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Richard Wurmbrand Born 107 Years Ago

Wurmbrand
Pastor Wurmbrand in prison

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was born on March 24, 1909. He served 14 years in prison for sharing the gospel in communist Romania. After he was freed, he and his wife, Sabina, started The Voice of the Martyrs to help Christians who are persecuted. Pastor Wurmbrand died in 2001.

Pastor Wurmbrand told many stories to illustrate Bible truths. One of the stories he told is below.

“A child was urged to eat carrots and peas because they contained vitamins. He said, ‘Why didn’t God put the vitamins in candy and ice cream?’ My answer would have been, ‘Because it’s important for children not only to have vitamins, but also to learn to swallow what may be unpleasant to the taste.’ We all need to learn from the good and the unpleasant. A Christian must welcome unpleasant things sometimes, because they are part of the ‘all things’ that God is working together for our good.”

To Think About: Read Romans 8:28. What kinds of “unpleasant things” do persecuted Christians face?


Thinking of Quitting

Burned church
A church destroyed in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs hears many stories about the courage of persecuted Christians. But “persecuted Christians are not super Christians,” said a VOM worker. “They are ordinary people who through God’s grace and power have been enabled to do extraordinary things. We serve the same God and have access to the same grace and power.”

Like other people, persecuted Christians sometimes get discouraged. VOM-USA workers recently talked with a worker from Nepal who helps persecuted Christians in his country. Read below what he said about times when he has been discouraged.

A couple of years ago I thought of quitting VOM and moving to another country to settle down. But my wife reminded me what would happen [to the persecuted Christians] if we left.

Even though we have lots of trouble and problems and discouragement….I feel like I should do more. Everybody calls The Voice of the Martyrs “a Christian ambulance” because we help people.

Many times I have felt tired and wanted to quit, but Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

My wife is my right hand. Sometimes I feel pressure to do [wrong things to enemies]. She said, “No, don’t do that. I have never read in the Bible about any Christian raising a hand toward the enemy.” So I stopped saying that.

Please pray that God will give me another 20 years to my life so we can do double what we have been doing. Many people are targeting me. Maybe they will find me alone and maybe I will lose my life. So pray for me.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Talk About

  • Why do Christians in Nepal call The Voice of the Martyrs “the Christian ambulance?”
  • What does he mean when he says his wife is his “right hand?”
  • Why does he want 20 more years added to his life?
  • Who helps you when you are discouraged?
  • How can you help other Christians who are discouraged?

Julie

Julie

Learning About Jesus
Like many people in North Korea, Julie and her parents were often hungry. They moved from place to place searching for food.

Sometimes Julie’s parents traveled to China to look for ways to make money or to get food. During one of these trips, Julie’s mother learned about Jesus! And her father gave his life to Jesus a year later while he was in China. When he got back home, the family began to worship God secretly. They prayed before going to bed at night and when they got up at dawn.

Soon, Julie’s parents decided to send her to China to learn more about the Bible from Chinese Christians. While there, Julie gave her life to Christ.

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Pastor Suta: Bringing an Enemy to Christ

Suta

Parents and Teachers: The September 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold believers who have forgiven their enemies.

Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Pastor Suta knew that the Bible says, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). The pastor wanted the Hindus who lived near his village in India to know about Jesus. Pastor Suta had grown up in a Hindu family, and he understood how much Hindus need Christ.

So the pastor continued to share the love of Jesus with the Hindus, even though they threatened to hurt him. You can read the story of what happened to Pastor Suta in an earlier post.

As the story reveals, Pastor Suta brought one of his enemies to Christ! See the photo for this post of Pastor Suta (on the right) and his former enemy Raji.

(Suta’s face is covered to protect his identity. Read more about how VOM decides whose faces to cover in this post.)

All over the world, Christians offer the hope of Jesus to people who may persecute them for their faith. Jesus told His disciples that this would happen. (See John 15:20.)

Now Raji knows that he, too, may be persecuted. He believes the risk is worth it. “I am happy in the presence of the Lord,” he said.

(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)


Danjuma

Danjuma

Parents and Teachers: The August 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about persecuted Christians in Nigeria. Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Before an attack on his village, 13-year-old Danjuma was a lot like other Nigerian boys. He enjoyed playing with his friends and going on fishing trips with fishermen from his village.

After one of the fishing trips, more than 1,000 radical Muslims came to his village at 6:00 in the morning and began burning houses and attacking Christian villagers. Danjuma ran very fast to try to escape the attackers, but they struck him several time with a machete. (A machete is a long, heavy knife.) Danjuma passed out, so he doesn’t remember much about the attack.

Other villagers thought Danjuma was dead, and they even began digging a grave for him! But Danjuma woke up and shouted to them. The villagers took him and others who were wounded to a hospital.

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