I was wandering near the hotel where the captain (rev. Nguyen ba Thong) stay, about to buy thing needed for our fly by night trip, while waiting for departure time (10PM) on February 2nd, 2010, suddently my cell phone rang, the person on the other end screaming:
"T return immediately. I am having a heart attack!!"
I immedately rushed back to the hotel worrying if the singer Ha Bao Thu could not find thebag of medicine weighed about a pound belonged to the captain? I wondered if she found the right medicine? Today she cancelled her various performances to follow the captain to fly by day (cooked for the children with Down syndrome in Can Gio) and tonight fly by night! Therefore, we both stay at the hotel with our captain and Dr Quoc, the Eucharistic Youth Group Leader, who the captain took along to Vietnam to take care of the captain!
At that moment, Dr Quoc just left the hotel so Thu called the Dr "Quoc, return immediately, the Father is very sick"
Students, young people from the region and the parish came from four corners of the earth, but were quickly joined together for they shared the same passion and zeal for life through lively games as well as discussion topics.
Today, Fr. Martino, Mother Ngoc, OBV VN staff, and the staff of '5 Thang 2' and 'SPA Thien Y' left the office at 4AM to attend the wedding of an OBV child in Ninh Thuan. Therefore, aunts Thom and Thuy joined the OBV Cambodia staff and the Mission Trip 2015 pariticipants took the children to an outing at Dam Sen Water Park from morning till afternoon.
Every year around January, a Mission trip takes place under the guidance of Father Martino. This year is no exception. The trip took place with much anticipation and enthusiasm from the participants. All participants must have had the heart to love to be able to set aside all their personal plans to participate in this trip.
First day: Everyone gathered to listen, observe, and get a sense for the works of the mission that OBV is pursuing, and complete the required paper work; followed by the introduction, reviewing the agenda and the engagement rules for the trip.
Today we held mass for Vietnamese Labour Workers in KL. Many are working illegally, meaning their visiting Visas have expired. They come from all walks of life looking for a "better" opportunity to support their wives, children, and parents. Father Martino shares his personal struggle with poverty and homelessness and encourages them to keep faith, dignity, and respect for each other and the church. He also shares with them about OBV's mission and asks for their help in informing us about victims of trafficking. After mass, many people disclosed some cases that they knew of that received no help from the Vietnamese Embassy. OBV will help these people and many others like them return to their homeland and families. We are grateful that God has placed us in touch with these people who will the the voice and lending hands to make a difference in the lives of so many struggling Vietnamese people!
Another free morning and afternoon for our group to visit Central Market and Chinatown while the OBV directors conduct their business meeting!
Today we spent the day with Cha Tuan in Can Tho at his "Trai Tam Than" for the mentally unwell. We cooked lunch for the people who live there and learned about Cha Tuan's honorable work. He lives with them, feeds them, teaches them life skills, gives them medicine, and above all, he gives them the love, dignity, and respect when family and society has rejected them.
The Angel God sends to obv family- Her name is Angela - A Ped Nurse from Calvery, Canada
Day 3 - Jan 10, 2015
One big happy family - OBV Cambodia and Vietnam children had a blast today at Dam Sen Waterpark!
It was a good day to go swimming. The kids wore us out! Luckily, they were also good babysitters for my daughter! (Schulz)
Jan 7, 2015 (Day 1)
Preparation for opening mass!! Obv mission trip 2015 is about to begin!! (In picture: Sang Le from USA and sister Thao from Italia!!!)
Amid the cold night in Saigon, Vietnamese New Year's atmosphere filled quiet streets with emptiness along homeless people were wandering. Did you ever accompany them overnight yet?!
For me, a girl had stepped foot onto Saigon for 10 years, and had witnessed the heartache scenes of society that is more specifically where a bustling city is a refuge for those pity people. I wanted to tell you my feelings of overnight accompany. To me, it was incredible significant, and I thought if you were me, then you should experience it once.
Due to my career job schedule, I arrived in Cambodia 2 days later than Mission trip group. Therefore, I only had 12 hours to do my planned works for this trip: the visit of new OBV (One Body Village) open house and together with the group to visit the Vietnamese labor worker site in Cambodia. The meeting of the OBV children and open house visit were in quick process but helped me understand the OBV children's life partially. It made me feel proud that majority of them do well in academic and very obedient, conscious thinking and sharing with others. I wished that they will continue to mature with a positive attitude in life. To that mean, they were taking the opportunities that OBV provides and will take advantage of those to change their lives and their families. The majority of OBV children's families were illegal Vietnamese immigrants in Cambodia. They knew where their native land is but could not go back home because they did not have identity documents and had no money to return home - where intimacy relatives are but the gap in time and wealth made it a virtual distant and unfamiliarity.
1/23/2014 North Vietnam - Sapa
A few of us took a small hike up Hàm Rồng mountain in Sapa. We're having lunch at a local restaurant, and then cha Thanh is taking us to a church for local minority groups in the area.
Group on the road visit Labor Worker site
Time flew by, and today is the last day that Mission trip group farewell Cambodia to continue the journey to Singapore. The flight took off at 3:00PM, so the group took advantage of the final morning period to visit Labor Worker site, and cooked the last intimate meal in Cambodia.
Labor Worker Site - is the ghetto of Vietnamese people who worked as a bricklayer for living in Cambodia. Though, these are not solid decent house but they are only "temporary" housing that assembled from pieces of old bamboo plank, put up by the investors next to towering buildings. The winter is cold and summer is humid.
Our group had arrived and felt a warm atmosphere.