United States of America · 14 Days · 18 Moments · November 2017

Journey to the Fatherland

26 November 2017

I am home now. It’s hard to say which trip I like better. Let’s put it this way. I love preaching in Hong Kong, but I love the life in Vietnam. The reason being HK life is so busy, and hectic, yet the preaching is amazing. On the other hand, preaching in Vietnam is something I need to get used to because of the situation in Vietnam, yet life is so relaxing and the people are so nice. I probably had one or two “at the moment” scares in Vietnam, but other than that it was great! And of course, I will miss ALL THE FRIENDS in both places! I’ve made friends and created friendships that will last forever and only in Jehovah’s organization can true friendships like these happen! This was more than a spiritually uplifting trip; it was life changing!

24 November 2017

I spent the last day in service with this lovely sister (does she look familiar?) and went on her bible study. Before her study, we went for smoothies! Her study is the cutest and so good to write scriptures down in a notebook to review from time to time. This sister is also such an good teacher to draw out (Mat. 7:13, 14) for her study to understand. The people in Vietnam are very simple minded and a lot are not educated so it’s hard to explain scriptural truths with them, but once everything was drawn out she finally understood that the road that is narrow is the road she wants to be on, not the spacious road that leads to destruction. At first, the study said, “she wanted to be on the road with a lot of people!”👩‍🏫👍
I was gifted a rose by a sweet sister named Hong. She is new in the truth and is trying to find friends in the congregation. She’s doing the best she can to put on the “new personality” and I’m sure soon she will find friends when respect and appreciate her!

23 November 2017

The boy at the place* I was staying at gave this to me as I was leaving to go to the airport. He was so sweet and funny the 12 days I was there. Every time we saw each other he would say in his cute voice, “Hello, how are you?” On Teacher’s Day, he said, “ Happy Teacher’s Day!”**(which basically is probably the only day kids get off in Vietnam, not quite sure though) He was such a nice boy with super sweet parents! *The best way to describe the place where I was staying is it’s basically a small apartment building with the rooms converted into good size hotel rooms with bathroom, closet, tv, and fridge for $20 per night located in an alley 15 steps to the KH!* *Teacher’s Day is actually a holiday in Vietnam where all the students get the day off and would be the day students pay their respects to the teacher and show how much they appreciate their teachers. Former students would even former teachers and bring gifts to them!**
Last Dinner & Dessert in Vietnam: Spaghetti Pasta Carbonara Tiramisu

21 November 2017

I love this girl so much! She’s amazing. She started preaching a couple months ago I think. Her cousin is studying with her right now and her aunt is in the Chinese group right now. We connected right away and I love her so much! I think she will get baptized soon!
A couple and I went out for Pho today and it cost less than $10 total! I’m sorry about all the food pictures, but the food here is not only cheap, but good! #tastelikehome

20 November 2017

Service here is definitely something that I need to adjust to. It may seem like I haven’t been doing ANY preaching the past week, and honestly it does feel that way sometimes. It’s a lot like China. First of all, you have to be discreet, yet friendly at the same time. You may strike up a conversation, but may never really share ANYTHING about the Bible with them. You have to be friends first before you even try to talk with them. For example, I went on a call with a sister and this would be the second or third time calling on her and we haven’t really shared anything spiritual with her yet. In the future, IF I DECIDE TO MAKE THE MOVE, I think service will be a huge adjustment for me here. 🙍🏻😥🤷🏻‍♀️
Why is the food here so cheap?! This is Mì Quảng Đặc Biệt! So yummy! This cost less than $3! I’m baffled EVERYDAY at how cheap everything is!

19 November 2017

It has been raining the past two days and it was my first time to experience riding on the back of a motorbike, water splashing everywhere, and crazy traffic because of the rainstorm. Hey, that’s Vietnam. You have to learn to adapt. I was soaking wet by the time I got home yesterday, but it’s totally fine. Take off your clothes, let it dry and put on a new set of clothes. Honestly, it’s not that bad. You just need to be flexible. ⛈💦🤷🏻‍♀️👌🏻
After meeting today, we had dinner at this yummy Indian restaurant. This is the first time that I had great Indian food. I’m one of those girls who had a bad experience with Indian food as a kid and is nervous to try it again. I have to say, it was great. 🍚🍽🍛
We had a girl’s night and clothing swap at Bethany’s place. It was so much fun getting to know the friends’ here. They are so sweet and so much fun. Yes, they don’t have much, but they are happy. I’m so happy to have met these girls and I hope I can come back and see them again. FUNNY STORY: I wore this as a skirt, but this sister decided “I’m going to wear it as a dress” and to my surprise it looks better as a dress! This just proves how small the sisters are here. 👗👌🏻😅

16 November 2017

Because a study cancelled, we went to the Vietnam War Remnants Museum. It was definitely eye opening for me. My dad was born in Vietnam and he escaped his birthplace to get a better life for him and his family. After visiting this place, I realized why so many families escaped Vietnam to go to a better place. It was difficult during that time and it’s unfortunate that governments succumb to war as a solution for “so called peace”. As I’m looking at all the victims of the war and even the next generation who became victims of this war (U.S. sprayed toxic chemicals on Vietnam. Pregnant women during the time who inhaled those chemicals would have babies that had deformities and different ailments), I’m disgusted at what man has done to only find out they have accomplished NOTHING. This is why I’m so appreciative that soon in the new world to come, “Nation will not lift up sword against nation,Nor will they learn war anymore.” (Is. 2:4)

15 November 2017

I brought some chocolates for the friends here and I’m so glad it didn’t melt! SO HAPPY! 😄🍫⏩🌎✈️🌏⏩👌🏼😄

14 November 2017

We went out to dinner at this super yummy pizza place last night, but it wasn’t the food that made my day. It was the people I was with. I’m glad that Jehovah’s organization has helped me to see that you need to surround yourself with spiritually mature in order to help you make good decisions in your life. I’m so thankful for this amazing opportunity to meet such humble and encouraging people who helped me to see that I’m not only making the right decisions, but that it’s only with Jehovah’s help and reliance on him can all of this happen! Finally, I’ve learned to humble myself and realize that we do the best we can to serve Jehovah no matter where we are, not because we want the praise of others, but because we love Jehovah and we want to show that we appreciate all that he’s done for us.

13 November 2017

I had my first official meal in Vietnam and it tasted great! Yummy! I met some friends from the Chinese group here and I’m already falling in love with them!

12 November 2017

It’s hard to believe that I’ll be going to a place where my dad and his family was forced to leave 40 years ago because of the Vietnam War. I’m definitely extremely excited, but at times I wonder, is this place really for me? I definitely know through many answered prayers that Jehovah wants me here. So I guess we will have to wait and see! But I do know one thing, I’m going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the food! 😋😝🍚🍜🍲🍚😝😅
Ready to go!