Canton translator loves giving others ‘a light of hope’

When Miguel Santiesteban moved to the US four years ago from Barranquilla, Colombia, he learned firsthand what it was like to be immersed in a culture that speaks a different language. But his godmother started bringing him to MUST when she came to volunteer. Now Miguel is giving back by translating for Spanish-speaking MUST clients!

Miguel Santiestaban 170926Serving at MUST helped Miguel learn English, and when he turned 18, he started volunteering himself. A student at Kennesaw State University, Miguel works the front desk at MUST’s Cherokee Program Center on Fridays during the school year. He answers questions for Spanish-speaking visitors and helps them fill out necessary forms.

Miguel says he loves helping others and knows how much of a difference it makes.

Spanish-speaking clients can open up much more about their needs when interacting with someone who speaks their language. It allows them to feel better about receiving help when they can be specific and elaborate beyond the few English words they know.

“You can be the bridge to help them understand the process and give them a light of hope,” Miguel says.

Miguel also helped pack lunches for the Summer Lunch program at North Metro Church in Marietta. This past summer, he interned at FOX 5 Atlanta, the television media sponsor for Summer Lunch.

You can make a huge difference in someone’s life by volunteering. To learn about the many places and ways to serve others at MUST, visit

Emily Varnum is a Kennesaw State University student and former MUST Ministries intern.


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