• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 09:12

Fr Toub returns to Thailand, thankful for lessons on God, faith & life

 

Toub with widow and family2 550After 20 months being separated from his missionary assignment due to COVID border closures, Fr Toub Anisong Chanthavong SVD is set to return to Thailand with a thankful heart in September.

Fr Toub took the short trip from Thailand to Laos in December 2019 for three months of home leave with his family, but the worldwide pandemic prevented him from returning to his ministry for almost two years.

Fr Toub had been set to take up a new parish assignment as assistant priest in Ban Dung, Thailand upon his return from home leave, but instead, he kept himself busy in various forms of ministry and service in Laos.

“I came to Laos for home leave and planned to stay at home for three months while also waiting for a working visa in Thailand,” he says. “And then everything changed. The virus broke out and the borders were closed.”

Fr Toub, who is the SVD’s first priest to come from Laos, had a little money with him, from the time of his ordination in Australia and shared it with a local widow by building a new shelter for her to sleep in after her husband passed away.

“The poor helps the poorest,” he says.

“I also conducted retreats for the seminarians and the sisters here and I’ve been looking for donors to donate rice to the poor communities during the pandemic.

“It keeps me busy and I feel rewarded.”

More recently, Fr Toub has built another house for an extremely poor family, using his personal funds and some donations from friends of the SVD.

He has also shared his personal allowance with the sick and the poor who he visits regularly.

Fr Toub says he is looking forward to returning to Thailand and to assisting in parish ministry following his period in hotel quarantine.

“I am looking forward to returning to Thailand continuing to journey in faith with the faithful where I have been posted,” he says.

“And also, to discover our brothers and sisters who have different faith backgrounds.”

Fr Toub says his many months of waiting have taught him much about God, faith and life.

“I realise that I need a lot of patience,” he says.

“And it was a good opportunity to reflect on God’s plan for me.”

PHOTO: Fr Toub pictured with a widow and her family and the home he built for her while on 'extended' home-leave in Laos during the COVID pandemic.

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