Group picture before the “flight”
One of the many activities of the mission trip “Lend a Hand” 2012 is the “night flight” especially created for Vietnamese who live in the United States. Besides the opportunity to see the reality and the secrets of the streets of Saigon at night, they could also bring a little joy to people living in poverty or homeless for the New Year. This is a reaction from one of the participants from that night:
In this spinning pace of life to make money for food and shelter, have you ever stopped to listen to other people?
We were strolling on the streets of Saigon around 3 AM after the “flight”. Saigon was sleeping at this time; all of the stores were closed. There were still some people but all of the sounds, noises and dust have calmed down and give way for some fresh air and quiet environment to take over the streets. We exchanged our thoughts and feelings about the flight as we were walking. The excitement of sharing some gifts with people was still visible on our faces.
Father Martino with OBV's children
"As usual from previous day, the children came by the hotel to had breakfast with us. Then we all took the children shopping to prepare for the new years. They all had something in mind that they want to buy stuff stuff either for themselves or for others such as their family, friends, or even for themselves. I was supper surprised as to the amount of kids that actually thought about their parent first and sisters. Knowing that bring tears to my eyes.
Father Martino with children in Cambodia
"The trip to Cambodia was an eye opening experience. I would like to call it the "ugly truth" about reality, but however, we all have to accept what God had created for us. First of, I want to recall many memorable moments that I had encounter on this trip. It is when we meet up with Thầy Tùng and was taken to the village where he help to educate the younger kids, their age range around couple months old to 15 years n older. These kids are recuser kids from the street, whom are very unfortunate that they lost everything, especially their parent and home.
Father Martino, Dr. Nga Vu and volunteers in Mission trip 2012
Every year, Father Martino leads many mission trips entitles “Lend a Hand” - This year the trip began on Jan 3 and ended on January 15, 2012! There were 13 young professionals from US and Canada – paid their own way and took their two week vacations to be on the trip – including three members of One Body Village’s Board of Directors. Nga Vu, MD; Young Hoang, PhD; and Pham Tiffany, MSW! Father Martino continuously repeated the purpose of the mission: “When you are on the mission with me – you don’t do a lot!! I want you to open yourselves, watch, listen, see and learn! The DOINGS begin when you return to the US!” so you can talk about it and do with passion, to be the VOICE and the HAND of these children being sold/forced into sex slavery!
Mission trip 2012
Do you have a loving heart? Are you a dynamic and compassionate person?
Do you want to be a contributing member to society? Do you want to help those in need but do not know where to start due to your limitations?
Do you want to spend your time meaningfully?
If so, journey with One Body Village on this "LEND A HAND" mission.
For this beautiful Sunday: After the rock ‘n roll night..... For the morning, chu Thong has given me the opportunity to assist his interview for the position of "Director of OBV for Viet Nam", and the afternoon will be the 2nd presentation "Tinh bo vo" of chu Thong @ GX Tong Viet Buong. I guesstoday is the day which we have the least number of activities, but that doesn't mean that it will be easier or an opportunity to relax. Hummm...I feel like there will not be a lot of stuffs to write about ... hahahah ... well...let's see !!!
Journal of mission trip in VN - Summer 2010
(by Huynh Ngoc Tri / v1.4)
Today gonna be a “fully-loaded” day. We will visit Bến Tre the whole day and at night chú Thông will deliver his brand-new discussion “Tình Bơ Vơ” at Cho Cau.
- The main course of this morning is coffee shops @ Quan Sao + Windows 4. Why at these places ??
The goal was to spot "working-girls". Yes...I'm serious, that was chu Thong's assignement for me and Hoa. I was excited. Chu Thong's works turn around this world: wanna get in, got know the doors, thatz all. Maybe you, the readers, are shocked, but well, if you are on this webpage, you know chu Thong's work. If you are still in shock...well you may leave...
The main course of this day of May is a "handwork" session @ Xuan Loc, childhood home town of chu Thong. The team : chu Thong, chu Thong's aunt, Khoa, Liem, Tu (4), Duc, Hoa and mini-self-of-me.
This was my first trip to Cambodia where you can find thousands of children who are sold and brought here to become sex slaves. We go as a group of 6 people: Father Martino, 2 young brother and sister who are Cambodian but live in Vietnam, a singer, an electrical engineer, and me. The goal of the trip is to learn about Cambodia in person. The bus departed at 7:00 am from Saigon to Phnom Penh. Right after going across the border gate of Moc Bai, there are around 10 fancy casinos popping up from nowhere. Continuing with the next couple miles, there are few houses and restaurants for travelers to stop by and eat. The more you go away the border, the further houses are far away from each other. Houses are built right off the high way, nothing behind them but wild fields. This proves that those casinos are not for local people, but actually for rich people from Vietnam. The simple reason is that gambling is prohibited by Vietnam Law.
Journal of mission trip in VN - Summer 2010
(by Huynh Ngoc Tri / 26052010 v1.0)
The program of the morning is "Approaching skills". This reminds me of "Spy Game", one of my favorite spy-counter-intelligence movies, with 2 lady-heartbreakers of Hollywood, Robert Redford and Brad Pitts. The test subjects are students of Dai Hoc Nhan Van (Humainites University and the majority is obviously female). The goal is getting along and learning about the normal lives of university students in Saigon.
Hoa and me, will be playing the role of 2 young columnists, researchers from abroad, writing about the difference of "nuoc mam" (vietnamese) students in Vietnam and elsewhere. We are endorsed by our supervisor, the super handsome young rich and famous chu Thong.
Words from Fr. Martino (Chú Thông) - These writtings are from the Participants and posted UN-editied as I allow their feelings flow! This one is written by Tri - a Electrical Engineering from Canada!
- I met the welcoming team at the airport: Thao (chu Thong's niece), a PhD of education, a policeman, Thanh, Tram and Hoa. "Chu Thong" arrived at Tan Son Nhat around 10:45pm. We stopped by the hotel, the Thanh Long Tan Hotel, near cho*. Ben Thanh. Below are the few things we did right after his landing. We spent most of the time outside, around the area to learn about the "characteristics" of the corner:
- "An khuya", late supper, at a Singapore restaurent, The Lion... The food: "chao ech", frog porride, not bad at all. The place is pretty clean, the interior design is simple, good taste, the assembly is okido.
After the late supper, chu Thong decide to "drive" Hoa and me around the corner to learn about the strategic environment of the hotel.