A team from The Voice of the Martyrs recently spent some time in Romania, the home country of our founder, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. This team was in Romania at a unique time; Romania’s television station was in the middle of hosting a contest to determine Romania’s top personalities through an opinion vote. Early in the voting, people were surprised to find the name “Richard Wurmbrand” in the top ten positions. On our team’s second day in the country, Pastor Wurmbrand occupied the number four slot.
Other names that topped the list included great Romanian kings and Olympic gymnastics. Yet the focus of many Romanians at that time wasn’t “Who is the greatest Romanian personality?” but, “Who is Richard Wurmbrand?”
As planned, our team went to visit Tirgul Ocna, a prison where Pastor Wurmbrand was held during the communist era. When they arrived, a television team had just finished shooting some footage for a documentary on Pastor Wurmbrand and was leaving the prison. Since our team was from Richard Wurmbrand’s mission, their arrival was very welcome.
In the prison, the team had an opportunity to share with the prisoners about Pastor Wurmbrand, the love of God and forgiveness. Afterwards, they asked the warden if they could see the cell where Pastor Wurmbrand was held. Because he had just showed the cell to the television crew, the warden allowed our team to also go visit the cell. Interestingly, while they were viewing the cell someone commented that the inmates in that cell are some of the most well-behaved.
I think it’s pretty cool that our team was able to view Pastor Wurmbrand’s cell because of media attention. More importantly, many Romanians who previously didn’t know about Richard Wurmbrand or his ministry have now taken great interest in both.
The voting for greatest Romanian personality is now over. Click here to find out what place Richard Wurmbrand received.