According to latest news, Abu Sayyaf barbarians executed two hostages — including NTM missionary Martin Burnham — during a military rescue attempt. Gracia Burnham was rescued, but wounded by gunfire. I think I speak for all Christians everywhere in expressing our condolences to the Burnhams and to New Tribes Missions.
So the year-long hostage crisis ends in violence and tragedy — except for Martin Burnham, who at long last enters into his reward. To live is Christ and to die is gain.