(Voice of the Persecuted) Dear brothers and sisters, when I meet people I like to tell them who I am and share testimonies of my amazing Father and how much he loves, provides for and speaks to me. They’re often excited to hear more. I too get excited hearing stories of the amazing Grace of God from our brothers and sisters in Christ of old and present.
This morning, the Lord reminded me of a precious brother, Richard Wurmbrand, who was persecuted because he knew the love of Jesus and he loved him too!
In 1948, Richard was arrested by the Romanian Communist secret police on his way to church. He spent a total of fourteen years in prison. Three of those years in solitary confinement in a cell thirty feet underground, with no light or sound.
During his imprisonment, he was beaten and tortured physically and psychologically. He was forced to listen to the constant broadcasts of phrases denouncing Christianity and praising Communism. Richard recounted having the soles of his feet beaten until the flesh was torn off, then the next day beaten again to the bone. His body was scarred by the physical torture for the rest of his life.
“I have seen Christians in Communist prisons with 50 pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterword without water, starving, whipped, suffering from cold and praying with fervor for the Communist. This is humanly inexplicable! It is the love of Christ, which was poured out in our hearts.”“I tremble because of the sufferings of those persecuted in different lands. I tremble thinking about the eternal destiny of their tortures.I tremble for western Christians who don’t help they’re persecuted brother. In the depths of my heart, I would like to keep the beauty of my own vineyard and not be involved in such a huge fight. I would like so much to be somewhere in quietness and rest. But it is not possible… The quietness and rest for which I long would be an escape from reality and dangerous for my soul.The West sleep and must be awakened to see the plight of the captive nations.”—Richard Wurmbrand
“God will judge us not according to how much we endured, but I am much we love.” —Richard Wurmbrand
“It was in prison that we found the hope of salvation for the Communists. It was there that we developed a sense of responsibility toward them. It was in being tortured by them that we learned to love them.”“Consider as sin any minute of life spent on something other than saving souls for eternity from this world doomed to destruction.” — Richard Wurmbrand
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin has led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.
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