Can Bible Smugglers Learn From Moonshine Boot-Leggers? The Case of the Curious Cow-Shoe

During a time when Bibles are prohibited in North Korea, Iran, and Afghanistan, Christians are forced to look for ways to illegal ways to smuggle the Word of God into closed nations.

When Christians smuggle Bibles into countries where it is illegal, Christians become a part of a criminal enterprise and the question naturally arises – are there things that Christians can learn from other criminal activities?

In the early 2000s, BTJ smuggled Bibles into North Korea with a former drug smuggler who later accepted Christ and became a missionary. This former drug smuggler worked together with BTJ and used special techniques (which he learned illegally by smuggling drugs across the border), to help smuggle Bibles into North Korea.

Today, BTJ is illegally providing Bibles to China, North Korea, Iran, North Korea, and Burma and are always looking for new ways to evade authorities to take God’s Word into the areas it is needed most.

One story caught our eye today on a site called

In 1920s America, when alcohol was illegal, a group of crafty ‘boot-leggers’ made moonshine without the local authorities discovering them. The boot-leggers made their illegal moonshine deep in the woods and from time-to-time, the police would discover these areas. Unfortunately for the police, when they arrived to catch the boot-leggers red-handed, the boot-leggers would be gone.

When the police went looking for their escape route, they were unable to find them because the clever moonshiners had special shoes designed for such an occasion – cow hoof print shoes!

Both photos in this article are from that have been circulating on social media.

The special shoes were made of a strip of metal with wooden blocks on the bottom to resemble the hoof of a cow. The boot-leggers simply strapped the shoe to the bottom of their foot and would take off running in the woods. The police were confused by the lack of footprints and never followed after the cow prints.

If criminals can be this invested to keep their production of alcohol going, no matter the opposition, is it possible for Christians to be even more passionate about continuing to spread the Word of God during times of Gospel prohibition?

BTJ continues to create new ways to get the Gospel into the hands of those who have been told by their government that the Word of God is illegal. Please continue to pray for the creativity of all the BTJ missionaries who are a part of this dangerous job every day.

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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