By Arlenne B. Villahermosa
CLM Arlenne Villahermosa in Myanmar
The author, who is currently the Coordinator of Columban Lay Missionaries – Philippines, has worked as a lay missionary in Korea and Myanmar. She is from Talisay City, Cebu. At their annual meeting last year the Columban Lay Missionaries in the Philippines reflected on these three questions.
- What was it like to leave my family, culture, and country for the first time?
- What about my coming to a ‘new land?’
- As I respond to this calling of being a Columban lay missionary through my ministries, how has this calling been deepened over time?
Family. Relatives. Friends. Relationships. The familiar. A good job. Security. These were the sources of my joy before I joined the Columban Lay Missionaries in 2000 and at the same time the reasons why it was difficult to leave for mission. Ironically, however, these have become the sources of my strength as well and the inspiration to continue. The past has made the present become possible and meaningful.