After more than a month going on business in the US, Sister Maria Joseph Ho Ngoc – General Manager of OBV Vietnam House – landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport safely at 12:00 p.m on August 22nd, 2012.
Truly, I didn't want to travel because travelling alone was a new experience which made me feel like a fish out of water. However, I always acknowledge myself as a person who likes discovering and learning new things. I've never dared to think that I would go to The US one day... but now it came true.
Training Workshop is kicked off in the morning, everyone are acquainting with each other.
As scheduled at 5PM on March 21, 2014, the delegation departed to Can Tho for the two-day training of "Parenting Skills". The training location will take place at 'Our Lady Mary' Parish with 50 participants including Catholics and non-Catholics.
The parish had been led by Father Vincent Tho Van Vo - a priest who came from poverty chose the path to God and committed his lifetime to serving others, serving the poor with practical deeds, his own life and in the lyrics, in singing. Yes, he has usually known under the musician Priest nickname Thai Nguyen.
Father Thomas and Mrs. Ngoc Tuyen (The Communications Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Diocese) donated rice to the OBV (One Body Village) organization.
The muggy weather and the intense sun in the past few days drove people not willing to step out of the house. However, there was one priest remained silently driving the motorcycle from one district to another to collect the donation for the unfortunate lives.
Father Thomas lobbied the sponsors giving each box of instant noodles, dried fish, sweet potatoes, sacks of rice, fish sauce, salt, soap ... Father Toma drove all donations by himself to the needy home, the Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Center. Doing the work of a good shepherd silently.
Welcome, Trixy! Visiting the children at OBV home 9th district
Though Ms. Trixy might have felt uneasy for having postponed the date to visit the children, she did have a valid reason, namely chronic pain which has to treated with acupuncture daily. At last she was able to schedule her visit on a weekend, exactly on March 8 – International Women's Day. She even brought the children home-made delicacies: cream puffs, cakes and rice cake with sausage.
"Welcome, welcome hooray ..."
The OBV children in Cambodia joyfully greet the Radio Saigon Houston delegates – Mr. Duong Phuc, Mrs. Thanh Thuy , Mr. Quang Tuyen and Mr. Chau Tran - their visit and communication. After attending the Holy Ash Wednesday Mass with the children, arriving the house, the children welcomed the delegation with an acclaimed song.
Sweltering humid noon but the sunshine smiles on the faces of the hosts as well as the guests.
The OBV organization had never welcomed a such crowded delegation. Usually only Uncle or Mother visited, but today it was special. At the same time, there were Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts in the OBV organization, volunteering spouses Dinh and Thu from Australia, and also Dad and Aunt of the victimized child.
Kelly – holding the wallet – is taking picture with friends at OBV office in Vietnam
In exchanging conversations before the meeting, this guest had been always expressing the eagerness and excitement when coming to see the OBV children, so she had arrived earlier than the schedule. And that was Ms. Kelly and her friends from Canada.
In the Sunday evening of February 23, 2014, the expert, Thinh Phuc Pham, discussed on the topic of "Social Networks within Facebook" at the Counseling Center Bridge To Happiness in the parish Bui Phat belong to Third District with the preliminary introduction of Nun Anh Sao – who had been in charge the youth group of all young children in the parish.
Mr. Bob and Mrs. Betsy along with the OBV Mother, Uncles, and Aunts
Bob and Betsy are parishioners in Father Thong's parish as well as the benefactors of One Body Village organization. During their visit to Vietnam this time, the two had the opportunity to meet with the children at the OBV house in Vietnam. Notified ahead that the couples will dock at Phu My port, the OBV organization in Vietnam had planned a welcoming ceremony. When their driver drove them to the wrong address a few days ago, the program was messed up. Nevertheless, the organization managed quickly to meet them far from the original location ... 120km.
The OBV Vietnam family welcomes Mr. Dinh Binh Tran and Mrs. Thu Lan Tran, a married couple from Australia, who recently stopped by the OBV Vietnam office. We learned that they reserved 10 days of their trip to Vietnam to live and interact with the children of the OBV Vietnam house.
They have many years of experience in the information technology sector and much experience with raising their own wonderful family.
To learn about the course, many attendees left home to the missionary station to attend Mass and the training of "Parenting Skills" at 4 AM on Sunday.
"To meet again", our group departed for the "Parenting Skills" training camp. The destination is Long Xuan Thoi, Can Tho - a missionary station. This trip was very special for me. Before I went, I was informed that people at the travel site are very poor with very limited literacy. After interacting with the local people, my mind had opened to experience a lot more things. In my opinion, local people are not "poor", even "very rich" on the other.
In the morning of Jan 21, 2014, the OBV (Open Body Village) office in Vietnam has welcomed Dr. An Duy Nguyen - President of the Organization - and his wife coming to visit and present the Chinese New Year gifts to all local staffs.
On the occasion, Dr. An Duy Nguyen also had a social meeting with Dr. John and Dr. Thuy Dan's spouse before they boarded the flight to Hanoi to continue their Mission trip in Vietnam.