Pray for Brother Russell

Colombia (MNN) — A missionary pilot in Colombia
needs your prayers. From jail, missionary Russell
Stendal sent this message to Voice of the Martyrs
Canada.

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“Somebody set a trap for me, and we walked into
it. There was a secret order out for my arrest,”
Stendal states in the video message.
“They’re accusing me of rebellion, for the
missionary trips and the visits I made into rebel-
held territory, distributing Bibles and radios.”
Please pray for this situation.
“Pray that truth would come forward, in the sense
that he’s doing God’s work, and that the enemy,
who would be trying to attack through these people,
will be silenced in this,” requests VOM Canada
spokesman Greg Musselman.
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Russell Stendal: risking it all
Stendal has been air-dropping Bibles, Christian
literature, and small radios into dangerous parts of
Colombia for years. Musselman says Stendal does
it so villagers and Communist/Marxist guerrilla
forces can hear the Gospel.
“VOM Canada, VOM U.S., and many of our partner
ministries around the world, have worked with
Russell for many years,” says Musselman.
There’s inherent risk whenever a missionary
disobeys man’s commands in order to fulfill the
Great Commission.
“You’re doing things that, in a sense, [are] against
the law; but then we have what the Bible tells us:
we’re to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth,”
Musselman says, describing the “Catch 22.”
Then, there are risks that come with the territory;
as stated on VOM Canada’s Web site, “Colombia
has been overrun with violent Marxist guerrilla
groups, drug cartels, and right-wing paramilitary
groups.”
Stendal knew all of these dangers but pressed
forward for the cause of Christ.
“This guy has been kidnapped five times; I
mentioned the time he was held for months by the
FARC guerrillas; he’s in constant danger,” shares
Musselman.
One thing about Stendal’s capture isn’t “sitting
right” with Musselman and those closest to the
situation, though.
“Who’s fueling this, and who’s pushing the
government to have him arrested?” Musselman
asks. “I mean, the guy’s been doing this for
decades…why now?”
Christian leaders are usually the most at-risk,
Stendal recently told Musselman and his
colleagues at VOM Canada.
“Pastors preach against killing people, kidnapping,
and being involved in the drug cartels, so that puts
a target on them,” recounts Musselman.
“There’s been more pastors killed in Colombia the
past 20 years than any other country in the world.”

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