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Russell Stendal

Spirit of Martyrdom is delighted to join Russell Stendal in serving the Church of the Living Martyrs of Colombia and other Latin American countries. Russell courageously and faithfully shares the hope of Jesus Christ to the people of Colombia. In the past decade, over two million Bibles and Christian books have been distributed, and over 100,000 solar paneled radios have been parachuted into the remote jungle areas. Millions of Colombians have heard the Gospel through the various radio stations impacting Colombia and other South American countries.

  • October Latin America Prayer Alert – Watered In Faith – El Tablón Update (10/24/2018) - Watered in Faith Reported By Samuel Hernandez We send our most sincere appreciation for the help received from our partners, individuals and anonymous friends who continue supporting the tremendous work of God in Colombia. The El Tablón project to help persecuted displaced Paez Christians in Colombia is doing well. A few weeks ago, we inaugurated […]
  • June Latin America Prayer Alert – El Tablón (6/1/2018) - By: Samuel Hernandez In the previous newsletter, we mentioned a new and great opportunity we have to help another Christian Paez displaced community located in Huila. This project is called El Tablón and it will be our second big project with a community for persecuted Paez Christians. El Tablón is a mountainous plateau and the […]
  • Bibles Without Borders Project – Latin America Update (2/15/2018) -   January 2018 marked the 54th anniversary of the ministry of our family in Colombia. I was eight years old at the time and can still vividly remember the night flight from Miami to Bogotá in a four-engine piston DC-6 over the moonlit Caribbean. At dawn we reached the north coast of Colombia and the […]
  • Latin America Prayer Update – Interview With Russell Jr. (11/30/2017) -
  • Colombia Drops Terrorism Case Against American Missionary – by Deann Alford (10/25/2017) - Click Here To View Article
  • “But You Care, Don’t You?” Article about Russell Stendal – by Douglas Feavel (10/17/2017) - Russell Stendal But You Care, Don’t You? When a man’s ways please the Lord. (Proverbs 16:7) The window for openly evangelizing in Colombia, South America, began to violently slam shut in the late 1970s. Farming, which was still the country’s largest industry, became committed to the production of cocaine, marijuana and heroin. Drugs were fast on there way to becoming […]
  • The Lone Ranger – by Russell Stendal (8/6/2017) - The Unquenchable Life   (A Study of Acts Chapters 8 – 28)   by Russell M. Stendal   Introduction   I have been called a wide range of derogatory names over the years, even to the extent of being denounced in some sectors as the antichrist (Matthew 5:10-12). One of the more interesting titles conferred […]
  • Update On Kelly From Colombia (5/23/2017) - Colombia  Update About Kelly     Click Here to Listen to Update Kelly’s husband Pabel was martyred in 2014 while delivering Bibles to a hostile Colombian Native American region. SOM workers were able to encourage and walk with Kelly during those difficult days and helped her relocate by purchasing land and building a house for her […]
  • Latin America Update – Shaken (5/11/2017) - Reported by Russell and Marina Stendal Implementation of the Peace Accord has been slow and filled with obstacles. The FARC guerrillas finally arrived at the stipulated sites where they were to turn over their weapons only to be told that the United Nations was not ready to receive them. Also, little or no preparation had […]
  • Damascus Gold Medallion – Honoring Albert Luepnitz (5/11/2017) -   Here in Bogota, Albert Luepnitz just finished another ministry tour in which a large number of military officers including top generals (retired and active) responded and were deeply touched by the Lord. Albert received military awards and honors from the Army, Air Force and the National Police and a ceremony is pending with the […]
  • A New Song In Colombia – Latin America Update (2/9/2017) -   Click Here To Listen To Update   Reported by David Witt Beautiful music rang throughout the meeting hall last week as world – renowned Cuban pianist, Frank Fernandez, honored Russell with a concert on a grand piano in Bogota, Colombia.  Leaders and dignitaries traveled from afar to honor Russell Stendal for his contribution of […]
  • Peace Treaty Update (10/6/2016) -   October 2016   Latin America Prayer Alert   Peace Treaty Update   Reported by: Russell and Marina Stendal The population voted down the Colombian Peace Treaty by a fraction of a percent at 50.2. The bilateral ceasefire remains in place and the guerrillas went on record saying they desire to continue negotiations and will […]
  • Uncompromising the Gospel – Latin America Update (8/2/2016) - July 2016 Latin America Prayer Alert Reported by: Russell Stendal   Uncompromising the Gospel Message In Colombia, the homicide rate is now reported to be 25.9 murders per hundred thousand inhabitants and overall crime rates in many areas are down. This is the lowest rate reported in forty years, yet still one of the highest […]
  • Personal Note from Kelly in Colombia (4/20/2016) - APRIL 2016 Personal Note from Kelly in Colombia I felt God had abandoned me after my husband Pabel was killed and I did not understand. Why did this injustice happen to a man that had dedicated his whole life to the service of God? But after God’s dealings with me and my kids, I realize […]
  • Article on Russell Stendal (2/10/2016) - How An America Preacher Came To Help The Colombian Rebels Who Abducted Him   As an American citizen traveling through remote corners of Colombia at the height of the nation’s civil war, Russell Martin Stendal offered an enticing prospect for left-wing rebels who often kidnapped foreigners for ransom. So tempting, in fact, that Stendal was abducted five […]
  • Latin America Update (6/4/2015) - Cease Fire Rescinded Fighting Escalates   Prayer Alert Reported By: Russell and Marina Stendal Bogota, Colombia June 1, 2015 Over the past week or two the war in Colombia has escalated once again as serious fighting has resumed and the unilateral cease-fire has been rescinded. This is on top of quarter million dead combatants and […]
  • Prayer Alert from Russell and Marina Stendal (5/4/2015) - Prayer Alert from Russell and Marina Stendal We have seen many answers to prayer over the past several weeks. Our Lomalinda radio stations are back on line as our power situation has been resolved. This means that over one hundred thousand Galcom radios that have been distributed over the years to the people on all […]
  • Latin America – Prayer Alert (4/1/2015) - Special Report Regarding Russell Stendal  Reported By: David and Cindy Witt  (April 1st, 2015) Spirit of Martyrdom Ministries Bogota, Colombia We just returned from the field in Colombia and printed this special report quickly to update you with the latest information regarding Russell Stendal. We see the battle continues for truth in Colombia both spiritually and […]
  • Russell Stendal Arrested-Tried-Released (2/20/2015) - Russell Stendal Arrested-Tried-Released   “If you preach the true Gospel of the Lord, you will have to live it…our Lord Jesus said it, you will suffer persecution for my name’s sake…” Russell Stendal   Bogota, Colombia   Arrested-Tried-Released in 24 Hours Reported By David and Cindy Witt The morning of Wednesday, February 18th Russell was warned […]
  • Pabel – Fearless Martyr of Love (12/5/2014) - Pabel and his wife Kelly Israel David (5 years old)  and Linda Estefania (3 years old) Pabel entered into the Loving Presence of his Savior November 2014 “Pabel Lived and Died for the Cause of Jesus Christ”   – A Martyr of Love   Written By: Samuel David Hernández    These were the last words of his wife […]
  • Latin America Update (11/11/2014) - During the month of November, we recognize the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. In the last nearly 20 years of this special focus of prayer, millions have prayed for our global family. Much intercession has been given for peace in Colombia. In recent years, the Colombian government has entered into peace negotiations with […]
  • Latin America Prayer Update (4/4/2014) - Latin America Prayer Update Written By Russell Stendal   This started out helping 50 families of Paez Naza Indians who had been severely persecuted and forced to leave the tribal lands. The seed money to obtain the land (17 acres aprox.) was donated by VOM Finland.  Jon Dufendach, from Alaska who recently visited the project […]
  • Nov 2013 Latin America Newsletter (10/28/2013) - SAVED BY GRACE… AND BOLDLY SHARING WITH OTHERS   Written by: A Colombian Worker;   Russell Stendal had sent some boxes of books and Bibles to a brigade in Tunja. A lady asked if she could take some of these materials to her pastor who ran a prosperity gospel church in Tunja. Her pastor, who […]
  • Latin America Prayer Update – From Violence to Fearless Love (10/9/2013) - I was born in a small town in the emerald zone of Colombia.  At 14 years old, I left home for the fever of emerald mining. From then on, I was involved with cruel men who were the owners and masters of the emeralds. I grew up in a ruthless world and it was not long before I learned […]
  • October 2013 Latin American Newsletter (10/7/2013) - Latin America Prayer Update   EVER’S STORY   I was born in a small town in the emerald zone of Colombia. At 14 years old, I left home for the fever of emerald mining. From then on, I was involved with cruel men who were the owners and masters of the emeralds. I grew up […]
  • July 2013 Latin American Newsletter (7/1/2013) - Prayer Alert from Russell and Marina Stendal I sense great turmoil in the spiritual realm as a tremendous battle is taking place. This also affects the natural realm. Enemy attacks against us and our ministry have increased but so have the open doors and unheard of opportunities.   We are in the final stages of […]
  • June 2013 Latin American Newsletter (6/5/2013) - Latin America Prayer Update Written By Alethia Stendal   This month has been so far a very exciting one. Several radio stations have been installed in the southwestern part of Colombia, in one of the most difficult areas in recent history called Cauca. It is a department in Colombia known for its difficult indigenous tribes […]
  • June 2013 Newsletter (6/5/2013) - Colombia Fearless Love: Written By David Witt Isaiah 41:10  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Santiago used to be a violent Commander for the Communist Colombian Guerillas. He persecuted […]
  • May 2013 Latin American Newsletter (4/29/2013) - Prayer Alert from Colombia   It seems that the Latin America ministry has gone into overdrive this year. Everything is moving forward at an extremely rapid pace.  More radio repeaters in delicate areas; more Bibles, literature, and parachute deployment; more speaking engagements. Best of all, guerilla soldiers, government officials, paramilitary and citizens of Colombia of […]
  • April 2013 Latin American Newsletter (4/3/2013) - Prayer Alert from Colombia   When I first asked Rick and Bebe to consider a missionary trip to Colombia, South America they hesitated. However, after intense prayer they came to such a firm commitment that they even took out a funeral plan that would cover them anywhere in the world before boarding the plane for […]
  • March 2013 Latin American Newsletter (3/7/2013) - Prayer Alert from Colombia   Written by Russell Stendal Jr.For twenty days, starting the first of December 2012, Christian McConnell, Ethan DeLong, my little brother and I were instructed by a great jungle pilot in Missouri. His name is Lionel Smith. He and his wife, Sarah Smith, are the founders of a Jungle Pilot Training […]
  • Jan Prayer Alert from Colombia (1/7/2013) - Prayer Alert from Colombia   We are on track to finish the fifteen new radio installations that I had been asked to accomplish this year. Several are still in progress and some are being run by our ministry partners. It took us twelve years to put in the first fifteen stations and now we have been able […]
  • Prayer Alert from Colombia (10/8/2012) - THANK YOU for your PRAYERS and HEART for the people of COLOMBIA!  Our team just returned from that beautiful country in South America that has been ravaged by violence for years, yet we were encouraged to see firsthand, God’s light shining brightly and bringing hope to wounded hearts and lives.  We were honored to participate […]
  • Latin America Prayer Update (7/25/2012) - Things are going quite well and very intense as usual.   We have been working hard on the big Disney transmitter and now have it tuned to our frequency and operational on low power. In order to put it on high power (which we need in order to be able to transmit long distance) we […]
  • Hope In Colombia: 2012 (1/15/2012) - WITNESSING FEARLESS HOPE IN COLOMBIA Reported By David Witt   Spirit of Martyrdom is delighted to join Russell Stendal in serving the Church-the Living Martyrs of Latin America. Russell courageously and faithfully shares the hope of Jesus Christ to the people of Colombia. He has been taken hostage by the Communist rebel guerrillas multiple times. […]
  • October Newsletter 2011 (10/12/2011) - AMERICAN PASTOR GONE BOLD Reported By David Witt   “We are His witnesses, God has called us to go,” stated Pastor Rob Purdy from First Baptist Church, Seabrook, Texas. In 2006, Pastor Rob was not satisfied to simply expose his congregation to stories of outreach to Muslims and just send money. He wanted a direct […]
  • September 2011 Newsletter (9/8/2011) - From Religious Confusion to Witness of Christ By Russell Stendal, Latin America   South America is full of religious confusion from atheism to pseudo-christian sects. The scriptures warn of doctrines taught by demons that lead to bondage (I Timothy 4:1), yet today we are witnesses to the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ setting […]
  • June 2011 Newsletter (6/7/2011) - Fearless Love: How to Love a Thief  Tanvir told the Spirit of Martyrdom team, “My Father is an Imam – a Muslim spiritual leader. When I accepted Christ, I was the only Christian in my Muslim village. I realized I must preach boldly to increase the Christian fellowship. My family and others did not like […]
  • Fearless Love: Special Report — Russell And Courageous Workers in S. America (2/28/2011) - Due to the increase in radio stations, a much bigger recording studio is needed so we are expanding it through the mountainside of our apartment. Support a parachute with five dollars! In partnership with The Voice of the Martyrs. For every parachute that is thrown, five dollars are needed to cover plane and literature expenses. After a month of hard work and […]
  • Summer SOM News Letter (7/1/2009) - FEARLESS FAITHFUL of Colombia   Russell is one of our contacts in Colombia who exemplifies a life of Fearless Faith.  The Scripture tells us that faith is the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)  One characteristic that is clearly seen after meeting with Russell is that his conviction comes from his intimacy with Christ. […]
  • May April E-mail Newsletter (5/14/2009) - The word “Christian” is found only three times in the Bible.  The word “disciple” is used 260 times.  God not only calls us to be disciples but to make disciples in the image bearing life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Then in John 15:27 Jesus declares to the disciples, “And you also will […]