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MARCH 2002

(1 John 3:16-18,NKJV):  By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.  And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
This is the scripture that compels us.

Greetings from Vietnam,

I just finished reading in Mark 10.
(Mark 10:21 NKJV): "Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.'"

First, Jesus looked at him, even as He looks at us. We often mess up, but He sees our heart.
Second, Jesus loved him. In that same way he loves us and sees our needs.
Third, Jesus told him what he needed to do. What is He telling us to do?

I want to share with you about a little girl called Anh. Anh does not know how to cry, but I am shedding many tears for her. Anh's mother came to the Street Children Program House for Family #2 about 10 years ago. She was a street beggar and was pregnant. She gave birth to Anh and when she was able she took Anh and left. About 5 years ago she returned and left Anh at the home of Family #2 where she remains today. Anh has no social skills to this day. The school refused to take her. She is struck many times a day by the adults in the house to correct her bad behavior, as well as by the other children. The children in this house are good children, but Anh brings out the worst in everyone. A week ago I began to ask God to pour out his Love on Anh and to use me. She talks poor Vietnamese and often others can't understand her. I cannot speak her language and she does not speak mine, but in only a few days she began to respond to the love and help I have given her. She still gets hit, but I have explained to some of the older children that 5 years of hitting have not yet changed her, and likely never will.

Duong and Quyen, two of the older children, have agreed to be Anh's friend, even if she won't be a friend to them. Others are asking, " How can you love her, she is so bad?" I have been able to tell them (through an interpreter) that I can because, "While I was yet a sinner, Jesus loved me." She is learning her ABC's. I don't think Anh has a mental problem. I bind the demons in her and she is still. I want to take her out of the house, but it seems impossible. At times like these I wish I had a Vietnamese wife (if she could love a child like Anh), then I would take her home with me. WILL YOU PRAY FOR ANH AND THE OTHERS IN FAMILY #2? I believe God can deliver Anh and save her and the other children. Anh's picture is to the right.

Please share our web address with 10 of your friends:  www.loveofvn.org

God bless you, Reggie

Special Update on Anh (Originally printed in May 2002 Newsletter):


Shortly after publishing the March Newsletter, I was notified Anh was missing from the Family Home.  We feared for her, but she returned, emotionally traumatized.  However, she is receiving much love, and is responding well.  She smiles and laughs now. The other children are seeing the changes and are seeing her as a sister with special needs instead of just a bad girl. Many of them are reaching out to her also. The two cooks are seeing and are changing. They will soon leave and we think we have a new mother and 2 cooks coming next week. Pray for Anh and the other children.

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