There were only eight kids of all ages at our home when Professor Jesse came to teach us how to self-defense. How about the new-coming kids? Who would teach them the martial arts as the other of OBV family members?
All parents felt happy to see we were practicing the moves when they visited their children. One day, Y's father came and uttered surprisingly when he saw his daughter practicing her lesson: "Do you know how to self-defense? Great! Take a fight to see how strong you are (he knows the martial arts well.) He held a mattress and asked Y to take her action. After a couple of minutes, he stopped Y and said proudly "You are so strong!"
As usual, Ms N., the voluntary teacher comes to teach primary children after the dinner. It’s 30 minutes late now and she hasn’t come yet; the children are still waiting for her.
Suddenly the doorbell rings; all the children come out to see her. There appear lots of cakes and candies on her bike; she wants to meet the manager sister right away instead of coming to class. She said “ Could you please allow us to have a party to night because I have prepared everything?”
Then all members of the house gather together to celebrate the party. There’s no ice available in the fridge, so some children takes bikes to go out for buying it. However, Ms N. would like to take care of everything; she immediately rides her bike, buys necessary things and comes back with lots of sweat on her face.
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OBV family praying to Virgin Mary
It was the 1st of January, 2013. It marked the beginning of another year and reminded of the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. The OBV Vietnam home went picking New Year's luck. Before going, we gathered at the altar of Virgin Mary and saints for a prayer. Mother N, then, said "not until today that people start this tradition, Eva was the first ever of men to 'pick new year's luck'. God has blessed Eva and Adam, and given them authority over His creations that they rejoiced in. Though, for disobeying God, the fruits from Eden were ridded of them; the two hid away from God's love. It was such a sad tale of a woman 'picking new year's luck'. But have men learned what 'luck' they've been lacking? I'm telling this story not for the sake of superstition, rather than reminding you to be better aware that as the new year is an important time for all of us we only wish the best for each other, and try to stay clear of mistakes for a good and peaceful year throughout." She quoted a prayer from the readings this morning, O Lord, turn Thy face toward us and give us peace.
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At 12:30 Pm on January 1st, 2011, we departed HCM city on our "Love Connection Journey" to Phuoc Lam parish, Ba Ria, Vung Tau. Journey participants include Father Nguyen Ba Thong, the psychologists, the educators, the medical doctors, and the collaborators of the Bridge to Happiness Center. Our journey departed from HCM city to Phuoc Lam parish, Our Lady of Bai Dau, and our final destination was Lai On parish, Ho Nai, Dong Nai.
Tomorrow is Papa'birthday, and the children of OBV competed to see who could write the most loving tribute to their beloved father. (Some extracts from letters the girls wrote to Father Martino)
"Thank you father, for allowing me to go back to school. I heard mother say that the 13th of January is your birthday. I don't have any presents to give you. During the last exams, I was given a certificate of high achievements. I want to send you my certificate as my birthday present to you. I wish you a happy birthday. I wish you success in all of your work and good health. I promise to always be a good student, to pay off on all the sacrifices that you made for us."
T. lives with her mother and her 89 year old grandmother. Her father passed away, and her sister got married but didn’t keep in touch with her family. T.’s mother works as an assistant bricklayer to make ends meet. She used to be a very healthy child with 50 kilos in weight. Since the terrible incident happened to her, she has lost a lot of weight and now only 25kilos. Even worse, she turns pale, couldn’t sleep and suffers from diabetes. Doctors and nurses instructed her family to inject her with insulin, so they can do this when she is allowed to leave the hospital and back home.
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.