Published on August 19th, 2020
*August 19 is National Potato Day
*Richard Wurmbrand was the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. Before he started VOM, he was imprisoned in Communist Romania because of his Christian activities. His wife, Sabina, was also imprisoned for a time.
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Questioned About Potatoes
After the Wurmbrands were imprisoned, generous Christians helped take care of Richard and Sabina’s son, Mihai. But it was very risky to help the families of imprisoned Christians. One woman traveled many miles facing great difficulty to bring him a sack of potatoes — all she had to offer. The police discovered her kindness, took her to the police station, questioned her, and treated her harshly, just for feeding a child. Food was scarce in Romania during Richard Wurmbrand’s time in prison, both inside and outside of prison. Sometimes people outside of prison ate the same simple food three times a day. In prison, they had much less.
Richard Wurmbrand often said that the prison guards ate the potatoes and the prisoners only had the peels made into a soup. Make your own “potato peel soup” by peeling a potato and then putting the peels (only) into a saucepan. Add two cups of water. Bring the water to a boil for 5 minutes, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let the “soup” cool, and then taste some. Romanian prisoners were thankful for even a potato peel meal!