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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.
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.

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.

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