The faith of the Romanians

I just finished reading the book "Tortured for Christ". This book is written by Richard Wurmbrand. He spent months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brainwashing and mental cruelty – these are the experiences of a Romanian pastor during his fourteen years in Communist prisons.
 
His crime, like that of thousands of others, was his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness concerning that faith. Meeting in homes, in basements, and in woods – sometimes daring to preach in public on street corners – these faithful souls persisted in their Christian witness knowing full well the ultimate cost of their actions. This is not only his story but their story – a classic account of courage, tenacious faith, and unbelievable endurance. This history of the Underground Church reflects the continuing sruggle in many parts of the world today.
 
God also called Richard Wurmbrand to be the voice for the Underground Church to the "free world" and he became the founder of "The Voice of the Martyrs". I believe this book will forever change my life of how I view the Underground Church. It’s amazing to think how passionate in love Christians are in love with Jesus and how bold they are to stand up for their faith in Christ. They are not ashamed of their Savior but I don’t understand why many people (including me) are so afraid to share their faith today. Today I thought of the many bibles I own and my family owes in our house and then the thousands of believers today in the persecuted church who don’t even own a bible. There are many pastors who lead their church who don’t have the precious word of God to lead them or they haven’t been to seminary like we have the privilege of doing. But you know what the awesome thing is? There is revival sweeping the lands of the persecuted church and thousands of people are coming to Christ!!
 
Many people when they think of the Communist era that happened in Romania, think about how the people suffered and the orphan children but I don’t think they realized how the church stood through this trial of this era. God gave me a deeper love for the Romanian people as I read this book because I now have a better understanding of what they went through during this time. Yes, from this time they suffered much and this is when orphanages starting opening up but I never realized how much the church was persecuted during this time until I read this book.
 
During the Communist era in Romania, Christians did not have freedom to worship God in church unless their church was registered with the government but if it was there is no freedom in this as they were closely watched. So, then came the Underground Church in Romania during that time. Often pastors were put in prison if they were caught (not only pastors but thousands of other believers too) and if this happened this meant torture but not only for them but also for their family who weren’t in prison but everything was taken away from them. It was also a crime for people to help Christian martyrs families. Children were often mocked in school for being a Christian and they went through many other things during this time. The thing that amazes me and still does in spite of the suffering they went through and people still go through they don’t regret for standing up for their faith in Christ and they have so much joy in them.
 
I feel so humbled that God has called me to a nation that the church has stood through the persecution of the Communist era and they are still standing. Though today Romanians are very religious (the majority of the population are Orthodox). I do believe that, they are very hungary for God and I want to be a part of what God is doing there. I am excited of what God is going to do in my life in Romania. What He is going to teach me through the believers and how He is going to use me to reach them for Christ!
 
This book challenged me to fall in love with Jesus again and to share Christ with people. People need Christ and not another religion but they need to know the saving power of Jesus. There is life in Jesus! We can have hope, purpose for our lives because of Jesus. I highly recommend you to read it. I know it will change your life as did mine!
 
 

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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