Former Hostage Gracia Burnham to Speak at Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-Former hostage Gracia Burnham will speak at Cedarville University on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 a.m. Her presentation will take place in the University's Dixon Ministry Center. Burnham and her husband, Martin, had been missionaries to the Philippines for 17 years when they were taken hostage by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in 2001. For more than a year they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, and frequent gun battles. On June 7, 2002, a firefight between the terrorists and Philippine troops freed them, but Martin died in the shoot-out. Burnham survived with a gunshot wound. Now living in Kansas with her three children, Burnham has established The Martin and Gracia Burnham Foundation, which is dedicated to collecting funds and resources for the work of missions. She has also authored two books, "In the Presence of My Enemies" (which won a 2004 Gold Medallion Book Award) and "To Fly Again." More information about Burnham is available at Burnham's message is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University public relations office at 937-766-4159. Burnham's message will be broadcast on CDR Radio, The Path, 90.3 FM, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on January 24. Her message can also be heard on CDR CyberRadio at -30-