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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:52

Father Nguyen Ba Thong: Is my love desolate?

Is my love desolate?

As usual, in January every year, Father Nguyen Ba Thong has a month for "resting in busy" in Vietnam. It is called "rest" as he can rest from his mission of serving God's in the U.S. It is called "busy" as he spends this little time coming and sharing with many people who need his "one voice, one hand" in Vietnam.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:00


Journal – first day in Viet Nam!

I'm very joyful for today. I landed in Viet Nam around midnight last night. Tossing and turning all night for I couldn't sleep. 3 am, I wandered around the Ben Thanh plaza and met a man selling corn on the cob from Thai Binh. We shared a conversation about his hometown and family for almost two hours. I ate three corns. He charged me nine thousands in Viet Nam dong (about 50 cents in US dollar). I felt guilty for taking so much of his time. I offered him another 50 thousands in Viet Nam dong. He refused, indicating that he wouldn't be able to sell anything at this hour anyway, and he's delighted with our conversation for it shed him some warmth. But I insisted, for his kids. He accepted with much gratitude. He said, "I came into the South selling corn for 10 years now, and just today there is someone willingly join me for a small talk and even give me money." I was not sure how grateful he was, but I felt much joy. Thank you my brother, and thanks be to God.

Friday, 31 May 2013 17:53

Day 7 - 8: Mission trip in Singapore

Mission trip group in Singapore

Fourteen years ago. This was the last time I was in Singapore. Singapore is, for lack of a better term, different. It's much cleaner than Vietnam and Cambodia, but that seems to come with a few minor flaws to the country. 

Making friends with Vietnamese children in Cambodia

Today on the second day of Cambodia we got to go visit the Vietnamese village, that is a group of about 14 families living very close together. One thing that I really like about the visiting is that it totally opened my eyes to see a completely different world from the world. I am living in right now. 

Mission trip group with Vietnamese workers in Cambodia

I found the idea of going to a rustic village in the middle of nowhere is unappealing from the start; however, the village was worth the travel.  Even though, the village houses were extensively cluttered, it only made the villagers closer to one another.  In addition, the houses were divided merely by wooden sticks and plastic papering.  Nevertheless, the relationships between the villagers are strong.  It truly displays what OBV Stands for.  One Body Village originated from the idea that it takes a village to raise a child.  In this village, the villagers help one another for the better of the village.  Together, they cook, eat, and live with one another-which is what a true village does.


Mission trip group with Vietnamese children in Cambodia

We arrived to Cambodia after a very long ride. The heat here is already different. I couldn't wait to meet the OBV kids here so we took tuk tuk to go to the hotel. We checked in very fast and and not waiting any longer we took the tuk tuk again to go straight to OBV House.

Mission trip group visit Vietnamese village in Cambodia

Cambodia is country that suprised me, its beyond my expectation. I came to Cambodia as a mission trip, concluding 6 other missioner. As soon as we crossed the border this morning, we went check  in at the hotel with my group. After that, we went visited this small village at Kòm Pung Đo Areysak. Its a small village that Vietnamese property live, very poor Vietnamese. As I walked along with the all other missioner, we gets to learn about the historical story about the village and how it starts.

Sunday, 14 April 2013 17:00

Boat and Sea

Daddy Thong, OBV children and the Volunteers frolicking on the beach


Dear Daddy and the volunteers,


After the trip, Mom N. told us to write a reflection. Actually we were afraid of doing this not because we didn’t have any feelings but we had too much feelings that we didn’t know how to write. Daddy and Mom, please don’t laugh at us when reading this.


Daddy, you are very busy with your business but you didn’t forget your promise with us six months ago. You said you would take us to the beach on holiday. This time you came home with the volunteers and brought us lots of love and happiness. We couldn’t say anything but thank you all.

Monday, 25 March 2013 17:04

Life lessons

Here we are at the central market in Phomn Penh. Father Martino is taking M., D., and G., to Singapore the following day on January 20th to have paperwork done in order to facilitate their potential future studies in the USA. It would be their first time in Cambodia, first time on a plane, first time in a big, beautiful city like Singapore. Life wasn't always so grand and spectacular for these girls.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 16:57

Kilometre 11

Buying sex with a 12-year-old girl in Cambodia takes less time and effort than paying for a telephone bill. For $1 USD, a shady motorbike will take you on a 20 minute ride up the haphazard highway north of Phnom Penh to the dark and grim village of Svay Pak. Also known as Kilometre 11 or K11 (11 kilometers from Phnom Penh), Svay Pak is internationally famous for its tainted collection of shanties, brothels, and karaoke bars that exploit young Vietnamese and Cambodian women, and children as young as five

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