The missionary group began a fresh day by attending the Mass with the OBV children
After the Mass, the OBV children were subdivided into 3 groups by school age: elementary, middle and highschool. The members of the missionary group were also subdivided into 3 groups and went shopping with the children for new clothes for Chinese New Year festival.
In the afternoon, the missionary group rested in preparation for the overnight flighttonight. Before the flight at 12:00AM, the team accompanied Father Martino to Cho Cau Parish to share on the topic "Sex in Marriage" to local parishioners.
According to the scheduled plan, Mission Trip 2014 will have two missionary days at Can Tho.
During this trip, the delegation had added a family of Mrs. Trang and Mr. Hung who is one of the benefactors of OBV family.
In two hours, the mission trip heads to Cambodia for the second leg of this journey. Will report back later in the day. We have a 6hr bus ride ahead of us!
At bus station on Pham Ngu Lao street!!!
Father Thong, Mother Ngoc and the Mission trip 2014
On the second day of the Mission Trip: the group woke up at 5:00 am like the children, had breakfast. The children went to school, the group visited several places. First, the group stopped by an old house in Cu Chi, everything looked the same but the place was a little wild and cold due to lack of the human presence. This house, if thing works out as planned, will be used for other project.
We're back in Saigon for the next two days. As soon as we returned, we freshened up and went to a convent to hear Fr. Martino introduce OBV to a large group of nuns. They found his stories of fighting sex trafficking fascinating and his bombastic humor entertaining.
1/9/2014 Can Tho
It's 4:30am. Everyone on the mission trip is gradually waking up and packing. We leave for Can Tho at 5a. It's apparently a 3.5-4 hr ride. Part of our visit includes two visits to shelters for the mentally ill, where we'll learn about Fr. Tuan's personal calling and mission to care for those suffering from mental illness.
Two hours into the ride, we stop at a roadside restaurant for breakfast. These roadside restaurants always impress me. They're so well maintained, and the service tends to be better than what we get in the city!
1/8/2014 - OBV Children
It's 6am. We're all up for breakfast with the girls, who are already up, dressed, and full of energy for being so early in the morning. They go to school very early. Oh, and they're still making balloon animals!
1/7/2014 OBV Children
[Jesse] Fr. Martino kicks off the mission trip with a round of introductions.
Fr. Martino leads a daily reflections meeting
At the end of each day of the One Body Village mission trip, Fr. Martino likes to collect the members for a short moment of reflection.
A lot goes on during the day. We're taken to a number of places, some for a few hours, other for only a few minutes. While at a place or on the road, we're constantly hearing stories and taking in loads of information about Fr. Martino, Sister Ngoc, the girls, and the OBV organization in general.
As usual, every year on his "vacation" in January, Father Martino leads a group of young people to Mission Trip. OBV Vietnam welcomes Father and all the Mission Trip members to Vietnam.
In this Mission Trip from 1/8 to 1/19, they will experience the reality of OBV activities in Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore.
OBV Vietnam wish Father good health and the mission trip group will have joy in apostolic commitment.
The night was cold, but everyone's heart was warm with love for the children. I could feel the excitement in the air and it continued to build as the show progressed. There was everything from singing to dancing. I was so impressed by how organized they were, and the wide array of talents. I was also touched knowing that everyone's heart and soul was poured into this benefit concert all for the love of our children.
I am going to Vietnam and Cambodia in January, 2014 for Mission Trip! Today I found an old article and wanted to share. Even though I have work to do for organization, I still spend my spare time at night with young people that I've never met before – just know each other through Internet – to wander with disadvantaged people at nights near Lunar New Year! (Money for "night trip" was my own money not money from organization, so if you have helped OBV, please have peace in mind that your money is used for the right purposes.) You can access to my website to read articles and see pictures of "night trip"! Now, I invite you to accompany in the Lunar New Year's night trip through the narrative of "night rider"
Every year, Father Thong organizes several mission trips. On January 2014, there will be a trip travelling between Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. Each trip will generate a whole new experience. To learn more about them, please read the posted article of last year’s trip:
Compared with my previous trips to Vietnam, this one was different with a special mission – to explore the OBV (One Body Villege) activities as well as visiting its children. For a long time, I had known about Father Thong and the OBV but have not had a formal conversation or official collaboration with them until about four months ago. And I wanted to give my contribution and a strong voice for the organization and the OBV children.
After having heard some of the situations these girls have been through, I truly do begin to count my blessings having been born in America. These children have all become part of us during this short period of time knowing them. They've taught us many things that cannot be learned or taught elsewhere without having been on this mission trip.
Yesterday was the first time I accompanied Father Thong in night "flight" to distribute gifts to street old people. And that night "flight" was successfully organized with love and left everyone's heart warmth.
We gathered at Cathedral Church waiting for Father Thong, and then we were assigned routes. Let's depart!