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(1 John 3:16-18 NKJV): By this, we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Official Newsletter of  L.O.V.E.

February 2013

Tet 2013 – Vietnamese New Year - Year of the Snake

(John 3:14-16 NIV)  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, {15} that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. {16} "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

According to http://www.holidaysia.com/events/tet/

 

Tet is the common name for the Vietnamese New Year (Vietnamese: Tết Nguyên Đán). It is by far the country’s most important holiday, and is a bit like combining Christmas, New Year’s, and your birthday into one celebration.

 

Like Chinese New Year, Tet takes place on the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar. This usually translates to late January or early February on the Gregorian calendar. In 2013 Tet will be celebrated on February 10.

 

The years are represented by 12 zodiac animals: rat, buffalo, tiger, cat, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. These animals rotate through 12-year periods. Each animal has different strengths and weaknesses that they are believed to pass on to any person born in their year.

 

The Year of the Snake! In Vietnam, the snake is considered a symbol of luck. 2013 is believed by many to be the year of prosperity and peace. For the Vietnamese people, Vietnamese New Year is like a combination of New Year's Day, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. The Vietnamese consider Tet to be the year's most important festival. There are many customs practiced by Vietnamese during Tet, such as ancestral worship, giving away lucky money to children and elderly people, cooking traditional food, decorating the house, and many other unique customs. Family members gather in their hometowns, traveling from across the country (or the world) to spend the Tet holidays in each other's company.

 

Vietnamese New Year Traditions

Much like Christmas, preparations for Tet begin well ahead of the holiday. Every new year is seen as a clean slate, a chance for people to begin anew and be more successful than they were in the year before.

Many families renovate houses in the weeks leading up to Tet, adding even more noise to the already raucous streets of Vietnam. If a house isn’t renovated it is at least thoroughly cleaned. New outfits are purchased to signify a new change, and many people change companies or try to switch lines of work. It is also considered good luck to open a business around Tet.

 

There also certain types of food that become popular around Tet, the most common of which are banh chung and banh day. These consist of rice with meat or bean fillings tightly wrapped inside a banana leaf, and are the most important traditional Tet dishes.

 

In the month before Tet towns and cities throughout the country set up flower streets, and families set up flower displays in front of their homes. During this period Vietnam’s streets explode with color and give a sense of vitality before the start of the new year. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, one of downtown’s main boulevards is shut down and transformed into an elaborate flower exhibition that attracts visitors from the entire region.

 

The three days immediately before Tet are when the holiday kicks into high gear. The cities empty as urban residents return to their family’s hometown to reunite with relatives, as Tet is really all about family. Foreigners and other people living in the city who don’t have family to visit may be “adopted” and join their Vietnamese family, this is a strange experience. The normally vibrant streets are quiet, and many businesses shut down, making it somewhat difficult to visit your usual restaurants and stalls.

 

Other customs include the giving of Li Xi, or lucky money, to children.

Relatives will fill red envelopes with small bills and give them to children in the family the day of Tet as a sign of good luck. Children are supposed to display their respect for their elders before receiving the money.

 

Ancestor worship is also a key part of Tet, and nearly every home in Vietnam contains a family shrine where the spirits of deceased relatives are kept. Gifts, including Li Xi and food, are placed in the shrines to keep ancestors content in the afterlife.

Most cities put on a massive fireworks display the evening of Tet, providing an explosive finish to the holiday and signaling to the nation that it is time to get back to work.

Happy news!

Sponsors Needed

 Right now, there is a needy child living in poverty who is waiting for a caring person like you. We have many children who need sponsors.

 

To see these children or to fill out an application go to our web site by clicking child. Without your help, many of these will not finish school. For just $30 a month you can see that the child you choose will break the cycle of poverty by getting a good education, better food, clothing, and shelter. For more information about these children or an application form, you can also contact Reggie, who lives in Danang.   

 

Please pray that we can find sponsors for all our children and put your prayers to work by sharing the need with your church, Sunday School Class, civic club, etc.

 

PLEASE HELP

Share your love and faith

These children urgently need sponsors who will support a child for $30 a month or the whole family for $50 a month, and will pray for them, write and encourage them.

After over three months of treatment, Tran – the orphan girl who had a serious motorbike accident, at present, gets a considerable recovery. She has been taking several physical therapies for a month which helps her be able to stand up by herself and even walk a few steps with a walker. The doctors are going to do another operation for her (she is still wearing a colostomy) after her pelvis recovers totally. She would like to say “thank you so much” to those who’ve prayed and helped her during the last few months. Please keep remembering her in your prayers!

Buu Loc – the boy with cancer of the lymphocytes, after several months of deadly disease struggle, is now said to have a positive signal of healing.  Let’s look at his smile and pray for a great miracle!

Tu also got in a motorbike accident some weeks ago on the way home from her part-time job, but thank God, she just had a slight injury on the shoulder and foot.

Sponsors help their children celebrate birthdays in January.

Many basic baskets as Tet gifts for the poor families.

And some birthday gifts, too.

Many beautiful smiles when receiving nice parcels from German sponsors.

Please Sponsor me!

 

My name is

Le Hoang Anh Trung

Area

Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang

Birthday

June 13, 2003

Gender

Male

School Level

4

  School achievement

Good

Favorite Subject

Math

Favorite Pastime

Football

Number of Siblings

2

Mother's Occupation

Chef’s assistant in a rubber company

Father's Occupation

Died

Family’s income

$130

Children in school

3

Total in the Home

4


About me:  My family is so poor and needy. My father died of cancer a year ago. My mother is the only labor working to earn income and raise three of us. She works hard and does any manual work as she can to get earning to pay for our school fees, extra class fees, and family basic needs as well as the debt from my father’s treatment. We still face financial issues every single month. I wish to receive a helping hand from a sponsor. Thank you!

Family members:

·       Hoang Thi Minh My (1973) – Mother

·       Nguyen Hoang Anh Minh (1996) Brother - 11th grade

·       Le Hoang Duy Nghia (2009) Brother – Kindergarten


LOVE’s note:  A family sponsorship is recommended, but any help is highly appreciated!

 

(Mark 10:21 NKJV)  Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me."

(Psa 41:1-3 NKJV)  Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please check the information by clicking on  child or contact Reggie.

If you live in Europe, please contact our sister-organization www.G4Kids.de
God bless you for your prayers and financial support for the children!

 

 

Reggie & Bảo Chi

w/ Hannah & Anna

in

Vietnam

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