All in the Same Boat
By Lenette Toledo
To understand their reality I have to dig deeper into their history of being oppressed. There are so many factors that contribute to how and why they behave the way they do, and I cannot help but join them in their resentment and sorrow of being deprived of their right to speak for so long. Some of them are orphans or are separated from their parents because of civil war. Each has his own sad story to tell. Motivating them to use their personal experience to achieve what they really set out to achieve is important. They need somebody who can listen and understand them without judgment.
I think at this time, they feel that I care deeply for them because even if there's only one that will turn up, they know that I will always be there waiting for them and am not willing to give up on them. I often think of the image of the compassionate God who never abandons His people, and as a missionary I continue to live out and be a witness to His compassion. I tell them that learning is a life time process and like them, I too am learning from them everyday, so we are all in the same boat sailing on the ocean of life.Lenette Toledo, from Sultan Kudarat, was assigned in Ireland from 2008 until 2014. She now serves in Myanmar helping in the curia office of the Diocese of Banmaw (also spelt as Bhamo).