This dramatic testimony shocked the Western world! After spending years in underground prison cells and solitary confinement, enduring inhumane tortures, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand emerged with the testimony of todays Christian martyrs. The 30th Anniversary Edition features photos, testimonies from Christian leaders and an update on the work of The Voice of the Martyrs.
(It is highly recommended that you preview this resource before presenting to children.) ding Russian soldiers. He was arrested in 1948, along with his wife, Sabina. His wife was a slave-laborer for three years on the Danube Canal.
Richard Wurmbrand spent three years in solitary confinement, seeing no one but his Communist torturers. He was then transferred to a group cell, where the torture continued for five more years. Due to his international stature as a Christian leader, diplomats of foreign embassies asked the Communist government about his safety and were informed that he had fled Romania.
Secret police, posing as released fellow-prisoners, told his wife of attending his burial in the prison cemetery. His family in Romania and his friends abroad were told to forget him because he was dead. After eight-and-a-half years in prison, he was released and immediately resumed his work with the Underground Church.
A couple of years later, in 1959, he was re-arrested and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. Mr. Wurmbrand was released in a general amnesty in 1964, and again continued his underground ministry. Realizing the great danger of a third imprisonment, Christians in Norway negotiated with the Communist authorities for his release from Romania.
The Communist government had begun selling their political prisoners. The going price for a prisoner was 1,900; there price for Wurmbrand was 10,000. In May 1966, he testified before the U.
S. Senates Internal Security Subcommittee and stripped to the waist to show the scars of eighteen deep torture wounds covering his torso. His story was carried across the world in newspapers throughout the U.
S., Europe, and Asia. Wurmbrand was warned in September 1966 that the Communist regime of Romania planned to assassinate him; yet he was not silent in the face of this death threat. Founder of the Christian mission, The Voice of the Martyrs, he and his wife traveled throughout the world establishing a network of over thirty offices that provide relief to the families of imprisoned Christians in Islamic nations, Communist Vietnam, China, and other countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith.
His message has been, Hate the evil systems, but love your persecutors. Love their souls, and try to win them for Christ. Pastor Wurmbrand is the author of several books, translated into over sixty languages throughout the world.
He has been called the Voice of the Underground Church. Christian leaders have called him a living martyr and the Iron Curtain Paul.