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Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand: smuggling bibles and serving the persecuted for over fifty years

Due to his international stature as a Christian leader, diplomats of foreign embassies asked the communist government about Pastor Wurmbrand’s safety. They were told he had fled Romania. Secret police, posing as released fellow prisoners, told his wife of attending his burial in the prison cemetery. Richard Wurmbrand was released in a general amnesty in 1964. Realising the great danger of a third imprisonment, Christians in Norway negotiated with the communist authorities for his release from Romania. The “going price” for a prisoner was $US1,900. Their price for Wurmbrand was $US10,000.

Expecting to see a feeble, defeated man, the world witnessed a spiritual giant who overcame desperate situations through his love for Christ. His emergence from communist prisons revealed a man who had learned the secrets of Christ in solitary confinement.


In May 1966, he testified in Washington before the Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee and stripped to the waist to show eighteen deep wounds covering his body. His story, and the story of thousands upon thousands of persecuted Christians from behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains, was carried across the world in newspapers in USA, Europe and Asia.

Pastor Wurmbrand’s calling became clear as he established the ministry of “The Voice of the Martyrs” around the world and quickly became known as “the voice of the underground church”. His unique message of love and forgiveness has brought thousands to a deeper understanding and knowledge of Christ. His love for those who suffer for Christ is unsurpassed as he continues to dedicate himself to the cause of those persecuted for their faith.

Today, after fifty years of serving those who are persecuted for their faith, the Wurmbrands, now in their eighties, are still involved in the ministry of “The Voice of the Martyrs, the Servants of the Persecuted Church.” The Mission continues to actively serve the persecuted church around the world.

Christians are harassed and imprisoned in Vietnam, China, North Korea, Cuba, Laos, and sometimes even still in the former Soviet Union. In the Middle East and in parts of Africa, Christians are threatened on a daily basis by radical Muslims. Many Christians are killed each day, some even crucified in Sudan. The focus of this Mission remains clear: with the ongoing persecution of the body of Christ around the world, “The Voice of the Martyrs” strives to bring practical and spiritual assistance to them while making their voice heard. The Voice of the Martyrs challenges you to learn from today’s persecuted Christians. Write today for your free copy of “Tortured for Christ,” a classic account of indomitable courage, tenacious faith and unbelievable endurance. Order you free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter today from The Voice of the Martyrs, PO Box 598, Penrith NSW 2751, phone (047) 21 8221, fax (047) 21 8035.

Each month you will be challenged and encouraged as this publication shares testimonies and insights into the lives of today’s persecuted Christians. You will learn how to pray for those who suffer for Christ and the practical way in which you can help.

Jesus still suffers in the lives of countless Christians around the world. Listen to the voice of today’s Christian martyrs. Your faith may never be the same again!

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