Edwin unbuttons his shirt. His opened collar reveals his tattoo with the name of his former gang, Eighteen.
Edwin is carrying a speaker to go preaching in a public square.
Tuesday, Edwin is preaching in a rehabilitation center for drug addict and alcoholics where sometimes he brings gang members to help them to change and to convert them.
In 2009, Edwin was shot three times. He still have the bullets, one of them just over the collarbone.
Edwin is preaching in his church near the place he lives in a car park in San Salvador center. “I met people from whom I asked for forgiveness, a painful forgiveness. To whom I told what I did to their families. In name of Jesus Christ, I beg their forgiveness. Their eyes revolving, they were kept to do something! They could not because there was a divine power that fight for the forgiveness.”
At the entrance of the parking where Edwin lives, a painting says: "Call me and I will answer you". Before converting, Edwin was living just in front of the car park. On July 13, 2010, Edwin’s life changed. After what he identifies as “an encounter with Jesus Christ who put fear in [his] heart”, Edwin left his major strong commitment with the gang and the wealth his social status gave him. He converted to Evangelical Protestantism to dedicate heart and soul to predicate.
Notebook of Edwin.
Edwin is helping a car to park in the place where he lives and where is his church. On the wall, a banner says: “Exodus 20:13. You shall not murder”. He explains he survives only thanks to some donations and with the few income to manage with two others “brothers” the car park area. He dedicates the rest of his time to God, beginning the day praying at one o’clock in the morning.
At the left side, on the floor, Edwin is praying at the evangelical church that received him in 2010 when he decided to leave the gang after an “encounter with Jesus Christ who put fear in [his] heart”.
While he is going to the rehabilitation center where he will preach, Edwin meets and greets a policeman he knows in a street of San Salvador center.
At the entrance of his room, Edwin is calling his cat under the suspiciously watchful eye of his dog. Edwin shares this unsanitary area with 5 others people, between them two children. The room is located in the car park area where he works and just in front of the building where he was living before July 13, 2010, the day he converted to Christianity.