Richard Wurmbrand describes
how God preserved him during fourteen years of unbelievable hardship
in Romanian prisons:
"I know about a kind of paradise. In this paradise there have been beatings and tortures. We were deprived of everything. We had nothing to eat or to clothe ourselves with. In winter it was cold. We never saw our wives, mothers, or children.
We never had a Bible or a book. We had none of these things, yet there was an inexplicable joy in the Lord. Singing was not enough for us; we have also danced in prison. We had moments when we felt with intensity the nearness of Jesus. There was such joy in our hearts. The gray walls of the cell glowed like diamonds.
The joy cannot be expressed in mere words. Paradise is open for
(Excerpted from Voice of the Martyrs magazine, March. 1998, page 2)