The Ecclesiastical District of Paniqui, Tarlac in the Philippines convened the families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in a special gathering held at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Paniqui on March 13, 2022.
The activity sought to provide spiritual guidance and support to the family members of brethren who are migrant Filipino workers, who have to deal with the stress of being away from their loved ones, among other challenges.
Based on studies, families of OFWs face a myriad of challenges caused by the separation of a loved one, especially if the one working away from the family is the father or mother, or in some cases, both. Besides the emotional toll that separation exacts from the members of the household, challenges involve marital issues, behavioral problems in the children of migrant workers, as well as the weakening of the family bond.
Brother Ernesto Tablan, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer, officiated at the occasion. He preached a Bible-based lesson about the role of the family organizations established by the Church Administration in making sure that each Christian family—even those of OFWs—remain solid and, most especially, enjoying God’s blessings. He encouraged them to actively participate in the various activities held regularly by the Buklod, KADIWA, Binhi, and other organizations in the Church. — With reports from INC News Section