Welcome to the Family
How have we welcomed the migrant in our midst? Do we hurry by? Or do we stop to get to know them?
Fhely came to Singapore when she was merely 23 years old to work, in order to be able to provide for her family back at home in the Philippines. She carried with her sadness as she bid farewell to her family at the airport… it was difficult to have to live apart from her loved ones.
God, in His goodness, placed her with the Chua family who welcomed and loved her like family – as she did with them too. The sentiments between the Chua family and Fhely are not so much of employee-employer ties, but one of mother-daughter and sister-to-sister. In fact, it was Fhely who brought Winnie into the Church, and who in turn took on the role of being her Godmother.
“If you treat someone as foreign person in your house, they will forever be foreign. But if you treat someone like family, I think in turn they will also appreciate and feel like they are a part of the family.”
The migrants in our midst are our brothers and sisters, and they are part of our human family. To welcome is a kind and generous reception of guests and strangers. It is hospitality of the heart. For Jesus said: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)