VIDEO – Nicolae si Lena Moldoveanu se intalnesc la Aeroprotul din Otopeni cu Richard si Sabina Wurmbrand in 1990

Tie-Ti cant Dumnezeul meu – Nicolae Moldoveanu, Richard Wurmbrand

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Mireasa arestată…

Photowww.ethicalbride.com „În Basarabia, Poliţia comunistă a descoperit că o fată logodită distribuia

„În Basarabia, Poliţia comunistă a descoperit că o fată logodită distribuia Evanghelii în secret şi că-i învaţă pe copii despre Cristos.

Au hotărât s-o aresteze. Dar pentru a face arestarea chiar mai agonizantă au amânat arestarea ei cu câteva săptămâni, adică până în ziua nunţii apropiate.

Fata era îmbrăcată mireasă; cea mai frumoasă zi din viaţa unei fete. Deodată s-a deschis uşa şi a năvălit Poliţia secretă. Când i-a văzut, mireasa şi-a întins spre ei mâinile, pentru a fi încătuşate. S-a uitat spre iubitul ei, a sărutat lanţurile şi a spus: „Mulţumesc Mirelui ceresc pentru această bijuterie pe care mi-a oferit-o de ziua nunţii mele. Îi mulţumesc că m-a socotit vrednică să sufăr pentru El”.

A fost târâtă afară, în timp ce mirele şi nuntaşii creştini plângeau. Ştiau ce se întâmplă cu fetele tinere în mâinile paznicilor comunişti.

A fost eliberată după cinci ani, o femeie zdrobită, distrusă, arătând cu 20 de ani mai în vârstă. Mirele ei a aşteptat-o. Există şi asemenea creştini… ”
(din „Strigătul Bisericii Prigonite” – R. Wurmbrand)

Adevărul despre Richard Wurmbrand

…..În SUA, tot mai mulţi americani erau revoltaţi de prelungirea războiului din Vietnam, iar mitingurile pentru susţinerea regimului comunist din ţara asiatică se înmulţiseră şi câştigau adepţi.
…. a vizitat un prieten pastor protestant din Philadelphia şi a nimerit întâmplător în mijlocul unui miting anti-războiul din Vietnam.

Revoltat, românul s-a dus direct la microfon şi a ţipat: „Nu ştiţi nimic despre comunism. Eu sunt doctor! Ar trebui să fiţi de partea victimelor comunismului, în loc să le luaţi apărarea torţionarilor!”. Şi pentru a arată că ştie despre ce vorbeşte şi-a dat jos cămaşa şi a arătat audienţei cele 18 răni adânci căpătate în timpul torturilor din închisorile comuniste.

A fost închis în cele mai grele temniţe, rând pe rând, la Rahova, la Jilava, Văcăreşti, Gherla, Craiova, Tg. Ocna, în perioadele 1948-1956 şi 1959-1964. Trei ani a stat în izolare completă de restul deţinuţilor. Episodul a fost de natură să atragă scoaterea sa cu Poliţia din sală dar, în acelaşi timp, a fost fotografiat de către cei câţiva reporteri prezenţi, iar povestea sa a făcut înconjurul Americii….

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Richard Wurmbrand short stories – Witnessing the Gospel To Her Torturer

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Richard Wurmbrand short story in Russian – What would you have chosen?

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Richard Wurmbrand short stories – From Prison to Westminster Abbey

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An open letter about Voice of the Martyrs, from Michael Wurmbrand, Richard Wurmbrand’s son

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Dear sisters and brethren in Christ:

mihaiThis sad letter you are reading comes from Michael Wurmbrand, the son of the late Rev. Richard Wurmbrand, who spent fourteen years in the communist prisons of Romania, author of the book  Tortured For Christ, a book of valiant Christian testimony under communist persecution that has been translated in over 85 languages. My parents died in 2000-2001 and I am now 74 years old.

Against my express request NOT TO DO SO, the mission Voice of the Martyrs of Bartlesville (VOM), Oklahoma, USA and its international affiliates, continue to use Richard Wurmbrand, Sabina Wurmbrand, my parents’ persona, pictures, writings and books, my persona also to obtain your donations!

Tom White, the past Voice of the Martyrs Chairman for more than 20-years, committed suicide in April, 2012, only two to three hours after an accusation of child sexual molestation (pedophilia) of a 10-years old girl was formally filed by her parents with the local police, and while the Bartlesville, OK. police were searching to arrest him. This terrible event made world news.  At the time of his committing suicide, Tom White had a $140,000+, plus perks, yearly salary and very substantial travel and expense accounts used in his extensive and frequent international travel year after year.  Since the suspected perpetrator was dead, the police closed any further investigation of the sexual molestation. The  police chief and the former mayor of the town of Bartlesville, OK. were personally serving on the Board of Directors of Voice of the Martyrs. A few other directors are related to each other or derive some form of income from the organization.

I asked in writing of the Voice of the Martyrs Board of Directors for an independent investigation, to be undertaken  from outside of VOM.   The investigation in the famous legal action in England of Jimmy Saville, the BBC children program head while alive, started with only 2 cases BUT there were more than 600 pedophilia complaints after Saville died.  In the last 4 years, the state of  Arizona, for instance, failed to investigate 6,000 cases of children molestation.  Being the son of Richard Wurmbrand, a person of my background and position could have more inside information, than  I can discuss publicly. I asked therefore for an independent investigation!

The main question in the letter I wrote to the entire Voice of the Martyrs Board of Directors was worded as follows: “In a Christian spirit of love and faith, if you want to continue using the names, persona and copyrights of my parents, I ask first that you do not try to accomplish this in an adversarial way through lawyers, etc. but rather in an amiable way by fulfilling only one request for the board to decide and approve:

Please allow and pay for an independent “blue ribbon” commission … to investigate within the next two months, back at least two  years, all Tom White’s travel points, contacts and especially financial expenditures to establish and put to rest any suspicions re. child molestation. …. Sorry, whether you like it or not, this unpleasant event that happened to VOM with its Chairman during twenty years cannot be dispensed with as just “a family affair” or an unfortunate sudden decision. If you do not intend to accept the above request, the other decision I ask you to take is not to use the name Wurmbrand any more….

Only 4 days after I addressed this letter to the board of directors I received a curt letter of termination of employment. No “sorry” and no “thank you” for my founding the organization or the many years of service! My letter now for more than a year, has not been answered!

I should be entitled to make such a request since:

  • Voice of the Martyrs published for years a specially dedicated children’s magazine. This was done by sharing mailing lists with organizations focusing on families and children;
  • My person, my life,  and our family Wurmbrand story was used  in this magazine;
  • Without my knowledge, without my permission, a very laudatory biography of mine was written, printed and distributed to tens of thousands of American children;
  • In order to obtain donations from the parents, the organization tried to gain credibility and goodwill with tens of  thousands of Christian children in home-schooling families.

Donors should be aware that:

  • Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) spent  $28 million dollars –  not on the mission field but to build its own headquarter thus in economic times difficult for us all, encouraging construction in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA, a town of only about 32,000. To my knowledge, the previous headquarters of VOM in the same town cost in the neighborhood of about $90,000!   To read more type in your internet browser:   http://michaelwurmbrand.com/vom-construction-costs.pdf   Thepresent chairman of VOM is a former mayor of Bartlesville, and was part of the city leadership.
  • This was done in secret, until the buildings were erected. Neither I nor  the donors were told of such grandiose projects.  It is hard to believe this could be done but correspondence I display on the web see link below,  should convince you. I worked with VOM from Los Angeles, California, USA and never was part of the VOM board of directors.   The donors only saw money spent for projects and they trusted that the word „projects” referred to missionary work, like helping widows of Christians killed in Nigeria!
  • A repeated offender 3rd degree felon, who as of 2013 is STILL UNDER A-10-YEARS CONVICTION SENTENCE AS AN EMBEZZLER was named  the Voice of the Martyrs Vice President. Tens of thousands of dollars out of your contributions for supposed missionary work were extended as a loan to him to pay back some of what he stole and escape parole supervision. To read more on this convicted felon whose sentence will expire after 10 years on 4/14/14, type in your internet browser:  http://docapp065p.doc.state.ok.us/servlet/page?_pageid=394&_dad=portal30&_schema=PORTAL30&doc_num=473029&offender_book_id=276347&imageindex=3

And:  http://www.amarillo.com/stories/041504/new_linquist.shtml

  • All of the above occurred while, at the same time… Without any reasons proffered, they sent a termination of employment letter to me, Richard Wurmbrand’s son, who founded the mission,  four days only after I asked for an independent investigation of the expenses and travels of the suicidal and suspected pedophile past chairman of VOM, USA.
  • Voice of the Martyrs had agreed reluctantly in 2001 to help about 100 believers who were imprisoned 5-10 years for their faith in communist prisons in Romania, currently destitute in their 80s and 90s,  with less than $1 (yes, one dollar) a month. As outrageous as it sounds, considering tens of millions of dollars solicited from you, it is documented. It  was raised  in the following year to the value of about 2 tanks of gas/month worth of help only because I wrote  feet of email messages and renounced a total of over $100,000 of my salary over four years (I accepted being paid only $500/month!) just so these Christian martyrs would be helped.  To read more on the “VOM claims of pretended lack of money” type in your internet browser:  http://michaelwurmbrand.com/VOM-claims-lack-of-money.pdf
  • A fundraiser for VOM was promised to be paid a percentage or cut of the funds he raised! We are far indeed from charitable actions through which one sacrifices for the interests of others.

After I brought all of these facts to light, I was asked also to keep quiet, not to rock the boat. Before being laid off I was offered substantial contractual financial incentives not to “badmouth” VOM. Some of the organizations endorsing Voice of the Martyrs have interrelated employees and interests. When I approached them, they were shy and sore afraid for their own interests  to insist my letter be answered. Some pathetic answers like: “Do not cast the first stone,” “king Solomon made mistakes ,” “we might also sin” or “promise to keep correspondence private only” displayed the hypocrisy to protect the flow of donations  rather than any interest in protecting possible children victims! Some answers were outright sarcastic, as if my requesting a proper  investigation regarding suspected pedophilia among “Christian missionaries” would be some joke.

In the past Voice of the Martyrs  had written a dedication about myself sent to tens of thousands stating: „To the Rev. Michael Wurmbrand, who has lived his life in a fishbowl among both friends and enemies, and has done so with dignity to the glory of God. We are grateful for the numerous personal interviews in which he shared his memories with patience and enthusiasm.”   As soon as I asked for this independent investigation, the VOM attitude of respect towards myself I enjoyed for years turned into one of incredible vindictiveness. Christians who were in the know could not believe how it was possible. The false answers given to those who inquired were that this is a personal (?!?) conflict with Michael Wurmbrand we try to solve with prayer and mediation! In reality, VOM employees were expressly forbidden to  havecontact with me, so as not to lose some income and employment positions from this possibly second largest employer in Bartlesville, OK.  Same employees had before vied to be photographed with me and get my autograph.

The worst vindictive act towards myself though, was the refusal on the part of VOM of my simple request to dump or allow myself even pay to withdraw immediately from the VOM circulation advertising, about 2,000 copies of Tortured For Christ, my father’s book, published by VOM with a preface by, and having right in the middle, a portrait of Tom White, the past chairman who had committed suicide after the police-filed accusation of suspected pedophilia.  I was answered IN WRITING (by the convicted felon-embezzler who had meantime become Vice President of VOM, see above)  that my request is morally wrong. I was written: “Tom White was VOM”, and according to VOM, I have no right to ask that my father’s name not be associated with this past chairman –  even if he committed suicide under a strong suspicion of pedophilia. VOM even claimed to know apparently better  than the parents of the victim, if there was or not substance to the police complaint. To spite me, the book showing Tom’s picture continued to be widely advertised and even offered for free for 6 more months following Tom’s suicide.  VOM knew that during the first month my family arrived to the United States in the end of  1966, I had personally typed on a clunky typewriter four manuscript versions of this book. How could my request be refused?

How could I have foreseen that in a case of blatant suspected sexual-child-molestation some Christian VOM leaders I approached, imitated the priest and Levite in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, trying their best re. suspected pedophilia, to “pass by on the other side,” so as to maintain their perks! John the Baptist was not beheaded because he sermonized in general asking people to repent. Against his own personal interest, he put his life at risk to denounce the sin of Herod, the ruler of the day.   What about „missionary outreach” to poor „persecuted Christians?”  Voice of the Martyrs, with its opulent ($28 million) headquarter built out of your sacrificial contributions, makes a mockery of the sacrifice of persecuted Christians like my parents. Imagine a surgeon insisting to operate, having no time to clean his hands after searching in garbage. What patient has any use for such a surgeon? The betrayer of Lord Jesus, Judas, in his apparently  most “unselfish” enunciation of a project to help the poor, was but a thief. (Indeed the Gospel of John 12:6 writes: „This he said, not that he cared for the poor, BUT BECAUSE HE WAS A THIEF!”)

VOM published even how within months of our arrival in the United States, from 1967 on, I worked together with my parents Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, to start what is now Voice of the Martyrs. Recently released documents from the archives of the Romanian secret police prove the communists had issued an order to kill our entire family.  See: http://michaelwurmbrand.com/killing-wurmbrands.htm. We started what is now Voice of the Martyrs under a communist sentence of death.   When I was only a child, the communists forcefully took away my parents to  communist prisons. I suffered plenty. My parents died with a good name. I do not want allow VOM use my parents good name, to raise money under false pretenses. I wrote the VOM directors: “If you enjoy, for motivations of your own, to wallow in the mire of suspected pedophilia go ahead …. If you do not want to accept an independent investigation and complete transparency of your dealings, I begged you do not use my father’ long years of suffering in communist prisons and the intense suffering of his whole family to raise money from naive donors ….”  I was written by VOM, when asking help for formerly persecuted Christians under communism, now in their 90s, “we are technically out of money!…there will be NO check requests approved for anything other than absolutely essential…” only to find out later that $9.5 million were available not for mission work, but for construction work in Oklahoma (see above link.)

Christian parents please protect your children! Consider how grave it is to  allow your children to trust and be reached by a missionary organization having had a case of suspected pedophilia and a suicide because of it in its midst, and then terminating  me, its founder so as not to have to respond to a request for an independent investigation of possible sexual child molestation. After all the laudatory words published of me, they also tried to badmouth me. If you are a minister, I can only beg you to share this letter with your congregation. If you had respect for Richard Wurmbrand, my father, please send this letter to all your email and affiliate lists, Christmas lists, spread it among your friends.

I tried to document the facts recited above but think on your own: How can “Christian missionaries” in a good Christian conscience even indulge to build themselves an opulent $28,000,000 headquarter from your donations, while withholding help to persecuted Christians in far away lands badly in need of your donations?  Love of money is the root of all evil. A way to stop evil, is  to stop financing it.  If you were inspired by the Wurmbrand family story of suffering to donate to Voice of the Martyrs or its international affiliates in the ICA, as the only son of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, I humbly ask you not to.  My parents’ Christian life-vision has been misused by Voice of the Martyrs.

Tortured for Christ circulated throughout the world with more than 10,000,000 copies. Inside the $28 million Voice of the Martyrs headquarter prominently named as the Richard Wurmbrand Center, there is a Wurmbrand museum. My own mother’s Bible to be displayed there was obtained from me under false pretenses. I have both moral and legal rights to the persona of my parents, even regarding the unauthorized use of my own name, pictures, etc. It  would take a very long time and a lot of money to try to stop such use through courts. VOM would employ the millions of dollars of  donations to fight me in court while my income is very limited.  If you still want to help projects started by my parents, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, now hanging in the air,   please help me reclaim my parents and my family name.Like  the first Christians please ask: “Brethren, what shall we do?” (Book of Acts 2:37) You may write me to address above.

God Bless, Michael Wurmbrand 11/25/13

Michael Wurmbrand, PO Box 5161, Torrance, Ca. 90510, USA, Email: wurmbrandm@yahoo.com

 

Richard Wurmbrand – 105 years ago, a martyr was born

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Richard Wurmbrand  March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001

Richard Wurmbrand (March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001) was a Romanian Christian minister of Jewish descent. He was a youth during a time of anti-Semitic activity in Romania, but it was later, after becoming a believer in Jesus Christ as Messiah, and daring to publicly say that Communism and Christianity were not compatible, that he experienced imprisonment and torture for his beliefs. After serving five years of a second prison sentence, he was ransomed for $10,000. His colleagues in Romania urged him to leave the country and work for religious freedom from a location less personally dangerous. After spending time in Norway and England, he and his wife Sabina, who had also been imprisoned, emigrated to America and dedicated the rest of their lives to publicizing and helping Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. He wrote more than 18 books, the most widely known being Tortured for Christ. Variations of his works have been translated into more than 60 languages. He founded the international organization Voice of the Martyrs, which continues to aid Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

Early life

Richard Wurmbrand, the youngest of four boys, was born in 1909 in Bucharest in a Jewish family. He lived with his family in Istanbul for a short while; his father died when he was 9, and the Wurmbrands returned to Romania when he was 15.

As an adolescent, he was sent to study Marxism in Moscow, but returned clandestinely the following year. Pursued by Siguranţa Statului (the secret police), he was arrested and held in Doftana prison. When returning to his mother country, Wurmbrand was already an important Comintern agent, leader and coordinator directly paid from Moscow. Like other Romanian communists he was arrested several times, then sentenced and released again.

He married Sabina Oster on October 26, 1936. Wurmbrand and his wife (known as Bintzea to her friends) became believers in Jesus as Messiah in 1938 through the witness of Christian Wolfkes, a Romanian Christian carpenter; they joined the Anglican Mission to the Jews. Wurmbrand was ordained twice – first as an Anglican, then, after World War II, as a Lutheran minister. In 1944, when the Soviet Union occupied Romania as the first step to establishing a communist regime, Wurmbrand began a ministry to his Romanian countrymen and to Red Army soldiers. When the government attempted to control churches, he immediately began an „underground” ministry to his people. Richard is remembered for his courage in standing up in a gathering of church leaders and denouncing government control of the churches. He was arrested on February 29, 1948, while on his way to church services.

Imprisonments

Wurmbrand, who passed through the penal facilities of Craiova, Gherla, the Danube – Black Sea Canal, Văcăreşti, Malmaison, Cluj, and ultimately Jilava, spent three years in solitary confinement. This confinement was in a cell twelve feet underground, with no lights or windows. There was no sound because even the guards wore felt on the soles of their shoes. He later recounted that he maintained his sanity by sleeping during the day, staying awake at night, and exercising his mind and soul by composing and then delivering a sermon each night. Due to his extraordinary memory, he was able to recall more than 350 of those, a selection of which he included in his book “With God in Solitary Confinement,” which was first published in 1969. During part of this time, he communicated with other inmates by tapping out Morse code on the wall. In this way he continued to „be sunlight” to fellow inmates rather than dwell on the lack of physical light.

At the beginning of his first imprisonment, he recalls being in deep remorse as thoughts of past sins and duties undone were remembered. Unlike the discipline that helped him through later days of imprisonment, he later wrote that God came to him and fellow prisoners in a vision not unlike that which Stephen experienced:

We didn’t see that we were in prison. We were surrounded by angels; we were with God. We no longer believed about God and Christ and angels because Bible verses said it. We didn’t remember Bible verses anymore. We remembered about God because we experienced it. With great humility we can say with the apostles, „What we have seen with our eyes, what we have heard with our ears, what we have touched with our own fingers, this we tell to you.”

Wurmbrand was released from his first imprisonment in 1956, after eight and a half years. Although he was warned not to preach, he resumed his work in the underground church. He was arrested again in 1959 and sentenced to 25 years. During his imprisonment, he was beaten and tortured. Psychological torture included incessant broadcasting of phrases denouncing Christianity and praising Communism. His body bore the scars of physical torture for the rest of his life. For example, he later recounted having the soles of his feet beaten until the flesh was torn off, then the next day beaten again to the bone. This prolific writer said there were not words to describe that pain. However, Wurmbrand considered worse than torture the coerced denunciations of parents by their own children.

During his first imprisonment, Wurmbrand’s supporters were unable to get information about him; later they found out that a false name had been used in the prison records so that no one could trace his whereabouts. Secret police visited Sabina and posed as released fellow prisoners. They claimed to have attended Richard’s funeral in prison. During his second imprisonment, his wife Sabina was given official news of Richard’s death, which she did not believe. Sabina herself had been arrested in 1950 and spent three years in penal labour on the canal. Sabina’s autobiographical account of this time is titled The Pastor’s Wife. Their only son, Mihai, by then a young adult, was expelled from college-level studies at three institutions because his father was a political prisoner; an attempt to obtain permission to emigrate to Norway to avoid compulsory service in the Communist army was unsuccessful.

Eventually, Wurmbrand was a recipient of an amnesty in 1964. Concerned with the possibility that Wurmbrand would be forced to undergo further imprisonment, the Norwegian Mission to the Jews and the Hebrew Christian Alliance negotiated with Communist authorities for his release from Romania for $10,000 (though the going rate for political prisoners was $1900. He was convinced by underground church leaders to leave and become a voice for the persecuted church. He devoted the rest of his life to this effort, despite warnings and death threats.

He was a good friend of Costache Ioanid, a well known Romanian Christian poet.

Achievements and influence

Wurmbrand travelled to Norway, England, and then the United States. In May, 1966, he testified in Washington, D.C. before the US Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee. That testimony, in which he took off his shirt in front of TV cameras to show the scars of his torture, brought him to public attention. He became known as „The Voice of the Underground Church,” doing much to publicise the persecution of Christians in Communist countries. He compiled circumstantial evidence that Marx was a satanist.

In April 1967, the Wurmbrands formed Jesus To The Communist World (later renamed The Voice of the Martyrs), an interdenominational organisation working initially with and for persecuted Christians in Communist countries, but later expanding its activities to help persecuted believers in other places, especially in the Muslim world.

In 1990 Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand returned to Romania for the first time in 25 years. The Voice of the Martyrs opened a printing facility and bookstore in Bucharest. The new mayor of Bucharest had offered a storage space for the books under former dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu’s palace – where Richard had spent years in confinement, praying for a ministry to his homeland. Wurmbrand engaged in preaching with local ministers of nearly all denominations.

Wurmbrand wrote 18 books in English and others in Romanian. His best-known book, titled Tortured for Christ, was released in 1967. In several of them he writes very boldly and emphatically against Communism; yet he maintained a hope and compassion even for those who tortured him by „looking at men .. not as they are, but as they will be … I could also see in our persecutors … a future Apostle Paul … (and) the jailer in Philippi who became a convert.” Wurmbrand last lived in Palos Verdes, California. He died at the age of 92 on February 17, 2001 in a hospital in Torrance, California. (His wife, Sabina, had died six months earlier on August 11, 2000.) In 2006, he was voted fifth among the greatest Romanians according to the Mari Români poll.

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The Beauty of Nothing – Richard Wurmbrand

– Pastor Wurmbrand shares his experiences in jail for 14 years by the communists. He shares a specific facet of his testimony which was the nothingness they were faced with in jail. No bibles, No fellowship, No communion, No sound. But admist this all the Lord Jesus Christ revealed himself to the prisoners and allowed them to experience him and even take communion. This message will stir you out of apathy and grumbling over our little issues in life that are nothing in comparision with what this brother went through. May this message show us the needs to pray and support the persecuted church. „It is a shame to be a luke-warm Christian”.

The Return – Richard Wurmbrand

Wurmbrand, who passed through the penal facilities of Craiova, Gherla, the Danube-Black Sea Canal, Văcăreşti, Malmaison, Cluj, and ultimately Jilava, spent three years in solitary confinement. His wife, Sabina, was arrested in 1950 and spent three years of penal labour on the Canal.

Pastor Wurmbrand was released in 1956, after eight and a half years, and, although warned not to preach, resumed his work in the underground church. He was arrested again in 1959, and sentenced to 25 years. During his imprisonment, he was beaten and tortured.

Eventually, he was the recipient of an amnesty in 1964.
He became known as the ‘The Voice of the Underground Church’, doing much to publicize the persecution of Christians in Communist countries.

In April of 1967, the Wurmbrands formed Jesus to the Communist World (later named The Voice of the Martyrs), an interdenominational organization working initially with and for persecuted Christians in Communist countries, but later expanding its activities to help persecuted believers in other places, especially in the Muslim world.
The Voice of the Martyrs opened a printing facility and bookstore in Bucharest. He preached about God together with pastor Ioan Panican.

The Wurmbrands had one son, Mihai. His best-known book is entitled Tortured for Christ, released in 1967.

Pastor Wurmbrand died in Glendale, California. In 2006, he came fifth among the greatest Romanians according to the Mari Români poll.

Richard si Sabina Wurmbrand – Daca zidurile ar putea vorbi

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Richard Wurmbrand (n. 24 martie 1909, București – d. 17 februarie 2001, Torrance, California) a fost un predicator creștin luteran.Născut la București, într-o familie de evrei, Wurmbrand a fost atras de comunism în perioada adolescenței, a urmat cursurile unei școli politice la Moscova, între 1927 și 1929, apoi a abandonat orientarea comunistă și s-a convertit la creștinism, pentru ca mai târziu să petreacă peste 14 ani în închisorile comuniste pentru activitățile sale creștine care au atras adversitatea autorităților vremii. Atît în închisoare, cît și după eliberare, Wurmbrand a ținut predici, luptînd, totodată, pentru drepturile creștinilor persecutați din întreaga lume.

Richard Wurmbrand a fost mezinul familiei. Din cauza dificultăților financiare, familia Wurmbrand se mută la Istanbul, unde tatăl lui Richard deschide un cabinet de stomatologie. Rămîne, însă, orfan de tată la vîrsta de nouă ani, iar, la cincisprezece ani, familia lui se repatriază. Adolescentul Wurmbrand este atras de mișcarea comunistă și de promisiunile ei. După ce a urmat studiile politice la Moscova, la întoarcerea clandestină în țară, Wurmbrand este urmărit de serviciile secrete, arestat, condamnat și închis la Doftana. Mai târziu, a primit, sub o altă identitate din partea PCR, și misiunea de a organiza filiala județeană Deva. Renunță la doctrina comunistă, întrucît vede în ea o sursă de iluzii pentru clasele oprimate. Se căsătorește în 1936 cu Sabina Oster, revenită în țară după studii de chimie la Universitatea Sorbona. Nu după mult timp, se convertește la credința creștină, citind Biblia pe care o primise de la un tîmplar la care locuise în zona Brașovului, în perioada de convalescență după tuberculoza contractată la Doftana, urmînd ca, mai apoi, să devină pastor luteran.

Wurmbrand se alătură Misiunii Anglicane pentru Evrei. În scurtă vreme, zeci de evrei din România îmbrățișează credința creștină sub influența lui. În plin război mondial, în 1941, misiunea trebuie să se retragă din România, activitatea ei urmînd să fie continuată de misiunea Bisericii Luterane Norvegiene. Împreună cu Sabina, este urmărit de autorități datorită originii evreiești. Rudele Sabinei sînt deportate în Transnistria, de unde nu s-au mai întors niciodată. În acest timp, Richard și Sabina Wurmbrand ajută mulți evrei să supraviețuiască în acele vremuri de grea restriște.
După terminarea războiului, în 1945, Wurmbrand intră în conflict deschis cu autoritățile comuniste. Astfel, în cadrul congresului cultelor (convocat în palatul Parlamentului și prezidat de prim-ministrul Petru Groza) în care liderii diverselor denominații creștine se arătau dispuși să susțină Partidul Comunist, Wurmbrand a fost vocea singulară care a protestat împotriva îngenuncherii cultelor în fața unui guvern totalitar, spălînd în, acest fel, „rușinea de pe obrazul lui Christos”, cu riscul propriei vieți.

Wurmbrand este urmărit de autoritățile comuniste atee instalate la putere, datorită activităților sale religioase. În 29 februarie 1948, zi de duminică, este arestat, în București, în timp ce se îndrepta spre biserica pe care o păstorea pentru slujba de dimineață. La scurtă vreme, în celula sa este închis și liderul comunist Lucrețiu Pătrășcanu. Urmează ani de temniță grea, în care Richard Wurmbrand este închis singur în celule subterane obscure, torturat bestial sau purtat prin diverse închisori: Rahova, Jilava, Târgu Ocna, etc. În perioada de izolare totală, alcătuiește serii de predici proferate în fața unui public imaginar, pentru a-și proteja mintea. După terminarea regimului de izolare totală, care a durat trei ani, împarte mai multe celule cu intelectuali, prelați de diverse confesiuni, dar și cu oameni simpli. Îi cunoaște atunci pe: Nicolae Steinhardt, Ion Ioanid, Valeriu Gafencu (care avea să îi salveze viața), Ioan Ianolide, dr. Aristide Lefter, Tertulian Langa, pastorul Viski Ferencz etc.

După paisprezece ani de detenție (executați între 1948-1956 și, respectiv,1959-1964) este eliberat, iar în 1965 părăsește țara împreună cu familia, fiind răscumpărat de o organizație creștină norvegiană, cu 10.000$. În 1966, se stabilește în Statele Unite, unde înființează misiunea creștină Vocea martirilor, organizație care luptă împotriva persecuțiilor îndreptate asupra creștinilor de pe toate continentele.

Ajunge în atenția Comisiei pentru Securitate Interioară a Senatului american, unde face cunoscute atrocitățile la care sînt supuși creștinii din țările comuniste. Privit cu îndoială de senatori, Wurmbrand se vede obligat să apeleze la argumentul cel mai puternic și anume: cicatricile de pe trupul său. În consecință, pastorul Wurmbrand își îndepărtează cămașa lăsînd să se vadă optsprezece răni produse de tortură.

După Revoluția din 22 decembrie 1989, Wurmbrand se întoarce în vizită, în România, unde depune flori la mormintele torționarilor săi. Moare în Torrance, California, în februarie 2001.

Wurmbrand nu este un teolog de profesie, dar cărțile sale constituie veritabile mărturii nu doar ale atrocităților comunismului, cît mai ales mărturii ale Bisericii Creștine din primele decenii după instalarea comunismului în răsăritul Europei. În același timp, volumele sale constituie o literatură devoțională și sînt traduse în toate limbile de circulație internațională. Cu Dumnezeu în subterană este istoria anilor petrecuți în închisorile comuniste. Alături de Noblețea suferinței, scrisă de Sabina Wurmbrand, volumul este o veritabilă profesiune de credință a creștinului trecut prin încercarea închisorii. În această perioadă, Wurmbrand compune cîteva serii de predici, pe care le învață pe de rost și pe care le expune în două volume – Dacă zidurile ar putea vorbi și Predici din celula singuratică, la care se adaugă volumul 100 de meditații din închisoare. Volumul Christos pe ulița evreiască cuprinde mărturii de viață ale pastorului Wurmbrand trăite printre evreii din România, de la convertirea sa în perioada premergătoare războiului pînă la anii de închisoare. Ca răspuns pentru Manualul ateului, Wurmbrand redactează Umpleți vidul!, volum suscitat de intoxicarea prin propaganda comunistă. În același ton este scris volumul Dovezi ale existenței lui Dumnezeu, pe care îl publică sub pseudonimul Nicolai Ionescu.

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Richard Wurmbrand – text 1 Corinteni 11:11. povesteste din calatoriile sale – printre credinciosi si necredinciosi, indiferent de virsta, sotii se pling unul de celalat. El declara ca este razboi in familie si da sfaturi pentru familia crestina.

Predica – sint 4 fisiere video. Ascultati pina la sfirsit si se va incarca urmatorul fisier. (Durata – Aprox. 10 minute fiecare video)

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Partea 2-a Partea 3-a Partea 4-a (Durata – Aprox. 10 minute fiecare video)

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–>Binecuvantare prin suferinta, Richard Wurmbrand predica (English/subtitrare in L. Romana) A must see

In this very short (5 minute), must see  video, Richard Wurmbrand retells the story of Ana Marie, a young girl who was tortured in the underground prison system because she was caught working in the underground church.

Copii ai lui Dumnezeu, predica Richard Wurmbrand

Predica (60 minute) de la Resurse Crestine, Romania O predica de neuitat din partea lui Richard Wurmbrand care povesteste cea mai frumoasa intimplare din viata lui, care s-a petrecut intr-un ajun de Craciun in inchisoare cind erau torturati si bolnavi de moarte, el cu Pastorul Iscu, si unul din cei  ce i-a torturat si chinuit care a fost la rindul lui torturat. Discuta valoarea mingaierii in viata noastra si viata noastra incarcata de vina si puterea lui Hristos sa ne mintuie pe toti.

PAGINA – RICHARD WURMBRAND

Documentarul realizat de Lucia Hossu Longin este ultimul video (jos) pe aceasta pagina.

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Un video predica -Richard Wurmbrand in limba Germana (48 de minute)

E posibil ca acesta sa fie primul documentar realizat de un Pastor Luteran American care l-a ajutat pe Richard si Sabina Wurmbrand sa emigreze in SUA.

suntem in cautare pentru acest video

In continuare, vizionati urmatorul documentar care a fost  transmis pentru prima data  in ziua de 23 mai 2006, orele 23.00, pe postul national de televiziune, TVR 1,  documentarul despre viata si lucrarea pastorului Richard Wurmbrand in cadrul “Memorialului Durerii”, realizat de catre distinsa doamna Lucia Hosu Longin.

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Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001)
Sabina (Oster) Wurmbrand (July 10, 1913 – August 11, 2000)

Many people called him the „Voice of the Underground Church” and others referred to him as the „Iron Curtain St. Paul.” This humble man who began the ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs was the Rev. Richard Wurmbrand. Richard’s life was a partnership with the equally amazing Sabina, whom he married on October 26, 1936.

Richard Wurmbrand was born the youngest of four boys in a Jewish family on March 24, 1909, in Bucharest, Romania. Gifted intellectually and fluent in nine languages, Richard was active in leftist politics and worked as a stockbroker.

After their marriage, Richard and Sabina were converted to Christ in 1938, chiefly because of the influence of a German carpenter, Christian Wölfkes. They joined the Anglican Mission to the Jews in Bucharest. Richard was ordained, first as an Anglican, and then after World War II as a Lutheran minister.

During World War II, Richard and Sabina saw an opportunity for evangelism among the occupying German forces. They preached in the bomb shelters and rescued Jewish children out of the ghettos. Richard and Sabina were repeatedly arrested and beaten and, at least once, nearly executed. Sabina lost her Jewish family in Nazi concentration camps.

In 1945 Romanian Communists seized power and a million „invited” Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand ministered to his oppressed countrymen and engaged in bold evangelism to the Russian soldiers.

That same year, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand attended the Congress of Cults organized by the Romanian Communist government. Many religious leaders came forward to praise Communism and to swear loyalty to the new regime. Sabina said, „Richard, stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ.” Richard warned, „If I do so, you’ll lose your husband.”

„I don’t wish to have a coward as a husband,” she replied. Thus Richard declared to the 4,000 delegates, whose speeches were broadcast to the whole nation, that their duty is to glorify God and Christ alone.

Between 1945 and 1947, Richard distributed 1 million Gospels to Russian troops, often disguising the books as Communist propaganda. Richard also smuggled Gospels into Russia. On December 30, 1947, the People’s Republic of Romania was proclaimed.

Richard Wurmbrand kidnapped
On February 29, 1948, the secret police arrested Richard while on his way to church and took him to their headquarters. He was locked in a solitary cell and labeled ‘Prisoner Number 1.’

In 1950, his wife Sabina was also imprisoned. She was forced to serve as a laborer on the Danube Canal project, leaving their nine-year-old son, Mihai, alone and homeless. Following her release in 1953, the Romanian authorities informed her that Richard had died in prison.

A Christian doctor masquerading as a Communist Party member discovered Richard alive in prison. In a general amnesty, Richard was released in 1956 after serving eight-and-a-half years in prison. He was warned never to preach again. While in prison, he went through horrific tortures at the hands of the brutal secret police. Despite the treatments and the warnings he received from his persecutors, Richard resumed his work with the „underground” churches after his release.

He was re-arrested in 1959 through the conspiracy of an associate, and sentenced to 25 years. He was accused of preaching ideas contrary to Communist doctrine. Due to increased political pressure from Western countries, Richard was granted another amnesty and released in 1964.

In December 1965, the Norwegian Mission to the Jews and the Hebrew Christian Alliance paid $10,000 in ransom to the Communist government to allow the Wurmbrand family to leave Romania. Reluctant to leave his homeland, Richard was convinced by other underground church leaders to leave and become a „voice” to the world for the underground church. Richard, Sabina, and their son Mihai left Romania for Norway and then traveled on to England.

The birth of a unique ministry
Richard began his ministry of being a voice for persecuted Christians in England with Rev. Stuart Harris, where he also wrote his testimony of persecution, Tortured for Christ. Later, Richard moved on to the United States, and in 1966 he appeared before a U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, where he stripped to the waist and revealed 18 deep torture wounds on his body. His story spread rapidly, leading to more and more speaking engagements.

In 1967, the Wurmbrands officially began a ministry committed to serving the persecuted church, called Jesus to the Communist World (later renamed The Voice of the Martyrs). In the same year, Richard released his book, Tortured for Christ.

In October, 1967, the first monthly issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter was published in the U.S. By the mid-1980s his work was established in 80 restricted nations with offices in 30 countries around the world.

In 1990, after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu in December 1989, Richard and Sabina returned to Romania after 25 years in exile and were warmly received. A printing facility and bookstore were opened in Bucharest, and the officials of the city offered to store Christian books in a room below the palace of Ceausescu, the very site where Richard had been held in solitary confinement.

Richard retired from the day-to-day work of The Voice of the Martyrs in 1992, but he continued as a consultant and member of the board of directors, maintaining a keen interest in the work until his death in 2001.

During his ministry, Richard wrote 18 books in English and others in Romanian, some of which have been translated into 38 different languages. His most well-known book is Tortured for Christ. He received numerous honors and citations during his lifetime for his work and ministry.

Richard is remembered with great affection as an outstanding man of God, passionate for the cause of Christ, powerful in evangelism, and persevering in suffering for the sake of the Jesus he loved. Sabina, who passed away August 11, 2000, is remembered as a woman of great integrity, a student of the Scriptures, a mighty faith warrior and a true help mate to her husband.

Keys- http://persecution.tv/video?task=videodirectlink&id=807 (Videos)

http://cristianet.fr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=26 (Real audio)

http://www.youtube.com/user/Iedidia1/videos?query=wurmbrand (Videos)

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40 de minute cu Sabina Wurmbrand + Un documentar

VEZI PAGINA Richard Wurmbrand

Sabina Wurmbrand a fost o femeie extraordinara, care a fost intemnitata pentru credinta ei. Urmariti in acest video in 4 parti, cit de mult iubeste Biblia (Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu). Dinsa este un exemplu extraordinar pentru fiecare femeie. Prin intermediul de video, lucrarea ei merge mai departe, desi dinsa este acum plecata la Domnul.

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Amintiri cu sfinti I

Amintiri cu sfinti II

Amintiri cu sfinti III

Amintiri cu sfinti  4


‘Amintiri cu sfinti’ culese de Pastorul Daniel Branzai (3) Richard Wurmbrand – Cum i s-a descoperit Dumnezeu

Am obtinut permisiunea Pastorului Daniel Branzai sa postez o serie de articole preluate de la situl dinsului. Pastorul si scriitorul Daniel Branzai a publicat 4 volume sub titlul ‘Amintiri cu sfinti’ (Volumul 4 urmeaza sa apara de la tipar in urmatoarele luni)

Richard Wurmbrand – EDITORIAL de Christian Ioanid (din Amintiri cu sfinti, Volumul 3)

O foarte talentată scriitoare din Bucureşti (fostă, pentru o vreme, emigrantă la Paris) m‑a întrebat, prin intermediul e‑mailului (nu ne‑am întâlnit pe altă cale niciodată), cum arată exilul românesc în America. I‑am răspuns printr‑o scurtă schiţă despre începuturile mele în ale emigraţiei în Los Angeles, pe vremea când îmi notam impresiile zilnice sub formă de jurnal. S‑a amuzat grozav de ceea ce i‑am scris şi îmi atrage atenţia, într‑un mesaj ulterior, asupra a ceva foarte caracteristic anilor pe care îi trăim:„…trăim într‑o epocă a discuţiilor despre alterităţi, confesiuni, cutume diverse, într‑una a gustului pentru toate diarismele imaginabile, ca orice epocă nesigură de modele şi conduite recomandabile. Dacă aţi fi scris roman istoric, ar fi fost trist, căci voga a murit în ‘80. Cel de amor a devenit manierist, iar de thrillers şi detective stories ni s‑a cam urât. Dar cu ce aţi avea dumneavoastră de vândut, nici nu va trebui să bateţi la multe uşi ca să vi se deschidă una.”

Nu m‑am gândit şi nici nu mă gândesc să bat pe la uşi. Una, pentru că nu‑mi place. Şi a doua, pentru că îmi simt destinul şi ştiu că n‑o să mă îmbogăţesc eu de pe urma scrisului şi a bătutului pe la uşi. Dar ce‑mi scrie respectiva doamnă e foarte adevărat: trăim într‑o lume cu atât de puţine modele şi cu atât de multă confuzie! Sau precum o spune atât de frumos şi adevărat Ioan Alexandru, în poezia Lumină Lină:

Richard Wurmbrand

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„E‑atâta noapte şi uitare si lumile-au pierit din zare,

Au mai rămas din veghea lor luminile luminilor.”

Acum trei săptămâni, a venit cineva de la Bucureşti,căutând să adune mărturii filmate pentru Memorialul Durerii, pe care‑l realizează doamna Hossu‑Longin. Mie mi s‑a cerut să îl evoc, în faţa camerei de luat vederi, pe mult regretatul reverend Richard Wurmbrand, prizonier de conştiinţă al regimului comunist, pentru 14 ani. Deşi ştiu o grămadă de lucruri despre scenă, nu‑mi face nici o plăcere să mă las filmat. De asemenea, fiind un om al scrisului, şi nu al vorbitului, m‑am bosumflat în sinea mea, gândindu‑mă că iar fac o treabă pentru care nu‑s plămădit. Totuşi, de dragul acelui om extraordinar care a fost Richard Wurmbrand, am trecut peste toate şi am răbdat ca un filosof stoic întreaga agresivitate a platoului de filmare.

După ce‑am scăpat teafăr, le‑am strâns măna tuturor celor ce m‑au încurajat de pe tuşă şi am dat cu ochii de zâmbetul acela dezarmant al reverendului Aurel Popescu, cel mai drag vecin al meu din Bucureşti. „Hai, scrie un editorial despre ce‑ai vorbit acum”, îmi zice. „Da, da”, am promis eu, numai pe jumătate convins.

Peste câteva zile însă primesc răvaşul doamnei despre care v‑am vorbit.

Da, ducem din ce în ce mai multă lipsă de modele. Şi am eu oare dreptul să tac când am cunoscut oameni extraordinari? Când:

„Au mai rămas din veghea lor luminile luminilor.”

CLICK  AICI  SA  CITITI  MAI  DEPARTE cum Dumnezeu i s-a descoperit lui Richard Wurmbrand care pe vremea aceia era un ateu care facea parte din partidul comunist.

‘Amintiri cu sfinti’ culese de Pastorul Daniel Branzai (I)

Am obtinut permisiunea Pastorului Daniel Branzai sa postez o serie de articole preluate de la situl dinsului. Pastorul si scriitorul Daniel Branzai a publicat 4 volume sub titlul ‘Amintiri cu sfinti’ (Volumul 4 urmeaza sa apara de la tipar in urmatoarele luni)Il citez pe Daniel Branzai din ‘Amintiri cu sfinti’,  prefata Volumului I:

Prefata

Amintirile sunt comorile pe care nu ni le poate fura nimeni. Ascunse in cutele memoriei noastre, aceste amintiri sunt veritabile puncte de reper, clipe in care cineva sau ceva ne-a atins “existential” si ne-a modificat pentru totdeauna traiectoria in procesul devenirii noastre intru fiinta.

Oamenii despre care va voi vorbi in aceasta carte au fost instrumentele omenesti care, in mana unui desavarsit, au modelat caracterul meu, aflat intr-o continua si necesara formare.

De ce am intitulat aceasta carte “Amintiri cu sfinti” ? Au fost oare acesti oameni “sfinti” in adevarata acceptie a cuvantului? Eu cred ca da. Pentru altii este insa probabil nevoie de o mica explicatie.

Cititi mai departe Prefata Volumului I aici.

Richard Wurmbrand

iulie 17, 2008

Iată una dintre poeziile acestui „ne-poet” îndrăgostit de frumos:

Am urmărit himera, adevărul,
Dar ce-am găsit a fost mereu tot „eu”,
Tot numai flori de măr aduce mărul,
Dar mie „eul” îmi e Dumnezeul

Din iadul căruia nu-i evadare
Şi după grele lepădări de sine
Şi după sacrificiul cel mai mare,
Sunt tot în „eu”, nu am ieşit din mine.

Mi-e adevăr doar psihodiagrama
Bilanţul tragicelor experienţe
Tristeţea-i cânt, căci ea şi panorama
Mult chinuitei mele existenţe.

Trăind altfel, altfel mi-ar fi gândirea,
Mentalitatea o schimb pe un blid de linte.
Se cheltuieşte pe năluci iubirea,
Mereu e numai „eul” care minte.

Se travesteşte în idealuri, în religii,
E revoluţionar, răstoarnă totul.
În toate-s ale „eului” vestigii.
El pângăreşte tot ca să trăiască,

El are singur gând ca să trăiască bine.
Şi buruiana asta-n mine o să crească
Până „eul” va fi înghiţit de Tine.

Atunci sub chip de „eu” avea voi adevărul,
Căci „eul” meu va fi atunci Christos.
Tot numai flori de măr v-aduce mărul,
Dar va fi întruchipare de frumos.

Sabina Wurmbrand

iulie 18, 2008

„Şi acum aş dori să închei cu o poveste personală. Doresc să vă împărtăşesc doar una dintre experienţele pe care le am avut în închisorile comuniste. La un moment dat, munceam din greu într unul dintre lagărele de concentrare ale comuniştilor. Lucram la construirea unui imens canal. Toate femeile eram triste şi îndurerate, şi era printre noi o tânără doamnă evreică, care era doctoriţă. Această tânără era mai tristă decât oricare dintre noi. Nimeni nu se putea apropia de ea să i vorbească. Într una dintre zile, zăceam pe rogojina mea de paie. Lângă mine, se afla tânăra evreică, doctoriţa, şi am încercat, cum am putut, să i mângâi inima îndurerată. M am apropiat de ea şi i am spus:

– Tu eşti o tânără evreică şi n ar trebui să fii atât de disperată. Dumnezeu i-a promis strămoşului nostru, Avraam, că poporul evreu va avea un viitor strălucit. Numărul lor va fi ca nisipul de pe malul mării şi ca stelele de pe cer.

Frumoşii ochi trişti ai tinerei s au ridicat spre mine, în timp ce obrajii i se udau de lacrimi.

– Da, e adevărat, mi a răspuns, ca nisipul de pe malul mării, ca să l calce toţi în picioare, aşa cum ne calcă pe noi gărzile comuniste. Dar ca stelele de pe cer? Asta n o mai cred! Să nu te mai aud că pomeneşti Numele Dumnezeului tău. Cu aceste cuvinte, s a dus de lângă mine.

La scurt timp după această discuţie, m am trezit într o bună dimineaţă, bolnavă pe moarte. Şi când spun pe moarte, vorbesc serios, fiindcă atât de bolnavă eram. Ca să nu mor în celula comunistă, m au aruncat într o dubă a miliţiei şi m au dus într o altă închisoare, pe care o numeau spital. Acolo, am văzut nenumărate femei care erau pe moarte. Erau atât de multe, încât zăceau câte două, uneori trei într un pat mic şi neîncăpător.

Toate care erau acolo aşteptau ca după o zi, două, trei, să fie strămutate la cimitir. Iată mă şi pe mine printre ele. Se făcea că era chiar în ajunul unei sărbători comuniste şi iată că, mai spre seară, şi a făcut apariţia directorul închisorii cu încă vreo zece ofiţeri. S a uitat în jur la acele femei muribunde. Toate arătam ca nişte stafii. Şi când te gândeşti că astăzi sunt mii şi mii ca noi în închisorile comuniste şi în lagărele de concentrare ale Chinei, Vietnamului, din Coreea de Nord. Ele sunt surorile noastre! Directorul închisorii s a uitat în jur şi a început să ne ţină o prelegere:

– După cum vedeţi, noi, comuniştii, avem toată puterea în mâna noastră. Am învins. Suntem mai puternici decât Dumnezeul vostru. Avem spitale, medicamente, avem doctori şi în nici un caz nu mai avem nevoie de Dumnezeul vostru, de Christos. În acest spital, nici să nu îndrăzniţi să pomeniţi Numele Dumnezeului vostru sau al lui Christos. S a lăsat o mare tăcere. Nimeni n a cutezat să rostească vreun cuvânt, nici o femeie n a avut putere să îngaime ceva. Dar Duhul lui Dumnezeu era acolo. El mi a dat putere, mi a pus pe buze cuvintele potrivite.

– Domnule ofiţer, am îndrăznit, atâta timp cât moartea şi boala bântuie pământul, şi dumneavoastră vedeţi cât de aproape suntem noi de moarte, avem nevoie cu toţii de Dumnezeu. Avem nevoie de Isus Christos, Fiul lui Dumnezeu, singurul care poate da viaţă.

Directorul a explodat de furie. A încercat să mi dea replici, eu i am răspuns înapoi. Când n a mai ştiut ce să spună, a ieşit, trântind uşa după el. Femeile erau atât de fericite. Acesta a fost unul dintre cele mai fericite momente din viaţa lor de deţinute. Au început să se îmbrăţişeze una pe alta, din cauză că cineva a îndrăznit să ţină piept unei brute comuniste. A doua zi, dis-de-dimineaţă, pe când tăcerea nopţii nu dispăruse încă, a intrat la noi un gardian cu o listă. Pe listă erau trei nume, femei cărora, chipurile, sănătatea le permitea să meargă din nou la lucru.

Primul din cele trei nume a fost al meu. Nici poveste să pot merge. Doar eram pe moarte! Dar am fost luată pe sus, aruncată în dubă şi dusă înapoi în celula mea din temniţă. Când celelalte deţinute m au văzut, au început să plângă. Au început să bată în uşă, strigând după ajutor. Nu s a prezentat nimeni. A doua zi, când miile de deţinute se adunau pentru a merge la muncă pe câmp, am fost nevoită să merg cu ele. Nici nu se punea problema să merg, stăteam în picioare şi eu cu ele. Am fost târâtă mile întregi de către celelalte deţinute. Nu ştiu dacă mintea umană poate să şi imagineze ce a însemnat să fii obligată să mărşăluieşti, flămândă, firavă şi bolnavă, în fiecare zi, spre câmpul unde lucram. Iar gărzile ne împingeau cu puştile să ne mişcăm. Ba mai mult, eram înconjurate şi de nişte dulăi înfricoşători, la a căror vedere ţi se făcea inima mică, mică, mică de tot. Deţinutele mărşăluiau, obligate fiind să mă care şi pe mine pe braţe. Ajunse la destinaţie, mă lăsau jos pe pământ. Nimeni nu avea voie să se apropie de mine. Toate erau forţate să muncească. Iată mă, zăcând pe pământ, o privelişte care le făcea pe celelalte deţinute credincioase să urle de durere. Credeau că acolo urma să mi fie mormântul. Dar în clipele acelea, când nimeni nu avea voie să se apropie de mine, L-am zărit pe Isus stând înaintea mea. Trecuse de gardieni. Era lângă mine şi S a atins de trupul meu muribund, firav şi măcinat de boală. Seara, când deţinutele s au întors la celulele lor, eu eram printre ele.

Vestea s-a răspândit ca văpaia focului în toată închisoarea. Se făcuse târziu, şi eu zăceam pe rogojina mea de paie aşezată direct pe ciment, când s a apropiat de mine acea tânără doctoriţă evreică. Mi a mărturisit că imaginea unei asemenea vindecări miraculoase a determinat o să creadă în adevăratul Profet, Mesia, Cel care S-a atins de trupul meu şi m-a vindecat.

VA URMA…din Volumele Pastorului Daniel Branzei- ‘Amintiri cu sfinti.’

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