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!