Friday, January 23, 2009


I have mixed emotions about leaving New York. As the battery on the laptop drains (64%) so I feel my time here has drawn to a natural end -- at least for now. The first snow has started to fall and I won't miss the bitter winter months on the northeastern seaboard. Instead, I will take with me the fond memory from winter 2005 when I witnessed some locals skiing down The Great White Way...

Paulo really doesn't have a winter (or a summer) of course. It's always warm. And that's where I'm going, for those reading this first entry who I haven't had the chance to share my plans with. I am going to work as a missionary volunteer with an organization that rescues children from the violent streets of São Paulo.

I'll be blogging from Casa Elohim, in the south of the city, where I will be based - together with other missionaries - providing a home, education, vocational preparation and hope to street children between the ages of 7 and 12.

For those unfamiliar with São Paulo, the city is a chaotic mix of extremes: wealth, poverty, excess and desperate need all within the space of a city block, but that is - I guess - the nature of most burgeoning third world cities (in this case, 21 million and counting). The poor tend to fill the gaps between the gated mansions and luxury apartment buildings.

Please stay in touch.

Oh, and the two ruffians at the top are my crazy nephews - Luca and Lorenzo. Needless to say, I will miss you both greatly.


Anonymous said...

Hi Luke,

Hope you have landed in the sunshine.....we've got ice and snow everywhere here! We miss you already but can't wait to hear how things are going. Give us an update soon.


Luke said...

Hey Laura - I'm off next Monday. Am sorry to hear about the snow in New York. Alicia skyped earlier and showed me the flakes falling on 6th Av - it's distressingly similar to what we've had here. I need to thaw. Speak soon, Luke

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