Leaving the American Sector

Jeff crossed Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin over 100 times.

Leaving The American Sector begins in the backdrop of the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. The Berlin Wall symbolized the divide between communism and freedom.

Jeff and Paula’s breathtaking story about crossing Checkpoint Charlie and other borders takes you on a journey you won’t soon forget. They smuggle bibles and other supplies across the Iron Curtain together with their young children to help persecuted believers.

In 1978 at 21 years of age, Jeff Thompson left southern California as a missionary and moved to Vienna, Austria. Both Jeff and his wife Paula had learned German in school without knowing that one day they would need this language skill on the mission field.

Leaving The American Sector gives you a behind-the-scenes look at their exciting ministry.  You feel like you are right there with them, sitting in that van on the checkpoint as guards slowly inspect the vehicle. For almost 12 years they risked their safety traveling across hostile borders of the Iron Curtain during the Soviet era.


Dr. Clyde Cook, the former president of Biola University said; “I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put it down.”  Leaving The American Sector will inspire you to live your life for God and make a difference in this world for Christ.


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