Richard Wurmbrand (1909-2001) on being tortured in prison for preaching the gospel

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Richard Wurmbrand (1909-2001) was a Christian minister who suffered intense persecution and torture for preaching the gospel in Romania during the high days of communism in Eastern Europe. He founded the international organization Voice of the Martyrs, which continues to aid Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Here are two short quotes from his great book, Tortured for Christ:

“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners, as it is in captive nations today. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their terms. It was a deal: we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching; they were happy beating us—so everyone was happy.”

“The following scene happened more times than I can remember. A brother was preaching to the other prisoners when the guards suddenly burst in, surprising him halfway through a phrase. They hauled him down the corridor to their beating room. After what seemed an endless beating, they brought him back and threw him—bloody and bruised—on the prison floor. Slowly, he picked up his battered body, painfully straightened his clothing and said, ‘Now, brethren, where did I leave off when I was interrupted?’ He continued his gospel message! I have seen beautiful things!”