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Rev. Richard Wurmbrand is referred to as the ‘Voice of the Underground Church’ by many or the ‘Iron Curtain St. Paul.’ His books are best sellers in over fifty languages. This humble man began the ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs.
Richard and Sabina were Jews married in 1936 and converted to Christ in 1938. They joined the Anglican Mission to the Jews in Bucharest. Richard was ordained, first as an Anglican, and then after World War II, as a Lutheran minister.
Between 1945 and 1947, Richard distributed one million Gospels to Russian troops, the books often disguised as Communist propaganda. Richard also smuggled Gospels into Russia. On December 30, 1947, the People’s Republic of Romania was proclaimed.
Richard Wurmbrand kidnapped
On February 29, 1948, the secret police arrested Richard while on his way to church and took him to their headquarters. He was locked in a solitary cell and assigned as ‘Prisoner Number 1.’
In 1950, his wife Sabina was also imprisoned. She was forced to serve as a laborer on the Danube Canal project, leaving their nine-year-old son Mihai alone and homeless. Following her release in 1953, the Romanian authorities informed her that Richard had died in prison. But Sabina listened to the still small voice of God, knowing her husband was alive.
Years of Torture
Richard was released in 1956 after serving eight and a half years in prison. He was warned never to preach again. While in prison, he went through horrific tortures at the hands of the brutal secret police. Despite the treatments and the warnings he received from his persecutors, Richard resumed his work with the ‘underground’ churches after his release.
Wurmbrand traveled to Norway, England, and then the United States. In May of 1965, he testified in Washington, D.C. before the US Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee. He became known as the “The Voice of the Underground Church,” doing much to publicize the persecution of Christians in Communist countries.
In this video clip Richard explains, while in solitary confinement, how He begged for God to speak to Him, and God did speak. But he did not give a word of encouragement as Richard expected. He asked Richard a question.
Watch the video to hear the thought provoking question from God, then ask the same question of yourself.
The Voice of the Martyrs
In April of 1967, the Wurmbrands formed Jesus To The Communist World later named The Voice of the Martyrs, an interdenominational organization working initially with and for persecuted Christians in Communist countries. Later it expanded its activities to help persecuted believers in other places, especially in the Muslim world. Richard passed away February 17, 2001.
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