Gracia and her husband had been missionaries with New Tribes Mission (now known as Ethnos NZ) for 17 years when they were taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf - a terrorist Muslim extremist group in the Philippines (linked with ISIS). They were under their captivity in 2001 for over a year at which time Gracia was rescued and her husband Martin lost his life. She is a highly sought after international speaker and author of the books, To Fly Again and the New York Times best seller, In the Presence of My Enemies. Gracia travels widely as a popular and engaging speaker, in high demand at churches, bible colleges, and conferences and her story is now known to millions around the world. She has also been interviewed on television and radio throughout the USA and Canada. She has presented her story before the US Congress and even the Parliament of England. Her ministry has influenced countless lives, including the souls of some of the very ones who held her hostage.