Do you know how sometimes you just feel happy, relaxed, and life is good? Tonight Suzy was out with a friend, and I finished up my work for the day and had some time to sit, catch up on a little reading, and spend some time in prayer. It felt so good to just drink my green tea, enjoy the silence, and spend some time with God! I’ve been reading a book lately called “When People are Big and God is Small” by Edward Welch. It offers so much good insight into the sinfulness of our heart and the motives we have for many things we do. I also got a new Tabletalk magazine in the mail today, and was blessed by R.C. Sproul’s article on anxiety and specifically the sin of melancholy.
Anyway, as I finished up the reading I got to thinking about one the my favorite places in the world. A few years ago I went down to Fortaleza, Brazil and had the opportunity to do some photos for the ministry down there. It was incredible getting to visit some of the slums and seeing people literally living in houses put together from scrap wood. But through it all they live and trust God completely. It’s such a contrast to our lives here, and a good reminder that we really don’t deserve anything.
John Baptisto is a Brazilian who was a former drug addict and came to a repentance of his sin and turned to Christ later in life. He’s now in his late 50’s and has an incredible life living and ministering in the slums of his hometown. The team I went with to Brazil had raised enough money to buy bricks for a family who was living in the below shack pulled together with scrap wood. They wanted to thank us and show us where they were going to use the bricks to build a “real house” for protection from the rain and robbers. The girl photographed is one of a number of kids living in two 10×10 foot rooms.
The below women was also a Christian and friend of John Baptisto. We had the chance to pray with her while we were in the community.
And a few shots of the larger metropolitan area and the coast.
Someday soon I hope to go back with Suzy.