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By Beth Sabado
The author is a Columban lay missionary working at the Hope Workers’ Center in
Working in the migrant ministry, I get used to all the ‘hellos’ and ‘goodbyes’ from migrant workers coming and going. Before leaving, some share their excitement to be home with their family, their anticipation of playing with their children and handing over their mga pasalubong. Others share their worries and fears, what to do when their little savings will all be spent, how to relate to their children, concerned if the kids would still recognize them, how to deal with an unfaithful spouse, how to handle a sick family member. Others promise not to return. But after a while they’re back again.
Different nationalities, Thais, Vietnamese, Indonesians and Filipinos, gather in the center, especially on Sundays. I work with almost 200 Filipino volunteers, each having a different personality, attitudes, intensity of service and commitment and with varied experiences and struggles.
One of the center’s services is the Reintegration Program, designed by the
As I journey with the migrant workers, I hope and pray that they will have a strong sense of their worth and that their families truly appreciate their sacrifices.
You may email the author at email@example.com or write her at St Columban’s,