Just a note about a special event happening on Thursday, February 3, 2011.
Russell Stendal is coming to Calvary Baptist! Who is Russell Stendal?
We looked at his life (so far) at our Battalion Noncom Conference last February. Here'swhat we learned:
RussellStendal grew up as a missionary kid in Columbia amongst the Kogi Indians. On August 14th 1983 he was taken hostage by a band of FARC rebels in the town of Canyo Jabon. He was held for 142 days and released only after his brother paid a $55,000 ransom. This incredible story is in his book Rescue the Captors. During the ordeal he learned that his captors where actually in greater bondage than he was. They were forced to stay with the rebel groups on fear of death or the death of their family, but more than that, they were subject to the guilt and fear caused by their sin. After his release Russell dedicated his life to reaching the men and women on all sides of the conflict with the only message of hope that could free them; the message of forgiveness and peace that comes from accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
Today, Russ is reaching out to the Lost in Columbia, to the terrorists and the Army and everyone in between. He has built and staffed radio stations to spread the Gospel in two formats, easy-listening Gospel radio and Bible based learning radio. He's formed a partnership with Galcom and drops their solar powered, pre-tuned radios from his plane as he flies over remote areas which are otherwise closed to the Gospel. He's taking Bibles to places few people would dare to go. And, he loves it - he is serving God.
At 6:30 that evening Russ will be meeting with our Battalion (location TBA) for a few minutes and then at 7:00 Russ will be meeting everyone who can come for a evening of stories and ministry.
Bring your friends and parents. You don't want to miss this.