When Christmas comes, everybody is busy of year-end work; and I got a chance to prepare Christmas celebration with OBV children, hurried yet filled with joy. From this surprise to another one that made me amazed: at first elementary students themselves practiced the dancing act, and then singing in English and Vietnamese – what angelic singing voices! I once thought elder children were shy of practicing the first line of the song, but after a couple of days, they performed confidently, which surprised me much.
I am Nguyen Thi T., a management staff at OBV house in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. I have just taken this job for two weeks; and with the responsibility of a managing staff, I live together with OBV family. Even though time is not long enough to live and feel, I soon get familiar with this house which I see my new family.
A dance routine on Christmas Eve
Christmas – the season of love. The children this year had an extremely fun and meaningful Christmas. To welcome Baby Jesus, the children gathered to decorate the house, turning it into a festive and bright creation. Setting up the Nativity scene and Christmas tree was the highlight for the girls, which each girl admiring their handiwork to the point they forget about dinner time! This year, the children also put on a show with dances and skits for the local church. Eagerly they rehearsed their routines to perfection.
His work calendar is always maxed out, yet the Parish Priest was able to squeeze in Christmas dinner with the girls. This year has been a most memorable and meaningful year for the girls. The older girls went to confession and received the holy communion for the first time. One of the younger children, although only newly baptized was extremely eager to learn more about the Catholic teachings. This past November, she received second prize for a contest titled 'I study the bible' across the dioceses of Phnom Penh.
On December 12th, 2012, One Body Village Vietnam was very honor to welcome Sister Mary - sister of St. Francis of Assisi of Singapore and Sister Anna – who has worked in Malaysia. The difference in language was not able to hinder the interesting conversation in that day. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the interpreting of Sister Anna, Sister Mary shared and conversed enthusiastically and sentimentally with unfortunate children. Sisters not only deeply cared their habits and their dreams but also encouraged all children in studying and working hard for the promising future.
We appreciate Sister Mary and Sister Anna for your useful advice and for your visiting. We are looking forward to seeing Sistera again in the near future.
One Body Village Vietnam
Translated by Duyen Nguyễn. Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Chào Soeur, Soeur vừa đến"
An old article...
"Have you ever thought that both of you are Kinh people but you can't understand the other's language?". This question was asked to start a seminar about the topic love before marriage in the apartment area at Thanh Loc Ward, District 12 with the audience of about 200 workers. The seminar was held by The Worker Department-Ho Chi Minh City Communist Youth Union, cooperated with the Bridge to Happiness Center (Trung Tâm Nhịp Cầu Hạnh Phúc) on May 25th, 2012.The speakers were Ms. Pham Thi Thuy (National Academy of Public Administration) and Father. Nguyen Ba Thong.
Up to now so many volunteers have come to OBV family to help the children. However, the fact that they live in a very faraway location of a new district causes lots of inconveniences of time and place. That’s why many volunteers can’t go on and might give up.
Da Nang – The beautiful city welcomed us by a mild sunny day, took this chance, we had a short city tour to discover the people, the land here. We were surprised because of the well-organized city it is. And we had the same feeling when we arrived Tran Quang Khai secondary school, Hoa Vang, Da Nang.
The students in grade 8th and 9th have very good knowledge about the genders, general understanding about their body, and how to protect themselves, the students were interested with the information we provided. With some of them, we believed the stories we shared, they had heard, discussed before but they had not yet had a chance to meet in person with a specialist and listened to the sharing straight forward like this.
The boys and girls who are in the teenages have so many naughty tricks made us struggled sometimes, but once we started with the serious issues they listened very carefully, because they understood that kind of information is important for them.