In the early morning hours of January 31, 1968, New Year fireworks gave way to gunfire and bombs. Eleven-year-old Minh watched in horror as her father and two siblings were gunned down by the Vietcong in their backyard. Though she escaped the bullets that night, prison, torture, and rape would follow. The tragedy of her childhood would haunt Minh for the rest of her life and lead her to question God
MICHELLE LAYER RAHAL is a former radio news reporter and published educator. She is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of New York at Buffalo. Michelle lives in Virginia with her husband.
MINH PHUONG TOWNER, a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is an ordained chaplain with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As a child of the Vietnam War and a teenage refugee, she is an advocate for social justice, particularly for those facing oppression in Southeast Asia. Minh’s two adult children live in Australia; she lives in Virginia with her husband.