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PostSubject: Tortured for Christ - Richard Wurmbrand   Mon 22 Sep - 19:28

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
today’s Christian martyrs.
"Tortured for Christ" - After years of imprisonment and solitary
confinement, enduring inhumane torture, Richard Wurmbrand emerges with
a powerful testimony of courageous faith. Even today, believers are
suffering and dying for Christ, yet their faith will not falter under
the most unthinkable persecutions. In this stirring account, Wurmbrand
(founder of The Voice of the Martyrs) encourages us to remember those
in chains and equips us to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in
Christ around the world.


About the Author
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand is an evangelical
minister who endured fourteen years of Communist imprisonment and
torture in his homeland of Romania. Few names are better known in
Romania, where he is one of the most widely recognized Christian
leaders, authors, and educators. In 1945, when the Communists seized Romania and attempted to control
the churches for their purposes, Richard Wurmbrand immediately began an
effective vigourous "underground" ministry to his enslaved people as
well as the invading 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. Senate's 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."


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PostSubject: Re: Tortured for Christ - Richard Wurmbrand   Mon 22 Sep - 19:41

I can understand that we may don't want to take time to read all the above information, I understand that we have no time to read this book, but I can hardly understand how the things in this book happen everyday.

This book will gave me more conviction, and motivation, to assume my spiritual life, compare to what human being can suffer for Faith. Very instructive.

Pastor Wurmbrand's story takes place in the 50's, after the communists empowered Russia and Romania. This man decided, beside the tortures in jail, the terror of the dictatorship, the threat and torture on his family, to continue his ministry on an underground way, thus, hiding from the government.
At the end he was able to live Romania, then he decided to reveal to the world the acts of the Communists and telling all the truth about it, once again under the threat to murdered or disclaimed.


For my opinion his missionary work with the underground church, the evangelizing he has done in prison and outside, is impressiv as the pain he endured.

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PostSubject: Re: Tortured for Christ - Richard Wurmbrand   Mon 22 Sep - 20:10

Sorry there is a problem with the links on this topic, all the links are resumed below:

http://torturedforchrist.com/ (Tortured for Christ)
http://www.persecutionblog.com/2008/06/who-is-richard.html (persecution blog)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkBkO1DG_iA (You Tube - We Are One - VoM)
http://www.persecution.com/ (the Voice of the Martyrs)

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