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Rescue the Captors: Written from within a Marxist guerrilla camp in Colombia, the true story of a kidnapped jungle pilot Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful example of the working of God in and through the life of a person who pot
Purpose to follow Him completely.
This is an honest account of one Christian's captivity. The captor was actually captive out of physical captivity and free when in captivity.Published 3 months ago by L. House
Fascinating book full of adventure and thrills. The best part is that it was non-fiction.
It really showed how staying with your beliefs and having positive attitude can carry... Read more
The book is a must for those who want to get a glimpse of a missionary life and learn the fruits of faith in the Lord.Published 6 months ago by Hongjoon Kim
Great book about a the son of a missionary that was captured and held for ransom. His faith was tested and God came through every time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patrice Kelley
The mission trip with an adventure not soon to be forgotten.Published 7 months ago by Wanda F. Sewell
I enjoyed the story. The author made some very poor decisions from a biblical standpoint. It is an exciting story of trust in God, though a poor example of biblical interpretation... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jake
This was a very well written book, and kept me interested all the way through it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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