1975: The Airlift

As South Vietnam teetered on the brink of collapse in early 1975 with North Vietnamese forces poised to capture Saigon, the PVO team was faced with a difficult choice. Fearing that British lives were at risk, the British Embassy had instructed all British citizens to leave South Vietnam. However, the PVO team could not abandon the orphaned children in their care. Unable to decide what to do, the team met in early April for prayer and discussion. Their Bible reading that night was from Exodus 14, the story of Moses leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt. With the Red Sea in front, and the Egyptian army behind, there appeared to be no way out. But the team came to the words, ‘Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.’

The next day, the Daily Mail war correspondent came knocking on the door with the news that the Daily Mail had organised a plane to come to Saigon to evacuate the orphans. The salvation of the Lord had been revealed. Thus began frantic activity to gather up those orphans that could leave before Saigon fell to the advancing communist forces. PVO was able to bring 51 orphans on the Daily Mail airlift to England where they were later adopted.

The story of the Airlift can be found in Part 8 of Pat Ashe’s book, Dust and Ashes.