• January 21, 2014

Where simplicity is a virtue -
A Mum’s testimonial

Mr. & Mrs. Robichaux with their daughter and her Thai friends

By Chris Robichaux

My hus­band William and myself have just returned home from a won­derful visit with our daughter Marie Celeste in Bangkok, Thailand. It was won­derful to meet her fellow Heart’s Home vol­un­teers- all amazing young ladies with such gen­erous and loving hearts! And so tal­ented- speaking Thai so com­fort­ably that they can con­sole an anx­ious teen mother, hold the hand of an elderly yai who’s son is in the hos­pital... and then cel­e­brate with the neigh­bor­hood chil­dren! We were in awe!

We attended masses in French, Spanish, English and Thai, and in every church the vol­un­teers were wel­comed like family, and so we were wel­comed as well. My first impres­sion of the poverty of their neigh­bor­hood soon dis­ap­peared as we met more and more of the neigh­bors and spent some time in Klong Toey. Heart’s Home’s min­istry is so simple and yet pro­found - to to be a pres­ence of com­pas­sion in a place where sim­plicity is a virtue.

As par­ents we were struck by how much our daughter has grown in con­fi­dence and pas­sion to do good. We were grateful to see that pas­sion was wel­comed and appre­ci­ated. Klong Toey might be far from home for us, but we felt at home with the Heart’s Home vol­un­teers. What an amazing gift!

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