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Rescue the Captors: Written from within a Marxist guerrilla camp in Colombia, the true story of a kidnapped jungle pilot by [Stendal, Russell]
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"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 and 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 Douthitt | Music Pastor | New Life Assembly | Oak Grove, MO

About the Author

Russell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1899 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: LIFE SENTENCE Publishing (April 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZH8024
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By Richard R. Blake VINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
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"Rescue the Captors" details the 142 day ordeal Russell Stendal experienced in a remote area of Colombia, South America in 1983. This is an astonishing story of his kidnapping and ultimate release. In subsequent years other kidnappings in Colombia have impacted the efforts of Gospel ministry throughout the world.

The unique feature "Rescue the Captors" is that it is presented as it happened in Russ Stendal's own words from the viewpoint of a prisoner writing in a guerrilla camp. Russ's writing is sincere and authentic, a significant contribution to understanding an ever changing environment in world missions today.
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As a missionary and a pilot currently serving in Nepal, this book sounded interesting even before I read the first page. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The action starts quickly and the main story comes across well without seeming too over-the-top braggadocios or sensational.

The structure of the book has alternating chapters skipping back and forth from the story of his captivity to the stories of his childhood as a missionary kid in Columbia. This system paces the book quite well in my opinion and opens the door for a number of stories that really add to the book.

This book is written from a first-person perspective and it fits the stories well. It flows well and the stories are fascinating and touching.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for some insight into life on the missionfield as well as an interesting real-life adventure.
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I really enjoyed the way this book was written. In alternating chapter, it went back and forth between the kidnapping and his growing up. That format made for very enjoyable reading.

Russell's compassion for his captors, who were mostly brainwashed and lost souls, was inspirational, especially when it came to the most cruel captors.

I found his reference to 1 John 4:18 to be the most appropriate to his ordeal: "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading missionary stories or anyone facing overwhelming odds with difficult people in their lives.
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With the author admitting at the beginning that he was not a professional writer and had turned down offers from publishers because he wanted the story to be his own, my heart sank and I really wondered what quality of book I would be reading! I'm glad to tell you that this book, for the most part, is extremely well written!

It starts on August 14th, 1983, in southeastern Columbia. Russell's fishing business had been put out of business when the communist guerrillas had invaded. Russell had been singled out as a target due to being an American. In the process of moving to Bogota, his wife, Marina, had pleaded with Russell not to take this trip on this particular morning. "She had a premonition something would go wrong." Russell was flying with his friend Gilberto to attend a local business meeting regarding the selling of his business. It was a SET UP!

We then head back in time to 1957 and read about how Russell and his parents started out on the mission field. Sometimes books that go back and forth between time periods can be very confusing but not this one. The change of time was very obvious and it was fascinating to read of the 'history' behind Russell's present work. The work his parents did with the Kogi tribe was truly inspiring.

As the story progresses we read Russell's story just as he wrote it in the jungle in captivity. If you, as a Christian, want to know how to discuss evolution with someone there is a great section in this book when Russell is 'arguing' for a creator i.e. God with the guerrillas. Challenge an evolutionist to authorize God to intervene in their life and God will not disappoint.

Russell was in captivity for 142 days.
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The fact this guys was held captive in the jungles of Colombia by guerrillas for ransom, and that he turned an ugly situation into such a positive one for himself and his captors is truly remarkable. This especially hit home for me having also been a missionary in Colombia in the early 80's when the drug cartels were a real concern. I can't imagine having to go through that ordeal, and I'm pretty certain I wouldn't have handled the situation as well as he did. A real eye opener and new perspective on what it truly means to be a Christian when everything around you says lash out and exact revenge. Absolutely worth reading!
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I grew up as a missionary kid in Colombia, and lived through this time in Russel's life, wondering if he would come home alive. I was at the airstrip in Lomalinda where he landed after being released by the guerrillas, and I know that his ordeal is not something that any of us would choose to endure. And yet Russ continues to serve Christ not only to the people of Colombia, but to those very same people that held him hostage in the jungle. It is an exciting, insightful story of how God used one man in a terrible situation to share His love with people who desperately need it.
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