‘Brother Andrew’ (1928–2022)

‘Brother Andrew’ (1928–2022)
John Tredgett
John Tredgett Elder at Grace Evangelical Church, Carlisle and Production Editor for Evangelical Times.
24 October, 2022 1 min read

Andrew van der Bijl, known as ‘Brother Andrew’ and famous for smuggling Bibles across the Iron Curtain in a blue Volkswagen Beetle, has died aged 94.

His autobiography, God’s Smuggler, has been in print for 40 years and has sold over ten million copies in 35 languages.

Andrew was born in Sint Pancras, the Netherlands. He joined the colonial army of the Dutch East Indies, and converted to Christianity during a period of convalescence, where he spent much time reading the Bible.

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