While on vacation I read a book entitled, Hearts of Fire, the story of eight different women who were persecuted for their Christian faith. It was published by Voice of the Martyrs, an organization started by Lutheran pastor Richard Wurmbrand and his wife Sabina in 1967. Sabina’s story is one of the eight recounted. Both of the Wurmbrands were arrested and imprisoned in Romania after World War II. In spite of this, they continued to speak and spread the gospel. After being ransomed by the Norwegian Mission to the Jews and the Hebrew Christian Alliance in 1965 they came to the United States determined to speak for persecuted Christians throughout the world.
The organization has many books, videos, brochures and other products to help you and your church learn more about the persecuted church. They offer many ways to help, including prayer, donations and letters of encouragement.
This book is not easy reading for those of us who live in a country where we are free to practice and proclaim our faith. You’ll be pulled into the testimonies of these faithful women from different cultures and times who truly put Christ first — before their jobs, their families, their freedom, even their lives. It is humbling and inspiring; it teaches much about faith and forgiveness. I certainly recommend this book to our readers, and hope you will visit the Voice of the Martyrs website for further information. You can also call 800-747-0085 to order materials or receive a free monthly newsletter.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10