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14 Years in Prison

Richard Wurmbrand was the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. Before he started VOM, he was imprisoned in Communist Romania for a total of 14 years because of his Christians activities. (See the photo of his prison above.) He died twenty years ago today on February 17, 2001, at the age of 91.

Once a woman asked Pastor Wurmbrand, “Why do you think God did not deliver you from prison sooner?” Read Pastor Wurmbrand’s answer below. (Edited from the original for length, clarity, and age-apprpriateness.)

Pastor Wurmbrand’s Reply
I lead a mission [VOM], which is in more than 50 countries. We smuggle Bibles into [non-Christian] countries. And we help the families of Christians who are in prisons. This work has been made possible because I can tell my prison story. If I told about persecution, but without the authority of someone who had suffered himself, it would not have been possible.

In prison, we were given drugs to weaken our minds. I forgot more and more. I forgot the whole Bible. I did not forget the Person about whom the Bible speaks, but the Bible I had forgotten.

But on the day I finished 14 years of prison, I remembered the verse that said Jacob loved Rachel. He loved Rachel and worked for her for 14 years and it seemed to him a short time because he loved her. (See Genesis 29.)

And I said to Jesus, “Now I have fulfilled 14 years for You, and it has seemed to me a short time; You should know I love You.” And this one day was worth it for me to complete 14 years of faith.

To Talk About
*Why was it important to Pastor Wurmbrand that he could tell his prison story?
*Read Genesis 50:20. How can this verse apply to Pastor Wurmbrand’s situation?