Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!
These were the final shouts nine-year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames―before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It’s a moment forever captured in an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War.
Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.
Against all odds, Kim lived―but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country’s freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness.
The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day.
Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?
Kim says she was following the religion she grew up with, but didn't know "the real God." She says God still knew her, though.
"The real God, He knows my heart. Ten years later I was just seeking the truth and looking for the answer, 'Why me?'" she says.
"I found a Bible in the library in Saigon. At that time I wanted to die, I was so full of bitterness and anger and hatred," she says.
But that's when she found Christ. After a lifelong battle with physical and emotional pain, she says, "God gave me peace and joy."
Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant―and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God’s mercy and love.
Terry Meeuwsen also spoke with Kim Phuc Phan Thi, author of Fire Road: The Napalm Girl's Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness & Peace on Tuesday's 700 Club.