Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God has a plan for our lives; these plans aren’t meant to harm you but to give hope and allow you to prosper. God’s plan for Sabina Wurmbrand was to spread the word of His love, even if it meant persecution. Sabina Oster-Wurmbrand suffered immensely for her faith, but she never faltered. “Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years” tells the story of Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand. The Wurmbrand’s were a married couple who spoke of God’s love during Nazi and communist oppression and served time in prison. Released a day after the National Day of Prayer, the film shows how the Wurmbrand’s gave up their safety and comfort in exchange for a life that counts for eternity. The film will only be in theatres from November 8-10, 2021.

On July 13, 1913, Sabina Oster was born in Czernowitz, a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire that became a part of Romania after WWI and eventually became part of Ukraine. Sabina was born into a Jewish family, and Czernowitz was the hub of culture and education for the Jewish faith. In 1936, when she was 23, Sabina married Richard Wurmbrand. The couple converted to Christianity while vacationing in Romania, eventually joining the Anglican Mission Church when they returned from vacation. During the Nazi occupation of Romania in WWII, Sabina’s parents, sisters, and brother died in Nazi concentration camps. However, Sabina didn’t let her tragic losses hold back her faith. She and her husband spent years rescuing Jewish children from ghettos and taught in bomb shelters.

Sabina and Richard knew they could face persecution for spreading the word of God, but they did it anyway. They started an underground ministry for the enslaved Jewish and the invading Russian soldiers. In 1946, Sabina organized Christian camps for Romania’s religious leaders of all denominations and held street gatherings of up to 5,000 people. These street gatherings started Voice of the Martyrs, an organization founded by Sabina and Richard. In 1948, Richard was arrested and spent 14 years in communist prisons. During Richard’s time in prison, Sabina continued her mission of spreading God’s Word, even though she struggled with her and her son’s survival. Sabina was eventually arrested and spent three years in prison, leaving her son to live on the streets.

After her release from prison, Sabina spent several years under house arrest. Communist leaders offered her freedom if she divorced her husband and renounced her faith, but she refused. They also told her that Richard died in prison, but Sabina kept hope alive and knew she would see her husband again someday. In 1964, Richard was released from jail and spread God’s Word amid threats that he shouldn’t preach.

Not many women have had their faith tested like Sabina Wurmbrand. She lost her family, spent time in prison, and endured many struggles, but she didn’t give up. “Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years” tells the story of how God’s love can transform anyone into a missionary for His Word. This film shows that your faith will get you through any storm; all you have to do is believe. The film will only be in theatres for three days, starting on November 8, 2021 and ending on November 10, 2021. Click here to find out more about the film and get your tickets.

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