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A 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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