an old article...
Rolling on bed, finally I woke up at 9AM – lazy? Yeah, how lazy I was. As I was unemloyed...9AM was still early to me, and I had an appointment at 9AM
As I promised, I quickly started off with doing 3 loaves of flan for children, and I rode my motobike and headed to Cu Chi. Frankly speaking, this was the second time I visited land that my my dad bought long time ago. At the first time, as I went with my parents, I enjoyed cool astmosphere of the AC in the car, and of course my brother was driver, so I didn't care about the route and how to get there, just slept all along the road. And consequence was I had no idea about the route.
A dance routine on Christmas Eve
Christmas – the season of love. The children this year had an extremely fun and meaningful Christmas. To welcome Baby Jesus, the children gathered to decorate the house, turning it into a festive and bright creation. Setting up the Nativity scene and Christmas tree was the highlight for the girls, which each girl admiring their handiwork to the point they forget about dinner time! This year, the children also put on a show with dances and skits for the local church. Eagerly they rehearsed their routines to perfection.
His work calendar is always maxed out, yet the Parish Priest was able to squeeze in Christmas dinner with the girls. This year has been a most memorable and meaningful year for the girls. The older girls went to confession and received the holy communion for the first time. One of the younger children, although only newly baptized was extremely eager to learn more about the Catholic teachings. This past November, she received second prize for a contest titled 'I study the bible' across the dioceses of Phnom Penh.
Come to Love
To double joys to unfortunate children on Christmas season, Saigon Pastoral Center held the "Come to Love." The program lasted from 13:00 to 21:00 on Dec 20, 2014. OBV children Vietnam attended the meaningful program.
After being well-prepared, such as uniform, badges with codes (required by the organizer), we departed at 10:30 of the day to avoid a traffic jam.
Every year in Christmas season, we usually decorate a beautiful nativity scene. It looks beautiful too this year, and everyone wants to take photos with it.
OBV Children are coming to take photos with the nativity scene.
Our OBV Family in Cambodia had a warm meal together our children's English teacher after we returned home from the nativity scene with PEACE-JOYNESS-HAPPINESS. At home, our children gave their presents and good wishes to their English teacher, then the teacher taught them to say best wishes to me. After that, she helped us to prepare the meal.
Ms Ngoc Phuong is now the manager of OBV Cambodia. Bellow is her sharing on Christmas Eve with OBV children
There was no need to sit beside fireplace, no need to bring many clothes, no need to wear beanie...
However, this Christmas I feft even warmer. Sitting beside me were children, they also felt the same with me: different from previous Chrismas
I missed all my friends and relatives...
OBV family is celebrating Christmas
Sunday: The first day of a week, the day that children were waiting for as they could rest and play
According to our program, tonight Sunday, December 12th, we took children to watch performances at church. We walked around to see rock shelter in the parish. Our children were prior to seat in front where was only for Priest and Seour. During the performances, when every performance ended, priest looked at our children and clapped his hands proudly, people in the church were watching, but only Priest clapped most loudly, clap even the performance was good or not, he gave soft drink to them and said "Drink to have energy to clap your hands". M found him happy and cheerful; she touched him and sang "I ask u why you became a Priest?" He could not answer, Mother N helped. He said: I know, this song is Father Thong's, right? It turned out that he knew Father Thong! He also said: When our Parish has performances, Seour will let you perform some, OK!!! After the performances, we walked back, two youngest children felt weary in their legs, so her sisters carry on their backs. What a happy day.
As the program was scheduled, the Prayer Vigil was happened on the evening of 12/22. Joining the management team and the OBV (One Body Village) children were Mr. Jesse, Dr. Thuy Dan and the special family guest of Ai Tran-Hanh Lan. The event was started at 5:30PM.
Just finishing Christmas Eve Masses, the atmosphere was filled with peace and happiness. Along with the joy of the whole of humanity, the OBV Cambodia family also full of joy and happniess. To express it, OBV Cambodia children have joined a performance in the Christmas party.
OBV family in Cambodia would like to welcome Ms. Kim Thoa - president of Nguyen Huu Hung charity, and soeur Huyen from Australia. The visiting time was short, but full with warmth, love and encouragement from them. Ms. Kim Thoa and soeur Huyen - represented the organization and benifactors - had donated $2000 AUD. Ms. Kim Thoa also spent her own money to buy gifts for the children and for me too!!