Today, our class went to the beach, and I finally had time to reflect and think about the whirlwind of this journey so far. I had the chance to breathe and to experience God’s creation while I reflected on so many blessings. I sat back and I thought of all the doors that have opened for me on the trip, all the people I have met, and the relationships I have built. I had the opportunity to think about all the parts of this trip so far and the life-changing impact it has had.

Photo by Kate Wagner

I’ve found so much happiness here in Brazil and I think that has to do with me learning to let go. Letting go of control and letting God guide me… Letting go of my need for a plan and allowing everything to happen on its own time… Letting go of the walls I have built up and learning to be vulnerable… Letting go of anxiety and allowing myself to feel excitement, to feel joy.

Kayla’s pictures captures my joy perfectly

Brazil has helped me to learn to find joy in the simple things. In feeling like I am a member of the family at my host ‘home’… In learning how to make dessert from my host mom, just as her mother taught her… I’ve found joy in buying a coconut and drinking out of it (even if I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would) while seeing beautiful art and in seeing tiny babies in the hospital.. I’ve found joy in sitting in the trunk of a car at Toyota and in long drives where I can see the sunrise and the sunset and all the beautiful people who live here.

Thanks for snapping this pic of me in my happy place, Bri:)

Today, I found joy in playing in the sand like a kid and swimming in the ocean. I was as happy as a clam (pun intended) hunting for sand-dollars on the beach and rescuing ones that weren’t picked up by the water. I found joy experiencing God’s creation and the sheer beauty of this place with my friends.

Everything I have done here has been a new opportunity to find joy. I’m so thankful that I can experience this complete joy with the friends that I have grown so close with on this trip. They’ve been with me as I’ve laughed and cried, and as I’ve grown. As I have learned to let go, I have had a support network all around me. My class has become my family and that’s something that I never imagined would or could happen.

So, as I go into our last week in this amazing country, I am recognizing that I have grown tremendously, ever since a few weeks ago. I am so thankful that I can be on this amazing journey of growth and discovery with so many people who love and support me. They allow me to be me, as I let go and find my joy.

Kate takes the best pictures:)


With a Joyful Heart,

-Molly Perrin


Categories: Brazil 2018


Jackie Perrin · May 20, 2018 at 11:26 pm

So glad to hear you are finding joy in your journey with the Global Honors crew! Love this verse: Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people (Philemon 1:7)

Rebekah Distaffen · May 21, 2018 at 2:21 am

Aww, Molly, I am so glad you’ve been able to find so much joy here while on this trip 🙂 I love it when you’re joyful because your smile and laughter are so contagious everyone else can’t help but be joyful too. I’m glad you’ve been able to find joy among such wonderful people you call family, and I hope you continue to let go and find your joy even after we all return home 🙂

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