As part of our day of rest, Peter and I wandered through the market in Santa Elena. The market consistes of row and after row of small shacks of venders. Most of these are sheltered under a large makeshift roof with multiple leaks. These shops are side by side and usually close with a metal door and lock when the market is closed. Big school buses squeeze into the narrow, narrow unpaved streets bringing persons from the villages to shop. There are hundreds of stores of all kinds here. I love wandering in the market.
Today I had a surprise. As I walked down my usual row to get from one part of the market to another, I saw a begger. This beggar was usual in that he sat in his wheelchair with a bowl collecting coins. This beggar was different in that......to my surprise.....I knew this beggar!!!! It was Juan!!!! Juan is one of the persons who is getting his wheelchair repaired by our friend Daryl from Ministerio de Esperanza. I have visited hJuan's house twice. I love Juan. It seems that he begs here each Sunday. Of course, I gave Juan a donation....and also a kiss on the forehead.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012