Michelle Phung-Tambaoan

From Fugitive at Sea TO Refugee and U.S. Citizen The Miraculous Journey of Michelle Phung-Tambaoan
For most American teens, the 1980’s were a time of big hair and Bon Jovi songs. For Michelle Phung-Tambaoan it was a time of fleeing communist rule in Viet Nam and starting again in America with nothing but the clothes on her back. At just 13-years-old, Michelle was separated from her parents, attacked by pirates, and forced to live off two bowls of rice per day in a refugee camp. Having been raised by Christian parents, in a country where freedom of religion was not permitted, Michelle looked fear in the eyes and found strength through her faith in Jesus Christ. “Even at age 13, I had faith in me that made me strong for a little girl,” recalled Michelle.
Though life as “fugitive” seemed tragic, Michelle was full of hope and gratitude. “I was fortunate that my family believed in God,” explained Michelle. Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word t...

 

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