Andrew was born in Holland prior to WW2 and lived through that horror. Since the war had closed schools, he had a very limited education with no way to make up for lost time. This, coupled with the pressure from his father to find his way in the world must have been terribly stressful. A series of events and opportunities led him to Scotland, where he went through what we would now call layman missionary training. And it was here that he would tell you that he learned to trust in God for everything, and I mean everything. And he would tell you that he would pray before every big decision and try hard to do God’s bidding, and he learned to trust that as long as he was doing God’s bidding, then God would provide the means and pathway to get done what needed to be done. For Brother Andrew this became absolute.
His faith and determination would lead him along a very dangerous pathway committing the highly illegal act of smuggling and distributing what was considered by some Soviet governments as pornography, the Christian Bible. He would narrowly avoid detection and prison repeatedly, sometimes seemingly miraculously, supernaturally. Not only did very few Christians in these countries have Bibles, but pastors often lacked them as well, or at best there might be one for an entire congregation. You can imagine the thirst he was able to satisfy.
But Brother Andrew has a terrible lower back. Sometimes he was barely able to stand. Other times he could only drive his car at 35mph or the jarring of the road would cause disabling pain. And still other times all he could do was lie on the ground waiting for the pain to subside. His mobility was at the whim of his lumbar spine. This is post World War 2. Europe is in pieces. Whole towns and cities have been reduced to rubble. Medical care is hit and miss. Chiropractic, being the invention of an American in 1895, has not yet spread to the world, as it would much later.
As you can imagine, Brother Andrew needed a series of good chiropractic adjustments. But that was not in his future. What was in his future was not a series of adjustments, but rather a single very serious adjustment, and not one that any of us would want. This adjustment would happen during a plane crash, believe it or not. Brother Andrew barely survived that plane crash with a broken vertebra in his lower back. After months of recovery he noted a very surprising benefit to his broken back, his lower back pain was gone. It was his opinion and the opinion of his doctors that the trauma of the plane crash had not only broken one bone, but realigned another, and in just the right position. His pain has never returned. It just shows that chiropractic adjustments can come in all shapes and sizes, but I hope you like the ones we do here more than a plane crash. But if you want to give it a try…