Dear TJO2 Supporters,
This past month has been another month of learning, reading our Bible, listening to the Lord, praying, praising, worshiping and recharging.
Praise God, Jamie has completed 4 out of the 5 courses to receive her Teachers Certificate in TEFL. Currently, her grade percentage is at 92.5%. She is working hard to get it back up to at least a 95%. Pray for her because the next big test is 100 questions on grammar.
Jamie and I bought a couple of spools for the apartment. One 30” across and the other 18” across. For those of you who know Jamie, this is just her style. We put the big one in the guest room for a table and the small one is just outside our front door. The hydrangea plant is sitting on it.
We bought them from a guy who lives in the pueblo just east of us in San Antonio. We had taken an Uber to his house and he gave us, and our spools, a ride back to our house. On the way home I asked him if he had watched the soccer game the day before. He said “No, I’m into surfing.” What! I told him I like to surf and that I have a surfboard. He invited me to go with him sometime in the future. Pretty cool.
Jamie has sent out flyers to inform people that she will start teaching in early September. The flyer states the requirements of the class and what days and hours the classes will be. Please pray about this also. We can only fit 4 to 5 students in our office/classroom. Pray that Jamie has discernment from God on which students to accept and that the students will not only learn English but are receptive to hearing and receiving the Good News.
We found the exact shelving we need for the office/classroom. One is a tall corner shelf and one is short set of shelves for under the dry erase board. The only issue is that they must be made and the guy said it would be mid-August before he could build them.
Did I mention last month that we joined a Bible Study? It’s pretty much all Spanish; as is the church we attend. Jamie and I are enjoying both. The Scripture is used heavily at both and we can follow along fairly well because we can look up the book, chapter and verse that is being discussed.
We have less than a month left on our current visas for Costa Rica. Before the end of August we have to leave CR for at least three days in order to renew our 90-day visas here. Due to all the unrest in Nicaragua, the Costa Rican government has put a moratorium on residency applications. That’s okay for now. Traveling from and to CR is not nearly as expensive or difficult as it was in Roatan.
Esteban, and Jamie and I have begun discussing how we can start up the back-pack ministry here. We just began but we are all excited about the opportunity to visit and encourage those in need here. Look for more updates on this by next month.
As always, our prayer for all of you is “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” Numbers 6:24 (NKJV).
If God leads you to start or continue supporting us financially, TJO2 is a 501 (c) non-profit tax-deductible ministry. 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.
In two weeks Jamie will be sending out an Amazon Wish List for school supplies that she needs. Games, flash cards etc that she can’t find here. The items will be mailed to a friend’s house in Colorado and they will give us the items.
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

Evening Prayer: Father, reveal my inconsistencies, that I might experience greater wholeness. Expose my narrowness, that I might experience Your fullness. Divulge my secrets, that I might experience Your emancipation. Amen

When we first shared with you all that God was sending us on a new journey in Costa Rica we also shared that the first two to three months would be for resting, meditating, praying and waiting on God to reveal exactly how He wanted us to serve Him here in San Isidro.
We want to share with you today that everything the Bible teaches us about God is true. Since we returned to Costa Rica on May 30th we have read our Bibles extensively. For me, it has been more that I have since I first accepted Christ back in October of 1989. Jamie, for as long as I have known her, has been a habitual reader of His Word. However, she has also increased her daily intact of Scripture.
We discuss what we read. We meditate on what we’ve read and discussed, and we pray. We pray about what it says, what it means and what it means for us.
If you feel lost. If you are searching. If you are longing. If you are hurting. If you are confused. If you are angry. If you are hurting. If you don’t feel loved. If your soul longs for contentment. I tell you the truth, the Bible will lead you to completion.
I read somewhere, way back when, that someone used the acronym of the B.I.B.L.E. as Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.
There is one thing that every believer/follower of our Lord Jesus Christ want to hear when we close our eyes for the last time on this earth. This is to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21
I can only think of one way to be able to hear these words. Read, study, meditate, pray and obey His Word.
Too often we allow the world to distract us from our path. It is constantly trying to pull us to either the left or the right. The world tells us that anything is acceptable; you have the right to do what is right in your own eyes. The one thing the world refuses. The one thing that is not acceptable, is knowing, accepting and following Jesus Christ.
The world promises you all those things we long for that I noted above. This world is, for now, infected with the devil. Jesus himself told us in His Word when he was talking to the Jews and they were thinking their heritage would save them, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Today, I want to encourage you. Hold fast to Christ. He alone can bring you to perfect peace and contentment.
viviendo el sueno
In Him, Ronnie and Jamie

starting over

A good call

Well I received the best video call tonight.  One of my kids called me tonight to tell me he used his English tonight to translate during a motorcycle accident.   To make it clearer he came upon an accident and an English speaking nurse came up and ask if someone could translate for the guy that was really injured.  And he could.  I Am so proud of him.  Here is a perfect example that you really only need to reach out and help one person then they help one person … When you share the love of Christ and use the talent He has given you He blesses it. Go out and share what He has given you =}

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