Ten years after kidnapping ordeal, missionary speaks about reliance on God's strength

Recommended by Alicia Purdy

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, June 13 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Photo of Martin and Gracia Burham, American missionary couple from Wichita, Kansas, who went to the southwestern island resort of Palawan to celebrate their wedding anniversary but were taken hostage, along with other Filipino tourists, by the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group.

Associated Press,

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Our take: Missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham were kidnapped by Filipino Muslim terrorists in 2002, spending just over a year in captivity and on the run in the jungle and desperately trying to survive. On the day of their rescue, Martin Burnham was murdered and Gracia was freed. On the 10 year anniversary of their ordeal, Gracia has written a book and has spoken openly of her struggles, her faith in God and asking Him to "build forgiveness" in her heart for the men who tried to destroy her.

In 2002, millions followed the kidnapping of missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. They were taken hostage by the Filipino terror group, Abu Sayyaf, and were held for more than a year before a rescue attempt resulted in Martin's death and Gracia's release.

On the 10-year anniversary of Martin's death, CBN News Anchor Wendy Griffith spoke with Gracia, who is using their story to set others free.

It became one of the year's biggest stories: missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf - a radical Muslim group known for beheading victims if ransoms were not paid on time.

The couple had been celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at a resort in Palawan when terrorist kidnapped them and more than a dozen others.

Read more about Missonary finds forgivness after kidnapping ordeal on CBN.com.

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