Chapel: Gracia Burnham
January 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.ï¿½10:45 a.m.
For 17 years, Gracia and Martin Burnham served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines where Martin was a jungle pilot. Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooled their children--all of whom were born in the Philippines. While celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at a local resort, the Burnhams were kidnapped on May 27, 2001, by a militant group of Muslims. 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 terrorists, 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.