Finding the Way Back – A mission to give back to orphans and underprivileged

Vietnamese Adoptee Jason Kayser continues his journey and shares through this amazing blog.

Thankyou Jason.

 

Vietnam Reflections – March 2017

What’s there to say after a trip like this?

There are so many stories, sites, sounds, smells and experiences I could not write down.  So many “Divine Appointments” and “GRT (God Right There)” moments that if I were to jot them all down, there would be too may pages to read.

So many emotions.
So many shed and choked back tears.
So many people looking for the Way, the Truth and Life…

Numbers don’t always tell the story, but they do tell some of it (read the earlier blog posts for more):

22,000 –> Vietnamese Dong to $1 USD
18,000 –> Miles traveled
1,954 –> Pictures taken
170 –> Gallons of clean water per day provided by the Sawyer water filters to Vietnamese villagers
100 –> Families recieving meals every month by the Tiny Hearts of Hope program and Pastor Tuyet

80 –> Vietnamese orphan children being rescued in My Huong’s Orphanage Centres
78 –> Vietnamese Hmong tribal orphans being rescued in Pastor Nguyen’s Hope Centre
65 –> Hours spent traveling to, from and within Vietnam

60 –> Percent recovery rate for Pastor Trung’s drug rehab program (vs. 1% in other programs)
15 –> Days in the trip (in which Julie masterfully took care of the home, thank you!!)
6 –> Disabled Vietnamese who now live independent lives through Peter Stone’s Company of Grace
6 –> Former drug addicts who now have laptops and basic computer literacy skills

1 –> Lord and Savior we all desperately need to receive by grace to free us from our bondage

Practically speaking, how do we engage to bring the millions to the One?  In the next several months, I’ll be continuing to interact with and collaborate with many in Vietnam on how to take Spero Group’s mission tangibly to Vietnam:

“Because of The Spero Group, underprivileged people in Vietnam, Moldova and Ukraine will be discipled in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will have market relevant skills.”

ASFC INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION SERCHING

Su Park, International Social Services (ISS) will be joining us for a discussion on the delicate nature of deciding whether to seek more information, what information to consider when searching, to search or not to and how to get appropriate support throughout.

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ASFC INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION SEARCHING-5

Survey – University of Birmingham and Queen’s University Kingston

The Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, the University of Birmingham (UK), and Queen’s University, Kingston (Canada) are conducting a community-based survey to better understand what life is like for individuals whose fathers are foreign soldiers. The study is funded by the Wellcome Trust, an independent British charitable foundation with global interest in health and wellbeing. We are looking for participants who were fathered by foreign soldiers as well as family and community members of individuals fathered by foreign soldiers.
The survey can be completed using a tablet or smartphone app supported by a research assistant or by using the following link: http://bit.ly/Amerasian.
If you choose to participate, you will be asked to share a story and answer some questions about this story. Participation should take approximately 20 – 25 minutes and your responses are completely anonymous. No identifying information will be collected.
If you have any questions or would like more information about this research, you can contact the lead scientist, Sabine Lee (s.lee@bham.ac.uk) or the local project coordinator, Bob McKelvey (mkelver@ohsu.edu) or call the US-based research assistant Elaine Thai on 623-850-0529.
Sabine Lee
Professor of Modern History
Department of History
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel: 0121 414 5749

Print Email Facebook Twitter More Vietnam’s Operation Babylift adoptee uses DNA testing to find close relative

ABC AM – By South-East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley Updated

After landing at Ho Chi Minh City airport, Adelaide woman Chantal Doecke asks herself in a whisper: “Where are you mum?”

The 41-year-old is on an emotional journey to find a family she has never met and to connect with a nation where she has never lived.

In April, 1975, Ms Doecke was among 3,000 babies and infants bundled onto aircrafts and flown out of Saigon as part of Operation Babylift, which took place in the closing days of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam war baby Chantal Doecke as a toddler
Photo: Chantal Doecke was adopted by an Australian couple after the Vietnam War ended. (Supplied)

Many were placed in shoe-like boxes on aircraft seats and flown to nations including America, Canada and France.

Ms Doecke was adopted in Australia by a couple from Adelaide, where she still lives today.

For years she has searched for her biological parents and relatives. And now, fighting a battle against ovarian cancer after a diagnosis earlier this year, Ms Doecke has renewed her efforts with vigour.

“When I fly into Saigon, I burst into tears and I say ‘I’m home, I’m home now’,” Ms Doecke told the ABC.

“And I said … to myself, out loud, quietly, ‘Where are you mum? You’re here somewhere’.”

Last week, Ms Doecke came face-to-face with a blood relative for the first time in her life.

DNA testing had proven Thai Tho to be a second or third cousin and they met in a hotel lobby in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

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DNA’s new ‘miracle’: How adoptees are using online registries to find their blood relatives

The Washington Post – October 12, 2016

Last year, Bob Nore, a Vietnam War veteran in Huntsville, Ala., was working on a family tree and wanted to trace his ancestors’ history and origins. So he sent a vial of saliva and $89 to a DNA registry for analysis.

The results showed British and Nordic stock — no surprises. But then Nore received a message from the registry that floored him: We have found a very high probability of a father-son relationship between you and Son Vo.

“I showed it to my wife, and then I looked him up online and found out that he was born in Vietnam shortly after I left,” said Nore, 67.

He vaguely recalled a brief relationship with a Vietnamese woman in Saigon in 1970, but he remembered little about her and had no idea she was pregnant. Yet he had no doubt that Vo, a 45-year-old musician in Los Angeles, was his son. As an engineer, he said, “I have a lot of trust in DNA.”

Most people who register with DNA databases are looking for information about their ethnic origins or exploring distant branches of the family tree. But the rapidly expanding databases have also had an unintended consequence: They are helping people find biological parents whose identities had long been mysteries.

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