Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!
This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
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A Book I can Highly Recommend
In the Presence of My Enemies
by Gracia Burnham with Dean Merrill
published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois,
Many Christians in evangelical churches heard announcements or prayer requests for about a year,
for the Burnhams in the Philippines, who had been taken hostage and appeared to be alive, but moved
from place to place in the jungles there.
I never saw a face for them during that time, and I think sometimes their names blurred in my mind
with other missionaries I heard about in hostage situations. However, now that I've read Gracia
Burnham's book, which she wrote with the help of Dean Merrill, I feel like I have a much clear grasp
of that horrible time.
At the same time, I'm encouraged by her testimony of how God answered prayers for them in many
little ways, and gave them opportunities to share the gospel with these terrorists that no one else
could have had or taken advantage of in the same way.
Although her husband Martin was nearly blind without his glasses, his gentle and thoughtful manner,
and his wisdom, earned him the respect of their guards and the leaders of this movement. They
listened to him. - If only they had also repented and believed that gospel.
Considering that she didn't have toilet paper or anything much to write on, I'm surprised at how
well Gracia remembered so many details about the many moves and mobiling as they referred to
their treks as they avoided the Philippine army. Still, I'm sure most of them are etched permanently
on her mind. It was probably quite helpful for her to spell it all out.
It was a nice touch to see notes at the bottom of some pages indicating what was happening at the
same time to their children and family in other places, and what actions were taken to negotiate
You may already know, that at the time the Philippine army rescued them, they accidentally shot
Martin, and the nurse who was a hostage with them. They were the last three left of over twenty
taken at the beginning and along the way. Gracia explains exactly what happened there, how they
died. But she also shows how she was able to forgive.
I'm so very glad too, that she included descriptions of her return home, and the huge funeral for
Martin back in Rose Hill, Kansas. It brought closure to the whole story.
The back of the book jacket asks, "Can faith, hope, and love surive a year of terror?" I think
Gracia's story answers with a resounding "Yes!"
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