Fr. Michael Coleman, Mr. Kato and Myself met at Tsuchiura Church before we went to Ushiku Detention Center. Because I was sick last week i was not able to join them, but today I am feeling great to pay visit to the people detained in the center. When we arrived at the center, as usual, we presented the things we will give to the detainees to the guard for inspection and it took quit a while for there was a good number of requests and letters we received prior that day. When we have secured that every person who sent us letter from the detention center will be getting their daily needs, we proceeded already to meet the detainees to give some time to talk to them. I met two Filipinos again and after knowing a little bit of their background, I was surprised that they had been in Japan for quite a long time. Although they keep on coming in and out of the detention center they keep on fighting with the hope that someday they will realize their dream for their family and love ones. Then, one of the detainees told me that recently, He keeps on reading the bible as source of inspiration and strength but the more he reads the more he gets questions and gets eager to know more. He then told me next time if i will visit them, as I am a brother, they would be very happy if I would share a bit about the word of God to them. They were happy when I said yes. As far as I can give them sharing, clarification and explanation about God`s word I will try my best for them. How moving is it to see them that in their suffering and pain they realize that God accompanies them even by just reading the words from the bible... they may not have Eucharist but the words of God is alive in their midst.
Today, Just like any other past Tuesdays, I went to Ushiku detention center together with Father Michael Coleman sscc and Mr. Kenji Kato. It was a gloomy day, since the whole week it was mostly cloudy and rainy. Sad it maybe, I am always anticipating certain pain upon meeting those who are detentioned in the center. You may not know but they, in any case, are trying to hang on with their lives with hope even if this hope is too fragile. They are from different countries and different nationalities whom by different reasons we're detained. Consequently, they live life minimally and in a way that is very prone to distress and unhealthy emotional disposition. I often believe this thought, but for my surprise, when I went that day and met two Filipino detainees, after listening to their stories and struggles inside the center.. they imprinted a very inspiring message on my heart. Their faith in Christ sustains and gives them hope to take a step each day from their detention cell to see and smile at the light of the sun outside. Even if the light of their future in Japan is flickering just like a dying candle, they, with their personal reasons together with Faith, will face tomorrow day by day with a renewed will to fight and to move forward because they still have the God who never leave them even they are in their worst. I, in my little ways, participate in the mission of God to reach them too. Please let us pray for them.