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Richard Wurmbrand: Math and Truth

Pastor Wurmbrand
Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania. He preached the truth from God’s Word, even when it was risky to do so. “Christians proclaim the truth,” he said.

Two Schools
“Imagine two schools,” Pastor Wurmbrand said. “One of the schools is run by a wise man, the other by an unwise man. In the first school, children are taught that 2 plus 2 is 4. In the second school, they are taught that 2 plus 2 is 3.

“Then another teacher comes along. This teacher says, ‘Love is the most important thing. Why should math teachers disagree? Let each teacher agree to give a little, so that we can all get along. The children can be taught that 2 plus 2 is 3 1/2. Whoever refuses to compromise is not a loving person, and should not be allowed to be a math teacher.’”

What do you think of the teacher’s solution?
What would you do if you were a teacher in the first school, and you were told you could no longer teach that 2 plus 2 is 4?

Two Plus Two
In the mid-1900s when Pastor Wurmbrand preached in Romania, communists ruled the country. They did not believe in God, and they tried to control what pastors taught in churches. Pastor Wurmbrand and other pastors were put in prison for continuing to preach truths from the Bible.

He told one of the communist officials, “Even if you put all the mathematicians in prison, 2 plus 2 will still equal 4.” What do you think Pastor Wurmbrand meant by that statement?

Pastor Wurmbrand said, “The Christian possesses truth much surer than mathematics, because it has been revealed by God Himself.”

(Sources include: Reaching Toward the Heights, by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited and paraphrased for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

Bangladesh: A Bully Comes to Jesus

Kids in Bangladesh

Edward hated Christians. He and his family were Muslims, and they believed that anyone who became a Christian was a betrayer of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Serious Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Learn more about Ramadan here.) Edward, who was a student at a college in Bangladesh, wanted to be a good Muslim. So he fasted all day during the month. One day, he had an unexpected visitor.

Edward told a VOM worker what happened next. Read his story below.

I wanted to be one of the best Muslims, so I was fasting. One day, a Christian young man came to share the gospel with me. I was in a religious mood, and I was greatly offended. I was surprised to see his boldness to share the gospel with a Muslim during Ramadan.

I told him, “Why don’t you come back in the evening after the end of the fast?” I got some friends together, and when he came back, they beat him up. He was seriously injured. We put him on a rickshaw and sent him back to his mission.

After that, I was in some fear because I was thinking he would go to the police since he was seriously wounded. A few days later, he came again. I was 100 percent sure he came to get revenge. But he was smiling and said he wanted to be a friend of mine.

That was the first time I started thinking about Christianity in a positive way. He had a forgiving heart and a big smile, and that changed me. I started going to church and learned more about Jesus Christ. After two years, I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior and Lord.

In the beginning, it was not the gospel [that made me want to be a Christian], but it was the young man’s living gospel — his love and forgiveness.

To Talk About
Edward thought the Christian would bring his friends and beat Edward up to get revenge. How do you think the story would have ended if the Christians and the Muslims kept taking turns beating each other up?
What changed Edward from being a Christian-hater to a follower of Christ?


Sami’s Dream

Refugee boys with a heater given to them by Christians

Eight-year-old Sami is the youngest child in his Muslim family, and he is a refugee. Refugees are people who flee from one place to live in a safer place. Some countries set up camps where refugees can live until its safe for them to go back home, though it’s often not safe to return for years. Some refugees, like Sami, live in city apartments with other refugees.

The refugees are usually very poor. Sami’s dad left the family, and his mother is taking care of three kids alone. There was nowhere for her to work, and no school for Sami to attend.

Christians invited Sami and about 200 other Muslim children to a summer Bible camp. When he and his mother went to a church to register for the camp, a Christian family invited them to their house for a meal.

At their house, Sami began to have severe back pain, and he started to cry. His mother comforted him until he fell asleep in a guest bedroom. “May I pray for him?” one of the Christians asked. “Yes,” Sami’s mother answered. The Christian prayed as Sami slept.

When he woke up, he said to his mother, “I had a dream.” In his dream, a man in white came to him and touched his back. Sami didn’t know the man, and he woke up scared. But his pain was gone.

Later at Bible camp, Sami learned about Jesus. He realized that it was Jesus who had come to him in his dream. He stood up in front of the Muslim children in the camp and told them how Jesus had healed his back. “You need to believe in Him,” Sami told the Muslim children.

After the camp, Sami told his mother about his new understanding of Jesus. His mother noticed that his behavior had improved. She started going to church, and she felt welcomed by the friendly women in the congregation. Soon she, too, was a new believer in Jesus.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

To Think About
*You can find a chart comparing Muslim and Christian beliefs here. Read the chart, then name three differences between Islam and biblical Christianity.
*Why would stories of Jesus be “good news” to Muslims?
*If you stood up in front of a group of kids, what would you tell them about what Jesus means to you?

Grandma Park

The Voice of the Martyrs USA is part of a worldwide family of missions that were started through the influence of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. SDOK is VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. Stef is SDOK’s children’s publication and website.

The following story comes from Stef magazine. The grandchild of a woman who escaped from North Korea tells the story.

My Grandmother
I want to tell you something about my grandmother, “Grandma Park.” She used to live in North Korea, and she is a Christian. Her husband, who was my grandfather, died and left her with four children.

A great famine broke out, and many people were hungry. My grandmother fled with her children to South Korea to find food. To escape, they had to swim across an ice-cold river.

[If North Korean soldiers had seen them, the soldiers would have shot them or sent them to a prison camp. The family did not know who they could trust on their journey. They didn’t know when they would eat or where they would sleep.]

Instead of worrying, Grandma Park sang praises to God and prayer, then she got strength and courage.

North Korean hymnal

My grandmother told me that she promised to serve God if they arrived safely in South Korea. She does that now. She is also studying at a Bible school. She always says, “Serving God is my greatest joy, and I cannot wait until I meet Him in heaven.”

I think I’ve got a special grandmother.

Stef says:
Do you know that you can do what Grandma Park did? If you are worried about something, you can praise God and say, “Father, You are a mighty God. Thank You that You love me so much. And I love you.”

Grandma Park knew that God was with her. He always sent the right people to help her on her long journey.

Are you worried? Then praise God. He will help you find peace in your heart.

(Source: SDOK. Translated and edited. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)

The United States: Chloe


Dr. Eric Foley, the president of VOM-Korea, has told stories about his work among North Koreans on You can read some of the stories here and here.

Six-year-old Chloe N. lives in the United States. One day, she heard Dr. Foley talking on VOM Radio, and she decided to write him a letter.

Read below what her letter said.

Dear Eric Foley,
My name is Chloe. I am six years old. I heard you on the radio in the car. I have always wanted to be a missionary. I will pray for you. How can I prepare to be a missionary? I can already read my Bible. I am also learning some verses from the Bible and some Chinese. Love. Chloe N.

To Talk About
Do you think Chloe has chosen good ways to prepare to be a missionary? How would you suggest that someone prepare to be a missionary?

You can read suggestions from VOM workers in the “Ask a VOM Worker” category in the Archives section of this site. (Some of their suggestions include, “Read your Bible,” and “Memorize as much Scripture as you can,” just like Chloe is doing!)