The Samaritan Coach

Before Fresno Pacific University expanded its reach through establishing the Samaritan Scholarship and becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, there was Ben Norton.  Ben Norton was the Fresno Pacific College men’s soccer coach from 1975 to 1989. In the summer of 1977—June to be exact—Ben officiated a soccer game between two local men’s club teams. I […]

We All Have a Story

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).” In the social work degree completion program, I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach a […]

Day 36: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

by Toby Bartlett. Today we took a bus ride to Cu chi. A sight of American and Vietnam fighting. The special thing about Cu chi was it’s vast tunnel system that spans hundreds of kilometers with several layers and rooms. It was very interesting going and watching a movie about the cu chi people before […]

Day 34: My Son

by McKenzie Buller A few of us celebrated the 4th of July by biking 20 minutes to a beach and spending an hour or two enjoying the beautiful Hoi An. For dinner we did the most American thing possible and stuffed our faces with burgers, fries, and pizza. Although it was true American celebration in […]

Day 33: My Lai

By Samra Gebretsadkan. My Lai is located in Southern Vietnam, two and half hours drive from Hoi An. Not many foreigners visit the site, which says a lot about the history of it. March 16, 1968. Helicopters showed up to the town dropping off armed young men that were taking orders to kill everyone. 9 […]

Day 32-34: Hoi An

by Kassie Klein. An Overview of Hoi An For those of you unfamiliar with Hoi An—as I was before arriving in this city—this is a city best know for its tailoring. Countless shops advertising “Custom Tailoring” fill the streets of Hoi An. From our hotel, we were a 20 minute walk from the Thu Bồn […]

Day 28-29: Ninh Binh

By Megan Kroeker.          Goodbye Hanoi! Yesterday we began with a 2.5 hour drive to the Phat Diem Cathedral. I was expecting the traditional European-style cathedral that somehow happens to look exactly the same no matter where you are in the world. This was not the case. The most impressive features of this cathedral included a […]

Day 26-27: HaLong Bay

by Kelsey Lowrey. Hello this is Kelsey! This morning we headed off to Lan Ha (or Ha Long Bay) in basically one of the fanciest buses we have all ever been on! We got to take a nice ride in our limo bus while 4 others got a luxury van (this van had massage chairs). […]