CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 September 2018

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My first problem as a migrant worker

The first problem I encountered as an overseas worker was being away from my children. But for their better future, I have to be strong and be firm in my decision. Facing it in a way is too difficult for me, but I need to. I just hope and believe that all of this will be paid off seeing my children march on stage at their graduation. This is the least I can do for them as a mother.

I have learned to accept that life is full of hope. I just need to keep going if I want to reach a certain spot where I can find fulfillment at the end. I may not be the best mother to them, but I think I give them the best I have. If only I had a choice, I would choose to be with them.

 —Harriet Esteves

 

The first problem I encountered as an overseas worker was the betrayal of my husband. He had an affair with another woman, which made me so depressed and confused. I once thought of going home, but I just held on to my work until my contract ended. Over one year, I had no communication with my husband. But I kept him in my daily prayer.

By God’s grace now my husband and I are together again happily.

I once had regrets about working overseas, because I experienced a broken relationship. But now I have no more regrets, because my family has already understood my sacrifice for them. I also learned that frequent communication with our family is the only tool to keep the love and care for each other while away from home.

 —Ana Victoria Toledo

 

The first problem I encountered as an overseas worker was the Chinese culture. I need to practice my English so that I will have a good communication with my employer. I learned to read more English books and adopt their culture.

I had little regrets as a mother even though I need to leave my daughter, because I have a big dream for her and my family. I need to sacrifice for their own good.

 — Cindy Solangon 

 

As an overseas worker, it is always difficult to be out of reach of your love ones. It is always a dream of every overseas worker, to be with their families, but circumstances sometimes prevent us from having it all. I don’t regret going abroad, because the Lord released me from financial distress and my family is in a better position now so that we can explore our dreams and aspirations.

Being in the community with my fellow overseas workers has made me realise that this may be part of God’s plan to make me an instrument to reach out to others and let them know that there is a supreme being who cares and loves us.

 

 — Christopher Bautista