Thursday, June 5, 2008
Pedro Rivera stands beneath a flag of Puerto Rico in front of his house off of Tabor Road. A bansaw sits on a table next to some scraps of wood lying next to his house. Rivera emerges carrying two halogen light bulbs in his hands.
He's been in the country for less than ten years, but the evidence on his lawn is very misleading. Rivera hasn't come here to do home remodeling. He hasn't even come to work with his hands. He's come here to spread the good news.
Rivera is a pastor at the Pentecostal Church El Faro on Front Street in Kensington. He treks down there from Logan almost everyday to preach to his people. "It's mostly Spanish people that come there, but anyone and everyone is welcome. It's a church!" Rivera says.
Rivera was also pastor in Puerto Rico when just under a decade ago, he decided to come and preach in the United States. He says he's not sure why he decided he would come to the states, but Rivera never questions any changes in his life. "If that's the way God wanted it to be, if that's His will, then that's the way it is."
"My life has always been dedicated to God's will. He's been so good to me and my family," he says.