• God is moving in the hearts of powerful leaders in all the Colombian fighting factions, and peaceful meetings are now taking place in Havana, Cuba. Marxists guerillas, right-wing paramilitary, and the Colombian government each have their own agenda. Who would have guessed a meeting of the minds would take place under the helpful auspices of communist Cuba? And that these battle-scarred leaders would give reporters and missionaries the opportunity to challenge some of their core philosophies and even pray with them?
  • Minutes before, the prosecutor had made his opening statement projecting only hatred and contempt toward my father, a missionary charged with rebellion. The police had arrested him the night before by covertly setting a trap. The press had already shamed and ridiculed him nationally and internationally, proclaiming his guilt on headline news before the hearing had even begun. The cold demeanor of the judge terrified us and the odds seemed to be undeniably stacked against my dad. I looked at the judge's stern, intimidating eyes and wondered what my father would decide. She had laid the choice before him. He could face the trial (and be charged with 15 years or more in prison if she declared him guilty) or leave Colombia forever. "Choose the States," I prayed, "Who knows what will happen to you here." Versions Available For Any Donation:
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  • The Hidden Agenda is the story about God's agenda. The Stendals spent years reaching out to all factions across Communist Colombia. As a result, Cuba leaders agreed to host a diplomatic meeting to end the Colombian civil war. Marxists guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary leaders, and Colombian government representatives each arrived and attempted to negotiate according to their own agenda. However, each warring group agree to allow Christian missionaries to pray with them. As a result, Guerrilla commanders and communist leaders asked for prayer to be healed. Army generals meet in daily prayer. Paramilitary commanders asked their many victims, one by one, to forgive them.   The Stendals rejoiced as the Lord movingly healed those willing to love their enemies.

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  • The prosecutor made his opening statement projecting only hatred and contempt toward my father.  He accused a missionary charged with rebellion. The police arrested him the night before by covertly setting a trap. The press shamed and ridiculed him nationally and internationally. They proclaimed his guilt on headline news before the hearing started. The cold demeanor of the judge terrified us and the odds seemed to be undeniably stacked against my dad. I looked at the judge's stern, intimidating eyes and wondered what my father would decide. She laid the choice before him. He could face the trial (and be charged with 15 years or more in prison if she declared him guilty) or leave Colombia forever. "Choose the States," I prayed, "Who knows what will happen to you here."
    This book recounts some of the most important stories of my life including how I found true love and how my father, Russell M. Stendal, was arrested and falsely accused of terrorism. - Alethia Stendal

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