Russell is the oldest of Chad & Pat’s four children. At the age of four while his family was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he prayed and asked God to call his parents to be missionaries. God answered that prayer and within just a few years the whole family was in Colombia as missionaries. He married a lovely Colombian lady named Marina and they have 4 children, Lisa, Alethia, Russell Jr., and Dylan.
When Russell was 27 years old, he was kidnapped by the Marxist guerrillas called the FARC. The story of his kidnapping is told by him in the book he wrote titled Rescue the Captors. His reason for the title is because he realized that his captors were more prisoners than he was. There was a chance he would be released, but most of his kidnappers were young boys who had been taken from their families, given a weapon and taught to kill. They are threatened with death to themselves and/or their families should they try to escape. Not to mention their spiritual captivity.
Russell formed a publishing company called Ransom Press International. He has published about 20 books in English and some 40 Spanish titles. Most of his time recently has been editing the Spanish Bible written by Casiodoro de Reina in 1569.
Russell has been running a 24 hour Christian radio station out in the southeastern plaines of Colombia, which reaches into an area that is mostly guerrilla controled, but also reaches some drug traffickers and some paramilitary. There is a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to a website in Spanish with lots of pictures of Russell and his work.
Russell also has an extensive ministry as guest speaker in churches around the world. His speaking is unique in that he is very sensitive to the Lord’s voice and does not hesitate to deliver that which the Lord has imparted to him, no matter how uncomfortable it may be to him personally. Above all, Russell desires to have a pure heart and clean hands in order to bring forth the unadulterated word of God, with a humble attitude.
The book of Revelation should be of intense interest to today’s Christian. It describes not only the persecution that originates from Satan, but also announces the day when God will intervene and cleanse the earth. This is definitely something to look forward to if we are right with him. Not so much for those living for themselves.
What are our ways? They are man’s ways of doing things. What does the LORD want? He wants us to do things His way. What is His way? His way is that we go up to the mountain. The LORD is speaking of the mount of His holiness, a “mountain” where everything is done exclusively for Him.
While many Christians know only freedom and safety, others do not. Your freedom isn’t guaranteed. In fact, Matthew 10:22 says we will be hated because of Christ. Do you have what it takes to be hated and still follow the Lord’s commandment to love your enemies?
We interpret much of the Old Testament in light of the New Testament, but the keys to the signs and symbols of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ are found in the Old Testament. This is where we discover the message of the seventh trumpet. It will sound along with the previous six trumpets on the last day, but the Lord has been sounding this message throughout all of history. The trumpet s
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I love a good fight. When unjustly attacked, I have learned to seek the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit and retaliate by Overcoming Evil with Good. There is a huge difference between a Peacemaker and a Pacifist!
This Battle Plan for spiritual warfare, was gleaned from the life and message of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes.
Los vencedores, los que pueden andar sobre el mar mezclado con fuego, son aquellos que han sido bautizados con el Espíritu Santo y con fuego. Ellos y el mar (el mar que parece de vidrio) están en reposo.
Este libro relata la aventura cristiana realmente apasionante de Martín Stendal, cuando estaba cumpliendo su trabajo como aviador y misionero, fue secuestrado y pasó por mil peripecias que pusieron en peligro su vida.
Es un libro en que se ve la mano Providencial y Paternal de Dios, cuidando a sus siervos. En este libro se une la aventura, el valor humano y la presencia de Dios en cada momento.
Hay personas en los grupos alzados en armas que amenazan de hacer daño a quienes no les pagan la “vacuna” (el dinero a cambio de seguridad); en toda Colombia ha habido situaciones así. De la misma forma, en toda Colombia hay ministros de iglesias que amenazan a quienes no les pagan el diezmo diciendo: “Dios le va a hacer daño”. Entonces: ¿Quién es el terrorista mayor?
Seguir a Dios ya tiene un precio de por sí, pero es un precio que debemos pagar voluntariamente, por nuestra propia y libre voluntad, pues Jesús no es un terrorista. Él no hace las cosas de esa manera. Si queremos obrar a nuestro modo y seguir nuestros caprichos, Él nos permite hacerlo así, pues somos libres para descubrir las consecuencias de proceder según nuestro parecer.
Solamente si hemos muerto completamente a todo lo que representa la carne y sus propios deseos (aunque sean “buenos”) podremos ser candidatos para ser parte del último ministerio profético de la historia que limpiará el camino para el glorioso regreso del Señor Jesús, el Cristo.
El altar, en el Antiguo Testamento, es lo mismo que “Evangelio” en el Nuevo Testamento. El altar es un sitio donde tenemos un encuentro con el SEÑOR, para hacer un pacto con Él. No se pueden cambiar las condiciones.
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True story of being kidnapped for ransom by guerillas in Colombia. Russell tells of the lessons he learned and how he was able to witness to those that held him captive. His story is one of which we all can learn from.