Rescue the Captors

Rescue the Captors

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by Russell Stendal
     
 

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The terror began on August 14, 1983. American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on routine business, landed his plane in a remote Colombian village. Gunfire exploded throughout the town and within minutes Russell's 142 day ordeal had begun. The guerrilla fighters explained that this was a kidnapping for ransom and that he would be held until payment was made.


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The terror began on August 14, 1983. American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on routine business, landed his plane in a remote Colombian village. Gunfire exploded throughout the town and within minutes Russell's 142 day ordeal had begun. The guerrilla fighters explained that this was a kidnapping for ransom and that he would be held until payment was made.


Held at gunpoint deep in the jungle and with little else to occupy his time, Russell began to write. He told the story of his life and kept a record of his experience in the guerrilla camp. His "book" became a bridge to the men who held him and now serves as the basis for this incredible true story of how God's love penetrated a physical and ideological jungle.


256 pages.


"Russell Stendal’s Rescue the Captors is a gripping, captivating, first-hand account of his experience as a hostage taken by Marxist guerillas in the tropical forests of southeastern Colombia. Readers will be energized by the fast-paced and well-detailed retelling of how God used the kidnapping of one obscure jungle pilot missionary not only to help him define his personal mission in life and ministry, but also to reach many of the same men women who were his captors with the Gospel of Christ. Get ready to be drawn in to a marvelous experience as the power of God’s love comes alive in the life of a man who was willing to change his views of those who held him captive, and see them through the eyes of Christ, as revealed through a new understanding of the Sermon on the Mount."


Rusty, Music Pastor, New Life Assembly, Oak Grove, MO


I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, "Rescue the Captors" by Russell Stendal. Russell’s story was one that held my attention completely while unveiling the real heart of a man with the same humanity as myself. His story stirred my soul to rise to the challenge of missions and evangelization while the teachings on the family and marriage in the back of the book gave practical insights into strengthening marriages. Everyone who loves God and yet struggles with practical Christianity should read and digest this book. You won't be able to put it down!


David Hartgrove, Pastor, Crossroads Cathedral Assembly of God, Centralia, MO

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011285295
Publisher:
LIFE SENTENCE Publishing
Publication date:
05/02/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
94,340
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Russell is the oldest of Chad & Pat’s four children. At the age of four while his family was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he prayed and asked God to call his parents to be missionaries. God answered that prayer and within just a few years the whole family was in Colombia as missionaries. He married a lovely Colombian lady named Marina and they have 4 children, Lisa, Alethia, Russell Jr., and Dylan.


When Russell was 27 years old, he was kidnapped by the Marxist guerrillas called the FARC. The story of his kidnapping is told by him in the book he wrote titled Rescue the Captors. His reason for the title is because he realized that his captors were more prisoners than he was. There was a chance he would be released, but most of his kidnappers were young boys who had been taken from their families, given a weapon and taught to kill. They are threatened with death to themselves and/or their families should they try to escape. Not to mention their spiritual captivity.


Russell formed a publishing company called Ransom Press International. He has published about 20 books in English and some 40 Spanish titles. Most of his time recently has been editing the Spanish Bible written by Casiodoro de Reina in 1569.


Russell has been running a 24 hour Christian radio station out in the southeastern plaines of Colombia, which reaches into an area that is mostly guerrilla controled, but also reaches some drug traffickers and some paramilitary. There is a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to a website in Spanish with lots of pictures of Russell and his work.


Russell also has an extensive ministry as guest speaker in churches around the world. His speaking is unique in that he is very sensitive to the Lord’s voice and does not hesitate to deliver that which the Lord has imparted to him, no matter how uncomfortable it may be to him personally. Above all, Russell desires to have a pure heart and clean hands in order to bring forth the unadulterated word of God, with a humble attitude.

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