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Rescue the Captors

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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

Customer Reviews

Rescue the Captors

Fantastic! I loved it. Telling friends and family about it. I even read the pig story aloud to my family at my sons birthday party.

The Story of true Reconcilliation

The Story of my Dads kidnaping in rural Colombia back in 1983. It is a powerful story that shows what hope we have of always returning good for evil, of loving our enemies.

Rescue the Captors
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  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: May 02, 2011
  • Publisher: Aneko Press
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 341 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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