After writing to you about The Hope we have, and what it means to be a Prisoner of Hope, I decided to give you a couple of examples to encourage you as you keep holding on as a faith walker in this world.
Richard Wurmbrand was a Jewish Romanian pastor who preached the gospel fervently during World War II as Romanian Communism took power.
He was arrested by the secret police February 29, 1948 and was locked in a solitary cell for eight years.
But was released in 1956 as a general amnesty.
After being released, however, Richard Wurmbrand continued to preach the gospel and was again, imprisoned and sentenced to another 25 years of prison. He was released a few years later on amnesty.
He held on firmly to his faith, and continued to fight for the rights of others imprisoned for their hope and faith in Christ.
Out of his prison experiences, he wrote his testimony in a bestselling, eye opening book: “Tortured for Christ”
His wife, Sabina Wurmbrand, and he are the creators and founders of Voice of the Martyrs. A ministry dedicated to giving people of faith in persecuted nations the support, the prayer, and the voice they need so they can not be forgotten by our world.
His wife Sabina, passed away in 2000, and Rev. Wurmbrand passed away a year later.
He held on to The Hope we have in Christ to the very end, making it his life’s mission to give people the support they need in order to continue holding on to the hope we have in Christ.
This is Rev. Wurmbrand’s testimony.
Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim
A North Korean pastor of Canada was sentenced to life in prison hard labor, after a sermon of his leaked that supposedly opposed the North Korean leaders. He encouraged congregants to value all God, and the Son, Jesus Christ above all.
He had spent decades supplying food, and all forms of aid to the poor communities in North Korea, including building an orphanage.
After the prayers, petitions, and political force from his family and friends in Canada and all over the States–Pastor Lim was released. Two and half years of hard labor and imprisonment, he was released August 9th, 2017.
His faith continues to shine as he carefully and dutifully gives the praise to God for his suffering and his faith journey.
Here is his testimony:
My aunt, Gloria, is a Prisoner of Hope. She is the first daughter of my grandparents on my mother side.
A prayer warrior, a pistol (wise yet quick, if you know what I mean) and a faithful champion of The Lord.
Her husband, a man of faith with a meek and gentle disposition was diagnosed with sickle cell…and passed away shortly thereafter.
He left five small children, and a wife.
Soon after, because of grief my aunt fell sick. So sick she says that her lips were black and her eyes were wide and glazed from malnourishment.
But..there was a womens meeting to be had at her church. And..she had a choice.
After looking up to God, and reminding Him of His promises to her as a widow,
After looking at her small children, and how things would be with no mother or father….
She got out of the bed.
And grew strong.
She grew in her faith.
And raised five, gorgeous, intelligent, and strong men and women of faith who have become faithful as she is today.
She told me that she did not want to borrow, or beg for anything to support her children. That she held God to His Word and knew He would take care of her.
And He did.
She had hope in God. She did not let go of The Hope, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He has kept her standing in faith.
Even till this day.
We say we love Him…but do we really?The best gift we can offer to God is our lives.
Whether it be stuck in a prison cell or a widowed mother, know that it is when we give God the best of our gift, even our lives for the gospel sake, no matter the circumstances, or in the suffering, is when He is glorified, and honored the most.
“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”–1 Peter 4:14
The Lord promises those of us who are persecuted for His Namesake that He will be glorified in us, and His glory will rest upon us.
God also says that when we receive ridicule, shame and abuse of all sorts from others because we love God and are the voluntary prisoners of hope; He will save us, He will deliver us and keep us from falling away…He will reward us. Because the truth is, if we are persecuted for Him, we are also worthy of future glory with Him.
” To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”–2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
God’s glory rests on you.
So don’t you worry. Don’t be discouraged. Your suffering is not for nothing. He has got this all under control and will get back all those who have wronged you and reward your faithfulness to His Name.
I hope you will also be encouraged by these Prisoners of Hope. That you will be join into our legacy as Prisoners of Hope.
Things in this world will get harder for us as Prisoners of Hope, but I pray these testimonies help build your faith in the times to come.
God give you strength for this, and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit as you continue pressing forward as His Prisoner of Hope.
If you are in a nation where you are not suffering direct imprisonment or execution for your faith, thank God. You can be of help to your fellow brothers and sisters in the faith by your prayers and financial support.
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I encourage you to ask God how you can be of service to other Prisoners of Hope around the world. The Voice of the Martyrs is a great ministry to pray for and help in any way possible.
To my brothers and sisters in chains, God bless you.
God loves you and God sees you. Your redemption is near. Have faith in God, and keep holding onto Him. He is with you there, and He loves you. God forbid I sin against The King by not praying for you. I am battling for your soul, that God keeps you from letting go of your faith. I pray over you that God sanctify’s your spirit, soul, and body till the coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:23). I pray He strengthens your heart so that you continue doing what God has blessed you to do.
His glory covers you. Even in your sufferings.
Have faith and keep praying for them friends.
Nothing is ever hopeless with the God of Hope.
Until we talk again,
God bless you friends. I love you.
Have a safe weekend,