Befriending Danger by Karen
When I got home and shared my experience with Chris, I learned that the dwelling was made by Peligro, who is illegally squatting on someone else's land. Although my heart felt broken, I could see that it was a complicated situation.
The following day, when I returned, I was welcomed in and given a tour. I learned about the trees and bushes that had been carefully planted, the ditches that were dug to divert rainwater, and the construction of the hut.
|This is a before shot of the inside of Edrin's|
house. I wanted you to see his holey
roof made out of bags and scrap material.
We assumed that we'd take off the existing roof materials, but he was certain that the whole house would come tumbling down if we started taking things apart. As the head engineer, he got to call the shots. As such, we ended up putting the pieces of sheet metal on top of the existing roof. We thought that we'd be nailing the sheet metal in place, but he was scared that all that vibration would cause his home to collapse. So, we tied it in place just like he wanted.
These past couple of weeks we've stopped in to visit Edrin two times; once to wish him a Happy Easter, and again to share scripture and sing worship songs together. Each time we see him by the bank he looks the same as he always has, in fact, he's been wearing the same clothes ever since we met him in November; however, there's something different. He's been smiling more and doesn't appear so angry. The other day I saw him talking with another man and they were both laughing, which historically was unheard of.
I'm not expecting things to change overnight, but I definitely feel hopeful that Jesus can help Edrin learn how to be a more amiable member of this community.
Following are some "after" shots of his renovated house:
|Although this may not look too impressive, it's a thousand times |
better than what Edrin had before. He told us that he feels like he's
living in a palace now because when it rains he doesn't even get wet.
I pray that you're able to see Jesus in each and every person you encounter this day.
God bless you, Karen
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