Theology & Worldview

Richard Wurmbrand & VOM Pt. 3: His “Footprints on the Sands of Time”

“Lives of great men all remind us
   We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
   Footprints on the sands of time;”

This is the seventh stanza from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, A Psalm of Life. In my last article, I finished the biography of Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). Now I will go into detail about the footprints that this remarkable man left behind on the world. 

In 1965, VOM was established as a global missions network. The missions the Wurmbrands conducted are built upon Hebrews 13:3, which commands us to “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body” (ESV 2016). The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit and interdenominational organization that dedicates its service towards worldwide families that are persecuted through spiritual and physical assistance. They also lead “other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them”. 

The purposes of VOM are listed on their website as:

  • To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  • To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  • To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  • To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

The Voice of the Martyrs has fulfilled its purpose. Around the world, thousands of millions of people are affected by the prayer from their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, many of whom they have not even met. The persecuted people are “encouraged and  empowered” to fulfill their mission. Relief is provided through prayer, and their physical needs are met through the Bibles that are sent to the Christians in persecuted countries, such as Syria, Iran, China, and North Korea. Help and encouragement are provided for native missionaries and pastors of these countries. Richard Wurmbrand has truly left a wonderful legacy in this world. 

Also, VOM runs multiple websites besides their main website that focus on sub-topics of VOM and go further into different parts of VOM. You can also subscribe to receive their magazine on a regular basis. If you would like to personally investigate Richard Wurmbrand’s story, visit https://www.torturedforchrist.com where copies of his movies and books are sold. 

Here are the links to various VOM minitistries, if you would like to further investigate their call from Christ: 

  • https://www.vomradio.net/
    • A place where weekly episodes of “short highlights from Christians around the world” are posted. Hear pastors and their families who are in a country full of persecuted Christians.
  • https://www.i-am-n.com/exile-night/
    • In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N,” on the homes and businesses of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs. Today you can stand with them by making the following commitment.” 
  • https://www.kidsofcourage.com
    • Kids of Courage focuses on Christian children around the world who are in an environment of persecution. Through this website, VOM tries to get young Christian children in the US involved with their young brothers and sisters in Christ. 
  • https://www.prisoneralert.com/
    • Prisoner Alert brings up stories of Christian who have been imprisoned in the countries that they are serving in. You can find out more about these Prisoners for Christ and encourage them and their families by sending letters to them. Also, the most important thing – pray.
  • https://www.icommittopray.com/
    • I Commit to Pray is “a place to gather and pray for the persecuted church.” (icommittopray.com)

Wurmbrand is a prime example of how God can turn unbearable physical and spiritual suffering into something that glorifies his name. Because of The Voice of the Martyrs persecuted families will not have to go through the things that Richard was subjected to. They will not have to experience the torture of  isolation from their Christian and human family, of not knowing where their loved ones are, and even being protected from persecution. 

So when you are faced with a great trial,persevere and stay strong with God.  Remember that what may seem to only affect you at the moment might have a greater impact than you see. This journey has helped me grow so much in my faith and knowledge, and I hope it has helped all of you as well! 

 

Works Cited:

  • ESV: Study Bible: English Standard Version. Crossway Bibles, 2016.
  • “Hear the Voice of Your Persecuted Christian Family.” VOM Radio, www.vomradio.net/.
  • I Am n, www.i-am-n.com/exile-night/.
  • “ICommitToPray.com.” ICommitToPray.com, 24 Oct. 2019, www.icommittopray.com/.
  • “Kids of Courage.” KOC, www.kidsofcourage.com/.
  • “Prisoner Alert.” PrisonerAlert, www.prisoneralert.com/.
  • “The Voice of the Martyrs.” The Voice of the Martyrs, www.persecution.com/.

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