Last Tuesday, I went to the women's prison at Puente Grande to visit my dear ladies there. Esme, Ivonne, Erika and Samantha were all present. My fellow ladies who usually drive together with me, Sheila and Carla, were not able to come. Sheila was not feeling well and Carla had just returned the night before, from being in the United States for several months.
I couldn't cancel this visit due to the importance of my errands.
The first was to deliver the money for a new attorney, who was highly recommended for Esmeralda. Once again, thanks for all of the donations we received that met the required amount for the retainer. The second errand was to deliver two books to the men's prison and into the hands of Gabriel, an inmate and friend of Ivonne and her husband.
Through cards and letters, Ivonne has introduced Gabriel to Esmeralda and they have begun corresponding back and forth, with Ivonne as the messenger between the two. She visits her her husband once a week in the men's prison. Gabriel is a student of the bible and everything theological. When he expressed a desire for Strong's Exhaustive Concordance and Vine's Complete Expository Encyclopedia, the Pastor of Lakeside Presbyterian Church and his wife, donated the two tomes (Spanish versions), to him and I was bringing them to him last Tuesday.
As always, I brought a picnic lunch for us to share on the visitor's terrace. There was macaroni and cheese, carrot sticks and blue cheese dip, lemonade, and some left-over Pavlova, a fruit and custard filled meringue, that was so fantastic I had to share it with my dear ladies, in prison.
After eating our meal , we were notified that the attorney had arrived at the administrative offices for my 1 pm meeting. I said my farewell to the ladies and I met the attorney out in the parking lot, who was on his way out. I gave the attorney the retainer money for a receipt and a little bit of information about the time frame for Esme's case and the possible outcomes. As Esme completes her 10th year in prison without having a sentence, this new Attorney is providing us with new hope.
It is always difficult to visit these friends at Puente Grande, however, by the time I leave I always feel that the visit was a positive inspiration and hope in my life as well as for these needy ladies.
My name is Rebecca Roth. I am an author, poet, artist, and most importantly a doll maker/designer. I live and work in the central highlands of Mexico.