In celebration of Tet, the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, we made four visits on February 3, 2013.

After our team handed out foodstuff to the poor Bai Rac community in the morning, they drove up to the Phu Quang Pagoda and Orphanage, north of Nha Trang. There was a large group accompanying Lovingkindness Vietnam, and the children were happy to get so many visitors. This trip was made possible by a very special person half a world away.

At Christmastime, we received a generous gift from Sam Barnes of the UK. We told him that we’d like to use it for the children at Tet, and he agreed. Our team coordinated with Sister An, and brought a variety of gifts. In addition to rice, noodles, and other essential food, we also brought lots of traditional treats and gifts that are special for this holiday season, including sticky rice cakes and lots of sweets.

There were also doctors on hand to give free check-ups to the children.

After leaving the Phu Quan Orphanage, our group drove to the Lac Thien Orphanage at the Phat Buu Pagoda. Like many poor villages, having special visitors bringing you treats and gifts on Tet is a rarity. It was a very exciting time at the school! The nuns were so happy that they could give traditional food to the children, and bring cheer to their hearts.

It was a wonderful day, full of promise for the New Year! Thank you, Sam!