Gracia Burnham

Gracia Burnham (born January 17, 1959, Cairo, Illinois) and her husband Martin were American Protestant missionaries in the Philippines with the New Tribes Mission for 17 years from 1986. The couple was among a larger group kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist separatist and terrorist group operating in the southern Philippines, on May 27, 2001. While most of the group were freed after ransoms were paid and several beheaded, the Burnhams were in captivity for a year and a few days. The kidnappers demanded $1,000,000 for their release. A ransom of $330,000 was paid, yet the kidnappers refused to release them. During the eventual rescue attempt by the Philippine Army on June 7, 2002, Martin was killed by three gunshots in the chest and Gracia was wounded in her right leg. Since her release and the death of her husband, Gracia Burnham has returned to the United States with their three children. She has written two books about her experiences, In the Presence of my Enemies (2003) and To Fly Again (2005). She has also set up the Martin and Gracia Burnham Foundation, one of whose focus areas is "ministries to Muslims.

Personal details

Date of birth
January 17th, 1959
Date of death
2002 at age of 42
Places lived
Cairo , Illinois
pop. 2,626 (2013)


1. Calvary Bible College Colleges/University

Opened in 1932, Calvary Bible College has become a nationally-known Bible college. Calvary Bible College (or "CBC" for short) is located in Kansas City, Missouri and offers several associate and bachelor degrees, including a bachelor degree completion program called Excel for older students. Master of Science degrees, Master of Arts degrees, and a Master of Divinity degree are offered at Calvary Theological Seminary. Calvary is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and professionally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education. Fall 2008 undergraduate enrollment was 242 and seminary enrollment was 59.

Type Private school
Institution colors
15800 Calvary Road, 64147 - Kansas City, Missouri
2010. 282
2010. 50
Acceptance rate
2011. 83.0 %
2010. 83.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 9.28 K $
Official web page
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