Published on March 8th, 2021
(Source: VOM Radio. Condensed and edited.)
The previous post told about Gracia and Martin Burnham who were kidnapped and held captive by Muslim radicals in the jungles of the Philippines. The jungle had no beds, bathrooms, stores, or air conditioning.
The captors made fun of the Burnhams, didn’t provide them with enough food, and often made their lives miserable. Sadly, after about a year, Martin died in a gun battle between soldiers from the Philippine military and the kidnappers.
Gracia could have been angry with the kidnappers. She did have trouble forgiving them during her captivity. Over time, God helped her become more forgiving.
But she has done more than forgiving the kidnappers. Some of them are still in prison for their crimes. Read below what Gracia told VOM Radio’s host, Todd Nettleton, about trying to reach the kidnappers with the Good News of Jesus.
“Through a series of events, I found out there was an American couple working in a maximum security prison in Manila with some of the very men who held us captive,” Gracia said on VOM Radio. “So I started asking them who is there, maybe I know them.
“Probably about 23 of them are in maximum security and this couple works with them and with other people, of course, in the prison. Every other summer we get together and we plan projects that we can do for these men in the prison, and ways to show the love of Christ to them. Some of them are going to Bible studies and asking for the Scriptures in their own dialect.
“Word is that so far four of them have come to know the Lord Jesus as their Savior. You know, it is not over until it is over. We just keep praying and I don’t know, if the listening audience thinks about me every once in a while, pray for those guys in prison.
“Their day of grace isn’t over. They have today, and that is what Martin used to tell me when I would say,’Why is this going on for so long? Why are we still here in the presence of our enemies?’ Martin would say, ‘You know, I think God is giving these guys one more day of grace. One more day to do it right, to turn to Him. To hear the gospel and maybe that is what our job is right here. Their day of grace isn’t over and I just have to hope and think that I am going to see some of them in heaven one day and it is not going to matter what happens here on earth. God is going to get the victory and I am just praying they are with me in heaven.’”
To Talk About
What is Gracia’s prayer request for the kidnappers in prison? Will you pray for them today?