"The church is growing so rapidly and people are just
coming to know Jesus so quickly, they need to get Bibles in as quickly
as they can and as many as they can. And not just Bibles, but also
training materials for pastors and church leaders."
Constant prayer is playing a key role in helping Christians smuggle
Bibles into North Africa, where Believers can face years in prison for
possessing the scriptures. (Photo via CBN News)
to Open Doors, Believers in a North African country that can't be
identified for security purposes have been holding a 24/7 prayer
Local Christians believe it is the source of the miracles they have
seen, including a steady stream of Bibles coming into the country.
UK volunteer Holly, whose name has been changed, recently took more
than 30 Bibles and other training materials for pastors into the country
where it's illegal to print Christian literature.
"There are church leaders who only have a few pages of scripture that
they own," she told Open Doors. "The church is growing so rapidly and
people are just coming to know Jesus so quickly, they need to get Bibles
in as quickly as they can and as many as they can. And not just Bibles,
but also training materials for pastors and church leaders."
The literature would've been taken if found by airport officials, but security checked every single bag except Holly's.
God just did what he did with Brother Andrew and 'blinded their eyes'
to it. It was amazing that we were the only ones who didn't get
searched," she said.(Photo via CBN News)
Brother Andrew is the founder of Open Doors and is known as "God's
Smuggler" for bringing Bibles into Eastern European countries during the
communist era. When the Soviet Union collapsed he shifted his work to
the Muslim world.
Holly's miracle is not the only one that Open Doors has seen.
"They were telling us that when they take the materials backs to
their churches and to whoever needs these books, they have to go through
20 checkpoints, and at every single checkpoint they could be searched,"
"The whole car can be searched; they might look inside the boot,
under the bonnet, even cut open the spare tire if there's one in the
back and look inside it to see if there's anything illegal in there. But
it was amazing because (the Christian workers said) 'We can keep the
Bibles on the back seat of the car, they'll just never see them'," Holly
Holly says that's because of the 24/7 prayer meeting. The meetings
which began in 2003 were only meant to last a week but intercessors
decided to keep it going.
"There's never been a single moment where there hasn't been someone
praying in that church, every second is covered in prayer," Holly said.
"That's when they started seeing lots of people coming to know Jesus,
and they were able to bring in so many more Bibles and training
materials," she added.