Preparing for the Underground Church
by pastor Richard Wurmbrand
About the Author
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was an evangelical church minister who spent fourteen years in Communist imprisonment and torture in his homeland of Romania. He was one of Romania’s most widely known Jewish Believer 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 “underground” ministry to his enslaved people and the invading Russian soldiers. He was eventually arrested in 1948. Richard spent three years in solitary confinement, seeing no one but his Communist torturers.
His wife, Sabina, also Jewish, was a slave laborer for three years. Due to Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s international stature as a Messianic Jewish leader, diplomats of foreign embassies asked the Communist government about his 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.
Pastor Wurmbrand was released in a general amnesty in 1964. Realizing 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 $1,900. Their price for Wurmbrand was $10,000.
In May 1966, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand testified in Washington before the Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee and stripped to the waist and showed 18 deep torture wounds covering his body. His story was carried across the world newspapers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Read a portion of this report. Communist Exploitation of Religion Pastor Richard’s Testimony from 1966.
Pastor Wurmbrand has been called “the Voice of the Underground Church.” His books are best sellers in over fifty languages.
I have given you just a glimpse of the problems, which this UNDERGROUND CHURCH has so that you might, somehow, have an image of what it looks like. May God bless you.
-Pastor Richard Wurmbrand
The Voice of the Martyrs, Inc.
PO Box 443
Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443
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