Giving them freedom through education

David (L) with fellow seminarians Daniel and NIno, and with the youth of one of the camps.

David (L) with fellow seminarians Daniel and NIno, and with the youth of one of the camps.

I really enjoyed my time in Thailand – ‘the country of the smile’.

After a time of retreat in Chiang Mai, I arrived in Ranong with a big desire to share and show the love of God among the Burmese Migrants.

My time with Marist Mission Ranong made me feel that I really needed to do something. I need to share all that I have and the gifts that I have.

One of the biggest parts of my journey as a Marist volunteer with Marist Mission Ranong was the time I spent in the refugee camps.

Being with the people there, and especially the young people, my soul asked me to be

  • deeply involved with the poor
  • those that do not have a voice
  • those that do not have freedom.

Only with freedom can people really have a voice. And only with a voice they can have a dream to continue their lives.

I realised I could help these people with my voice and my freedom! And I hope I can do this deeply in the future.

This experience of service and love in Thailand with Marist Mission Ranong has encouraged me as I choose to make my final profession as a Marist. Thanks to the community and team at Marist Mission Ranong!

David Sanchez’