At the end of last semester the Ranong community finally welcomed Br Arnold back from Bangkok, where he had been undertaking some intensive Thai language training. Br Arnold is now based primarily at the Marist Education Centre.
My name is Arnold P. Garferio. I come from the Philippines. I am a temporary professed member of the Society of Mary, and will be here in Ranong for two years for my Marist Mission Experience. I was so happy when I arrived here last June because the community is so welcoming and the Marist spirit is truly alive in each person. I haven’t encountered many difficulties in adjusting myself to the new environment with a different culture and languages. This is because my fellow Marists are here who extend their support to me. Aside from that, the staff, both Thai and Burmese, are good and kind to me.
For the past six months, I have been in Bangkok learning Thai language, and am now back in Ranong to do my apostolate. Learning the language has been a big challenge for me but I still enjoy learning it. I always think of the Burmese migrants as a source of my inspiration in learning the language.
I pray that my mission experience here in Ranong strengthens my Marist vocation and commitment to the society. I also hope that in two years time I can speak Thai better. Korp khūn khrap.