I am Sr. Josefa Ha, a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles. First of all, I would like to thank the Diocese of Los Angeles and each one of you for giving me this opportunity to share about our community and mission.
We are the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles. Our mission is “Imitating Jesus Christ Crucified, and continue His salvific mission through our intercessory life of prayer, sacrifice, and service so all may experience God’s love and conversion of hearts.”
We were founded in Vietnam by a French missionary, Bishop Lambert de La Motte, in 1670. Our charism is to direct our mind, heart and life toward Jesus Christ Crucified, our main purpose, and our ministries are in the field of social work, education and health care.
Following the footsteps of our Founder, Bishop Lambert de la Motte, we continue to share the love of Christ with all who are suffering. The Mission of Love started in the summer of 2013 for the purpose of serving the poor in the remote areas in North Viet Nam.
Most people that we serve are Hmong people, sometimes called mountain people. The four general needs that many Hmong people still don’t have are electricity, cement roads, schools, and health care.
Besides providing medical care, we repair roofs, build homes, and roads. We provide purified water systems, cement floors, and scholarships for poor students.
Most people’s homes are made of thatch or bamboo or pieces of wood. They are not insulated. They live on dirt floors; therefore, children are always dirty. Many roads are bumpy and muddy when it rains. They have no clean water to drink. Many suffer from toothaches, headaches, and back pain from working long hours in the field under the sun.
This year we all have had to face the coronavirus pandemic. In North Vietnam, many people are not only dealing with the virus but also natural disasters such as recent hail storms. The hail storms were as big as the fist of your hand. They destroyed crops, animals, and many roofs. So many people have no place to stay. Not only that, crops and animals are the only sources of their survival, and now they have to face this calamity.
We understand that this pandemic has had an enormous effect on our lives in many ways. Some of us are not allowed to go back to work or hours of working are being cut. Even though our hearts are willing to reach to others in need, our means are weak.
We all have some worry and anxieties. However, we invite you to join us in this mission any way you can.
Once a year, we bake banana bread and sell it as our fundraising for Mission Of Love projects. But most of all, our funding comes from people like you who come to know us and support us. We would like to invite you to be part of Mission of Love. You can share your blessings and help those in need. Bishop Lambert said that we are the visible hands that God can use to help the needy. Jesus wants to do it Himself, but he is no longer able to do so. Whether your gift is small or big, on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need, we are grateful. As the scripture says, “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” MT 10:42
We are grateful to each one of you. May God reward you. Our benefactors are in our daily prayer.
Sr. Josefa Ha, LHC, Coordinator of Mission of Love
For more information about the Lovers of the Holy Cross- Mission of Love, please visit their website at lhcla.org/missionoflove.
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