Judy Burford is a charter member of ACFW Louisiana and has served as president, vice-president, and secretary. She has five short stories and her personal salvation testimony published in various anthologies. A Special Touch of Grace is her self-published collection of stories of missionaries. The Cross Murders is a novel, written by a deceased friend, which she edited and had published.
A resident of Gloster, Louisiana, a small farming community in DeSoto Parish, Judy and her husband, Hall, are parents of two daughters, each of whom is married. They have four grandchildren and one grandson-in-law. They hosted nine exchange students who have given them eleven bonus grandchildren.
Former dairy farmers, Judy, Hall, and their oldest daughter, Holley, run a beef cattle farm. Agriculture is one of her passions.
Traveling is another passion she shares with her husband. Their trips have taken them to Lithuania, where Lara, their younger daughter, and her husband live and work as missionaries; Germany, Finland, and Brazil, to the homes of exchange students; and mission trips to China, Niger, and Alaska. The COVID shut-down and limited travel has been hard to deal with. With a trip scheduled for September 2021, Judy is hoping to take to the skies again.
She also enjoys cooking, especially with vegetables from the family garden. Cooking for her family and others has been a great way to endure some of the pandemic restrictions.
Judy and Hall are very involved in Gloster Baptist Church, which is conveniently located across the street from their house. They lead a young adult small group.
When writing, Judy enjoys the way characters take on life and personalities of their own. Her coming-of-age story, Step In, surprised her by leading its characters, and her, along the Oregon Trail. She enjoyed researching the trail, a new venture for her, so the facts that she included would be true.