Andrew van der Bijl was born in Holland in 1928 and would one day be referred to as God’s Smuggler. He would later refer to himself only as Brother Andrew to protect his friends and family. After he became a Christian he was moved by the Holy Spirit to do a work for God, and that work was smuggling Bibles into communist countries, and being a missionary to persecuted Christians. His work began in the 1950’s, an era of religious persecution for churches and individual Christians behind the Iron Curtain. This book portrays the total reliance Andrew had on God, and the ways that God intervened for him.
He was unable to get the backing of his church without first going through many prerequisites such as seminary training and ordination, a process that would take many years. So he enrolled in a shorter program in London known as Worldwide Evangelization Crusade to get some training.
The story of how Andrew would smuggle Bibles and religious materials into communist countries is dramatic and eye opening. On his first attempt to enter a communist country with banned material he approached the border guards of Yugoslavia in 1957 in a car bulging with tracts, Bibles, and portions of Bibles for distribution, forbidden by the Yugoslav government.
“How was I to get them past the border guard? And so for the first of many times, I said the Prayer of God’s Smuggler:
‘Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture that I want to take to Your children across this border. When You were on earth, You made the blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see.’”
The guards would then look at the printed matter and not even see what it was! This would become a hallmark of Andrew’s ministry and it would happen over and over again. The guards would let him through.
When a Christian is for real and dedicated, God is with him! This book vividly illustrates ways that he, and later his associates, would not be stopped in the work of distributing God’s word. Over one million Bibles, in native languages, would one day be distributed.
Andrew’s work, done by Andrew and his successors, is now done under a ministry known as Open Doors. It is currently emphasizing ministering to Islamic peoples.
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