Open Doors founder Brother Andrew dies aged 94

Sep 29, 2022 by

by Mark King, Christian Today:

Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors, a global charity supporting the persecuted Church, has died at the age of 94.

Real name Andrew van der Bijl, he was affectionately nicknamed ‘God’s smuggler’ for his work carrying Bibles across the Iron Curtain in a blue Volkswagen Beetle.

He passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his family.

Bible smuggling behind the Iron Curtain was to be a hallmark of Brother Andrew’s work on behalf of the persecuted Church – and clearly rattled the Soviet Union, whose KGB reports on him ran to 150 pages.

The captivating story of his bravery is told in his autobiography, God’s Smuggler, which has sold 10 million copies and been translated into 35 languages.

Read here

See also this report on Brother Andrew’s death from Evangelical Focus

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