Open Doors’ Founder, Brother Andrew, Dies at 94

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, has died aged 94. His family announced his passing at his home in Harderwijk, Netherlands.

Best known for his inspirational memoir, ‘God’s Smuggler’, Brother Andrew spent years secretly delivering Bibles across the Iron Curtain. For more than 60 years, he visited over 125 countries in service to the global church.

His infectious passion for supporting persecuted Christians grew into a global charity that now helps millions worldwide, providing emergency relief, training and trauma counselling as well as secret Bibles and Christian literature.

Brother Andrew was married to Corry for 59 years, until her passing on Jan. 23, 2018. They lived all their lives in Holland and are survived by their five children and eleven grandchildren.

Celebrating Brother Andrew’s life, DAN OLE SHANI, CEO OF OPEN DOORS INTERNATIONAL, said, “Brother Andrew, a servant of the Lord, father, grandfather, our brother in Christ and the much loved founder of Open Doors has left us for his eternal home in heaven. He is now with Corry, his dear wife.

“He lived for Christ and has died in Christ. We remember his family at this time and extend our deepest condolences to them all. We pray for God to comfort and strengthen them with his love.”

Brother Andrew will be remembered not only for his extensive work for the Kingdom but also for his favorite quote:

“We are called to change the world so that every Christian has enough liberty to worship according to the Bible. We don’t deserve our freedom. We have it by God’s grace for a purpose – to care for and strengthen other members of the Body of Christ who are suffering.”



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