The Voice of the Martyrs: It Started with One Imprisoned Pastor 50 Years Ago

VOM logoPastor Richard Wurmbrand left his apartment and headed to church as usual one Sunday morning in February 1948, but he never arrived at church that day.

Instead, he was kidnapped off the streets by Romanian secret police. He would spend 14 years in Communist prisons.

When he came down with tuberculosis and appeared close to death, guards moved Wurmbrand into the “death cell.” But he didn’t die. Instead, he survived and was eventually ransomed out of Romania. After arriving in the West, he immediately began to tell the story of his imprisonment and the many Christians still suffering in Communist prisons behind the Iron Curtain.

In October 1967, those stories were typed up and mailed out to Christians who wanted to know more. It was the first issue of what later became the VOM newsletter.

Thus a ministry was born.

Today the ministry that Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand founded is actively helping Christians in 68 countries, providing direct aid to the persecuted, sending Bibles to those in hostile areas and restricted nations, and assisting front-line workers.

The ministry also continues to tell the stories of these believers, just as Wurmbrand did.

Each year, VOM tells one story in a video created specifically for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

This year, in honor of VOM’s 50th anniversary, the 2017 IDOP video told a story from Wurmbrand’s personal testimony of his years in Communist prisons.

To watch the video or request a free DVD, click here.

Also, as VOM celebrates its 50th anniversary, the ministry invites supporters to make a contribution to The Families of Martyrs Fund, which enables VOM to provide immediate help to the families of Christians arrested or killed for their faith. These funds provide vital aid in the immediate aftermath of an arrest or martyrdom and provide ongoing support during long imprisonments.

To support the Families of the Martyrs Fund, click here.

By NRB Staff

Published: November 16, 2017

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