Animated / Family
30 minutes / 2008
I knew of Richard Wurmbrand as the man who founded Voice of the Martyrs, an advocacy group for the millions of Christians being persecuted around the world. But before he began speaking out for the persecuted, Pastor Wurmbrand was tortured himself, in his homeland of Romania. The Communist government intimidated other Christian leaders into silence or complicity. They wanted Wumbrand to go along too, but at a government-sponsored event Wurmbrand took the opportunity to publicly denounce the state’s suppression of the Bible and their denial of God. His stand buoyed up the courage of many other Christian leaders in attendance. It also landed him in jail. As the film makes clear, what he had to endure was dreadful – physical torture and long stretches of solitary confinement – however, there, too, God provided him the strength he needed.
We in the West have no idea what Christians in other parts of the world have to endure, and because we haven’t been so sorely tested, we also have little idea of how God provides all that we need. While the story isn’t as engaging as some, it is important, so I want to show my own children… when they get a bit older. I want them to see how this man relied on God, and could trust God to provide him all he needed, even in the most desperate of situations.
You can watch it for free below. And for the adult version of Pastor Wurmbrand’s story, be sure to check out Tortured for Christ, which can also be watched for free.