Burnham, who wrote In the Presence of My Enemies and To Fly Again, is the widow of jungle pilot Martin Burnham. She and Martin were missionaries for 17 years in the Philippines with New Tribes Mission.
In May 2001 they were part of a group kidnapped by a militant group of Muslims. The Burnhams were held hostage for 376 days. On June 7, 2002, in a firefight between the Philippine military and the Abu Sayyaf group, Martin was killed and Gracia was wounded, but freed.
She returned to the United States with her three children, and now lives in Kansas.
In addition to writing, she has established the Martin and Gracia Burnham Foundation, which serves to collect funds and resources for missions. To read more about Gracia and her ministry, visit http://www.graciaburnham.org.
Visitors are welcome to attend chapel on the 12th and hear Gracia speak. She will also be speaking at other times in the Winona Lake area. For details, call the Tree of Life Bookstore at 574-267-2006.