In Memoriam: Brother Andrew, Open Doors, and Robert Wilkins, Wilkins Radio Network

NRB | October 13, 2022 | Member News

In recent months, two former longtime NRB members went to be with the Lord.

Brother Andrew with Open Doors

Brother Andrew

Anne Van der Bijl, also known globally as Brother Andrew, born May 11, 1928, passed away on September 27, 2022, in his home in the Netherlands. Known for his infamous nickname, “God’s Smuggler,” Brother Andrew was the founder of Open Doors, the oldest international ministry to persecuted Christians. Under his leadership, Open Door has expanded to more than sixty countries and provides Bibles and teaching resources, emergency aid and relief, vocational training, and more.

“Brother Andrew was an ordinary man who chose to go to hard places and do amazing things for one reason: He was following Jesus,” said David Curry, president, and CEO of Open Doors USA, in a press release. “One of the most interesting and well-known Christian leaders of our time, his passing indeed leaves a great void. But we believe, as he did, that God will raise people up to continue His good work in the persecuted church, to be the Brother Andrews of our generation.”

Read the full obituary here.


Robert Wilkins with Wilkins Radio Network

Robert Wilkins

Robert L. Wilkins, Jr., born August 24, 1952, passed away on May 9, 2022. Founder of Wilkins Radio Network in 1989, Wilkins was committed to broadcasting the uncompromising truth of the Gospel on the airwaves. Under his leadership, the network grew to forty different teaching and talk programming stations. Wilkins Radio Network, located in major markets, now reaches over 20.3 million listeners and continues to be dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel.


Read the full obituary here.

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