Brother Andrew’s work went on to span many decades and geographic locations. And this infamous incident at the Romanian border became one of many close calls to follow. Along the way, Brother Andrew even developed a trademark prayer to say as he snuck Bibles and Christian literature across the border:
“Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture I want to take to your children. When you were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see.”
Stories from Brother Andrew’s dangerous global exploits earned him the nickname God’s Smuggler—a handle that would also become the title of a best-selling book about his ministry. God’s Smuggler, one of many great Brother Andrew books, would go on to sell over 10 million copies and be translated into thirty-five languages.
A relatable hero
But beyond daring border crossings and renowned books, what makes Brother Andrew inspiring to many, however, is not just the extraordinary parts of his story. Many, rather, are moved by just the opposite.
We are drawn to Brother Andrew because we relate to him. His relatable nature is, in fact, why we know him as “Brother Andrew” in the first place. In his lifetime of travel around the world, he became “everyone’s brother” because he lived as a brother to all who follow Christ.
As a result, we see bits of Brother Andrew’s life—bravery and vision, risk and worry—in our stories as well. And in reading about him, we are delighted to see how God used an ordinary man like Brother Andrew. Because his story suggests God might also use ordinary people like us in extraordinary ways.
If Brother Andrew talked with each of us, he would likely encourage us along these exact lines. He would tell us as he has told many others, “The Bible is full of ordinary people who went to impossible places and did wondrous things simply because they decided to follow Jesus.”
“The real calling,” he has said, “is not a certain place or career but to everyday obedience. And that call is extended to every Christian, not just a select few.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, many ordinary people have been inspired by Brother Andrew to find ways they can support persecuted Christians. Thanks, in part, to their contributions, Open Doors has expanded many times over.
Today, Open Doors has bases and staff all over the world who work to support persecuted believers in more than 60 countries. These people, along with our supporters, still smuggle Bibles into regions that are hostile to the faith. But beyond that, they carry Brother Andrew’s legacy—his faith—forward into the years and decades to come.
Open Doors is the movement that Brother Andrew inspired. And those of us who are a part of it, like Andrew, welcome anyone who follows Christ to come alongside us and join our work. We hope today you will choose to join us in being the Brother Andrews of this generation.