no electricity for various periods of time.  

As per the norm of such events, literally a week after we had the new electric panel installed, a guy from Fusion Solar came by and said they would pay for a new electric panel if we decided to install solar panels.  “Dude, you should have come by last week!”

Our move-in ready house has turned out to be not so ready.  We’ve been through a long list of repairs and upgrades.  As in many cases, when you change ownership and do an upgrade, the powers at be require the change to be ‘up-to-code.  In the case of the electric we ended up needing two new panels; a main and a sub panel.

Now, in the case of the septic, the tank has to be abandoned and we have to connect to city sewer.  Sounds sort of simple until we learned that the neighbor behind us built their wall in the middle of the easement, which means the city’s main is in their backyard.  Thus far they have not responded to request from the sewer contractor for access to their backyard.h

Enough about our personal saga, here’s what’s happening with the journey of The Journey of 2:

Maynor has chosen an elderly widow as the recipient of TJO2’s next project.  Jamie will be posting some pictures on our Facebook and Blog to introduce this sweet lady and why she is in need.

Both Maynor and German have continued to buy food and deliver it to people in need in their community.  German has used some of the funds to help the church he attends.

Jamie and I are excited to announce that German and his girlfriend have gotten married!  As some of you know, getting married in Honduras is quite a process, which is rather costly.  Soon after both German and his now wife accepted Jesus as their savior they decided they needed to be officially married.

The Lord has led them to not only physically helping those in their community, but also helping people spiritually.  God is faithful and He is good.

German has also recently started college again after the school’s short break.

We ask that you lift our friend, Carmen, in prayer.  She recently lost a dear aunt to cancer.  Like many Hondurans, she could have survived if she had access to healthcare.  So sad.  Carmen’s aunt was a center pillar of the family.  Never married with no children, she spent her life helping others.  

Jamie mailed all the bras and underwear she had received  to the “Free The Girls” organization.  As we have reported, human trafficking has been a horrible plague in this world for far too long.  Free the Girls provides a way out for women but is totally dependent on the willingness of those willing to donate new and or used bras and underwear.

 Jamie plans to do another bra drive soon.  Please keep this in mind and when you receive notice of the newest drive, please respond however God leads you.

As always, Jamie and I are committed to the mission statement of The Journey Of 2, which is “To provide food, water, physical and spiritual help to those in need”.   God leads us in our journey and He works through us according to His will.

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 – 10544 E. Mendoza Ave, Mesa AZ 85209

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

Ron McDonald 

Jamie Rich-McDonald

Viviendo el sueno

Bra donations

Thanks to you all and your donations we were able to change a woman’s life. 100 bras and 46 Sundays are being shipped to Free The Girls

Morning Prayer: Father, help us to own our nervous behaviors and make necessary adjustments. We don’t want to just switch our outside behavior, but we want to resolve, with your help, our inside conflict. We need our frayed nerve-endings knit back into place, something we acknowledge only you can do. Amen

Monthly update

April 25, 2021

Dear TJO2 Supporters:

This month we are combining the monthly reports for March and April into one report.

As we reported in our last report (March 3), we were a little late posting the report due to our search for a home.  As we are sure many of you know, the housing market has been crazily in favor of the seller.

We lost the first four houses that we bid on by either “cash” buyers or higher bids.

It was a stressful month.  We were finally able to purchase a house within our budget and received the keys to the house on March 12th, at which time we were able to begin the process of moving-in.

Long story short it has been a stressful, hectic couple of months.  As of today, we are within about a week or so of making the house livable.  However, there is still an issue with the sewer line that will not be completed until mid- May.  Please pray that the final repairs go well and that we can complete the move-in process with no more surprises.  

Last Sunday/Monday we were able to make it up to Show Low to retrieve the items we placed in storage there over ten years ago.  Sorry that we were not able to visit with anyone due to the fact that I had to be back to work on Tuesday.  We literally drove up, spent the night, packed the Uhaul truck we rented and drove back down Monday.  Tuesday we unloaded in the morning and I was at work for my 2:30 – 11pm shift.

In the last two months, thanks to the supporters of TJO2, we were able to buy food and other necessities for several families in the colonia.  The back pack ministry that many of you came to Roatan to help with is continuing to help many people in need of basic necessities.

Currently Maynor is in the process of deciding which family to help next with another project such as the one they completed last month where your donations put a much-needed roof on a home.  Jamie posted picture of the project on Facebook and our blog.

TJO2 is also continuing to pay for schooling for two of Jamie’s former students.  With a better education they will be able to find better jobs to be able to better support themselves and their families.

Once we truly get settled into our new home, Jamie plans to do another ‘Bra Drive’ for “Free The Girls”.  Human trafficking has been a horrible plague in this world for far too long.  The Covid-19 pandemic has actually increased not only the trafficking but the physical abusing.

Jamie joined one of our Board Members last night and attended a meeting on the efforts to stop abortions.   We are not saying the pandemic is not serious and in need of serious efforts.  However, abortion has taking millions of lives.

We can’t help wondering how many of these aborted babies God created that could have gone on to fulfil their destines by helping humanity in some great way.  Was the baby aborted that God created to come up with the cure for cancer?  Was there a baby created that would have developed a clean, renewable source of inexpensive power?  Maybe God created a child that would grow up and discover a cure for all viruses.

Jamie and I are committed to the mission statement of The Journey Of 2, which is “To provide food, water, physical and spiritual help to those in need”.   God leads us in our journey and He works through us according to His will.

Even though He has brought us back to the United States, He continues to provide the opportunities to stay focused on the goal He sets before us.

Jamie and I truly appreciate the continued support so many of you provide through the way God leads you.  Our prayer is that God richly blesses you for your obedience to His will as it pertains to 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 – 10544 E. Mendoza Ave, Mesa AZ 85209

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

Evening Prayer: Father, Cleansing goodness and heart-healing kindness fill Your plans. You call me to walk uprightly, that I might be strengthened in personal integrity. Your instructions protect me from the thickets of regret. Return me to the ancient path. Amen.

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