Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors International and author of God’s Smuggler, will be honored by Student Leadership University on Monday, Feb. 28, at an event to be held at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Michael Wood, a representative of Open Doors, will accept the Lifetime Achievement/Hero of the Faith Award at the Youth Pastor Summit on his behalf. Brother Andrew is unable to attend the event.
However, he did relay his thanks for the award from his home in the Netherlands.
“Even though I am truly honored by this award, I want to give all the glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for being our ‘Hero.’ He paid the ultimate price for our freedom and redemption and is the reason for my very existence. In Christ, we can do all things.
“Please convey my sincere apologies to the attendees of the Youth Pastor Summit for not being there personally. Brothers and sisters, you are indeed all together “for such a time as this” and need to be obedient to the call of God on your lives. The forces of darkness seek to overcome the light, but we know that Christ has won the battle over a defeated foe. Every door is open for those who are bold enough to go through.”
The plaque to Brother Andrew reads “Hero of the Faith Award, 2011, Brother Andrew, On behalf of a grateful generation of youth pastors for your humility of heart, boldness of vision and sacrificial service.”
Dr. Jay Strack, president and founder of Student Leadership University, says of Brother Andrew: “I want you to know of our esteem and prayers. We recognize most of all the impact you and Open Doors have made on ministry in America as well as around the world.”
Brother Andrew helped mold Strack’s life as a young man in the 1960’s when he was seeking meaning and direction. Shortly after becoming a Christian, he read God’s Smuggler. The book helped him find his place in God’s kingdom.
In 1955, Brother Andrew went with a tour group to Poland. There he discovered a Christian church behind the Iron Curtain desperately in need of the Word of God. Brother Andrew distributed a suitcase full of Christian literature; marking the humble beginnings of Open Doors. Today Open Doors is working in 60 countries with more than 700 employees with the purpose of supporting and strengthening persecuted Christians.
God’s Smuggler details dangerous border crossings in his Volkswagen beetle, KGB pursuits and Brother Andrew’s courageous journey toward living radically for Jesus Christ. His latest book, co-authored with Al Janssen, is Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ (Revell 2007).
It is estimated Brother Andrew has visited 125 countries and logged more than one million miles in his travels to deliver Bibles, preach and befriend those suffering for their Christian faith.
In 1997, Brother Andrew was the recipient of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Award, recognizing his lifetime of service to suffering Christians and his passion for spreading the Gospel.
Student Leadership University has trained over 54,000 middle school and high school students from 18 countries on the tools of leadership and a Christian worldview. The Youth Pastor Summit has trained over 2,400 students from 28 denominations and movements over the past 13 years. For more information, go to www.studentleadership.net .
An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world’s most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.
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