On the trip, I was able to visit many different places. The first week involved a lot of homecoming visits with my parents who have not been back since they fled the country in 1975. It was beautiful to catch a glimpse of what my parents’ lives were like before everything was changed for them. I was also glad that I got to meet family members that I never knew I had. One of my favorite places that we visited was an orphanage in Saigon that my sister’s religious community runs. It was a joy to get to know the kids, play chess with them, and to pray with them.
The other weeks were filled with fun adventures such as paddling through the rivers, lakes, mountains, and caves of Tràng An, scuba diving in Phú Quốc, and 4-wheeling over the sand dunes of Mũi Né. Of course, we made sure to get our fill of Vietnamese food while we were there.
I am grateful for the time I got to spend with my family on vacation. Being over there made me greatly appreciate being here at St. John’s, especially as I was making my way back to the United States. St. John’s is home and I am thankful that the Lord has placed me here at His service and the service of His people.