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Rescue the Captors

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  23 reviews
American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on routine business, landed his plane in a remote Colombian village. Gunfire exploded throughout the town and within minutes Russell's 142 day ordeal had begun. The Colombian cartel explained that this was a kidnapping for ransom and that he would be held until payment was made. Held at gunpoint deep in the jungle and with little else t ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Life Sentence Publishing (first published June 1985)
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Jason Mccool
After hearing Russ speak at a Voice of the Martyrs conference in February 2013, I had to get this book. He has lived a pretty exciting roller coaster of a life, and is able to convey it well in his speeches. But more than that, he's able to convey deep spiritual concepts in a down-to-earth way. While the first sentence of the book is "I am not a 'professional' writer", he still does does a great job of conveying his story. He tells of his kidnapping by Marxist guerrillas in Colombia and his capt ...more
Ginny Jaques
Russell Stendal's father read him a story about what life in Columbia is like for an indigenous person. Russell asked his dad why life was so hard for them, and was told it was because no one had gone to help them make things better. Russell immediately got down on his knees and asked God to send his parents to Columbia to help the needy people. He was 4 years old at the time.

When Russell was 8, the family moved to Columbia to begin translation work with Wycliffe Bible translators. When he was 2
Rob Robideau
Beautiful Missionary Stories with Some Adventure

As a missionary and a pilot currently serving in Nepal, this book sounded interesting even before I read the first page. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The action starts quickly and the main story comes across well without seeming too over-the-top braggadocios or sensational.

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.
A little over half of this book Russell Stendal wrote his story about being captured by Marxist terroist. About 40% at the end was written more like a devoational; lessons that Russell learned. I rated three stars because the writing style was a bit hard to follow at times, but I would give about five stars for the story itself as it amazes me how God works through difficult situations and uses His servants to convict the even darkest of people.
Excellent story!
This book is a true story about the author who was kidnapped in Columbia by a group of guerrilla fighters when he was working as a jungle pilot.

Along with the actual kidnapping story itself and subsequent time in captivity, he weaves in stories from his childhood and early adulthood missionary and God adventures.

I greatly appreciated the author’s openness and honesty in the way he reveals his own faults and how God turned them around.

I also greatly liked the way he shared his faith with his capt
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

American bush pilot Russell Stendal, on routine business, landed his plane in a remote Colombian village. Gunfire exploded throughout the town and within minutes Russell's 142 day ordeal had begun. The Colombian cartel explained that this was a kidnapping for ransom and that he would be held until payment was made. Held at gunpoint deep in the jungle and with little else to occupy his time, Russell got ahold of some paper and began to write. He told the story of his life and kept
Carlene Havel
Not the best written book, but what a story! Imagine being in a life-or-death situation and deciding to live according to your Christian beliefs instead of cowering in fear. That's the premise of this charming book. The author admits to his mistakes and failures, yet attests to the power of starting over every day. More than a true adventure, this is a book about a man's spiritual journey, once that strengthens him and impacts those around him. They have guns, but he has the Word. Definitely wor ...more
D.I. Telbat
A jungle pilot is kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas in Colombia. Instead of fighting and hating his captors, Stendal shares Christ's love and wins the hearts of the most ruthless militants. He wrote this book while in captivity!

I've told many about this book. It's a short, quick read of 176 pages. Stendal's connection with his captors was aided by a lifetime in Colombia as a missionary kid. Though initially targeted as a capitalist enemy, the guerrillas soon realized this poor jungle pilot was not
In 1983, a former missionary kid who grew to become a missionary himself while flying planes around Colombia in order to help people who were in desperate need (suffering or poor and helping them with businesses like fishing) is kidnapped by the FARC Guerrillas with a ransom. He types out his story while in captivity for a few months about his life, the miracles he witnessed, the Jesus he loves, how he met his wife, the mistakes he made, and about the relationships he was building with the men w ...more
Tom Schulte
captured by the FARC Stendal writes this book in captivity while trying to be a Christian captive winning the admiration of a guerrilla he nearly killed and the enmity of those who feel he threatens their Marxist ideal. I like the stories of his altruistic work as bush pilot missionary and captive, buf can do without the theological musings. This edition has extensive appendix material, mostly theological, but includes the hilarious relating of transporting an unwilling hog via Cessna,
Having previously read "Our Son Was Captured By Guerrillas" by the parents of Russell Stendal, I was interested in reading Russell's own book which relates the story of his experiences as a captive of guerrillas in the Colombian jungle for 142 days. This book is a testimony to the amazing things that God can do in someone who is yielded to Him. Once Russell realized that perhaps God had allowed the kidnapping to take place in order for Russell to reach his captors with God's Word, miraculous eve ...more
Trudy E
This gripping account of being abducted and held captive in the jungles of South America is well told by the victim. Missionary Russell Stendal shares his experience, and the impact it had on him and those he would go from fearing to being burdened to pray for. The last part of the book is mostly studies or sermons and took me longer to get through, but worth the time.
Fascinating story about God's provision in the midst of tragedy. Reminds me of the Burnham story in the Philippines.
Too bad the cover doesn't show. It won the best cover winner at the National Christian Booksellers Convention. Russell has a powerful story telling ability. His accounts of his childhood are absolutely delightful, and his telling of his time in the Marxist guerilla camp make a person take a second look at how rich we are and how little they have. Heart wrenching at times Russell does a great job of sharing the predicament the Colombians find themselves in. It's an easy read with the power of God ...more
Margaret Nelson
One of the best missionary books I've read in a long time

This book is so good., I've ordered a print copy to share with friends who don't have s Kindle. Well worth reading.
Axle Black
Now this is the kind of stuff I like to read! Stendal tells this amazing story with humility, giving God all the credit. Though some of the happenings make you chew your fingernails, they are all believable. You don't get the impression that the facts are embellished for effect - they don't have to be. One could'nt outline a fictional scenario more captivating.
I take my hat off to you Russell.
Susan Meyer
Excellent! Very thought provoking

An excellent read for every Christian and one to share with those who are not believers. Be sure to read the appendices.
Carrie Allen
I like the message that this book offers. Particularly at the end, there are several parts that refer to the inner peace that God offers to his people. This is helpful and encouraging for any circumstance. This book has a lot of good reminders on what Christian behavior should be like and what Christ can do in your life.
One of the best books I have read recently. It is inspiring because it was written so honestly. A testimony to how what often seems like a tragedy can be an amazing part of God's greater plan.
Ashley Tetzlaff
I dare you to be able to put this book down once you've started it... you won't want to. Join Russell as he deals with life and captivity among drug smugglers and communists.
Kim Hill
Great book! Loved the fact he was able to hold on to his faith and witness to his captors. Also liked the sermon at the end of the book.
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