[DISCLAIMER: I am by no means an expert on VOM, and I certainly have not done extensive research on any of the founders. Anything said in this post is what I’ve picked up and learned along the way, and I apologise for any misinformation, I assure you it’s not intentional. If you want to find out more about Voice of the Martyrs, you can check out their website: https://www.persecution.com/]
They lived in the communist country of Romania, soon after it was taken over by the USSR in the mid 1900s. Obviously, they’d been told very strongly to not talk out against the communist government. The couple, however, felt that God was calling them to at least tell the stories of those in persecution.
Now you might be thinking- Great, so they started The Voice of the Martyrs and told everyone about it, the end. Oh, if only it was that easy.
Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand had both sent many many years in prison for their underground ministry. Sabina was even thrown in a work prison for women, where she was forced to carry and move heavy stones in the cold and rainy weather. Even when both were eventually released, they lived with the knowledge that they could easily be taken back to the dark centre of the communist nation.
So yeah. Not as easy a decision as it might look.
Nevertheless, the Wurmbrands refused to let the Enemy win. They refused to succumb to the overwhelming amount of “what if”s and doubts. Even though they didn’t know where to start, they took a step in faith and started.
Now, Voice of the Martyrs is a growing ministry, dedicated to serving persecuted Christians and telling their stories to raise awareness. Just because two people refused to listen to doubts and fear.
That’s all great, yeh? But odds are you aren’t currently being physically persecuted for something you believe, so how about something that hits a bit closer to home?
What’s something you’re afraid to start? What’s something you’re uncertain about, making it hard to find a good starting place?
Everything starts somewhere.
That somewhere looks different for you than it would for me, because people are subjective. Unfortunately, there isn’t a “one size fits all”, as much as we wish there was. There isn’t because nothing worth having is easy to get. That would just degrade it’s worth.
For me personally, some things I had to start this past week were- Looking into colleges and scholarships (the future is scary, y’all), being more intentional with family (family is probably the easiest thing to take for granted, at least for me), and redesigning my room (which sounds way harder than it was, I literally just painted and rearranged).
So see? Nothing too extreme. Certainly, none of those things are going to cost me my life to do. But to me personally, they were hard things. Like I said- Subjectivity.
You have a few more weeks left of summer break (unless you work full time, in which case. . .uhm. . .you have a few more weeks left of extreme heat), what are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about those tasks or personal goals lurking in the shadows?
You gotta start somewhere.