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September 5, 2011

"For The Love of a Child"

Second Annual Benefit for the children of Mission 2012. Saturday October 22, 2011 at 6PM. Featuring "The Friends Music Group". Purchase your tickets HERE

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September 5, 2011

Summer 2012 Application

Save the dates: Summer Mission 2012 will be July 13-28. Application will be available online October 1, 2011

Lotus Flower - Vietnam's National Flower

The roots of Nelumbo nucifera are planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water surface. The flowers are usually found on thick stems rising several centimeters above the water. The plant normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the height as high as over 5 meters. The leaves may be as large as 60 cm in diameter, while the showy flowers can be up to 20 cm in diameter.

Researchers report that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warmblooded animals do

The people of Vietnam regard the Lotus as one of the four graceful flowers and plants, along with the pine, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. Known as the ‘flower of the dawn’, the Lotus is found throughout the country at lakes and ponds. To the Vietnamese, the lotus is the symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future. The elegance of the lotus is often cited in the Vietnamese folk songs and poems.