Venezuela - Carnival Stories
On one occasion, we had hats to distribute to some of the adults. Some desired to have hats for each of their children and there were simply not enough. A couple of adults, a lady and a man, became aggressive toward Ed Yarbrough and Cindy Rice. I came into the area in order to provide a stabalizing presence and things were relatively calm. The man who had caused trouble at one point walked past me and nodded his head in, what to me appeared to be, concession. During this ordeal, a vendor of cups of homemade frozen fruit pushed his cart into the street where we were holding the clinic/carnival. Both of the former aggressors, one at a time, went to the vendor, obtained a fruit cup each and presented them one to Ed and the other to Cindy. Recognizeing them as peace offerings, Ed and Cindy desired to honor this by eating them. However, because the water there is not clean, they were hesitant to even take a bite. Nevertheless, in the interest of reconciliation, they took a few token bites and walked to the bus to discard the rest. Fortunately, they didn't get sick.
One of the clinics/carnivals was blessed with the presence of a beautiful pair of identical twins who had some sort of congenital handicap. One could walk, but was a little gimpy. The other required the use of a walker to ambulate. I'm told they went to the clinic, but there is nothing we could do for them. They enjoyed the carnival and were decorated with face paint, nail polish, bracelets, balloons, braids and hair clips. The most important gift came during the dance. Janine Bowman picked up the twin who needed the walker and danced with her.