The Vietnam War is one of the wars that the United States got involved in that left a profound effect on the nation, not only because we lost it but also for the fact that so many lives got intertwined in the conflict. For the Vietnamese however, the civilian body count was harrowing, even if they eventually won. Certainly, both sides were glad when President Gerald Ford called it to an end.
In spite of this, for a certain family, the end was far from over, as we are about to find out in the next few paragraphs.
Kirk Kellerhals was barely aware of his own existence when he was put up for adoption in a Vietnamese orphanage in the then North Vietnam, under the rule of the Vietcong. To be exact, he was only two years old.
Forty-five years later, the Virginia Beach resident had never thought that he would ever meet his biological mother – let alone any of his birth parents. He had always imagined that his parents were a part of the horrific five million deaths that the war occasioned.
“I’ve grown up since I’ve known I was adopted, with the knowledge, whether real or perceived, that my parents perished in the Vietnam War,” Kellerhals said in an exclusive interview with CBN News, the largest Christian television broadcaster in the world.
The mother, Thuy-Nga Thi Nibblet, and her current husband traveled by car all the way from the South in San Antonio, Texas to Virginia Beach, Virginia in the East for the miraculous mother and son reunion.
As they made their way to Kellerhals’ place, the son could not contain his nerves. He uneasily pranced up and down the sidewalk in front of his home while badly awaiting the arrival of his momma – the one he had never seen.
And when their car pulled over, the joy was indescribable. Tears just flowed freely down his cheeks. Matter of fact, words almost failed the joyous throng. It was a scene like no other. After over four decades, a mother’s most earnest wish was finally unfolding.
“Thank you God for bringing my son to me,” said a tearful Nibblet as she jumped into her son’s broadly outstretched waiting arms.
“Thank you for finding me,” sobbed Kellerhals, drenching his mother’s blouse with wet emotion as the two embraced for the first time in their lives.
This reunion happened barely a fortnight after Kellerhals received an eerie email. Strangely enough, he did not even hesitate to open in and neither did he move it to the trash section as most people would do when faced with an email from a contact they do not now.
He was to soon find out that this was a letter that was to change his life quite phenomenally, so to speak. From the email, a woman was asking him to call her after he submitted information to an online DNA database.
The very first thing she said was, “Yes, I think you are my son.”
The unique tale begins when young Nibblet was only a teenager. The then seventeen-year-old got involved in a tryst with an American serviceman and she conceived. The other effect of the war was becoming manifest.
As Vietnam is a conservative society and children born out of wedlock are frowned upon, she was in some deep trouble. Her woes got deeper still when it became apparent that the father of the baby was an American.
With the animosity between the Vietnamese and the Americans at an all-time high, a father’s fury was high upon an errant daughter. He resolved that she would never ever keep such a child were it to be born.
“When you have a kid who’s half-American, half-Vietnamese, people look down on you, especially your family,” she explains rather poignantly. And it is not difficult to see why this would be so given that the Americans were the invading force wreaking bloody havoc on a determined population.
Therefore, when her son was born, there was no time to waste in naming him. Her father immediately took him away. The orphanage would be the illegitimate child’s family, in the thinking of the stern and unbending father.
“He just took him away, right after I had him,” she lazily recalls of an experienced which must have driven her teenage mild wild with random thoughts.
According to Nibblet, her son’s soldier father was transferred to another military base before he even had the chance to know about one of the fruitful wild oats he had sown. The two eventually lost all contact with one another and have never communicated since the War.
She does not even know whether he is still alive or not but is quick to let it be known that she is satisfied with the family situation she enjoys in San Antonio.
Nibblet, who now lives in the United States, having emigrated years earlier said that she never stopped praying that she would one day get to meet her blood again. She had hoped against hope that at least, she would meet the boy before she passed on.
Then two years ago, an idea occurred to her. She decides to involve a little bit of technology in her unflagging quest. She turned to the Website Family Tree DNA to aid in her search. She promptly logged in her details and went back to praying silently but determinedly.
Kellerhals, on the other hand, had been mulling over the thought of knowing his birth family but was rather reticent in conducting an online search. He felt as though he did not want to destroy what he considered a good feeling in his current state. Probably, he might also have thought that doing so might displease his foster family, whom he loves very much.
Last month, by his wife’s persuasion, Kellerhals finally took the risk and got his details into the family matching platform. In a few days, he had been notified about a possible match – and then the emotional rollercoaster began!
“I got an email from Family Tree DNA that the results were back and they had a match,” he nervously explained, betraying the fact that the emotions have not yet quite sunk in. “It said parent-child match. I just kind of shook my head and said that’s a mistake. That’s impossible!”
But that impossibility was the answer to a mother’s unwavering prayers – prayers said with utmost honesty by a heart filled with maternal yearning.
“I knew that God would answer if I just keep the faith and keep believing,” said Niblett. “God sent my son to me”
Speaking of her strong faith in God and quoting tracts from the Bible, Nibblet clearly is a very spiritual person.
“I remember in the Bible it said knock ‘knock and it shall be opened, ask and you shall receive’ I wouldn’t let go,” she said.
While it took nearly forty-eight years for her prayers to be answered, Nibblet emphatically insists that God’s timing is perfect.
“48 years for us, but for God, it’s not,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kellerhals, his wife, and kids along with Nibblet and her husband are spending time getting to know one another deeper…and they sure have a lot of time to catch up.
He says meeting his mom has strengthened his faith, calling the entire experience surreal.
“To see her pulling up, I don’t want to say out of body experience, but pretty damn close,” he pleasantly asserts.
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