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Winter 09 Magazine:layoutpage.qxd   12/14/2009   12:41 PM   Page 42

         How we can serve
         As Ken and I drove through the hills of El Salvador, we
         passed one impoverished little village after the next. But
         even all this poverty looks pleasant compared to the home
         we just visited. Past a chain-link fence and a rutted path, my
         wheelchair sent chickens scattering as Ken helped me into
         the tiny home of Lenore – a 27-year old blind woman who
         languishes in bed with severe rheumatoid arthritis, her body
         covered with hard, crusty sores, some of them oozing, and
         some deep enough, you could almost see bone.
           Lenore’s home situation is sad. She resides in the dark
         back bedroom of a tiny cinder block hut with a rusting tin
         roof. Her tiny bed is her whole world – the rest of the
         small, dark, smoky house is filled with extended cousins
         and the aunt who has charge over her. There’s conflict
         between Doris, her aunt, and Lenore – in a family already
         struggling under the weight of poverty, Doris sees Lenore as
         a burden. And so Lenore rarely get
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