Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Goodbye Juri and Marisol

by Mavic Mercene

Sorry for our silence the previous 4 months.  The silence is only here with our blog and was not due to non-action.  In fact quite the contrary.  There is action but not so many we can share to our viewing followers.  We have posted some thoughts in facebook and that has reached more viewers, friends, and followers alike.

For now, we would like to let you know that two of the Columban Lay Missionaries have ended their mission in the Philippines. They are Juri Park and Marisol Rojas.

Juri Park, with three other Korean women, arrived in the Philippines in April 2011.  She studied Tagalog at the Christian Language Study Center, and had English refresher course at Miriam College.  After language studies, she worked at St. Peter parish in the Diocese of Novaliches until she decided to return to Korea. When Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao was devastated by typhoon Sendong, many of Juri’s friends and relatives back in her native Korea wanted to send help.  Juri facilitated this.  Her biggest concern was the children, those who were displaced, those who lost their homes and temporarily lost the chance to go back to school.  Her family and friends in Korea sent notebooks, drawing pens, pencils and books.  Although she met some obstacles at the Bureau of Customs here, she persevered and found a way to send the much needed materials to the school children of Cagayan de Oro.   She was happy when she received the news that the school materials arrived safely and been distributed to the children.

Marisol Rojas, a Peruvian national, came to the Philippines in December 2007.  She was assigned in Cagayan de Oro and worked with children with special needs.  Read here Marisol's reflection. 

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