After Britain, Val and Fong moved to Dasol, Pangasinan. They welcomed their first child in June 1996. In July of the following year, another child blessed their family. Fong found work in a local high school. Although Val had a chance to work as a seafarer having studied associate in marine engineering, he decided against leaving his young family. Instead, he set up his own business fabricating steel windows, gates and doors. And all these times, they never stopped wishing that one day they will still realize their dream of becoming missionaries. Sometime in July 1998, they sent Columban Lay Mission coordinator Fr. Michael McGuire a letter inquiring about the possibility of their family joining the Columban Lay Mission once again. They could have not been more delighted when Fr. McGuire replied and expressed a possibility indeed of their joining the orientation program. After several meetings with Fr. McGuire, the young family of Val and Fong were invited once again to join the orientation program. They returned to the CLM house in September 1998 and became part of RP8, the 8th team of Filipino lay missionaries in orientation.
|Val and Fong with daughters Diana and Julea|
|Fong with three daughters Marie, Diana, and Julea|
Thank you Fong for your wonderful visit. Thank you for coming home.