God’s Smuggler

Genre:Missionary biography
Subject:Brother Andrew
Publisher:Chosen Books
Location:Grand Rapids
Library:Physical collection at walkingtogether.life

Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book

Brother Andrew wrote to his friend Thile that he had no interest in God, but that all changed when he noticed the attitude of the nuns. The nuns did their thankless job with joy and cheerfulness that he could not understand. When he asked about it, they told him it was because of the love of Christ.
As Andrew began to read the Bible diligently, he soon found himself attending services and meetings. But at every meeting, Andrew, like the Berean believers, took note of what the preacher said and verified it for himself whenever he got home.
Brother Andrew and a group of young people trust God to provide for tea and cake. God provides in a miraculous way.
This story has inspired so many others to trust God in difficult situations, that it is referred to as the "Smuggler's Prayer." Like when the apostle Peter was led out of jail past four guards who never saw him leaving, Brother Andrew prayed that the Yugoslavian border guards would be blind to his load of Bibles.
Pastor Basil was so notorious for working with the secret police, that they called him a puppet. However, when Brother Andrew visited Basil's church, the Holy Spirit did a strange work in the man, and Pastor Basil himself was surprised when he invited Brother Andrew to conduct evangelistic meetings for three days.
Brother Andrew was passing across the Romanian border on a day when the guard on duty was inspecting the cars meticulously, taking up 45-60 minutes for each car. Before his turn, he prayed to God asking for a miracle, and what happened that day could only be described as a miracle. He was allowed to pass in less than a minute!
Brother Andrew was praying to God that Klaas and Eduard would join their mission team. Unknown to him, God had placed the same burden on their hearts. God orchestrated events that led both of them to join the team without any interference by Brother Andrew.
A Romanian Priest who had been in prison for smuggling Bibles was arrested a second time with Bibles in his cargo. Just then a businessman stopped by. He purchased all the Bibles intending to sell them on the Black Market. The Priest was released and the Bibles got to the believers even though not as intended. All things work together for good to those who are called by His name.
The KGB were well aware of what Brother Andrew was doing, which he found out after perestroika and the reunification of East and West Germany. It became obvious that Brother Andrew was not a clever smuggler or spy. Instead it was clear that God intervened time and time again to hide his activities from the KGB.
In a meeting that beautifully shows the unity of the body of Christ; Brother Andrew, a protestant, met with Alexey, patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church. And the two, though markedly different in their forms of worship to God, fellowshipped and prayed together as brothers in Christ.