People, Places, Pursuits
from our trip to VietNam in 2000
Embroidered table clothes, silk paintings, marble sculptures and lacquerware are some of the handiwork we have brought home from VietNam, much of it as gifts for our family and friends who supported us in our mission trips. Visiting the shops where the items are made and sold was always a highlight of each trip.
April 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the official end of United States military involvement in VietNam. On that day in 1975, the American Embassy in Saigon was evacuated as the North Vietnamese army entered the city, thereby establishing what they now observe as “Reunification”.
My husband and I have travelled to VietNam to serve on humanitarian aid teams with Vets with a Mission (VWAM).
In 1988 VWAM was founded by a small group of VietNam veterans who wanted to make a positive impact on the country in which they had served. Like my husband, many other veterans have served on their teams, as well as their spouses, children and other interested persons.
Every Tuesday in April I will show you the country of VietNam as it has been since the end of that conflict. Please share your thoughts and feelings in the comments.
I have volunteered on several teams with CompassionLink, an organization that serves to provide
HEALTH RESTORED-HOPE SUSTAINED.
One of the privileges of being a health care professional is travelling to other countries to provide care to under served people. So, I have volunteered on several teams with CompassionLink, an organization that serves to provide
Our team giving medical consultations, dental care, and vision exams for eyeglasses.
And one of the pleasures of travelling is when our hosts express their appreciation by showing us the local sites and culture. In Panama, of course, that meant a visit to the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel. The landscape and people of Panama are also captivating. Add to that a warm and usually sunny climate, made for an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
enjoying a dance performance at our last group dinner before heading home
Use their free resource Compassion Link Journal,an international journal of theory and practice in compassion ministries produced by Assemblies of God World Missions.
Buy earrings or a necklace at Jewelry for Hope.
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photos by Dr. Aletha during a volunteer trip to Africa to assist CHaRA with their humanitarian work
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I cannot think of anything else worth saying today other than to express my sadness for and sympathy to the family of Kayla Mueller. On the evening news last night I heard Kayla’s aunt describe her as “noble beyond her years.”
I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her, his work and passions take him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death.
At only 26 years old, Kayla had already traveled to India, Israel, Palestine and Syria on humanitarian endeavors and in Arizona worked at a women’s shelter and with AIDS patients, according to the news reports. And in a letter she wrote to her family from captivity, she expressed regret that she was causing them pain.
I hope the memory of this beautiful young woman brings some comfort to their grieving hearts.