Beauty all around

Today we took a group of favela kids on a passeio to an island in the bay. Rather, today we helped some friends of ours who run a ministry in a neighboring favela by being extra bodies to hold on to the kids as we visited this island. There was much food for thought and reflection, and I have a few things to say – but right now, I’m too tired.

I would like to say that few things here bring me as much joy as taking these little ones who have so much pain and brokenness in their lives and celebrating life with them – having fun, joking around, laughing, running and playing in the midst of beauty… There are fun pictures, and more thoughts to come – but for now, it’s late, and I’m wiped out. 12 hours with these kids will do you in…

And the best part is that tonight, I get to sleep for my third night in a row without a fan. I haven’t had a chance to buy a new one yet… And it’s freakishly hot here in Rio right now. Last night I woke up around 4 AM because my bed was soaked with sweat – so I put my feet at the head of the bed, and my head at the foot, and slept for a few more hours before I soaked through the rest of the bed… It’s not a good feeling… Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to get a fan… I can only hope…

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