May 13, 2016

"A Cry From the Streets" review


In the dark world of Brazil, street children, toddlers and teenagers search trash cans for food, steal knives to protect themselves at night, and live in fear of being beaten or even killed by the police. For these desperately needy children, nothing was free--until they encountered the love of Jesus through the compassion of Jeannette and Johan Lukasse.

When this young Dutch couple asked God if He could use them to do something about the immense suffering they saw in the world, He led them on a winding path from their home in the Netherlands to the coast of Greece and eventually to the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Their calling was clear: millions of orphaned and abandoned children were living and dying on the streets, caught in the deadly grip of drugs, violence, prostitution, and abuse.

What followed the Lukasses' step of faith is a stunning example of how God miraculously uses the surrendered lives of believers to transform the lives of others with His hope and healing. 

My Review:
   A Cry From the Streets is the amazing story of how a Dutch couple gave their lives 100% to Jesus with no reservations.  Their lives were completely changed forever.  Their families called them crazy.  They ran out of money.  Their children grew up with dirty, un-schooled, street children.  Yet they were happy for they "gave what they couldn't keep to gain that which they could not lose."  Their story was impacting because of the vast difference that they made in the world.  They were able to give hope to children who were living on the streets in dire circumstances.  The way Jeanette shares their story shows the terrible way in which hundred of thousands of children are forced to live.  It's heart-breaking how they are forced to search for garbage to survive.  So many young children are killed before even reaching their teen years.  This story will make you want to make a difference.
   The only thing I didn't like about A Cry From the Streets was that it has adult content.  This is because so much of what happens in Brazil to street children is pretty violent.  I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under the age of 15.

About the Author:
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Jeannette Lukasse has been a missionary with her husband Johan since 1980 with Youth with a Mission. They are both from Holland but live and work since 1984 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil among children in need, where they founded JOCUM (YWAM) Belo Horizonte. They started out working with street children, but later extended that to children in all kind of difficult life situations: children with HIV or AIDS, physically challenged children, children in the slums, trafficked children, etc.

Have you read A Cry From the Streets or any other stories about life in Brazil?  Comment below!


  1. There is another book called Kisses from Katie that is about a girl that is a prom queen and president of her class and she goes to Uganda her last year of high school. She end ups adopting 14 little girls and she's not married :) Its a really good book :) You would probably like it :)

    1. Kiley, I have read Kisses from Katie!!! That is an INCREDIBLE book! Katie is such an amazing lady! I need to read it again. Oh, and just a side baby sister's middle name is Happy...because of the baby in Kisses from Katie who was named Happy! =) LOL

      Thanks for the comment, Kiley! I'm going to check out your blog now!

  2. This sounds like a very inspiring book!

    1. It is!!! My dad is even reading it right now! ;)

  3. Wow!! That book sounds really cool. We have a couple of the International Adventures books: 'Peace Child', which is about a missionary family in Indonesia, and 'Narrow Road' which tells about Brother Andrew's adventures, and the stories of other missionaries and persecuted Christians. My favorite out of the two is 'Narrow Road.' =)

    1. Awesome, Ariel!! We don't have Narrow Road...but I've enjoyed reading through several other ones. =) The best one so far is Totally Surrounded! I LOVED that one!

      I think it's really cool to read about the courage and faith of people just like us who gave their lives to Jesus! It makes us desire that deeper faith in our own lives! =)

  4. Ooh, I feel like I've heard of this book? I don't think I've read it, but it looks really familiar. And sounds awesome. :D

    I read the above comments -- Kisses from Katie is such a great book. (Not just because I share her name. ;) I got it for Christmas a few years ago, and it was such an inspiring story. <3

    // katie grace
    a writer's faith

    1. Maybe you read a different edition? It is an awesome book! A great way to open your eyes to the suffering that people all over the world are going though. It is very sad though. =( We are SO blessed...and we often don't even realize it.

      Haha...yeah right, Katie. =P Lol..Kisses from Katie is an awesome book!! It's fantastic what Katie has done for so many girls who needed her love!! She has changed many lives! <3

      Thanks for commenting! It made me very excited to see that KATIE GRACE commented on MY blog. hehe =)

  5. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds really good! Stories about children who don't have all the opportunities and privileges we do always capture my attention, and make me want to help somehow too! I'm reading one right now called Love in the Driest Season. It's the story of a couple who fall in love with, and adopt, an unwell baby in Zimbabwe. It's not a Christian book, but so far, I'd recommend it!

    Anyway, I'll have to keep my eye out for a copy of this book! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Jessica! AWWWW! Love in the Driest Season sounds like the sweetest book! ♥ I would love to read it sometime in the future. **mentally adds it to my list of books to read**

      Thanks for visiting my blog! =)


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