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November 27, 2022 at 6:15 pm #243Joy EayresGuest
I read God’s Smuggler when I was 15 and I just could not put it down and was deeply touched by this story. I was so moved by it I decided to pick this to speak about at school when we had to pick a favourite book. He was an inspirational Man of God.November 19, 2022 at 4:35 pm #242David GoodenoughGuest
I first read God’s Smuggler in 1968 and it was a great inspiration in my subsequent missionary work. Between 1987 and 1995 when my work covered the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia I was regularly contributing at conferences along with Brother Andrew, We would always have lunch together and share about all that God was doing in those days. He was truly an amazing encourager and on the day he died he had been especially on my heart and in my prayers.
David GoodenoughNovember 17, 2022 at 9:48 am #241Marion WaltersGuest
I heard about Brother Andrew when a representative of Stand. by Me visited my Apostolic church to seek child sponsors. He gave me a copy of the book God’s Smuggler. I was truly blessed by reading that book, and by an opening of my heart and soul to the knowledge of God’s mighty power in our lives. I thank the Lord for his grace and mercy in my own life. Thank you for the work you do for those in need. I will continue to pray for your wonderful organisation.November 16, 2022 at 5:21 pm #240David WallingtonGuest
I first met Brother Andrew around 1960 in Holland, and he inspired me to start praying for the persecuted church. This continued when I came back to work in the UK in 1963, and that is how Open Doors started in the UK. He remained a good friend down through the years.November 14, 2022 at 2:27 pm #239Gillian PayneGuest
Our college Christian Union in Glasgow was invited to a Bible college (WEC) to hear Brother Andrew speak (1971-1974). I still remember his talk, and was delighted to meet two people who were also volunteering with me in Hong Kong, who were taking Bibles for Open Doors into China in about 2006. They had amazing recollections of their experiences travelling in China.November 7, 2022 at 7:26 am #238Trudy WhiteGuest
As a child I heard Brother Andrew talk when he came to our church in Cyprus
Thank you for all you did throughout your life to get Bibles to those who so desperately wanted them, such a brave man doing as God q him. Thank you for your life of witness to Gods Love for all
Help those of us who have easy access to God’s word never to take it for granted
God bless the work of Open DoorsNovember 6, 2022 at 2:08 pm #237Ann jamesGuest
I read brother Andrews book God’s smuggler, it was amazing to read how God opened doors and gave him protection, never the less a very brave man God bless you Brother AndrewNovember 5, 2022 at 11:30 am #236Sue KingGuest
About 50 years ago, I read his first book. It taught me to tithe with a glad heart and showed me miracles can be found in mundane circumstances, like mud covering a vehicle number plate.November 3, 2022 at 9:11 am #235Anne ThomasGuest
I read ‘God’s Smuggler’ when I was 10 and was very inspired by it. I then found that Brother Andrew was coming to speak in Bath Abbey, so asked my parents if I could go. At the end as we sang ‘How Great Thou Art’, he asked people to come forward to give their lives to God and commit to serve him and I did. He spoke to those who’d come forward afterwards saying that we should get involved locally with whatever God put before us. “Those who are missed with sadness will be received with joy”. I got involved with school CU and setting up a church youth group and being involved in Church generally, particularly green projects like putting solar panels on our church and local politics. 49 years later the call to serve is still strong, though it never meant going to the mission field as I’d thought it might at the time.November 2, 2022 at 7:52 pm #234Dorothy Williams (Owen)Guest
Brother Andrew was a friend of :”Ma Lavers” owner and head of the prep school, St Andrew’s school Turi, Kenya in East Africa. And here he visited and gave a talk to the school of his smuggling of Bibles at a special school assembly while i was a pupil sometime in the early 1960’s, I was probably 9 but I remember it as if it was yesterday. ( I am now 71) I was very impressed on how brave he was and how he trusted God totally for his task of getting Bibles into the communist countries. And that has stayed with me for many years and added to my own trust in God and the value of my Bible. I was so impressed then and now and I support the Bible Society because of Brother Andrew’s influence on me for the importance for the Word of God. Dorothy WilliamsNovember 2, 2022 at 12:40 pm #233Charles William StammersGuest
I first met brother Andrew in May 1974, when he spoke in Bath Abbey. Up to that time no photos of him had been published (for security reasons), so it was a joy to see him in the flesh!
He called us to pray and commit to our persecuted family.
I warn you, you might get woken up in the night if you do so!he said. Message received!
The second time was in 2008- at the Annual conference. He was then 80, but looked younger – and just as inspiring. I thank the Lord for his ministry.
Chas (aged 80 myself!)November 1, 2022 at 11:31 am #232David & Sandra AdamsGuest
Having just read the book ‘God’s Smuggler’, my wife Sandra and I were very keen to attend on May 6th 1974 Brother Andrew’s only visit (as far as we know) to Norwich UK where he shared his story in the St Andrews Hall evening meeting. It was life transforming for us both and we went forward in response to the appeal. In May 1977 we received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and started Bible School studies at Christ For The Nations Dallas, Texas in September of that year. Although now ‘retired’ the interim years have seen full time ministry as Bible Teacher, Pastor, and Ministry on the Mission Field. All this stems back to an encounter with Jesus that night in May 1974. We are profoundly grateful for his amazing witness.
We thank God for the life and witness of Brother Andrew and the Ministry of Open Doors. Truly he was one ‘of whom the world was not worthy.’. (Hebrews 11;38)October 31, 2022 at 8:05 pm #231PhilipGuest
Amazing man. Blessed to meet Brother Andrew at a conference – his humility was beautiful. Did a trip to China delivering Bibles and ended up back there for nearly 4 years. This man used by God greatly challenged and continues to challenge us. Thank you Brother Andrew.October 31, 2022 at 12:25 pm #230Liz FrancisGuest
My parents told me about Brother Andrew when I was a child and greatly admired him and supported the work of Open Doors. I listened to a talk by Brother Andrew at Soul Survivor as a youth leader. He asked who had read God’s Smuggler, and then threw it into the audience saying it should never have been written, because what he had done should have been unremarkable. He invited us to stand and say Yes to God and many of us did. I’ve kept doing that ever since with no regrets. I am honoured to have been inspired by Brother Andrew’s faith and to continue to support Open Doors.October 31, 2022 at 12:02 pm #229Christina FowlerGuest
L O V E . just shone from him . So many precious memories; books , talks , letters , meeting him and gaining encouragement….. Foremost was seeing him coming down stairs on a weekend at The Hayes centre in Derbyshire , our faces lit up simultaneously and we shared a warm hug. Later , when he stood to speak, my daughter, attending for the first time, looked at me in shock. “ Is that Brother Andrew ?? I passed him in the corridor and he greeted me so well, but I just gave him a friendly reply ! How could he know me and treat me like family?” That was Andrew. To him we were all his dear family .
He never saw himself as a SUPER SAINT , knowing that he too had human frailties , admitting once that there is such a thing as Compassion Fatigue when faced daily with the suffering of the world , BUT knowing also the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome , and carry on.
I once wrote , or did I say it ? I can’t remember. “ I feel like the weakest link in this prayer chain .” His response was , ” when I’m in there, talking with Gaddaffi
(sp?) I thank God that you are out there praying ! “
Strange….. last Sunday ,in church I was sharing some O. Drs. News and quoted Andrew. He will not be forgotten.
(Entered at Christina’s request by a member of our team)October 29, 2022 at 4:46 pm #228Robin StiffinGuest
I was really glad to have heard Brother Andrew, just the once sadly, at Birmingham, or was it the Conference Centre more Walsall way?
He was just so down to earth about his travels. He related how people waiting in an airport departure lounge (I think), were all glued to watching ‘Mr Bean’ on a TV. He said in such a joyful manner, he was a man so full of joy….October 28, 2022 at 11:33 am #227Josephene BrownGuest
I read the God Smuggler years ago and even today, Brother Andrew’s boldness and his willingness to share the gospel despite putting his life at risk amazes me. He said ‘yes’ to God and trusted him wholeheartedly. He truly is a man of God and a faithful servant. May his work continue and grow.October 26, 2022 at 5:17 pm #226Michael LampardGuest
I first heard Brother Andrew in person 1969-70 and was impressed with his ‘take’ on Faith: ‘if we do not go to the communist block, they will come to us as invading armies to hear the Gospel’ Reading ‘God’s Smuggler’ and ‘God’s Smuggler to China’ were inspirations to me and I used these publications amongst others to inform the church I was in at that time, who were, generally, in total ignorance of all that he was doing. I have been following ‘Open Doors’ ever since and remain impressed with the work that they/you do.October 24, 2022 at 11:14 pm #225MichelleGuest
I want to express my deepest sympathy and admiration for such a courageous man that exercised blind faith, I read God’s Smuggler a few years ago I literally could not put the book down, now my daughter is reading it. He was a fine example for all Christians, we need more Brother Andrews in this broken world. Rest well my deepest sympathy to all the family, He has left a legacy that will never be forgotten, thankyou for your commitment courage and strength through all the years. And the love and joy that you have brought to everyone that has been touched by your presence. May your work live on for many years to come and inspire those that have not yes met our lord Christ Jesus. Amen
A disciple of Jesus
Sincerely Michelle C 🙏🏽October 24, 2022 at 9:33 am #224Janet Mary MarshallGuest
We thank God for what you achieved. Your belief in God spread the Word to countries that would have never heard. May the Lord Bless you. May His consolation be with the family and Open Doors.October 22, 2022 at 9:16 pm #223Liam ReesGuest
Brother Andrew was a true man of God who was raised by God and commissioned for the work of founding Open Doors. It’s impossible not to feel encouraged in our walk with the Lord when reading his books. He had incredible experiences of how close the Lord was to him. He is now with the Lord Jesus who he loved so much and served so well.October 22, 2022 at 2:18 pm #222Lino lojoreGuest
ToposaOctober 22, 2022 at 12:25 pm #221Eileen ScottGuest
I first became aware of Brother Andrew’s work in support of the Persecuted Church in the 1980’s when my husband and I started to attend a Prayer Group.
When we moved to Norfolk with my husband’s job, we were led to start our own Prayer Group; it was small but we saw God performing many miracles.
I’ll always remember Brother Andrew’s first book with picture of his VW Beetle packed with Bibles and Christian literature, and learning of the miraculous ways shielded the eyes of the Border Guards so that they just didn’t see all that was in the car!
I have been impassioned to pray and to when God gave me the privilege to be Missionary Coordinator and bring to our Baptist Church to support the work in prayer. As God laid on my heart certain people’s plights, they would write cards of support to individuals and one lady looked up the language of the certain we were sending a card to-thanks to that person.
I only had one man who said to me, “why should I support them” but I knew their needs of how much our prayers would make and the and the vast majority in the church, were in support.
I still continue to receive Open Door’s Magazine, Prayer Diary and World Watch information and will do so until Jesus calls me into His arms.October 22, 2022 at 10:49 am #220Eileen ScottGuest
I came across the work of Brother Andrew when I started to attend a Prayer Meeting for the Persecuted Church at Carey Baptist Church in Preston in the nineteen eighties.
We then moved to Norfolk and still felt God calling us to start a Prayer Meeting there which we did-there were only a few of us, as was the case in Preston but our prayers were powerful as we saw God at work in miraculous ways .
I had asked the leader of the Prayer Meeting in Preston from which organisation he received the literature and he put us to onto Open Doors.
We moved to South East London where my husband trained to be a Baptist Minister. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to start a Prayer Meeting for the work of praying for our suffering Church.
The Holy Spirit continued to give me a passion for the work and I continued to receive the Magazine Prayer Diary and still do 30 years later at the age of 73 and it is such an important matter to pray as the work of the Suffering Church grows ever widely. We heard Brother Andrew speaking at various venues as we ourselves have had to move around church in ministry.
I bought and read my first edition of Brother Andrew’s book some years ago and have read the more recent editions covering accounts of the astonishing miracles God has wrought to protect His disciples.
What a powerful ministry Brother Andrew had inspired by the Holy Spirit. I will continue to pray for and support the ministry of praying for the Suffering Church which is ever growing in so very many countries until I pass into .the saviour’s arms.October 22, 2022 at 6:58 am #219Adebimpe OdubelaGuest
This is indeed a great loss despite having lived a long life.
I am glad I had a chance to read his book – Bro. Andrew while he was alive, that was so motivational,the risks, the commitment & the extent he & his team were always willing to go to spread the love of Jesus makes my service a child’s play & has encouraged me to want to be more for God
May the work of God through this ministry of Open Doors grow more & more, in Jesus name. AmenOctober 22, 2022 at 3:17 am #218Rowena OsmondGuest
Because Brother Andrew founded Open Doors I was privileged to serve the suffering church through prayer, giving, going, and by writing letters. Thank you for this avenue, and for the encouraging book, ‘God’s Smuggler’ , of course.October 21, 2022 at 7:22 pm #217David SlackGuest
I thank Brother Andrew for his wonderful ministry to the persecuted church over many dedicated years of faith in our Lord Jesus. It is a true witness of the miracle of God’s Kingdom growing from very small humble beginnings into the powerful and significant ministry of Open Doors.
I’m sure heaven is glad indeed to have him there now.October 21, 2022 at 6:35 pm #216Jane HollandGuest
I remember reading God’s Smuggler just a few years into my walk with Jesus. I was so inspired by Brother Andrew’s faith and trust in God and this helped disciple me.
The book really spoke to my heart about the plight of persecuted Christians and ever since then I have prayed daily for the suffering church. Thank you Brother Andrew Rest in peace. Rise in glory.October 21, 2022 at 3:54 pm #215Colette RogersGuest
Brother Andrew came into my life at the end of 1981, when the first edition of God’s Smuggler (to China) was written by Brother David; the Forward by Brother Andrew. My husband and I were enthralled.
Hot on the heels of that the Corrie ten Boom books. She actually visited the Church we attended.
We never get the pleasure of meeting Brother Andrew.
He was put on this earth to inspire and to guide.
He will never be forgotten.October 21, 2022 at 1:59 pm #214Marilyn IsaacsonGuest
Brother Andrew touched lives all over the world, I read God’s Smuggler, such faith and knowing nothing too hard for God , closes eyes and one just says, here am I ,use even me, and one’s life is turned upside down, like Brother Andrew’s precious life was, such a magnificent example of a wonderful Christian.
He is now rejoicing with our awesome wonderful Saviour.
A true blessing and all at Open Doors
MarilynOctober 21, 2022 at 12:33 pm #213Harry TaylorGuest
Like many his book ‘Gods Smuggler’ opened my eyes to the persecution of Christians in communist countries. An amazing life and storyOctober 21, 2022 at 12:15 pm #212CarolGuest
Remembering a wonderful man who founded a great organisation which has helped so many Christians in troubled countries. I went on an Open Doors friendship tour to Albania years ago. It was an experience that I will always remember. God’s chosen man to serve our brothers and sisters and his work carries on.October 21, 2022 at 11:07 am #211Simon HollowayGuest
My wife Pauline and I went on our first Open Doors mission while still courting in 1978 travelling with 4 others to Yugoslavia tin a VW combie loaned from the Open Doors HQ and facilitated by Alistair Barr. We worked with Serbian missionaries to the Romanians living just inside Serbia. On our way back, we called into the International HQ in Holland to report back and meet other Open Doors supporters including Brother Andrew.
Many years later, serving in Pakistan (aka Inner City Birmingham!), we heard Brother Andrew speak at St Martins in the Bull Ring on the 35th Anniversary of the founding of Open Doors (1990?). Andrew spoke about David and Goliath on the theme ‘Give me a man!’. A single lady called Kirsty, part of a Frontline team in our party from Christ Church Sparkbrook strongly echoed this sentiment ‘Give me a man!’. On an Oak Hall skiing holiday soon afterwards she met her man and they were married some months later!October 20, 2022 at 10:28 pm #210David HansenGuest
Received Open Doors newsletter in the 70’s. Heard Brother Andrew speak in a N Chicago suburb, IL USA area in approx 80s’ Inspired me to speak up for the persecuted Christians. Listened to a cassette tape year back titled something about encouragement but in reality, as he spoke, it was a moving conviction to go risk, serve/ love the brethren. Recall him saying something like: “If I can do this, anyone can.”
Thank you for the work you do on behalf of those who are encouraging us by their lives, laying them down in Christ.
DaveOctober 20, 2022 at 8:34 pm #209Andy and Gill LuxfordGuest
We heard Brother Andrew speak in Bristol in 1970. His talk inspired us to take Bibles and other Christian literature to Communist Hungary a year later. We were told not to hide the Bibles, as the penalty if caught would be more severe. We packed them in a large cardboard box right on top of our camping gear in the back of the car. It was an old Mini Countryman with the back seats folded flat.
As we nervously approached the border crossing we prayed the “Brother Andrew” prayer, that God would blind the eyes of the guards. The guard opened the back doors of the car and to our amazement lifted up the box of Bibles and put it to one side, as he searched through our camping stuff. When he was satisfied he put the box back on top. Wow! that miracle profoundly affected our faith that God can truly do anything.
Thank you Brother Andrew for your inspiring and courageous faith. May your legacy continue to multiply much fruit for the Kingdom of God and especially through the suffering church.October 20, 2022 at 8:07 pm #208KathyGuest
In the late 80s I was an area representative for Open Doors (speaker in today’s parlance), and Brother Andrew was due in our city to speak. I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d be able to make the meeting and help to host him, as my mother was gravely ill. However, she seemed to turn a corner and I was able to make the journey from my home town and help with the meeting. The person bringing Brother Andrew to the meeting got lost, it was before the days of satnav, and he arrived just before the meeting. Brother Andrew hated being late. However, rather than retire to a room to quiet his heart, he down sat at my side and asked me how my mother was, and was genuinely interested, and said he’d pray. He also asked me to remember him to her. I did, and she told everyone who came to visit her the following day – it had meant so much to her. She died the following night. I never forgot, his genuine compassion and care for me, and my mother – people he did not know. It was the compassion of our Lord, and the compassion that drove him to do all that he did for our persecuted brethren.October 20, 2022 at 8:05 pm #207Hazel RobbinsGuest
I had the privilege of hearing Brother Andrew speak in London when I was young. I can remember the hall being packed with people and many young people stood at the end to dedicate their lives to Jesus and His service. I have also been blessed by reading several of his books, in particular the story of how 1 million Bibles were delivered to the Chinese church in a single night. A truly outstanding undertaking which had such far-reaching consequences for the Chinese church.October 20, 2022 at 7:14 pm #206KarenGuest
i read the book God’s smuggler during the lock down and following on from there joined an open doors prayer meeting at my church. Seeing that blue VW car where it all started out, so reminded me of a childhood incident. I suffered a severe asthma attack as a young child and my dad rushed me to hospital in a blue VW the same as brother Andrew’s car. I am thankful that my life was saved at the time. Looking at how it all started with one man, who was faithful to God, it is a challenge for us to also sow the seed we can, and to remain faithful and to take risks.October 20, 2022 at 6:51 pm #205RoleneGuest
Just so very grateful for Brother Andrew’s faithfulness to God, the suffering church, to prayer and to love in action. His writings inspired me to pray, give and go in my early twenties. I will miss the presence of his challenging words and his courage.
Praying his legacy continues and that those closest to him are comforted in their loss. Thank you Brother Andrew for your example in fidelity and service and to God be the glory for a life well-lived.October 20, 2022 at 2:45 pm #204David JacksonGuest
Some memories of Anne van der Bijl. The second of two greats to go home within a few weeks of each other (the other being the Queen). Both individuals had a great impact in the world and also on my personal life and faith.
We have very fond memories of him dating back to the early 1960s.
My late sister and her husband Noel Doubleday met Andrew (and the Holy Spirit!) at a Dutch conference. Later they hosted him at their home in Standlake, where they opened the first Open Doors office in England.
I stayed there too (on leave from Nigeria) and have never forgotten hearing Andrew’s sermon on “Fear not little flock…”
When we sit at our dining table (which is now 100 years old) we remember how Andrew sat there too-always lively conversations, as you can imagine.
After a year of civil war in Nigeria, I met Brother Andrew again in 1968 at the Mary Sisters in Darmstadt. Russia had invaded Czechoslovakia and Brother Andrew wanted to warn Noel and my sister – who were smuggling Bibles in the area – to go elsewhere.
The next day Noel and my sister arrived unexpectedly at the Mary Sisters – with them a 3rd smuggler who I met for the 1st time (who 2 years later became my wife!)
My 3rd encounter with Brother Andrew was in 1970 when Noel asked me to take a handful of people to Brother Andrew’s meeting in Sweden.
In later years, his son Mark Peter came travelling around Europe with us. We had quite a few adventures!
Therefore we remember Brother Andrew very fondly and with the deepest respect. It seems that wherever Andrew went God went (or the other way round?!?) I so admire his humility and desire to have on his tombstone “disciple of Jesus Christ”. One feels that he saw the world with God’s eyes, caring especially for the poor and persecuted.
Corrie his wife had the same spirit, caring for the family during the uncertainties of Andrew’s necessary absences.
With gratitude for his life,
David Jackson (aged 97)October 18, 2022 at 7:58 am #203Edward BarnesGuest
It was the passion of Brother Andrew (and the ministry of Open Doors) that first inspired a group to come together locally to pray for the suffering church many years ago.
When we last met as a group, we honoured Brother Andrew’s desire to see freedom come to the country that topped the World Watch List for two decades: lifting that country, our Christian brothers and sisters there, and its leadership through prayers and petitions.
We would like to imagine our dear Brother Andrew coming to the throne of glory, carrying a whole bundle of prayers from around the world, to present to the Lord Jesus Christ.October 14, 2022 at 3:24 pm #202Gill PayneGuest
I was so inspired by Brother Andrew from first reading God’s Smuggler in the 1970’s, his passion to get God’s word to people even though it was endangering his own life, setting up Open Doors and inspiring all of you to continue his work and to help all our brothers and sisters. We understand how important it is to get God’s word to people in their own language, my mother in law had to leave her home country and ended up in Concentration camps and not able to ever return to her beloved Estonia. Thankfully she found a great church and the minister managed to get a copy of an Estonian Bible, we still have it and have translated the verses she highlighted and these verses are still encouraging us today, and as I never met her it helps me know her and be encouraged by her. Getting Bibles into peoples hands in their own languages is important to us, it’s an important work. Thankyou for continuing his workOctober 14, 2022 at 11:54 am #201Tom PayneGuest
My mum was one of 75,000 who fled Estonia from the invading Russians in September 1944 and became a holocaust survivor and then a displaced person in the British zone Germany. She came to England and wasn’t able to go back to Estonia or get in touch with her family for fear of the probable reprisals with Stalinist rule in Estonia. She was a strong Christian but didn’t have a Bible in Estonian. Eventually the Pastor from our church with big risks managed to get her a Bible in Estonian. A big percentage of her time was spent reading that Bible after that and although I loved my Bible from an early age it brought my appreciation of how difficult it could be for different nationalities to own a Bible in their native language. When I saw that Brother Andrew was smuggling Bibles into different countries I was straight there. I loved how God used his skills and character to help him smuggle the Bibles and it’s been on my heart ever since to help where I could. The Bible says we should pray and help our Christian family and brother Andrews cause has been very close to my heart. We bought a navy blue toy Vw Beetle which sits on our Bible shelf as a constant reminder of Gods smuggler – and thank you Brother Andrew for your dedicated life to Christ and his people and for the inspiration you are to Open Doors partnersOctober 14, 2022 at 10:33 am #200Samuel BarberGuest
I first read Brother Andrew’s book ‘God’s Smuggler’ when I was in the middle of my teenage years. Up until that point, I had always rejected the prospect of serving as a full time missionary but after finishing the book, I decided that following God really was the greatest and most exciting adventure and decided that, if called to the mission field, I would be very happy to devote myself fully to serving the Lord that way. Now 22 I am in full time mission work having heard a call to ‘open doors’ last February. I wish to praise the Lord for His faithfulness through all generations of His people!October 12, 2022 at 7:23 pm #199Shelagh GodwinGuest
I was introduced to Brother Andrew through reading his wonderful book God’s Smuggler, which I also saw acted out at a presentation in Guildford. His stories were so inspiring. One featured a photo transit van at a border, and I was delighted to see that same photo on the fridge of an old Australian friend whom I met in Sydney. Brother Andrew’s influence was indeed worldwide. I met him only briefly at a Christian Resources Exhibition and he was so gracious to me. A memorable man.October 9, 2022 at 7:18 pm #198Celia EllwoodGuest
As a young Christian in the early 1970’s I read God’s Smuggler, and was inspired by the story and Brother Andrew’s vision and courage. I applied for a secretarial job at Open Doors in Oxfordshire in 1974 and worked there for 2 years including for some months during 1974 in Holland, living in Harderwijk and working in the Ermelo office as assistant to Brother Andrew’s then secretary, Pam Rosewell. I had already met Andrew on his visits to the Oxfordshire office, on occasions meeting him from Heathrow Airport and driving him to Oxfordshire, and I was required once or twice to baby sit for his children. I undertook a number of bble smuggling trips during these years, using the specially adapted vehicles that Open Doors owned. I managed to damage an Open Doors vehicle during my first week in Harderwijk, and had to confess to Andrew what had happened. He laughed and just said ,well you wanted to make an impact here and you have clearly done that!
I will always remember my time with Open Doors and the adventures and experiences I had, and was privileged to be involved in theiir ministry, and to have met such a courageous inspirational, dedicated man of GodOctober 9, 2022 at 10:59 am #197Ruth WatsonGuest
It was with great sadness that I read the news that Brother Andrew had passed from this life to his heavenly home. Fifty years ago someone gave me his book God’s Smuggler, I was fifteen at the time and a young Christian. God spoke to me through that book and Challenged me to listen to God’s voice and obey Him. The first thing God asked me to do was to write to Brother Andrew and tell him how the book had spoken to me and that from now on I wanted to follow the Lord whatever the cost. I was so thrilled when Brother Andrew replied! He didn’t tell me to leave school and become a Bible smuggler though but he did encourage me to keep listening to God’s voice. This I have always tried to do.
Fifty years later I still have the letter and am thankful to the Lord for the ministry of this wonderful man of God and that God used him to touch my life as well as countless thousands of others. Praise God for the legacy he has left in bringing such needed help and support to the persecuted church and for all those who have followed in his footsteps.October 8, 2022 at 9:47 pm #196Lisa JordanGuest
Joining you in appreciation and thanksgiving; this wonderful man impacted my life though I never met him: Four years ago I read his story, while bed bound after 23 years of ME, and words from his testimony leapt off the page. He tells of sitting in a field as a young man, telling God he couldn’t possibly be a missionary as he had a crippled ankle. The Spirit brought to his mind the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers, and the words ‘Going, they were healed’. So he plucked up the faith to stand up and start walking..true to his word, God healed him as he walked.
Those 4 words struck me, and I knew that would be the way God healed me: Long story short, early in 2019, as I trusted God and got up despite awful pain, and did what He said (like get dressed and go out in the snow, when it was impossible), He healed me.
So I thought that was the story I’d be telling for years to come, but over the last few years God has been showing me that all He taught me then was for how to live the rest of my life; to listen, trust and obey; and that He intended to do far more healing than just the disease. Turns out that was just something He used for a time, then took away when it no longer suited his purposes.
I still have the piece of paper I wrote those 4 words on, on my dresser where I see them every day, and am reminded that’s still his purpose, to his his praise and glory. So I am deeply thankful for Brother Andrew and his life of joyful, faithful service. And I rejoice at the thought of the great party he is enjoying now, I expect with so many thousands of others who have been waiting to celebrate with him.October 8, 2022 at 8:41 pm #195JaneGuest
I read several times the children’s version of God’s smuggler when I was young, and loved it. As a uni student I volunteered with Operation Mobilisation for a summer, which included the de Bron conference. I sat at the dinner table one evening with an older gentleman, who told wonderful, inspirational stories of his life with amazing humility and full of the Spirit. One of those people who made you want to be more like Jesus, because you could see what life could look like when lived well. Later that evening the same gentleman stood up to speak at the main meeting, and it was only at that point I realised that it was one of my childhood heroes, Brother Andrew. I look forward to meeting him again in eternity.October 8, 2022 at 4:52 pm #194JannieGuest
I grew up in a Calvinistic church where my father was a church minister. They believed that everyone who was born into that church was automatically a child of God. After I had left home a ‘new’ friend told me about a conference in Belgium in April 1966. He was the only one that spoke twice, including the last speech. And when he did, I felt as if he was looking right through me and spoke to me. Then he said that it’s important to not take our own decisions, but ask God to lead us in what we should do. That touched my heart, so after the conference I rushed as soon as I could to the accommodation where I was based, prayed and asked God to forgive me for always having done ‘my own things’ and asked Him to lead me from then on. After that the Bible came alive to me, even though I had always read it, and I was filled with a joy I had never known before. That’s when I was born again.October 8, 2022 at 2:56 pm #193Neil BarberGuest
I never met him in person.
But I read God’s Smuggler as a teen in the 1970s.
It was inspirational.
It seemed so divorced from the norms of my life, it felt unreal in many ways. But it taught me so much, not least the value of the Scriptures in my hand that Brother Andrew worked to get into do many more hands.
Yet it impacted me deeply so that, though young in faith and living in the comfortable West, I determined that by the grace of God I would follow where Jesus leads. In my many weaknesses, I remember now that my string Master is Brither Andrew’s string Master. I look forward to the day we can meet and I will shake him by the hand.October 8, 2022 at 2:45 pm #192Cathy HewettGuest
I must have met Brother Andrew 40 or 50 years ago in Chatswood, Sydney, having been a supporter of Open Doors since about 1965. He has been an inspiration to me most of my life and was I impressed by his humility and lack of ego, and of course his passion for following Christ. Project Pearl was a big thing in Sydney back then. I give thanks to God for Brother Andrew and for so many others, many nameless, who continue the work of Open Doors.October 8, 2022 at 2:18 pm #191John StewartGuest
I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ after reading‘God’s Smuggler’ when I was a teenager. Brother Andrew is a shining example of a good and faithful servant!October 8, 2022 at 2:16 pm #190Carol BeardsallGuest
I heard Brother Andrew speak at a church in Manchester uk in 1972/3 , he spoke of an upcoming trip to Moscow for May Day 1973, to protest about the treatment of Russian Christians, I was challenged to go, but was told that the group organising the trip had no more places, so I prayed again and felt that I should go alone and try to meet up in Russia, so I planned my route across Europe, avoiding any communist countries, sorted out your path hostels to stay in. I was about to book all my tickets when I received a letter saying there was a space to go with the organised trip. I went with them and discovered that the trip was going the same route as I had planned , , the group was Youth with a Mission, we got there and met with Brother Andrew in Amsterdam on our way back home . A wonderful man who still inspires me todayOctober 7, 2022 at 11:25 am #189Mrs Janine JohnsonGuest
In the 1990s I was on holiday in Haworth in West Yorkshire, UK. At breakfast time I chatted with the Dutch tourist at the next table. He told me he was a Christian and was surprised and pleased that I had heard of Brother Andrew as he knew him personally. I told him that the Penguin edition of God’s Smuggler featuring the photo of the border guard and VW Beetle was my favourite, but many years ago it had been lost in a house move. The Dutchman paused and said, “I have seen this very edition in a bookshop in town. You should go and buy it”. I explained that we were leaving to return home to Scotland after breakfast and could not stay another day as our car hire was expiring. And as it was a Sunday, the bookshop would be closed. The Dutchman urged me to try one more time before I left and to my amazement the bookshop door was open. I ventured inside. “I needed to do a stock take so although I don’t usually open on a Sunday I decided to leave the door open in case anyone wanted anything,” the owner explained. As he spoke the box he was carrying caught the edge of the shelf and a book fell on the floor. It was the Penguin edition of God’s Smuggler. I bought it and have it still. I also have a hardback edition signed by Brother Andrew. I have never met Brother Andrew but he has touched my life in so many profound ways.
I should explain here that my husband does not believe in God but even he has been inspired by what he terms, “The Brother Andrew effect”. Another story. In the 1990s a door to door salesman came to my house. He told me he was an American called Arvin and that God had told him to come to the UK with his wife Marsha and start a Church in Scotland. His story reminded me so much of Brother Andrew we spoke about him many times. Arvin and Marsha became good friends and we went for Thanksgiving Dinner at their house and took our daughter. At the time we were struggling to pay for dance lessons for our daughter. When a bill arrived we would go to the car boot sale on a Sunday and sell things we no longer needed to pay for the dance lessons. We always made the exact amount of the bill for the classes and my husband used to joke that it was like in Brother Andrew’s book where he always had enough for his immediate needs for never any more. One Sunday we didn’t have many things to sell at the car boot and business was slow. By lunchtime it was clear that we would have to cancel the classes as there was nowhere enough money. Suddenly Arvin appeared with his family and extended family who had come to visit. He explained that God had told him to come to the car boot sale and to bring us things to sell. I must explain here that beyond mentioning that we came to sell sometimes (not every week) and had not had any communication with Arvin for weeks. Plus the car boot was in a different town at least 20 minutes drive. There was no way he could have known we would be there or where we would be, but he came straight to our stall. With the new stock business was brisk and at the end of the day we had just enough for the dance classes and the pitch fee. No more and no less. That day my husband was moved to tell me that although he had grown up not believing in God, that “there is something about this Brother Andrew’s philosophy that I just can’t fathom, but it speaks of a higher entity”.
Brother Andrew continues to reach out to those who have not known God even now. What greater gift to mankind can a man leave than to make such a profound impact on the lives of those who he has never met. I am crying even as I write this. Never was the term “Righteous” so justly applied to a life.October 6, 2022 at 10:26 pm #188Christina C. ThompsonGuest
Brother Andrew was my inspiration to become my church’s “Open Doors” representative.
Every since reading his life story years ago and of his brave sojourns into dangerous places, I took a keen interest in the persecuted church, praying for them and forwarding information to others where I could.
I am sad to hear of his passing, yet he is with his Lord, his wife and his earth’s work is done.
What an on-going legacy for the persecuted church he has left behind!
I thank God for all those who have followed in his footsteps and are “secret smugglers” still today.
Well done, good and faithful servant!October 6, 2022 at 6:49 pm #187Gail HewittGuest
I met Brother Andrew at an Open Doors conference some years ago.He was so friendly and easy to talk to.I was impressed by his humility and his faith was such an inspiration.I will never forget the impact he had on me to keep going and keep on praying.October 6, 2022 at 6:20 pm #186Duncan TearleGuest
I heard him preach at St Johns Harborne in the 1980s – don’t remember when. Really struct by his level of faith. I have also read some (or all) one of his books – a long time ago but found it to be inspirationalOctober 6, 2022 at 6:17 pm #185Janet NapperGuest
Soon after I became a Christian in 1969, a friend who was discipling me lent me one of Brother Andrew’s books. It made a big impression on me. I was challenged to follow his example of seeking God’s guidance, obeying Him in faith, living sacrificially, trusting Him and making prayer a priority. It was also encouraging to read of answers to his prayers and of the faith of the persecuted Christians.October 6, 2022 at 1:27 pm #184Michael LangtreeGuest
I first supported Open Doors back in the late 1970s because of the positive message that Brother Andrew proclaimed amidst the tremendous suffering that Christians were going through behind the Iron Curtain. It encouraged me to pray regularly for individuals with whom a spiritual bond developed. I attended two talks by Brother Andrew and they inspired me to read some of his books, particularly on the powerful effect of prayer. I was impressed by his confidence in visiting leaders of some Middle Eastern terrorist groups and how they were encouraged by his faith. Open Doors was founded on these qualities and continues to inspire me. What a wonderful legacy that continues because of Brother Andrew’s fearless faith in Almighty God!October 6, 2022 at 11:58 am #183Sharon BradwellGuest
I first heard and read-repeatedly- about Brother Andrew and the miraculous impact of his ministry at the beginning of my Christian life. He has enabled me to understand the importance of caring for our brothers and sisters and the huge privilege we have of freely worshipping without fear of persecution. His legacy is simple, he lived and loved as a disciple of Jesus. I can only imagine the reception he received when entering the Lord’s presence!
I hope Brother Andrew’s family understand how highly their dear relative has been and will always be, regarded in the lives of Christians throughout the world. May the hope and love of Christ be their comfort at this time.
Sharon xxxOctober 6, 2022 at 10:50 am #182Rev Geoffrey HerbertGuest
During a varied ministry, I had five years working in schools as a Chaplain, and during English lessons which I taught I used “God’s Smuggler” as a book to indicate how reading can be exciting. For several terms I read aloud from the book, and it was a joy to notice many boys’ enthusiasm, not just from my reading, but from the stories I read out to them. This led to useful discussions on the work of a missionary, and aspects of the Christian faith and the Gospel message. Who knows how much of what I shared with those boys at an impressionable time in their lives has remained with them ever since?October 5, 2022 at 7:47 pm #181Fangda MeiGuest
Thank you God for using Brother Andrew to smuggle Bibles for our persecuted brothers and sisters in communist countries during the Cold War era. Thank you that you are still using the Open Doors charity to support the persecuted church.October 5, 2022 at 5:46 pm #180Elaine JohnsonGuest
When I heard about brother Andrew’s passing, I was so moved! I first heard about him, through reading, “God’s Smuggler.” This so affected me, knowing how important bibles are for the underground Church! He lived and breathed Christ! He was a true, loyal disciple of Jesus Christ! An example for us all!October 5, 2022 at 3:29 pm #179Elaine BallardGuest
I first heard Brother Andrew speaking soon after I became a Christian in 1968. I had never met him before or heard of him but this meeting changed my life forever. It’s stunned me to know that so many Christians were suffering for their faith in other countries just for owning a Bible or going to meet with other Christians. The Lord was speaking to my heart but I didn’t understand why?
That night I suddenly woke up aware of God’s presence in my room. He asked me a question, “ Was I willing to suffer too?” I answered “yes” in my heart and meant it. But it wasn’t until 1994 that I remembered that promise.
After a serious accident and many surgeries I found myself unable to sit or walk. Spine injuries changed my life and I was depressed for about 2 years wondering what my purpose in living now was. Over many years God has shown me that suffering for one’s faith can come in many forms. He showed me I must surrender my sufferings to Jesus and let him work out his glory through it all. He has done just that, praise his name! That question about me willing to suffer for his sake, helped me to find purpose again and I will always be thankful for the Lord reminding me of Brother Andrew’s message and God’s question to me.October 5, 2022 at 3:19 pm #178Dan YoungGuest
Like many of my generation, God’s Smuggler was one of the first Christian books I read, and I also heard brother Andrew speak in 1972, I think at Central Hall Westminster. He was an inspiration and a challenge to commitment to the cause and people of Christ.October 5, 2022 at 2:15 pm #177Astrid TiesemaGuest
I had read God’s Smuggler when I had just become a Christian and found it very inspirational. When Brother Andrew then came to preach at our church many years later, I was again struck by his faith and total commitment to God’s will. He has run the race and won the prize.October 5, 2022 at 1:03 pm #176Sharon PearseGuest
I was given ‘God’s Smuggler’ as a Church prize in my mid-teens. This, together with a father who was into watching the BBC News, gave me a lifelong interest in the Church worldwide and praying for all of us.October 5, 2022 at 11:24 am #175Fran GodfreyGuest
I remember Brother Andrew speaking powerfully on Nehemiah building the wall at our International Hospital Christian Fellowship Conference in Austria in the 70’s.It was also a privilege to visit his home in Hollnand and see the many Bibles on the shelves.
What an inspiration!October 5, 2022 at 10:15 am #174Paul RobinsonGuest
I bacame a Christian serving in the British Parachute Regiment, way back in 1985. It was tough standing for Christ in that environment. God’s Smuggler was one of the first books I read. The others were: Vanya; Tortured for Christ; Chasing the Dragon; Run Baby Run. Those testimoies set me on a lifelong path of discipleship, mission, and ministry. I am grateful to God for those examples of steadfast faith.October 5, 2022 at 10:15 am #173Deborah PittGuest
I came to the Lord in 1969 through a friend who had talked to me and given me two books. One was ‘God’s Smugglers’. Ever since, I have taken an interest in the Persecuted Church and Open Doors. What a wonderful work. Recently I have been reading ‘PRAYER– the Real Battle’. Brother Andrew has gone to be with the Lord but his work lives on as a testimony to God’s faithfulness. May God bless ‘Open Doors’. obedience.October 5, 2022 at 9:02 am #172Judy CravenGuest
I thank God for the opportunity to work for Open Doors NL in the 70’s. Inspired by Andrew and his book, my husband and I were involved in delivering Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. We lived in Holland and were priviledged to be asked to join the Open Doors team. Andrew was an inspiring leader and visionary and the two years working with him were exciting, humbling and formative in the strengthening of my faith and the valuing of the Word of God.October 5, 2022 at 8:44 am #171Haydn DaviesIGuest
I first read ‘God’s Smuggler’ back in the early 1970s and it challenged me to think about the persecuted church. I then got involved with the Open Doors prayer conferences and led local prayer meetings. In 1978 I then focused on Albania in particular. In 1979 and 1981 I visited that country and on the latter trip I took in John’s Gospels. I continued to visit Albania after the fall of communism and still support Albanian Christians in their walk with ChristOctober 5, 2022 at 8:30 am #170Joshua HodgesGuest
I never met Brother Andrew in person but I read his books and was inspired by him. His unwavering dedication to his Faith and his belief helped me better understand my belonging.
It is with great sadness that I learn of his passing but through this organisation and the work of all Christians world wide, his legacy will live on.
I will pray for him, his family and all the people that he has helped and will continue to help.
God bless.October 5, 2022 at 7:47 am #169John TebbothGuest
My wife and I made many trips with Open Doors, often via their headquarters in the Netherlands. During the training for our first trip in 1988, we drove into the car park accompanied by another Open Doors staff member, and noticed a man picking up litter… who turned out to be Brother Andrew!
That was the first time we saw him, and it typified his humility and servant heart. Thank God for such an example!October 5, 2022 at 7:45 am #168Mrs Lesley PullenGuest
My husband had begun to read ‘God’s Smuggler’ for the second time when he was diagnosed with advanced Liver Cancer. With help, he was able to remain at home until his Home Call.
Family took turns to read Brother Andrews book to him, and pianists in family played his favourite hymns. It was a blessed two months for us all. I treasure that time very much.
BlessingsOctober 5, 2022 at 7:43 am #167Polly AndrewsGuest
At the age of 19, just over a year after becoming a Christian, I read God’s Smuggler. I felt a zeal rise up inside me and I wanted, immediately, to fill a suitcase with Bibles and go to Russia to deliver them. However, I felt a gentle restraint from God. Looking back now, I wasn’t ready for such a move.
The years passed and, although I have never smuggled Bibles to believers. I have found myself extensively involved in taking the gospel nationally and internationally to others.
Looking back, as I read Brother Andrew’s book all those decades ago, I realise that I got a glimpse of part of my calling in life. I needed to grow and deepen in God first, however. How could I give to others, unless I had revived His fullness myself?
I have always felt that it was through reading God’s Smuggler that I was first awoken to the needs of our Christian brothers and sisters overseas.
Thank you, Brother Andrew for ‘taking the step of Yes’.October 4, 2022 at 9:30 pm #166Anne MarshallGuest
I had the priveledge of hearing Brother Andrew in London. I dont remember the exact year but just remember the impact and challenge he left me with. I bought his record God’s Peace in Communist Prison! We were unable to get a copy of his talk as there was no recording permitted. He encouraged us young people to step out in faith he himself being an amazing example! iI did at one point when in London alone and faced with a whole group of lads ask God to make me invisible as I walked past and not one of them looked at me. My faith in God’s protection encouraged by Brother Andrew!October 4, 2022 at 8:25 pm #165Valerie TaylorGuest
As a new Christian, God’s Smuggler was so exciting. It made me realise how exciting it was to belong to Jesus. So that was, after the Bible, my first Christian book. Later I heard him speak in Birmingham. My boys got involved too, praying for prisoners and sending cards. I belonged to an Open Doors prayer group, led by a couple who themselves had smuggled Bibles. All these experiences led to me driving a team on short term mission to Romania and Hungary, meeting up with contacts we had. I was in tears crossing the border and felt so honoured to meet these brothers and sisters. I have been so blessed and it began with a book and then hearing the author speak about his life. Isn’t God wonderful! And now my brother Andrew is with his Lord, and we will all meet again one day.October 4, 2022 at 7:03 pm #164HazelGuest
His stories of taking Bibles out to people behind the Iron Curtain inspired me as a teenager and was very much in the forefront of my mind when I eventually had opportunity to help with Christian relief work in Romania in the 90s. Thank you Brother Andrew for your love and obedience.October 4, 2022 at 6:00 pm #163Dave HopwoodGuest
Though I had known of Brother Andrew’s work for a long time I only read God’s Smuggler a couple of years ago. It made a massive impact on me, and on the way I see my work as a Christian writer, retelling the Bible in lots of ways to help others. There are so many stories of Brother Andrew in that book which inspire faith and encourage us to keep going. I was sent a copy from Open Doors at just the right time. Thank you.October 4, 2022 at 5:52 pm #162Jane BainesGuest
I was very inspired by reading his book God’s Smuggler,inspired to trust God to answer prayer and meet our needs,the testimony was amazing.October 4, 2022 at 5:28 pm #161Daniel RodgerGuest
I can’t remember how I came across God’s Smuggler, but I read it about 10 years ago. I was (and am) inspired by Brother Andrew’s energy and courage, and the way he relied on prayer and faith for getting across borders, for financial sponsorship, for his daily bread. He helped me to see that the life of a Christian can be one of adventure. May he Rest in Peace.October 4, 2022 at 5:16 pm #160Ian PattersonGuest
Brother Andrew’s story in God’s smuggler was captivating as he travelled through Europe. I hope to thank him for his example in glory.October 4, 2022 at 4:55 pm #159Jenny SmithGuest
I read ‘God’s Smuggler’ when I was a teenager, and it had an enormous impact on me. I was so struck by Brother Andrew’s faith and obedience, and the situation in Europe behind the Iron Curtain. One early consequence was that I made a donation to the building of a church in Bulgaria. The interest in Communist Europe remained with me, and I served with BMS World Mission in Hungary for 13 years between 1992 and 2009, for most of that time teaching English at the Hungarian Baptist Seminary in Budapest, but also at the then International Baptist Lay Academy. Many of my former students are now pastors of churches in various countries, including Ukraine, Hungary, Albania, Russia. The trickle down effect of Brother Andrew’s life and ministry must have influenced, directly or indirectly, millions of lives. Praise be to our God!October 4, 2022 at 4:48 pm #158Rev. George LindGuest
I read “God’s Smuggler” in my teens and found it utterly inspirational. My wife & I heard Brother Andrew speak once at the Keswick Convention. Although elderly, he had lost none of his passion and vision. Again what he said and how he said it inspired us both. I am now a retired clargyman. I still preach regularly and I spoke in tribute of him at the start of last Sunday’s Service where many in the congregation recognised the name and minsitry of Brother Andrew. His name will certainly live on in the hearts of many of us,October 4, 2022 at 4:31 pm #157Joanna WGuest
When I was a teenager in the 1980s, I found faith in Jesus, and started devouring Christian biographies – one of which was “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew. His story was so powerful, it had me quickly gripped …
How did God manage to blind the eyes of so many USSR border guards, so that they failed to see the illicit stash of Bibles in his VW Beetle? How did God always orchestrate such perfect timings, so that the guards got distracted at key moments? And how did God always lead Brother Andrew to the exact persecuted believers, on the other side of the Iron Curtain, who needed to receive those Bibles to satiate their spiritual hunger?
Brother Andrew was the living embodiment of what it means to be an ordinary man, walking through life with our extraordinary God. His complete surrender and obedience, embedded in his faith in Jesus, was an inspirational role model to me.
I only heard him speak on one occasion, back in the 1980s. He was a Dutchman who commanded incredible presence and authority through his words. He will be much missed, but his legacy lives on through Open Doors.October 4, 2022 at 4:09 pm #156Eileen ScottGuest
I started going to a Prayer Meeting for the Persecuted Church in my thirties. The Group had been set up by someone else who had a real burden to pray for our brothers and sisters.
If I rightly remember, much of the persecution was taking place behind what was then ‘The Iron Curtain’
When my husband’s job moved us Norfolk, we felt led to start a Open Door’s Prayer Group there.
Of course, the need for prayer has escalated affecting many, many other countries.
I still receive your literature and the all important Prayer Diary, World Watch List and information in by-monthly magazine.
When we moved again, I was called to be Mission Secretary at our church and I remember one lady who did some research of a language in which we could send cards and messages in that particular and many gave to the lady-it’s so long ago, and I’ve suffered a stroke since then, so what that particular language that was has excepted me.
I will always be thankful to Brother Andrew for the dedication and ministry he displayed and will continue to pray for our suffering brethren wherever the need is.
Eileen ScottOctober 4, 2022 at 3:42 pm #155Tania MANNERSGuest
When I read of Brother Andrew’s life story, I was inspired. His work is ongoing, and I will continue this on my travels.
God Bless Brother Andrew’s life and work.
I also support Open Doors, and I thank God for Brother Andrew’s work in starting up this wonderful ministry that reaches far and wide. What a Godly ministry.
Bless you all.October 4, 2022 at 3:28 pm #154Umberto VanniGuest
When i read God’s Smuggler, I could tell almost instantly that it radiated the work of the Holy Spirit in Brother Andrew’s life. It gripped me from beginning to end and, as a Christian, that is one of the signs that the book is Holy Spirit based. God bless you Brother Andrew.October 4, 2022 at 3:21 pm #153Joy HopeGuest
God’s Smuggler was one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. A man after God’s own heart who brought the freedom and love of Jesus to thousands. He inspired me so much of the importance of mission that I too went out sharing God’s love and taking bibles into closed countries.October 4, 2022 at 3:20 pm #152Charis Ann Cavaghan-packGuest
When I was a student in Cambridge in the early 1970s, Brother Andrew came to speak to a packed audience at Great St Mary’s church. After a stirring talk by Brother Andrew describing his smuggling of scriptures, there was an altar call to dedicate our lives wholly to God, to which I and countless others responded. It was an unforgettable experience. I praise God for all he accomplished and all those he inspired.October 4, 2022 at 3:16 pm #151Christine WestGuest
I was inspired when I read God’s Smuggler years ago.
One of best bits of remembered from his book was when God closed the eyes of the guards and he just
was able to deliver those bibles.
Years later I started to support Open Doors not realising the connection with Brother Andrew at that time.
I wish I could have met him.October 4, 2022 at 2:56 pm #150Margaret DurkinGuest
I first read God Smuggler in 1982 and have been a supporter of Open Doors ever since.
I cannot remember the date but I had the privilege of hearing him speak when he visited Ashford in Kent.
May he indeed “rest in peace and rise in Glory”October 4, 2022 at 2:50 pm #149Roy ParkesGuest
Back in the seventies I was suffering with deep depression and late at night, in tears I drove into Bedford to St’Johns Rectory to see Rev Donald Strong, at the time I had no idea why I went, I was just desperate to talk to someone.
He had only met me a few times, but he welcomed me into his home, calmed me down and gave me a cup of tea, then listened as I tried to explain how I felt.
After listening for some time, he prayed for me and calmly suggested that I look outside of myself for an answer and look to JESUS and put my trust in him.
How do you do that I thought, but something had happened, I couldn’t put my finger on it, but a change had taken place and slowly over the next few months, as I continued to attend the family services, I began in simple terms to understand the basics of the Christian life.
That we are all, every one of us sinful and that Jesus came and lived and died upon the cross for me, and my only way back to God was by a total giving of myself to him.
But how, how do you give yourself to Jesus I thought, and could I do it, I wanted to believe it was possible, but could I really believe that this man who lived 2000 years ago could make all the difference.
About this time, I was given a book called “Gods Smuggler” by Brother Andrew.
It was an adventure book, and I have always liked adventure type films and books.
This book was about Brother Andrew and his work smuggling bibles into what was then called the USSR, and what struck me about the whole book was that he treated God like a friend a close friend.
He prayed to God for all his needs, problems with his car, that the border guards would turn a blind eye and let him pass with the bibles undiscovered, he prayed about his own personal problems, difficulties with his faith.
He also prayed about something for which I could identify, and that was he at times felt low and lonely, and he actually asked God to provide him with a wife, which God eventually did.
Now this opened up another area of God to me, this sort of personal relationship with God was all completely new.
During all this time however my illness continued, like a roller coaster ride, life was up one minute and deep down the next, I also like Brother Andrew felt very lonely and being very shy had never been one for going out with girls much.
The longest relationship I had lasted for about a 12 to 18 months with Anne a young lady who was divorced and with a young daughter, we worked at the same Company, she would talk to me about her problems and out of this a friendship grew.
We would go out locally the three of us on Sunday afternoons and she would come to the family service with me once a month.
I owe her my then newfound interest in classical music, up to that time I would treat such music as not for me and boring, but through her interest my outlook changed, and that interest has stayed with me, for that I thank her.
Her father was a staunch communist and did not believe in, or had any time for God, which made things somewhat difficult.
As a long-term relationship however, it was not right, it would not have worked and finally I had to make the painful decision to end it.
So, there I was, 36 years old, I thought time was passing by and that my chances of getting married and having a family were now very slim.
But my mind kept thinking about that book, Brother Andrew asked God when he was in this position, he asked God to provide, why not me.
Dare I ask was another thought, are you really their Lord, I felt a bit like doubting Thomas, but this urge to ask God persisted.
So finally, one evening I gave in, in fear and in some trepidation, I asked God if he would show me that he was really there. I asked that he provide for me a companion, a wife, someone with who I could open up to about my worries and fears, and someone with whom I could build a future. I also put a time limit on this request of a year (perhaps I should not have done that, but then again, see Psalm 34 verse 8).
If he did answer, I said that I would be his, I would give my life to Jesus and whatever that meant, he would have to show me.
So, what happened, nothing, not a thing, no girls came rushing up to me, wanting to throw themselves at me, no young ladies seemed to appear in my life, nothing.
The months passed by my depression periods still persisted, the Doctor kept trying different tablets and seemed unsure of what really to prescribe.
I did however continue with my badminton, which I really enjoyed.
During late spring of 1976 we had a few new members join the club, one of which was a young lady who was returning to live in Bedford after living for some time in other parts of the country.
Although she seemed quite nice, attractive, and with long black hair I remember, I didn’t take a lot of notice (my shyness again) although part of me did. But as the next few months passed, we seemed drawn to one another, we had similar interests, and she was someone who I found very easy to talk to.
I then began to wonder, was this the answer to my prayer of many months previous or was I just kidding myself. Eventually in fear and trembling I asked her to come out with me, and to my amazement she said yes!
Now I really did need to think long and hard, I didn’t understand it, but this was I believed the answer to my prayer of many months previous. God had answered, he was there, and for reasons I cannot explain I knew that at some time in the future Val would become my wife (I don’t think she was thinking along those lines though).
Therefore, now knowing God was there, no longer doubting that he had showed that he cared for me, I knelt and prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to come into my life.
Unfortunately, after a short time of being on the mountain top, things went pear shaped, after our first two outings Val decided she no longer wished to continue our friendship. Having had a previous bad experience with a boyfriend relationship, she had made the decision not to get too involved again, and therefore to go it alone and lead her own life.
But God had other plans, and after a few months of persistence on my part and I suspect a large nudge by God, she agreed to go out with me again.
Our relationship blossomed and grew, one thing did bother me though was my recent commitment to Jesus, would she understand, what were her feelings about the Christian faith. Eventually however I explained to her that I had made my commitment to the Lord Jesus.
To say the least she was surprised by this, but did show interest, having at one time been a regular churchgoer. We then began to attend Church on a regular basis together and talk about the Christian faith and what it really meant.
A few months later we went on a week’s holiday to Ffestiniog in North Wales. Well remembered because of the 80° temperature on the Saturday that we arrived, and the driving horizontal rain for the rest of the week. And the breakfasts were something else, great fry-ups, God had not only found me a companion but a good cook as well.
Returning back to Bedford in the car on the Saturday, I had noticed that Val had gone very quiet.
When she suddenly turned to me and said that she would like to say the little prayer that was in a book I had given to her written by the Rev David Watson, she wanted to ask the Lord Jesus into her life.
The Lord is Good.
Still however the periods of depression persisted and were slowly getting worse. I would get so uptight by it all that I would bang my head with my fist in total frustration, and in some cases bang it against a wall. Sounds stupid now, but I can assure you that that was how I felt and dealt with the inability to overcome these dark periods.
Things got so dark on one occasion that early one morning I went and visited the Samaritans for help, and at other times if it had not been for Val, being alongside and her constant encouragement I dread to think what I may have done.
What she went through I will never know but can only imagine.
Our family Doctor in desperation sent me to the psychiatric department of our local hospital, where I was told that I should be admitted immediately, or I may become very, very seriously ill.
Not wanting to go into hospital, and Val and I having decided to get married in a few months’ time, I refused, the doctor was not very pleased about this decision, and as on other occasions Val gave me great support and helped me through.
Val and I were married in January 1978, nearly 12 months to the day since we had first gone out together. Rev Donald Strong took the service at St John’s Church in Bedford, the complete answer to his prayer of nearly two years previously.
I then had a period of relative calm with my illness, but it always lurked in the background, then a few months later of I went again bouts of deep depression.
It all came to a head on one particular day, that day being the day of the funeral of the late Earl Mountbatten. I had struggled to work feeling so low, full of dread and anger that I could not beat this thing, why am I like this I thought, I have everything I could ever need, I should be so happy and content.
Thinking like that of course only made matters worse, so in total frustration I just gave up, I left work in tears and rushed back home to Val, telling her that I just couldn’t face any more of this.
As was usual Val remained calm and listened to what I had to say.
And now looking back something strange happened, the same thought came to us both, as if the Holy spirit was prompting us. The Doctors had not cured me, I had refused hospital treatment and I with a capital ‘I’ could not beat this thing.
There was only one place to turn, if I truly trusted in God and that was to ask the Lord Jesus, now I have no idea why this thought had not come to us before and I am sure many people had prayed on my behalf in the previous months. God’s ways are not ours.
We therefore knelt and prayed telling Jesus that I wished to pass all my fears and anxiety upon him, that I wanted to open myself up completely to him, and that he would come in and take away all my anger and frustration.
The same day, and to be honest somewhat fearfully I stopped taking my tablets, and down the loo they went, which is not to be recommended so I learnt from the Doctors later.
The next morning, when I woke up there was no feeling of dread, no deep blackness, no pent-up frustration or anger, no fears or anxiety and no tears.
The days passed into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, and as I write these few words, nearly thirty odd years later I can honestly say that I have never been down to those depths again.
No up and down life, no depressive bouts and no more tablets. Seven years of blackness had come to an end.
I was free, Jesus had set me free, the Truth had set me free.October 4, 2022 at 2:39 pm #148ValGuest
As a teenager in the early 1970s, I attended a regular Friday Night youth group at a church in Cheshire. We often had outside speakers, including Goss Feder (not sure if the name is spelt correctly). He was a representative of Open Doors. I found his talk inspirational and I read ‘God’s Smuggler’. In my late 20s, I became a courier to China for them and was able to meet Brother Andrew himself. My husband and I are fascinated with China. I have also read a number of his other books and continue to pray for the work of Open Doors and lobby my MP about their work in countries where christians are persecuted.October 4, 2022 at 2:26 pm #147Mrs Susan NashGuest
When I first joined “Open Doors” as a new born again believer I received my first magazine and always and read the things going on around the world my eyes were opened to some things! but prayer was important and Brother Andrew was always there encouraging us all his life was all for JESUS ours should be to not being afraid to share the gospel with people and sharing and giving our all !!October 4, 2022 at 2:24 pm #146Val KennedyGuest
We met Brother Andrew at a small gathering at The Hayes in 1984, where those who were interested could find out more about courier work. The following summer we travelled into China with a small team, taking Bibles in Chinese. In later years, we took independent trips to China with Bibles and other Christian books, accompanied by our children. I still support Open Doors and follow the prayer diary.October 4, 2022 at 2:06 pm #145JohnGuest
A young man of 25 while on holiday in Greece. I took a book to read ” God”s Smuggler.” That book was inspirational to me. The impact was such that the afternoon 52 years ago in my hotel room I heard the audible voice of my Lord. The words were simply ” My son I want you to go to Romania ” On my return from holiday I discussed this event with my then pastor. I shared my experience with an wonderful man who, with his wife, had sold up and dedicated themselves to ministering to the saints and others in Romania, Bulgaria and other so called ‘ Iron Curtain ‘ countries. Within a few weeks he ‘ took me on ‘ thereby my journey of obedience to The Lord in that period set me on a course that has remained with me. My call was to remain in paid employment which I did until retirement. I have been blessed to dedicate my time to short- term mission. I am now 77 years. Some say that I am a veteran. My hero, of late, is Caleb– you read the account. I look forward to the day when I will see my Lord and thus my bother – in -Christ Andrew. What stories we will share. What folk we will meet whom our respective lives have touched. Romania was my first excursion where we blessed the saints with 1500 pieces of literature. Bro Andrew’s life and service to Christ was the key factor in the fabric woven by Our Father into my life which has taken me to other nations in South America, Eastern Europe, India, and central Africa. ” All for Jesus ”October 4, 2022 at 1:58 pm #144Andrew MarfleetGuest
I can remember, when I was a young student, a Dutch man came to speak at our Operation Mobilisation training conference in 1965, in Belgium. Brother Andrew’s words still come back to me, and his great faith in what God could do. But the strange thing was that I never remembered his face. There are some speakers whose faces you never forget. But if I’d met Brother Andrew in the street the next day, I’d not have recognised him. As time went by, and I read about his amazing work, I actually felt that God had given him an ‘ordinary’ appearance for a purpose. He looked European, but could have been from anywhere. He had no memorable quirks or mannerisms. Just a friendly person, showing no guile. What he later wrote about seeing eyes being blinded applied to him as a person: only those sympathetic to his work (and not all of them!) would remember his voice or his appearance. His ‘invisibility’ was surely one of God’s special gifts.October 4, 2022 at 1:46 pm #143Sarah WhiteheadGuest
Brother Andrew was such an inspiration to me. His courage and deep love of God always challenged me. He inspired me to become a speaker for Open Doors. I thank God for his faithful life.
Sarah WhiteheadOctober 4, 2022 at 1:38 pm #142Andrew FrenchGuest
In the early 1970’s as a teenager I travelled from the West Midlands down to a London church to hear Brother Andrew speak. His stories of the power of prayer (make seeing eyes blind) had a massive impact on me at the time and after then reading God Smuggler, it was a turning point(if not the turning point) on my road journey to becoming a Christian. I remember it as if it were yesterday! RIP and rise in glory!October 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm #141Sheralyn PattisonGuest
Brother Andrew’s book completely blew me away on my own faith journey. His book encouraged me to step out in faith and know I was protected. Many people have heard about Jesus since! I carry a box of pocket bibles in my car so I never miss an opportunity to share – thank you Brother AndrewOctober 4, 2022 at 1:31 pm #140Sid NeedlerGuest
I got to know about Open Doors & Brother Andrew through my local church prayer meeting. In the course of time, I started to get the newsletters with the possibility of writing postcards to prisoners suffering for their faith in USSR. I even got a reply from one of them probably after their release. I never met Brother Andrew but through him the Lord challenged me to be involved in a small way of bringing encouragement to my persecuted brothers & sisters through prayer and other means. I still use the Open Doors prayer booklet in remembering the persecuted church. This is my tribute to Brother Andrew & the vision the Lord gave him.October 3, 2022 at 10:31 am #130KarenGuest
Such an important work and eternity alone knows just how significant, God bless youOctober 3, 2022 at 10:12 am #129MichaelGuest
so many lives changed! thank you