A brave life lived for Christ
Brother Andrew (1928-2022)
Barnabas Fund 3 October 2022 (excerpts)
The death of Brother Andrew is a salutary moment for those of us supporting and championing the cause of persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Born Anne van der Bijl, in Holland, he became known as Brother Andrew – or “God’s Smuggler” – who delivered Bibles behind the Iron Curtain to the underground Church.
His work led to the founding of Open Doors ̶ which he chaired until 1995, around the same time that Barnabas came into being.
The inspiration we take from the life of Brother Andrew is threefold.
Firstly, he loved so much that he was prepared to take great risks for the people he served.
Secondly, he prized the Word of God greatly.
Thirdly, he lived a brave life trusting only in the Lord for his safety.
His wife Corry died in 2018; they are survived by five children and 11 grandchildren.