First of all, I wanted to show y’all these sweet faces from our visit to Cayambe on Tuesday. The children at the child development center were getting ready for an after school meal, and one of their leaders led them in a blessing.
The two little boys at the end of the first table MAKE ME SO HAPPY.
Second of all, we’re going to be “off the grid” for the next couple of days, and if you’ve been reading here longer than oh, say, TWO MINUTES, you no doubt understand that “off the grid” and I are not well-acquainted.
However, Starbucks and I are very well-acquainted. WiFi and I are *likethis.* The thermostat in our hallway at home is so near and dear to me that I sometimes pat it as I walk by and have considered hanging a stocking for it at Christmas.
But Thursday and most of Friday? OFF THE GRID.
Our Compassion team is going to the Amazon jungle so that we can visit two Compassion child development centers in that neck of the woods (or that neck of the jungle, if you will), and as I have mentioned before, we’re going to have to ride in a canoe to get to some of the places we’re going.
Just for the record, you should know that the number of times I’ve ridden in a canoe is ZERO POINT ZERO.
Just for the record, you should know that the number of times I plan to ride in a canoe after Friday is ZERO POINT ZERO.
I guess what I’m saying is there’s not going to be a sassy new “Outdoors” category over there in the sidebar anytime, well, EVER.
But all that being said, I’m excited about what’s in store. I can’t wait to meet the Compassion kids in the Amazon, even though I have absolutely no idea what that will be like. One member of the Ecuador staff told us that the river is “high” and “there may be some rapids” and “the mud is so deep it will pull off your shoes,” so I think it’s pretty clear that there won’t be any grande peppermint mochas waiting on us when we climb in our canoes.
(But if there were?)
(THE LORD WOULD BE PRAISED.)
Regardless of what’s waiting on us, though, we are thrilled about being able to tell some of the Amazon kids’ stories. And more than anything, we want to help connect sponsors to the kids who need them so desperately.
So if you’ll hang in there with our “off the grid” time for the next 24 hours, we’ll be back to regular posting on Friday.
And before we leave on our big Amazon adventure, I just want to say this: if you haven’t already, please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion. For $38 a month, you can provide food, school supplies, school uniforms, health care and consistent exposure to the Hope of the Gospel for your sponsored child. Your Compassion sponsorship will shine Light into dark places; that child’s life – and, Lord willing, his or her family’s life – will be forever changed as a result. In Jesus’ name.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go get on a bus and prepare to meet my canoe-related destiny.
I also need to prepare to meet the 12,000 foot elevation that is apparently part of our travel route, but something tells me that I’m going to miss that part of the festivities thanks to the wonders of Dramamine.
I’m so grateful for y’all.