Vietnamese people celebrate the Lunar New Year with a sacred trust. Tet holiday involves days of reunion, hope and luck. After a year of working, it is a time of visiting relatives and friends. The common practice during this time is to spread a message of hope by doing good things and saying good things to those around you. People wish each other good health, good luck and good wealth. Our missionaries have clearly been about this message of hope the last couple of weeks.
I especially admire our candidates in formation who carry out this message of hope and good health to those who are less fortunate. Some of our candidates work in collaboration with Caritas Vietnam in doing charitable work and community development. They do emergency assistance, support in case of disability and disease, migration and educational programs. Our candidates most recently at the beginning of their Tet holiday ministered to the needs of those with disability and disease. We are grateful for the gracious efforts of Tinh Cao, Blir Ntor and Khuong Nguyen.