Thursday, May 10, 2007

~~~***~~~*****~Preaching the good news of Jesus~~~*****~~~***

It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners, as it is in captive nations today. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted the terms. It was a deal: we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching; they were happy beating us,so everyone was happy.

The following scene happened more times than I can remember. A brother was preaching to the other prisoners when the guards suddenly burst in, surprising him halfway through a phrase. They hauled him down the corridor to their "beating room". After what seemed an endless beating, they brought him back and threw him- bloody and bruised - on the prison floor. Slowly, he picked up his battered body, painfully straightened his clothing and said, "Now, brethren, where did I leave off when I was interrupted?" He continued his gospel message.

From the book "Tortured for Christ By Richard Wurmbrand"

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