Weve spent the last 3 days in Mui Ne Vietnam. It’s a beautiful coastal village, with tourism only a recent phenomenon (1995!). Yesterday we went out and explored the area and saw two different sand dunes, a fishing village, and a stream called the “fairy” stream. I guess a little fairy bathed there according to local tradition.
What a beautiful place. We’ve had a sweet time with Jesus-and no more sickness! Woo!
At one of the sand dunes there was a group of kids who were there to try to get you to ride down the dunes on their slides. We started talking to them, they spoke remarkably good English. One girl, Deng, probably only 13 or 14 started talking to me. I asked her if she went to school, and she said that she didn’t. It was too expensive. Did she come here everyday? Yes, she did. She was a beautiful girl. It scares me to think how vulnerable she is.
I read about education in Vietnam when we got back to our hotel. For many families, the short term financial benefits outweigh the long term benefits of education for their children. It is very expensive to even send your child to elementary school. Sex tourism is on the rise in Vietnam, and these uneducated girls are the most at risk for being exploited.
Education is not the answer; Jesus is. But education is a tool that can be used for the glory of God, and it is not something to take for granted. We were created to explore, cultivate, discover; it’s a gift that these girls and boys will not be able to fully experience.
Well, we are off to explore Ho Chi Minh today. We spent 5 hours on the craziest bus ride, ever. I have no clever way of describing how loud the breaks were. Needless to say we made it to Ho Chi Minh! We will be starting our long journey home tonight. I’ll try to post something before we go.
Love you all! We’re so grateful to share our time here with you!
Beth and Mulch