Richard Wurmbrand: Tortured for Christ

Richard Wurmbrand was raised a Jew and he and his wife were converted through the ministry of a carpenter in their village. He became a pastor (Lutheran, I think) in Romania during the Nazi era and ministered during the rise and rule of Communism.  He was imprisoned for speaking out for his faith.  He went to be with the Lord in 2001.  Were he still alive, he would be 100 years old on March 24.  When no one else was brave enough to stand for Christ, he did.
He spent two terms in prison, a total of 14 years, and was tortured for his faith.  His wife was also impriosned for three years leaving their 11-year-old son alone.  She was released and told that her husband had died in prison.  His wife had already lost all of her relatives to the Nazi concentration camps during the war.
He went on to write a book entitled Tortured for Christ that explained his experiences in prison on behalf of Christ. He also founded Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian organization that helps missionaries who are under persecution and also keeps their plight visible to governments and other Christians.

Here is a brief video of him relating some of the events he endured.
You can find his book Tortured for Christ on Amazon and if you search for his name on YouTube you will find many videos, most very brief.

You can read about him here at the centennial site complete with a timeline of his life.

You can also visit Voice of the Martyrs, whose url is, appropriately enough,

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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One Response to Richard Wurmbrand: Tortured for Christ

  1. Richard O. says:

    I remember receiving communion from Richard Wurmbrand in ’73 to ’75, can’t recall when.I still remember him. I received his news letter when I was 15 or 16.

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