Thursday, February 3, 2011

Someone to Get to Know: Gracia Burnham

I've not yet met Gracia Burnham, but I'm keeping an eye on her speaking event calendar and someday I will. If you'd like to see if she'll be in your area, just go to her website. Here's a link

In May, 2001, after serving as missionaries in the Philippines for over fifteen years, Gracia and her husband, Martin, were captured and held hostage in the jungle for a little over a year by terrorists. In the rescue attempt by US and Phillipine government troops, Martin Burnham was killed during the shooting between the kidnappers and the soldiers. Click here for a bio and video.

In her book, To Fly Again--Surviving the Tailspins of Life," she introduces herself by writing, ". . . I hope you don't think I'm preaching at you, or that I have it all together. I'll be the first to tell you that I don't. And my kids would second that . . . God knows all about the cross winds that batter our lives--yours and mine--tossing us, like a fragile aircraft, into a tailspin. He calmly guides our shaky hands on on the stick . . . We won't crash after all."

Gracia, and all you other widows out there, you Go girlfriend! Fly high!
. . . but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.         Isaiah 40:31


  1. I have read a book about Gracia's ;lie and it is amazing to see how she made it through and can give God the glory.

  2. What a thing to have to go through ... and trust God through ... I don't have it tough at all.

  3. I read "In the Presence..." and it was a fantastic book. What a testimony to faith.


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