A Bible Can Change Someone's Life by Karen
Christopher comes from a really broken family that has constantly struggled to survive. Twenty years ago he was born here in Puerto Rico, but was shipped off to New York City at various times to stay with relatives, or the friends of relatives, when life was more than Mom could handle. He told me that he never spent a whole school year in one place. Perhaps that explains why he couldn't put together a complete sentence in either Spanish or English. After I assured him that we could speak in Spanglish - a mix of Spanish and English, he relaxed. I asked Christopher if he had any siblings. He laughed and said, "It's hard, ya know, to say, we just try ta' take care a' whoever's there." I wasn't quite sure what that meant, but decided not to press the issue. As the conversation continued, I invited Christopher to tell me his story. Why was he on the streets begging at such a young age?
"I just got otta la carcel (prison) two days ago 'n I don't got no chavos (money). I dunno what ta do."
He went on to describe the temptation he'd been feeling to sell drugs because that's such an easy way to make money, but said that he didn't want to end up in the slammer for another five years.
|This is one of the prisons here in PR|
that house minors.
|In this bilingual bible the Spanish is in |
the left column and the English is on the
right. Christopher can use both columns to
figure out words that he doesn't know.
or call Family Missions Company at (337) 893 - 6111.
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