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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.
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.

1/11/2014 Saigon

 

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.

Friday, 10 January 2014 21:57

Welcome Mission Trip 2014 Group to Vietnam

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.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 17:40

Overnight Trip


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"

Saturday, 07 December 2013 18:33

On your side, I’m always there

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.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:39

My whole Story About the Trip


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.