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On July 10th, Christian Life in London own Nigel Garnitis will be at Stoney Creek Baptist to hear “Gracia’s Story”. Gracia Burnham will share her story of faith in the midst of terror and tragedy. While serving as missionaries in the Philippines with New Tribes Mission, Gracia and her husband Martin were kidnapped by terrorists and spent the next 13 months as hostages in the Philippine jungle.

Nigel will also have a one on one interview with Gracia and will give you our readers a recap what is sure to be a very inspirational and moving evening.

If you wish to hear Gracia Burnham tell her story yourself, click HERE to reserve your spot. Light reception to follow the presentation. Child care available. Love offering will be received.



The video above will give you some insight in what you will hear about at Stoney Creek on July 10th or read about in Nigel’s column in next month’s Christian Life in London.

A snapshot of Gracia's Story

For 17 years, Gracia and 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-schooling their children — all of whom were born in the Philippines.

On May 27, 2001, while celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary, the Burnhams were taken hostage by a militant group of Muslims called the Abu Sayyaf group.

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.

For more than a year, and under the total control of their captors, they were constantly on the move living in primitive conditions in the jungle, evading capture from the Philippine military, enduring gun battles, and witnessing unspeakable atrocities committed by the men of Abu Sayyaf group.

Soon after the events of September 11, the news media took a greater interest in Gracia and Martin’s plight and kept their story in the national headlines.

On the afternoon of June 7, 2002, over a year since their abduction, the Philippine military attempted another rescue. Tragically, Martin was killed during the gunfight. Wounded, but alive, Gracia was rescued and returned home under a national spotlight.

Since that time, Gracia has authored two books, In The Presence Of My Enemies, and To Fly Again.