The Image of God among Children of Overseas Filipino Worker Parents

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  • Title: The Image of God among Children of Overseas Filipino Worker Parents: Opportunities for Theology of Migration
  • Author(s): Philip Joseph Sarmiento
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Religion in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Keywords: Image of God, Children, OFW, Theology, Migration
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2154-8633 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8641 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v08i03/1-9
  • Citation: Sarmiento, Philip Joseph . 2018. "The Image of God among Children of Overseas Filipino Worker Parents: Opportunities for Theology of Migration." The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 8 (3): 1-9. doi:10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v08i03/1-9.
  • Extent: 9 pages

Abstract

If parents are not living with their children because of migration, especially in the Asian context, will their children’s image of God be affected? This article aims to highlight the image of God with the stories of four children of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) parents who have not lived with them since childhood. The article employed the see-judge-act method to understand the experiences of the key informants through personal interviews. Their stories show the struggles and difficulties of these children who live away from their parents, and yet they are able to develop their own image of God. Though these children are highly affected by migration, their experiences are rich potential sources for theological reflection on how they make meaning of their situation. Findings of the article present potential opportunities to develop a theology of migration and further discussions on the implications of Christianity in Asia.