Community leaders have been moved by the efforts of Clark and his church stating: “You are the best thing that has happened to us in these very dark days.” Another added: “Thank you, thank you, thank you for not leaving, for not forgetting our people. Thank you for staying with us in this struggle.”
Pastor Clark had two elderly men shout to him as he was leaving a neighborhood, “Señor, usted es Boricua!!” (“You, sir, are Boricua!”) Translated: “You are a true Puerto Rican!” A senior regional government official told Clark last week: “You can’t imagine how deeply you all have touched our community’s heart in these days.”
We may see overzealous politicians taking advantage of storms on the evening news, but where the rubber meets the road is in the neighborhoods of Puerto Rico where Bruce Clark and Trinity Puerto Rico toil each day. Away from the TV cameras and unwilling to give even our reporter too much access because the stories can be too sad, too happy and too deeply personal to cover.