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Hi, my name is Clare. I am 14-years-old. My grandpa on my mom’s side was the first one to come to America. He was a priest and I believe he was doing a mission here, so he was able to emigrate here. Later my grandma followed him to America so they could stay here longer and enjoy the blessings in America. I’m not so sure about that, because at the beginning it was a real struggle for them because of the culture and language, but it was necessary that they came here for my grandpa.

A few years later, my mom wanted to join her parents in America and work as a nurse. My grandparents worked really hard to get my mom to America. However, my mom fell in love in the Philippines, so she waited for my dad until they both were able to come to America. My dad worked on a ship before they went to America. It was a really good job with better pay compared to other jobs but it was still very hard to live. My mom had to wait for a little while, but they were able to accomplish their dream and come to America. They both worked hard and went to school to become registered nurses. Then my brother and I were born; we are twins. My parents kept working hard and bought a house where we live with my grandparents. This country helped my grandparents, my parents, and now me accomplish our dreams. It wasn’t easy, but they never gave up. They wouldn’t have been able to accomplish their dreams in the Philippines; things are so different and so hard there.

Welcome. Clare’s family’s migration journey began with a call to mission but led to three generations of family accomplishing their dreams. Consider ways you can reach out to new immigrants, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and international students in your community and assist them as they adjust to life in their new community.

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