For the Love of My Brothers
Brother Andrew with Verne Becker
Summary: The story of Brother Andrew, God's Smuggler continues. The Iron Curtain has fallen, but the work has continued into China, Africa, Cuba and the seemingly impenetrable Middle East. All over the world there are small gatherings of believers, living under an oppressive regime, that need encouragement, prayer and Bibles. Open Doors, the organization headed by Brother Andrew, seeks to fill these needs. This book once again tells the stories of our suffering brethren around the globe. In addition, each chapter rightly concludes by challenging believers to overcome their hesitations and to take up their duty, out of love, for the brethren. How will you respond?
Personal Thoughts: "Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die!" (Rev.3:2a) There are Christians in China and Egypt. There are very small bands of believers in Iran and Iraq. They are under incredible pressure. They are isolated and in hiding. They need our prayers, our presence and our encouragement. Open Doors is doing everything they can to fill this need. The work is great. Unfortunately, the labourers are few.
I was blessed to be a small part in Brother Andrew's ministry when I and 17 others smuggled just under 1000 Bibles into China in 2001. It takes prayer, preparation and penetration-first through legal means, and then through smuggling. We must be willing to pay the cost. Is God's kingdom not worth it? The need for willing and active Christians is real and pressing. As the hymn writer, Isaac Watts, aptly puts it:
Must I be carried to the skies
On flow'ry beds of ease;
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas.
Quote: I have come to believe that Islam poses the biggest challenge to the church today. Not to political or economic systems, but to the church. Why? Quite simply, because we in the Western church don't come close to matching the level of commitment, determination and strength of many Muslim groups. Christ and the Bible certainly call us to a radical commitment, but we don't show it in the way we live. Until we do, Islam will continue to be the world's fastest growing religion--not because of its strength, but because of our weakness.
There is another major obstacle to overcome if we are to reach out to Muslims. We must forever set aside the idea that they are our enemies. We did this for decades with the Russians--they were the terrible, evil communists who were going to conquer the world. That very attitude on our part is why it took so long for their system to crumble. In our fear, we did not go to them with the love of God. --pg 208-209