the first day after the team arrived we went to my favorite cafe and location of our old center. Right when I walked in the owner came upto me and said he has someone who came here and is interested in working with trafficking! I had had a slight worry that with the busyness of a team, i would get delayed in my true purpose of coming back but as usual God showed me as I love others, God continues to provide for me and my desires and I love how He does it early on so that I can just enjoy and bless (or kill the team by booking them to the point of exhaustion) :)
So we met the guy and he is soooo wonderful. we all just immediately loved him. He's a young 21 year old who is onfire for God and has a real passion. He is here volunteering with another organization but just happens to have 1-3 - the time we would need free :) How God is that! :)
We just got back from ho chi mihn city yesterday. We went for only 1 1/2 days. The first night there I got an email from a girl saying how she saw our site and would love to help. I mailed back in the morning and said I could meet her and so we got to meet for 30 minutes! She has such a heart of gold and just wants to help people. She's learning culinary arts and we were talking about how she could train the girls in cooking once she is done and then I started sharing the other stuff we do and she was interested in medical training in vietnam! I am so excited. I have been waiting for the time and person to start the work with and she seems like an answer to prayer and so random and so perfectly timed! Is God good or what! I love how He works!
On the side, we were so blessed in vietnam. We booked a nice hotel but I really wanted the suite :) Of course our budget was limited and so I just did an extra bed for me. BUT when we got there we got a free upgrade to the suite. This was a hotel my sister and I looked at but I think it it was full when we went. So I got my swimming in, the breakfast buffet was like that of a 5 star hotel - the cheese, yogurt and everything else I was thinking I wanted the night before just "happened" to be in their buffet! I love the little things God constantly does to bring a smile to my face :)
We have our MOU now with the government so we are official! After months of waiting and not paying bribes we got our Mou and did our first medical camp with the government the next day! It was great! I know our medical students put countless hours into making it happen. I praise God for them! Our greatest cost in medical camps in the transportation and the government provided us an air-conditioned bus for free! And they provided the food! So Meeral and Jennifer got to taste an ants and bee soup - the local food of the area. We saw over 250 people. There were toothbrushes and toothpaste given out too. Our fabulous Dr. Tharanga was there too help.
On a personal and very dear note, we are going to have a baptism :0 It was my hope and desire that it would happen but I can't tell you how happy I am that it is happening and with no pressure by me! :) God is a good God.