Love is chain reaction!
"Love is chain reaction.” Upon learning about One Body Village, Mary Dinh, a Vietnamese Canadian, asked her son’s teacher, Sister Connie, from the Congregation of Lovers of the Holy Cross, to visit and contribute a small donation along with prayers on her upcoming trip to Vietnam.
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2011 2:04 AM
Subject: OBV Volunteer
Hi. I saw on the OBV website that volunteers are needed to provide psychotherapy for the children. How do I get involved in this project?
To: Father Martino Nguyen
Chao Cha Thong,
You must be kidding me! I just landed in Vietnam for an emerengcy problem!It is sadden that Ii have to go to Vietnam for only 3 days! But your email cheers me up!! It is worth the sacrifice!!I will contact you when I get back to the USA. I used to live in Chicago too! Yes we will do one event at Furama restaurant!!
Ca Sĩ Như Loan thăm các em Nhà OBV
We visited an orphanage in Saigon that shelters young girls who run away after being sold into sex slavery. When I first heard of One Body Village (OBV) I was not sure how I felt. A part of me was horrified that this kind of thing still exists in our world today; another part of me was eager to meet these kids, as I am sure they are no different from me. It made me think of my daughter and wonder why them and not us? Instantly I felt grateful for my life and I was inspired to help in whatever way I could.
From: vinh du [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: volunteer for one body village
Hi Father Martino,
My name is Vinh. I spoke to your briefly during one of the breaks and at the end of the retreat. I am very motivated and interested in supporting your organization One Body Village. Again, I want to be a voice for these women and children. I am going to do a 5 minutes presentation at my work place about human sex trafficking. May I ask you to send me more information and facts about sex slavery? For instance, estimation of numbers of children sold everyday. I am going to base my presentation on the many ways we can make a difference. Do you know how or if we can obtain a receipt of our donation to write of some taxes for this year? Anyhow, it was a god blessing to meet you and briefly learn about one body village. Thank you Father Martino for taking your time to come to the Northwest and share god's words with us. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help out. I know you lectured us on how guys love to make promises and break them but I would like to make one promise to god. I will "be a voice" for these victims of human sex slavery.
From: Pastor Valentino Marquez [**********@valentinomarquez.com]
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 11:06 AM
Subject: On your Heart to Heart interview with Kristine Sa
Blessings to you Father Martino,
I just got through watching your interview with Kristine Sa and I know it is not easy to have to hold back from taking action against the pedophiles as you explained when you found one of the baby rapers in the restaurant.
I am a Pastor of a global ministry and i know how hard it is to have to hold back because of the image that we have to display. I travel to many countries to preach and teach so i just ordered on the shirts that i will wear when I am in the different cities and countries that i visit.
I lift you up in prayer and for protection over your life
May the peace of Yahweh continue to reign abundantly over your life.
Pastor Valentino Z. Marquez
A lunch at OBV House
(A reflection of a volunteer, after spending half day in OBV House.)
I was so honored to be invited in the role of OBV house-managment when the manager and the two others vice-managers were busy. Although I am the seniority volunteer of OBV House, I must sign in a stack of papers to ensure that everything should be ok. So excited, I was there early!
You got mail! What can I expect at this hour as I'm about to depart for my "mission" in Taiwan? My body is flushed and I could barely walk yet my every move is being preyed. Life and death seems to be separated by a very thin line. And these mails, what can I say? I'm honored, surprised and humbled! These letters couldn’t come in at a better time. They dissolved my anguish and fueled me with triumph. What are these mails about? They are nominations from people who think I should be chosen for the Grinnell College’s Exceptional Young Innovators for Social Justice!
Upon hearing praise like that, of course you will say that such thing does not exist. It is nothing less than flattering only. But when I met person be praised, I felt that it was a true compliment and the receiver definitely deserved the recognition.
Here is an email form M.L. - an Association of OBV. After being along with OBV, she shared her feeling.....
From: Mai Ly
Respect Life Day was on Sunday October 3rd, 2010 this year. It also happened that the "Not For Sale" Awareness Event at Hoa Bien Restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota, hosted by Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong was held on the same day.
Linda Hoang – a young adult from Silver Spring, MD walked on behalf of OBV – and here is here short sharing!
From: linda hoang [mailto:[email protected]..................]
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:45 AM
To: Lm Martino Nguyen Ba Thong
Walking down Constitution, slowly approaching 20th Street, the sea of red shirts overcomes the Mall in D.C. There are people of all colors, all ages, all genders united for one sole cause… the abolishment of modern slavery across the world. The air at first was solemn but as the speaker rallied the crowd to remind them of the cause, the air quickly changed to motivational, emotional almost, that brought people to their feet to begin the 5k.
United in walking led by a costumed Abe Lincoln, the crowd chanted, “Abolish Slavery! No more Slavery!” Tourists stood and stared at the posters and pictures of innocent slave trade women and children, surprised that a horrific thing like this existed in this world. Slavery does exist… it was apparent, and the walk made it known to the world… beginning in D.C. that Saturday.
Dear Cha Thong,
When you get a minute, please listen to this. I meant to save this for when we see each other but I couldn't resist. I recently wrote a song inspired by an interview with one of girls from SENHOA, and of course by our talk the other night. It furthered the inspiration to raise more conversation about these kids being sold... This song is my contribution... FOR NOW. I'll be shooting a music video for it as well. Also, as proceeds gather from sales, I'll donate that back to both SENHOA and ONE BODY VILLAGE. I hope it'll gather some money!
Atlanta, ngày 15 tháng 10, 2010
7250 Jumilla Avenue
Winnetka, CA 91306
Chào bạn Martin Nguyễn,
Xin chúc mừng bạn đã thắng trong cuộc thi T-shirt. Tổ Chức Một Thân Hình xin gởi đến bạn món quà $200, chúc bạn luôn may mắn, và cám ơn bạn đã tích cực tham gia cuộc thi.
Xin cảm ơn!