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“We felt quite sure that we were still going in the right direction when, all of a sudden, we noticed the form of a man dressed in a uniform approaching us. Our hearts sank as we thought of what was about to take place. Had we come so far only to be sent back, or worse, lose our life? My father took the lead, and as the officer was now in clear view, he asked, ‘Are you escaping?’ What could my father say? It was quite obvious what our intention was. Father’s reply was, ‘Yes.’”

Find inspiration in this heart-stopping journey of a family who determined to follow God no matter what. It was illegal to be a Christian under communism, but that did not stop the Hiebert family, who, like Daniel’s three friends, said, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us” (Dan. 3:17). Witness the unmistakable providences of God in this faith-building narrative of God’s care for His children. We serve a great God who takes note of our daily encounters of life. When life appears to be hopeless all around, there is Someone greater to turn to who will never leave us though we may face severe trials, persecution, or even the difficulties of daily struggles. The author’s desire is that readers will be touched by God’s leading and develop a greater trust in God as they travel life’s journey.

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Jacob Hiebert, a successful businessman, pastor, and administrator of Dutch/German origin, was born in southern Ukraine. Living during World War II under the rule of communism, he and his family spent six years of his early life as refugees before coming to Canada. He holds a degree in theology and business administration. His wife Judy has shared in her husband’s work of administration in Canada and abroad. They are retired and reside in southern British Columbia. Their four children live in the western United States and Canada. The author’s favorite Bible text is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

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