Story number 1 for 21 Nov 2001

By November 21, 2001

(Philippines)–Headlining today’s news, a letter from missionary hostages in the Philippines is giving encouragement to New Tribes Mission officials. According to New Tribe’s Scott Ross, recently released hostages delivered a letter from Martin and Gracia Burnham. Ross describes the letter. “They describe some of the conditions at they’re living in. It was encouraging to be able to read that they could joke about some of the circumstances in which they find themselves. But, it was also touching your heart when you read their greetings to their children and wishing they could be around them at Thanksgiving.” Despite the Burnham’s circumstances, Ross says they haven’t forgotten their ministry focus. “The hostages continue to tell us tremendous stories of how Martin and Gracia are encouraging to them, that they’re able to pray with them. They’re doing Bible studies with some of the hostages, but were doing it all by memory. Hearts have been touched.”

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