Friday, December 25, 2009

Go Vap Orphanage - Tuesday December 22, 2009

Just the nick of time

My first prayer for today was answered, all of the luggage arrived safe (it's the 250 pounds of gifts for the orphanage we were worried about).

We met our two new volunteers Amy Wong from Brisbane (Australia) and Giang Le who is on holiday break from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). We headed to the Go Vap orphanage, empty handed, to introduce our volunteers to the orphanage management and give Amy and Giang an orientation and tour. We also wanted to learn more from the management about the Christmas party for kids planned for the next day.

When we told Mrs. Loan, vice director of the orphanage, that we brought plenty of toys and candies her eyes and face lit up. She told us that she did not anticipate toys from us, and up until two days ago all they have collected were few used toys. The ususal source of toy donation for Chirstmas did not come through this year. So another prayer was answered.

As soon as they reached the newborn baby ward, Amy and Giang loaded themselves with babies. They were so taken back in the baby ward, the one with the most difficult medical conditions. We continue to grow our volunteer network with talented and caring individuals such as Amy and Giang. Our prayers have always been answered.
Early night tonight so Santa can prepare his list and check it again, ready for the big event tomorrow.



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