Anastasia’s Poems

Author: Anastasia I. Burr

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My precious bride, Anastasia Ioannidou Burr, was born and raised in the rural community of New Mylotopos in northern Greece. She attended Greek elementary and secondary schools where she studied general academics including four years of Latin, six years of ancient Greek, French and elementary Turkish. Anastasia experienced her “second birth” at the age of 14. After graduating from high school, she traveled to Pambrun, Saskatchewan, Canada attending Millar Memorial Bible Institute and received her diploma. Desiring to become a medical missionary, she enrolled at Mildmay Mission Hospital in London, England, and graduated as an RN. She then returned to Thessaloniki, Greece, working at St. Luke’s Hospital, a ministry of AMGI (Advancing the Ministry of the Gospel, International), a 180 bed facility, where she was the Director of Nursing.

Our Triune God providentially brought us together while I was a guest speaker at the Greek Evangelical Missions Conference in Leptokaria, Greece. We were married at Hephzibah Heights Bible Conference Center, Monterey, MA. For over two decades we traveled as itinerants with Pray-Think-Act Ministries, Inc. conducting discipleship conferences across North America and Greece, challenging and teaching believers how to live triumphantly through the indispensable practice of the secret closet of prayer (Mt. 6:6).

One of the remarkable characteristics of these poems is that they were written in English, a language acquired by Anastasia as an adult. It is also noteworthy that she wrote them in 1992-93, just prior to the first traces of her present debilitating disease, Frontotemporal Dementia.

She currently resides at Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care in New Wilmington, PA. while I, her husband, soul mate and best friend, live just moments away in the parsonage provided by PTAM.

It is her desire to provide this booklet of Christian poetry, “Anastasia’s Poems,” free of charge as a token of her passion for Christ Jesus. This is not uncharacteristic of her life in that prior to our marriage, she would smuggle clothing, food, medicines, Christian literature with Bibles into communist countries adjacent to Greece. I was privileged to travel with her, and another missionary, on her last excursion. What a trip!

Richard A. Burr

* The picture of Mrs. Burr (above) was taken during her ceremony of receiving her US citizenship, thus the American flag.

If the Apostle Paul lived by a motto, it seems it could have been reduced to five words from his epistle to the Philippians: “That I may know Christ” (Phil. 3:10a)

You hold in your hands the Christ-centered reflections of a woman who emulates that great Apostle. Anastasia Burr knows something of experiencing spiritual victory and joy in the midst of pain, disappointment, sickness and struggle because she has learned to trust her Master who not only has walked that way Himself but also has promised to travel the journey with her.

Because she knows her Lord so intimately, she lives in the assurance of her own glorious resurrection. Interestingly, Anastasia’s name means “resurrection” in her native tongue, Greek. She knows and believes that the One who said… “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” …is absolute truth.

This collection of Theocentric (Christ-centered) poetry has been distilled through years of walking with Jesus Christ. Every one of Anastasia’s poems is punctuated with hope because they were birthed from a heart that enjoys a deep and intimate fellowship with her loving Lord and Savior–she truly knows Him!

As you read her insights on prayer and service to King Jesus, may you see how knowing Christ touches the very core of a believer’s life and be encouraged to walk with her in His footsteps.

Dr. Bruce R. Fiol
Pastor/Teacher/Missionary (PCA)
Charlotte, NC