The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
We cannot forget the children—how wonderful and charming. Our churches reach out to them with church programs, schools and other efforts to encourage them along life’s way—a route at times that families and their children find difficult.
The Volunteers in Service Abroad have worked with our bishop José Ildo de Mello and our valued friend and contact Luiz Roberto da Silva. Here we are making plans for the work of just one of our groups that have visited and worked there—with those children, youth—in fact everyone we’ve been able to touch.
This picture is of Dan Cooke part of our VISA group and young people from the youth group of a congregation that our VISA group was helping with the food gifts
The city of São Paulo with its twenty-three million is divided into many suburbs each with its skyscrapers. So from any high point it seems so endless and strange. See what I mean with a partial view of Praça da Sé in downtown São Paulo.
And then there are the beaches of Santos and Sao Vincente, that are down over the mountains to the ocean. But when a person gets down to street level it is so different. If I remember correctly a street, named São Bento is part of the center of the city and closed to traffic, and open for people and shopping. Generally São Bento Street is great for shopping even though there are malls in all of the suburbs.
Then there is few places in the world more attractive than the beaches of Santos and São Vincente–and they are less crowded than Copacabana.
All Brazilians have some artistic blood flowing in their veins and it shows in this city. Even in the center of the city where a meter of soil is worth its weight in gold, the city fathers have left space for parks that include beautiful palm trees.
But no matter the beauty of their parks and skyscrapers, it is the people that are truly beautiful. No doubt during the Olympics you heard lots of negative things about this country—even the impeachment of their president. But I want you to see and remember the people—so wonderfully kind and welcoming to those of us who stumbled along with Portuguese.
The beauty that last beyond anything in this world is the beauty and with it success that is built into the lives of children–and we do not forget the adults as well. That all happens when Jesus, the Saviour is master of a life.
P.S. I’m having trouble with my blog on WordPress so I ask forgiveness with errors and problems. RCK