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Reflection of Mission Trip

Every year, Father Martino Nguyễn Bá Thông leads mission trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and other Southeast Asia countries (such as Laos, Singapore or Malaysia...) entitled "Lend A Hand." Father Thông reminds all the participants that the purpose of the mission "is not DOING but LEARNING. When you are on the mission you don't do a lot! I want you to open your heart, mind, ears, and eyes to feel, live, listen, see and learn. The DOING begins when you return home to your own country. You can talk about OBV mission and works with passion, so you can be the VOICE and the HAND of the many children being sold and forced into sex exploitation and trafficking!"
Below are some of their reflections.

1/21/2014 North Vietnam

Turns out that our trip to north Vietnam includes Lao Cai and Sapa! It's midnight and we just got into LC (after an 8hr, harrowing drive), off to Sapa at 8am.


There's a reason OBV has come to Lao Cai. Since Lao Cai 1) is less developed relative to the other major metropolitan cities, 2) has poor villages of ethnic minority groups, and 3) borders China, underage trafficking is said to exist here.  Today has been a surreal day.

We met with Fr. Thanh early this morning to learn about his work with impoverished ethnic minority groups in the area.

1/17/2014 Father Martino - Singapore

Dr. John Heffernan and I are on "top of" Singapore!!

Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:33

Daddy, How Big is the Sea?

The daughters of Father and Mother kicked up the smiles

A fondly question that seemed like a joke. But, the children asked very truly, because this was the first time in their lives to see the ocean. The second and third days of our mission trip in Cambodia were going to the Sihanouk beach with the children.

1/15/2014 Cambodia - Sihanouk beach

It's 5:30 am, and we're all ready to take the OBV Cambodia girls to the beach! They were already awake and ready to go looooong before all the adults, they were so excited.

If you think your child doesn't have enough good stuff in their life, one of the OBV Cambodia girls (about 8yrs old) pointed at the swimming pool in front of the hotel we're all staying at for the night and asked Thuy "Is that the beach? Is that where we're swimming?"

Count you blessings, friends.

Sunday, 19 January 2014 02:04

Birthday Party For Father Martino

After the overnight flight, the missionary group has regained strength after a long rest. Everyone gathered to attend a seminar on the topic  "Pedophile" by Dr. Thuy Dan at the hall of Bridge to Happiness Center at the address of 363 Vo Van Tan, Ward 5, District 3.

The January Mission Trip group pose on the bus to mark the start of the Mission trip in 1/2014 was the trip to Cambodia

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:40

Let Flight at Night!

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.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:01

Eating ...Crazy

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.

1/14/2014 Cambodia

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!!!

Sunday, 12 January 2014 02:40

A day with many events


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.

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