He goes by Father Martino, in homage to St. Martin de Porres, who dedicated his life to working with the poor and seeking harmony. The Rev. Nguyen Thong Ba, in reality, is a Vietnamese immigrant who offered his never-ending gratitude for the American servicemembers who fought and died in his homeland decades ago.
The Effingham County Relay For Life Night is scheduled for Friday from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. at Effingham County High School. Twenty-eight teams have been raising money toward this year's goal of $58,500 to be presented to the American Cancer Society.