Russel StendalBiography : Russell Stendal
Russell Stendal was born in Minneapolis and raised on the mission field in Colombia, South America. He became a missionary jungle pilot at age nineteen. Almost ten years later he was kidnapped in 1983 by Marxist rebels and held hostage for five months. His book, Rescue the Captors, relates his experience, including how God worked in the hearts of the rebels.
Upon his release Russell was involved in evangelistic campaigns across Colombia as well as speaking in the United States and Canada. He began a radio ministry to reach the fighting factions of the internal conflict in Colombia with the Gospel. Galcom has partnered with him to produce a special dual frequency solar powered short wave radio. So far over 48,000 Galcom radios have been deployed in violent areas of Colombia. Galcom and ‘The Voice of the Martyrs’ have helped Russell to restart a missionary aviation program in Colombia after missionary aviation had been suspended for ten years due to the violence.
Russell has written many other books, produced videos, and edited two Bible translations, the Spanish Reina-Valera 2000 and the Jubilee Bible in English. A recent project has been recording the entire Spanish Bible to be included on a microchip in the MegaVoice units developed by Galcom. Soon a compact solar powered unit which combines a two frequency Galcom radio with audio Bible will be available.
Over the past twenty-two years Russell has spoken many times at Missions Fest. The Lord has used contacts obtained at Missions Fest to greatly enhance the ministry in Colombia. Thousands of New Testaments were provided for members of the warring factions in Colombia through children at Missions Fest who donated “Toonies for Testaments”. Another year, a large AM radio transmitter was provided through a person who was challenged by a presentation heard at Missions Fest. Allan McGuirl, founder of Galcom, met Russell Stendal at his Missions Fest booth and they began the project to provide 100,000 Gelcom units for Colombia. God is doing great things in Colombia today.