Around two hundred (200) people, old and young, priests and nuns, catholics and non-catholics from Can Tho, Dong Nai, and of course "the city" people (most of them are college students) showed up with a big heart and the willingness to serve. Something strange happended! It's really different from any other get-together events organized by OBV. Guess what? Fr. Martino did not speak from the beginning through the end like in other events although he still took control of one microphone. People sang and dance toghether. Other people talked and shared experiences working with different types of human trafficking instead of Fr. Martino. Yeah... That's true.
Yen-Thao explained and shared the work of OBV Vietnam (NCHP) and the list of ways for audience to volunteer. Sr. Anna Le shared her experience working in Malaysia with problems dealing with human trafficking for Vietnamese people there. Many questions and answers during the two hours gettogether with food and drink (most of them were donated). Young "dancers" from Dong Nai opened the night, the choir of My-Tam contributed two songs, singer Gia-An of course must sing a song, and even Fr. Thanh and Sr. Le also came up to sing.
A great night. A great start up. Many people signed up the volunteer commitment forms. We just light up the candle' the next step is to keep it burning and spreading out the more the better.
As you may know, even Fr. Martino promised not to talk but he kept a microphone and jumped in whenever he can, and of course he concluded this special off-line even with a big challenge for all to do something to serve God's people at the closing prayer.