Saturday, April 21, 2007

On the Streets of Belo Horizonte

On Friday night the Rescue House team went to the streets to sing, talk, play games and hang out with the children and people who live in this area of Belo Horizonte. The Rescue House team has been visiting this area of the city for over 10 years now. This was my first time visiting and I loved talking with the kids in my broken Portuguese and singing in the streets. Please pray that the LOVE of the Lord would flow through our lives during our time on the streets and that God would impact lives of both children and street people in a powerful way.

These two girls are about 15 years old and they both live on the streets. In this photo the girls have their hands drawn to their mouth because they are actually inhaling paint thinner to get high...

Many street children and street people hold a small balled-up piece of material of some type that is drenched in paint thinner. They constantly inhale the paint thinner to stay high. It is so sad to see such young children and teens high on the paint thinner. Please pray for these children.

How precious are these boys... Both of these boys play on the streets at night and they live in a fevela in Belo Horizonte. Pray protection over their lives, that they would not turn to a lifestyle of living on the streets.

Kids on the streets of Belo Horizonte. Some of these kids live on the streets and others live in a nearby fevela (slum) and often come and hang out in this area of the city. Pray that the children still living with their families would not be drawn to the streets through their interaction with the street children.

This week I spent a lot of time playing UNO with several different street children, some teenagers and some younger. The street children LOVE to play this game and have their own special way of playing. By playing games and spending time on the streets, we make relationships with the children and talk with them. My Portuguese is limited, but the kids enjoy hearing me speak English. By visiting the kids and talking to them we can share the LOVE and HOPE of Jesus and let them know how they can get off the streets. Throughout the week, our team also visits some of the families of the children and try to get the children reconnected with their families.


  1. Laura, hope things are great for you in BR. I read your blog and it made me happy that you enjoying every minute. Deus abencoe.

  2. Laura,

    I am so encouraged to received your updates! I will continue to pray for your ministry and know that God will strengthen and refine what he has already started! I know you have so much HOPE to give to these children living on the streets. I can't wait to hear how God uses you with them!

    God bless