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God's Smuggler

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After Andrew was severely wounded during his time in the army, he began reading the Bible one day and eventually accepted Christ as his Savior.

Andrew van der Bijl (born 11 May 1928 in Sint Pancras, Netherlands), known in English-speaking countries as Brother Andrew, is a Christian missionary famous for his exploits smuggling Bibles to communist countries in the height of the Cold War, a feat that has earned him the nickname "God's smuggler". In similar fashion, van der Bijl and a companion, Al Janssen, visited Hamas and PLO leaders, including Ahmed Yassin and Yasser Arafat. Van der Bijl died at age 94 on 27 September 2022; [7] [14] he had been married for 59 years to his wife, Corry (1931–2018). The end of the book goes on to tell of his other adventure and of opening up Open Doors USA- a mission to those behind the Iron Curtain.He has worked tirelessly to strengthen the persecuted church all over the world, encouraging believers in their faith and sharing the gospel with some of the most unlikely people. It is not graphic at all (not even close to "Tortured for Christ"), but shows the seriousness and struggles of believers in closed countries. Brother Andrew was born in Sint Pancras, the Netherlands, and was the fourth of seven children to a poor, near deaf blacksmith. My mom gave me this book in college back in 1995, and for some reason, I waited until last week to read it. But there are only a few that really pull you into the story, keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you breathless and deeply inspired.

The youth edition also features information about ministry to the persecuted church today, including country profiles, quotes from Christians in underground churches, "what if" scenarios based on real-life threats they face, and stories from others who have participated in Brother Andrew's Bible-smuggling work. Brother Andrew is a missionary who founded Open Doors International, now a worldwide ministry to the persecuted church. This incredible story combines heart-stopping adventure, broken lives transformed and the realities of spiritual warfare, all rolled together in a page-turning thriller set behind the Iron Curtain.

In "God's Smuggler," Brother Andrew tells his own story of smuggling Bibles to Christians behind the Iron Curtain.

It was such an encouraging, challenging, convicting book, a great blessing, and I highly recommend it. He said when we have more to say about certain evils than we have to say about the goodness of Christ, then we are ill equipped for faithful service. It widened my gaze of the church and the plight of my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world in a way I could not have imagined. With new relevance, and at such a poignant time for persecuted Christians, this book is set to inspire a whole new generation of readers. I remember my Dad read it aloud to us when we were young and that I've read other biographies of this man who follows God with his whole heart.Persecuted for their faith they wondered whether they had been forgotten by their fellow Christians around the world. The group is active in providing relief, aid, community development, and trauma counseling, while advocating for persecuted Christians around the globe. Brother Andrew challenges each of us to live out our faith in Christ and witness how much He can do through us. A special updated edition of this bestselling book celebrating the 60th anniversary of Brother Andrew’s first trip.

I will say that the events recounted here caused me to reevaluate my own life, my own Christianity, my own faith and my attitude toward faith. I had apparently started reading it back in 2008, judging from a bookmark left in it, but for some reason, never got more than a few pages into it.

Most riveting of all is that this is a true story, which has inspired and challenged generations of Christians since its first publication almost forty years ago. Each time he went, he encouraged the Christians that they were not forgotten by their brothers around the world. This is a book every Christian, especially young people, should read, whether you're interested in missions or not. In 1957, van der Bijl travelled to the Soviet Union's capital, Moscow, in a Volkswagen Beetle, which later became the symbol of Open Doors. He told his story in God's Smuggler , then for the next 50 years ministered to persecuted Christians around the world while presenting the Gospel to extremist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.



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