there are two kinds of Christians: those who sincerely believe in God and those who, just as sincerely, believe that they believe. You can tell them apart by their actions in decisive moments.” Pastor Richard Wurmbrand
Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs was born in Bucharest, Romania. Highly intellectual, Richard was fluent in nine languages. A couple of years after marrying Sabina Oster, they were led to a faith in Jesus Christ in 1938 and Richard was ordained as an Anglican, and later Lutheran, minister.
During World War II, they tried to share Jesus with the occupying German forces. Preaching in bomb shelters they were arrested and beaten multiple times.
When the Romanian Communists seized power in 1945 Christians there soon realized they had only traded one oppressor for another. Russian troops poured into the country.
The communists scheduled a Congress of Cults. At that conference many religious leaders praised communism and swore allegience to the new regime. While listening to the high praise from religious leaders, Pastor Wurmbrand later reported that his wife, Sabina, challenged him to “stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ!” When he responded that to do so would mean she would lose her husband, she said “I don’t wish to have a coward as a husband.” (Tortured for Christ…Richard Wurmbrand)
After being kidnapped by the secret police, Richard spent several years in prison. The police also placed his wife in a workers camp where she had to endure unspeakable hardships. This left their nine-year old son on his own. Christian friends did take him into their homes risking imprisonment also.
After 14 years in prison Pastor Wurmbrand and his wife were able to leave Romania. They founded an organization to help those who are in prison for their faith and their families.