Pastor Richard Wurmbrand who suffered 14 years in Romanian communist prisons, is the author of “Sermons in Solitary Confinement.” When kidnapped off the street by the communist secret police of Romania he was held alone over two years, 30 feet beneath the pavement, in a narrow cell. There he was subjected to hunger and was tortured. In order to keep his sanity, he composed 356 sermons in the form of poems having rhyme, thus allowing him to repeat and memorize these sermons. Pastor Richard Wurmbrand wrote: “Throw a Christian into the river, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. I have not known a Christian, who remained faithful through adversities and inner struggles, who did not come out of them enriched. When I was released from prison, I brought with me a treasure which God had given me there; three hundred and fifty-six poems, which were in fact condensations of sermons, preached while I was alone in a cell. These sermons were composed when I had no pen or paper, and delivered to an invisible audience. I was imprisoned underground. I saw nobody except the guards and the examining officers. I entrusted my sermons to the angels. They have wings. They could take my words to my brothers and sisters in the faith. The angels have done more than I asked of them. They always do. They released me from prison, brought me to the free world and gave me opportunities to publish in many languages my experiences in prison.”
“The American preacher Dwight Moody said that the Christian on his knees sees more than a philosopher standing on tiptoe. If you want to know what hundreds of thousands of Christians have experienced, and are still experiencing, in Communist dungeons, don't stop at reading these sermons, but get down on your knees and ask God for the privilege of sharing the cross of the sufferers, of remembering them as though you were bound in chains with them. But don't share only the outward physical suffering, the hunger, the tortures. Share what is far worse, the inner tempest, the doubts, the moments of despair.”
At the end of 1965, the communist government allowed the Wurmbrand family to be ransomed for the sum of $10,000. Only in his fifth day of arriving in America, Reverend Wurmbrand appeared on the front page of over 80% of all US newspapers. This allowed him start a work not only of unmasking the communist persecution of Christians but also of help to such persecuted Christians.
From: RICHARD WURMBRAND FOUNDATION Michael Wurmbrand, President, Tel: (310) 544-0814, Fax: (310) 377-0511. Address: P.O. Box 4124, Torrance, Ca. 90510, USA. Email: [email protected]