“God’s Smuggler” Brother Andrew, who Smuggled Thousands of Bibles Into Romania During Soviet Rule, Dead at 94

The photo shows Brother Andrew in 2007. (Photo courtesy of Jako Jellema, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Brother Andrew, famous for smuggling Bibles into the Soviet Union, has died at 94. He is best known for smuggling Bibles into Romania in 1957, asking God to blind the eyes of the soldiers who searched his car.

Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association says, “For people under the Soviet Union, there was a forced code of atheism. They had actually converted a lot of churches into museums of atheism. So to have a single Bible was like gold. It was to be treasured. In fact, SGA through the 50s, 60s, and beyond used to broadcast the Bible at dictation speed.”

“Families would gather Bibles together and they would handwrite them, Bibles as much as a foot and a half thick.”

At the checkpoint, Brother Andrew watched soldiers meticulously search each car in front of him. But they waved him through in thirty seconds. Mock says, “The guards would have been so focused and so intent on finding any level of what they termed contraband (which would have included the Bibles) it seems almost impossible that he made it through without an inspection.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Praise God for the witness of Brother Andrew, and pray Christians around the world would follow his example.

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