Free Lecture: Russell Stendal – “Religious Freedom in Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela"
Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group Presents a Free Lecture: Russell Stendal – “Religious Freedom in Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela,”
Part of Religious Freedom Week 2017
Russell Stendal had a role in bringing reconciliation between the government of Colombia and the FARC rebel movement. He was born in Minneapolis and raised on the mission field in Colombia, South America.
He became a missionary jungle pilot at age nineteen. Almost ten years later he was kidnapped in 1983 by Marxist rebels and held hostage for five months. His book, Rescue the Captors, relates his experience, including how God worked in the hearts of the rebels.
Russell has written many other books, produced videos, and edited two Bible translations, the Spanish Reina-Valera 2000 and the Jubilee Bible in English.
Russell heads up the work of Colombia Para Cristo which operates twelve radio stations involving over one hundred staff and coworkers and covering much of Latin America with the Gospel. A thriving underground church has developed in remote jungle areas of Colombia. New high-gain antennas are now beaming the Gospel message deep into areas of deepening crisis across the borders of Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and throughout Colombia.
Sponsored by the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group at TWU.