Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Urbancrest to Host Gracia Burnham

Come Hear Gracia Burnham's Story of God's Faithfulness During Captivity! 
January 15, 2012 at 6:00pm

This event is free to the public. A love offering will be received for Mrs. Burnham at the close of the service.

Urbancrest Baptist Church
2634 Drake Road
Lebanon, OH 45036

 For 17 years, Gracia Burnham and her husband Martin served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines where Martin was a jungle pilot delivering mail, supplies and encouragement to other missionaries and transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities. Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooled their children--all of which were born in the Philippines.

  While celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at Dos Palmas Resort off Palawan Island, the Burnhams were kidnapped on May 27, 2001, by the Abu Sayyaf Group, a militant group of Muslims. They seized several more guests and took them to Basilan Island, an ASG stronghold.

  In the ensuing months some of the hostages were killed, but most were set free. From November 2001, only the Burnhams and one other hostage remained in captivity.

  During their 376 days of captivity, they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles, coldhearted murder, and intense soul-searching about a God who sometimes seemed to have forgotten them.

  On June 7, 2002, in a firefight between the Philippine military and the Abu Sayyaf Group, Martin was killed. Gracia was wounded, but was freed.

  Since that time Gracia has authored two books, In The Presence Of My Enemies, and To Fly Again. Gracia resides in Rose Hill, Kansas. Because of her unique story, Gracia is a popular speaker for churches, conferences and schools.

 More information about Gracia and the Martin & Gracia Burnham Foundation can be found at www.graciaburnham.org.