Probably the most memorable photo from the Vietnam War was the image of a naked little girl running down a road in her village of Trang Bang, South Vietnam with her arms outstretched from burns she had just received from a napalm bomb attack on June 8, 1972. She is running with her brothers and cousins attempting to escape the burning of their bodies from that jelly-like substance that sticks to clothes and skin. AP photographer, Nick Ut (himself a South Vietnamese), captured that horrifying moment in a photograph for which he received a Pulitzer Prize. For those of us who watched the war on our black and white TV sets it is a photo that most of us will not ever forget.
Today, October 15, 2017 we watched a video about the story of Kim Phúc, and listened to that little girl who survived not only her burns, but a life of intense pain and disappointment, and eventually finding healing and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. In later years she was reunited with the photographer and several of her enemy’s from that time of war. She met them face-to-face extending grace and forgiveness that only Jesus could allow. According to Kim, her mental and emotional healing began when she became a Christian on December 23, 1982.
The impact of that picture on the world and her decision to follow Jesus has allowed her to achieve goals far loftier than any that she had set for herself. Both Kim and Nick realize that this one photograph changed the world’s view of that war helping to bring it to an end. Kim, now 54 years of age, married, and with two children, always prays for her enemies and has chosen to turn her negatives into positives to show how healing can take place in the lives of the people of the world. When we look at a globe and wonder what impact one person, living a half a world away, could have on us we can look to Kim’s story and how she allowed God to work His miracles in her life.
Here is the link to today’s video.