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Helping the poor and needy

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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.

March 2013

MORE THAN JUST LOVE IN WORD

“When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord – and he pays wonderful interest on your loan!” (Prov. 19:17)

Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor” (Prov. 22:9). The mentioned generous man does not only feed the poor by supporting them monthly, but also personally crosses thousands of miles to Vietnam to provide sheltering for the families. Let’s read his testimony (below) of his 3-week trip with LOVE and the poor in Danang to see how fantastic His work had been done!

 

“My name is Mark Smith, I am an Australian. I have been to Vietnam 3 times. After my first visit, I decided that I needed to do something to help the poor people of Vietnam. I searched the Internet and finally came across LOVE. I decided to sponsor a family in early 2010. Soon after that, my wife and I returned to Vietnam to meet the people of LOVE and our sponsored family. It was a wonderful experience to be invited into the home of the family. After this experience, I still felt I had to do more. Of course, it is easy to send money but I needed to do something more personal than that. So in December 2012, I asked LOVE if I can come to Da Nang and volunteer to help directly. I have a construction background so it was suggested that I help repair houses of some poor families.

In mid-January 2013, I flew to Da Nang to work with Phuong and volunteer University students to work on 3 houses. The first and largest project was for a family who had 2 sons affected by Agent Orange. This means the 2 adult children are confined to a wooden bed. Both men are mentally fine but without functioning bodies. For someone of my background this was very confronting. The father is also partially disabled due to a motorbike accident 10 years ago. The mother is a wonderful strong lady who has a very hard life. We painted the entire house, cleaned the ceilings, installed some insulation and replaced the roof over the outside part of the house. Our efforts were greatly appreciated. I came away feeling that I had made a small difference in the life of a family who are not so fortunate in life. The other 2 projects were smaller but just as rewarding. Before I left Vietnam, I went back to all 3 homes. In each case the families had been encouraged by our efforts and had continued to try and improve their homes. We also visited one of the families of Street Children Program (SCP) in Da Nang to install some lights for the education area and the orphanage in Hoi An handing out small gifts for TET.

The staff at LOVE was wonderful, they were very supportive in what I wanted to achieve. I could easily write many pages about my experiences there but for this newsletter I need to keep it brief. Needless to say this was a life changing experience for me. I feel that I will be back to Vietnam in the future to do more. I have great respect for what LOVE does for the poor of Vietnam. I feel that my money is well used and that my sponsored family has a better life because the little bit of money I send keeps the children in school. I am very grateful to Reggie, Phuong and all the staff at LOVE.”

 

The 1st project, with the volunteers and family after things are done

After doing the 2nd project.

Here's the 3rd, for Mark’s sponsored family .

Set up the new lights for Family 3

Have fun with 5th graders practicing their English

Giving out stipends in Dai Loc district.

At one of the student houses

At the homeless & the disabled center.

At the orphans & handicapped children's center.

At the park with sponsored family on the 2nd day of Tet, Lunar New Year.

For more pictures, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Of-Vietnam-Expressed-Inc/124970570422

Tet gift’s time

 

In spite of the global economic recession and European debt crisis, most of our sponsors all over the world sent extra donations for Tet gifts to the needy families they’ve been supporting with best greetings of a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year 2013. All the sponsored children and parents were so happy to get them in time for Tet holiday’s and the amounts were gladly spent on many kinds of needs, including Tet food and drink, new clothes and daily household items.

Dear all LOVE’s (including G4Kids) kind-hearted sponsors, please receive here a big thank-you from us in Vietnam! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!

More than 200 Tet gifts were given out to the poor and needy children and their families and here are some of them.

So many nice Tet gifts with beautiful smiles!

 

And more...

And a very big surprise Tet gift – a new laptop!

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.

Please Sponsor me!

My name is

Phan Quoc Cuong

Area

Cam Le, Da Nang

Birthday

January 26, 2001

Gender

Male

School Level

6

School achievement

Good

Favorite Subject

Drawing

Favorite Pastime

Playing football

Number of Siblings

0

Mother's Occupation

Wasted materials sorter

Father's Occupation

Deserted

Family’s income

$50

Children in school

1

Total in the Home

4


About me: My father deserted my mother and me when I was a baby so my mother has to raise me up alone. My mother’s heath isn’t good; she suffers from stomachache and kidney stone. She must make a loan of $200 from local government to buy medicines and support our life. We don’t have a house so we’re now living in my grandmother’s house which was built by the ward 7 years ago. My grandmother also has a heart problem and high blood pressure. Moreover, I have trouble with my eye – the right eyelid is drooped down since I was a very little boy. We hope that you’ll give us help to better manage our life and I can keep going to school. Thank you so much!

 

Family members:

  • Tran Thi Chung (1969) – mother

  • Mai Thi Phong (1937) – grandmother

  • Tran Thi Phuong (1967) – aunt


LOVE’s note: A single sponsorship is highly recommended. Thanks!

Some pictures of the family and house:


 

(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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