A Hopeful Gamble: Living the Faith as Migrant Workers and Transnational Mothers

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This article is based on a qualitative research study involving Filipinas who are both migrant workers in Kuwait; Italy; Hong Kong and Taiwan and mothers of children aged between 0 and 18 years at the time of their departure from the Philippines. The article seeks to answer the following question: how does one’s Christian faith assist women in coping with labour migration and the resulting transnational mothering? In an analysis of data gathered from the participant mothers; the concept of ‘strategising to gain access to a better life’ emerges as central to how the participants navigate transnational mothering as labour migrants. In particular; the participant mothers identify their faith as one of the factors in which they invest. From a theological perspective; such ‘investing in faith’ is interpreted as an integral component of an ongoing spirituality that is hinged on an active relationship with God. On the one hand; their experience of living the faith reveals encountering the sacred in mundane events; amidst the challenges associated with labour migration and transnational mothering. On the other hand; their experience of hopeful gambling attests to the reality of evil or ‘dis-grace’ in the here and now.