By Peter James Dyck
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Then he quietly tiptoed from the tiny bedroom. Like most houses of the poor people in Paraguay, this one had two rooms. One was for sleeping. The other was for everything elsecooking, eating, living, entertaining. Pedro washed his face in cold water. Briefly he saw himself reflected in the broken mirror on the wall. His eyes were dark, his hair black. If he didn't always dress in old, poor-fitting clothes, he might be considered good looking. Even handsome. But he always wore the same patched pants, and his shirt had long ago lost both sleeves.
While we continued working on it, many people became interested in it. They asked how they could help. We gratefully told them they could help in two ways. They could pray for the permit. And they could give money for the printing. I told the children in one school that we should pray and print. "When we have done that, we should go ahead and print and pray," I said. " Later, between classes, I overheard a conversation in the hall. One girl asked another which she was going to do, give money to printor pray?
And he thought there wasn't a more beautiful child in the whole village than his little son Juan. One day he would build a better house for his family. One day he might even have a piece of his own land. Yes, one day he might have his own herd of cows. And why not, one day he might even have his own riding horse. There was nothing wrong with dreaming. After a quick breakfast of left-over supper and a cup of black coffee, Pedro peeked into the bedroom once more. He whispered a fond ''adios" to his sleeping family and left the house.