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FIRE ROAD- the Napalm Girl's Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness and Peace

Love conquers fear-a memoir of hope

Romans, chapter 8, New International Version (NIV)

 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. 
 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 
 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 
 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

 

 A review of 

FIRE ROAD- a memoir of hope  by Kim Phuc Phan Thi

The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness and Peace

In war time Vietnam, 1972, 8 year old Kim Phuc Phan Thi almost died after being severely burned when a napalm bomb fell on her village.
Initially left for dead in a morgue, she survived after multiple surgeries on the burns which left her permanently scarred on much of her body. She was known as the “girl in the picture” the memories of which haunted her.
A devout follower of the Cao Dai religion, she lived  in shame, fear, pain, and despair, until she encountered Jesus in the Bible and dedicated her life to living for Him.
After years of  poverty and persecution in Vietnam, Russia, and Cuba, Kim and her husband  resettled in Canada where they tried to rebuild their lives.  But she still felt unease, with nightmares interrupting her sleep.
“For many years I had lived in outright fear, knowing that I was always within two or three days’ time of being detained by communist minders. The incessant guardedness left me cynical and exhausted, and I had simply had enough. I determined in my heart that I would no longer live like that, always fretful over what the days might hold, always fearing the worst.
I went to Toan (her husband) and said that I would no longer live in fear, that I would practice the courage Jesus promises his followers all through Scripture. I recounted several Bible verses, especially the idea that we are no longer slaves to fear because we have been adopted into the very family of God. (verse 15, above)
I will stop running from my fears, from my picture, from my past. Starting now I refuse to hide.
The following morning I woke with fresh resolve, determined to simply live my life.”
Now Kim’s dedication to her Christian faith and to sharing her joy and peace takes her all over the world. She has met Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, billionaire Richard Branson, and the grand duke and duchess of Luxembourg. She speaks to business people, government officials, college students, and the news media. She has been awarded six honorary doctorates.
In her speeches and in this memoir she explains what compels her to leave her home in Canada several times a year to tell her story and urge the world to embrace forgiveness and love.
“My faith in Jesus Christ is what enabled me
to forgive those who had wronged me
to pray for my enemies rather than curse them
to love them, not just tolerate them, but to love them. “

Kim founded a non-profit organization KIM Foundation International to serve children who are disabled, disenfranchised, or displaced as she was as a child in Vietnam.

I found  Kim’s book riveting, challenging, and faith-building and I believe you will also. Kim’s belief in and reliance on the power of prayer challenges me to pray more for my friends and family and expect answers.

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TRANG BANG, VIETNAM
WAR? WHAT WAR?

a statue at a war memorial in Vietnam

the memorial at Son My, better know to Americans as My Lai, site of the infamous massacre (photo by Dr Aletha)

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words of  faith, hope, and love

(1 Corinthians 13:13)                Dr. Aletha 

FAITH LOVE HOPE

These three remain, faith, hope and love, and greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

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How to face your health challenges with hope

Featuring Weekend Words from

James chapter 5, verses 2-5, Common English Bible

My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.

But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score.

Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.

Be passionately in love with understanding. St. Augustine

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Proverbs chapter 2, verses 2-10, Common English Bible 

Turn your ear toward wisdom,
    and stretch your mind toward understanding.
Call out for insight,
    and cry aloud for understanding.
 Seek it like silver;
    search for it like hidden treasure.
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
    and discover the knowledge of God.
The Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 Wisdom will enter your mind,
    and knowledge will fill you with delight.

 

Thanks to Sarah Forgrave for permission to use this excerpt from

Prayers for Hope and Healing

Seeking God’s Strength as You Face Health Challenges

by Sarah Forgrave

Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave

Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave

 

“When you’re confused by medical jargon”

“Medical staff talk to you, but they might as well be speaking a foreign language. Whether they’re explaining your condition or giving instructions for the next steps of your care, their words go into your ears like a secret message you can’t decode. You know they’re talking about your body, but the disconnect to your brain leaves you helpless and frustrated.

a prayer-

I’m so thankful for the doctors and medical staff  You’ve charged with my care. Even though I don’t always understand their words, it’s comforting to know You’ve given them the knowledge they need to treat my condition. ”

 

 

Learn how to understand your doctor and make yourself understood with these previous posts-

Do you know the best questions to ask about your healthcare?

“You may think your doctor knows exactly what you mean, but sometimes we are left trying to read between the lines of what you tell us.  We doctors need to understand our patients’ expectations, concerns and obstacles.”

How to talk to your doctor to improve your medical care

“You may think doctors make a diagnosis based on lab tests or xrays. But much of the time, those tests only confirm what we already suspect  based on your symptoms.

If we misunderstand what you describe, or fail to get complete information we may  start testing for something far removed from what is wrong with you.”

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Weekend Words-

sharing words of faith, hope, and love

(1Corinthians 13:13)

"faith, hope, love"

Weekend Words from Abide

 

 

Take heart I have overcome the world John 16:33

Would you like a prayer of encouragement?

 

 

Would you like to be encouraged by God’s love? Or do you know someone who needs God’s encouraging love today? Discover two prayers that thousands of Abide listeners have shared with their friends. Take a moment to receive God’s love and share it with someone special today.

1. Blessing of Well Being by Dave Peterson
2. Reasons to Not Worry by Daily Hope

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we pause exploring strictly medical topics to consider words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

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"faith, hope, love"

Weekend Words from Philippians

 

rejoice in the Lord always Philippians 4:4

The Praying Hands

 

Oral Roberts University

 

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Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words.
At the end of the work week we pause  to consider words of
faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.
 
Disclosure:
This blog gains no financial benefit from this or any charitable organization mentioned here.
I recommend you investigate before donating anywhere.