I Would Imagine That The Jungle Is Very Jungle-y

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?)



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.

Stay tuned.

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  1. The prayers of God’s people are intensified for you and any canoe-related needs you may have.

    Be safe. And dry. And also safe.

  2. I have so thoroughly enjoyed following all of the Compassion blogger’s posts this week. Your blog is new to me Sophie…I only discovered you last week from Shaun’s page. Can I just say that I have been MISSING OUT! You are a riot (I think I laugh out loud an average of 20 buzillion times every time I read your posts) and I wish you lived close to me because I would most certainly eat you right up :).
    Thanks for all your wonderful posts. Loved seeing pics and reading about you meeting Wilter (and calling yourself Fried Chicken…AWESOME!).
    Lots of love from central PA and prayers that the canoe trip experience is a happy one :)…(though I am hoping for some crazy monkey or snake story…because I just think you’d be really great at telling that kind of a story)

  3. I was touched by your post about Wilter and the fried chicken. I’ve been thinking about sponsoring a Compassion child for a while now. Tonight when I went to their website, I had no idea how to choose a child… there was just no way I could decide. So, I thought about how much Wilter reminded you of your little boy. I put my daughter’s birthdate into the search engine, and do you know only ONE child came up. A little girl who likes the same things my little girl likes. She’s the one! Thanks Sophie for making a difference and for being brave enough to get in that canoe! I know you’ll do great :)

  4. Sounds like you are going on quite the adventure! Can’t wait to hear about your canoe experience…and thanks for sharing your love for Compassion. As an advocate with Compassion, I can’t wait for the day that I will be able to go on one of these trips!

  5. 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

    This line had me laughing out loud. I just wish there was a video camera there to record your reactions.

  6. Girl, He brought you fried chicken. He can get you through that canoe. As Jack would say in his get fired up speech, “You can do it! Is it in you? I’m lovin’ it!”

  7. Oh. My. Word. Praying…and giggling…

  8. Oh my heavens soph!!! “off the grid” and “canoe”… I can’t even imagine those words and your sweet southern self in the same sentence!!!!! I am loving your new adventure and praying for you throughout this tremendous journey. Meantime, I’ll b cheering on our beloved dawgs tomorrow… Yes.. I know u know! Haha I love u and please don’t rock when your in the boat or yes ma’am it will flip!! Should have taken u down the buttahatchi and you’d feel better about this whole canoe thing!

  9. Good luck on your maiden voyage!

  10. I would love to be tagging along on this adventure. Your “group” has personality PLUS. I am following along on your journey. Praying for safety on your adventure.

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  12. anotherlisa says:

    Lord, please take any fears, real or imagined, and turn them into delight.
    let our friends delight in Your creation, delight in Your abundant love – to all those traveling, those they visit, and those waiting at home for them.
    we trust in Your protection and rest in Your grace, sufficient for nature (in all its forms), and children in all circumstances.
    we know You made us all, and love us all.

  13. Sophie,

    I’m a new reader, having only come upon your blog through this Compassion Bloggers in Ecuador event. I must say I’m so glad to have found you. I’ve laughed many times reading, and have insisted that my husband come read too!

    Blessings for your canoe trip, which is probably over and done with at this point. I know God will have seen you through and I look forward to hearing all about it and your time in the Amazon! Bet you didn’t think 5 years ago that that would ever happen… “off the grid” & “canoe” at the same time :-)

  14. Love the Dramamine. It will save a soul. Well, it will save a body, anyway. I can’t wait to read the next update.

  15. Dramamine is the best travel aid — especially, when going to the Amazon. The first time I took Dramamine, I didn’t realize the drowsy side affects and just let’s just say I went on a two-hour boat cruise with clients on business and had to prop my eyes open with toothpicks the majority of the way.

  16. The elevations like to have killed me, asthma, but the clowers and birds…. incredible! I remember God using Ecuador- teaching me many many things. Very spoiled American that I am.


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