November 27, 2006 - Winding down a whirlwind trip to Asia
Since my last blog, John and I did a few more days of helping the poorer communities around Vietnam – mostly in DaNang and Hue. All in all, we've given out over 80 tons of rice, treats and money to all the kids, and did whatever we could to help people.
The days we spent were in the countryside where poor schools and elderly homes barely had the basic supplies to get by, and along the ocean where people live on small boats. The way of life in these parts of Vietnam is so poor, but the people are so incredible! They have good attitudes about life, and they know that what really matters is love and family. Their smiles are so big and warmed my heart, and they were all so grateful for the food and the time we spent with them. I was smiling and wanting to cry at the same time.
I got to see parts of my home country that I had never seen, and it was an amazing experience! Vietnam has some of the most beautiful countryside and oceanside areas I've ever seen, but the areas are filled with some of the poorest communities I've ever seen. I wish I could explain just how it felt to see the poverty right in the middle of such beauty.
John and I took every opportunity to visit the temples in the areas we visited. It was calming to take a moment of silence and really think about where we were. I'll never forget any of it…
Now, I'm back in Saigon, spending time with my dad before heading back to the U.S. on the 30th. As usual, though, I'm sitting in my hotel room at my computer, taking care of business… I just can't get away from it! But I hope to get out and enjoy the rest of my time here in Vietnam and cherish the time with my dad over the next few days. Then, it's packing up and heading home.
And I want to say a special “hello” to all of my friends who are serving in the Armed Forces! I sent some posters to a group of soldiers in the Army, and they sent e-mailed me a great thank you and photo. Thanks to Corey Davis and all of his buddies serving our country! You guys are awesome!
Take care everyone, and I'll write again when I'm back in the States…