24 Hours in Toronto (8-29-2010)
As father Martino (Cha Thông) and I (representing One Body Village) left the US border, we took a quick nap on the plane on our way to another exciting awareness event. As soon as we arrived in
Father Martino and I did not expect any more than 200 people that evening. But, as soon as people received Mass’s final blessings, they began to fill the hall. Even before it was time to start the event about half the hall was already filled with people eager to hear what we had to say about the children being sold/forced into sex slavery. We were so blessed to have not only the support of the pastor of the church, but also his presence from the beginning to the end.
We started out with a nice song, and an introduction from Father Martino that set the tone for the evening. As the event progressed, the entire hall was filled far beyond our expectations. The reflections from Cha Thong about his experience touched everybody’s heart. The images from the video clips were riveting to the audience. Scattered in between were songs that were either well known to the audience or written specifically for the children. The songs were truly enhanced by the performers. These singers were not famous singers, but just people from the church choir. Even so, they sang with their beautiful voices, all their soul, and enraptured everyone. By the end of the event the hall was filled past capacity (400+ people), and the T-shirts, CDs, and necklaces were almost all gone. As the event ended Cha Thong was bombarded by the people who wanted to help, and others with questions. Though we did not mention or ask for donation, our guests still wanted to help – Total 5311.80 (five thousands three hundred and eleven Canada Dollars and eighty cents!)
Afterwards we walked to a nearby Vietnamese restaurant where we relaxed and had dinner with the choir (who organized the event!) Father Martino was so hyped up that he had enough energy for 2 more Television interviews, one that evening and one the following morning, with barely a wink of sleep in between. You never know what you’re going to get when you are with Father Martino, all you know is that he will keep you on your toes and that no experience is ever the same. We landed in Toronto at 3:45pm on Sunday and left exactly 24 hours later, 3:45pm on Monday. What an amazing experience.
We want to thank God for his blessings on this event, the pastor, Kelly and Chris, and everyone else who helped out.
Love and Peace,
Dr. Nga Vu, MD
Chairwoman of the Board