“Wake Up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die.”
This verse inspired Brother Andrew to take action, and support persecuted Christians across the world.
In 1955, Brother Andrew made it his mission to distribute bibles to Christians without easy access to God’s Word. Now in his 80s, Brother Andrew continues to serve the Persecuted Church, along with a large team, referred to as ‘Open Doors.’
In 1955, a young Dutch missionary went on a group tour to Poland, at that time a part of the Soviet bloc. There he discovered remnants of the Body of Christ desperately in need of Bibles, support and prayer. Brother Andrew (as he would later be known around the world) distributed a suitcase full of bibles and Christian literature, making the humble beginnings of Open Doors with Brother Andrew. God’s Smuggler, Brother Andrew’s autobiography chronicling those early years, details dangerous border crossings, KGB (Soviet Secret Service) pursuits, and his courageous journey toward living radically for Jesus Christ. The international bestseller has made a tremendous impact on Christians in the West.
Through the book and the work of the Holy Spirit, Brother Andrew’s small Dutch mission became an international ministry with offices in 27 countries, working in more than 60 countries to strengthen the Persecuted Church.
It is estimated Brother Andrew has visited 125 countries in his travels to preach and befriend those in need. During his trips, he said he never had a Bible confiscated and was arrested only three times.