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The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 9: 9-10


Meet Sabina, wife of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who together were the inspiration for Release International’s ministry to serve persecuted Christians around the world. Richard’s story is well-known through his autobiography Tortured for Christ. Sabina’s story may be less well known, but she too suffered greatly for her faith and she continues to be an inspiration to Release Women.

Sabina was a remarkable woman of faith and courage. She worked alongside her husband in communist Romania as they both faced the challenges of living under an oppressive regime. She and Richard knew that their faith would cost them their freedom, if not their lives.

Richard was imprisoned for a total of 14 years, three of which he spent in solitary confinement. Sabina too was imprisoned for three years in Romanian slave labour camps and prisons. You can read her story in The Pastor’s Wife, available from our e-store.

Throughout her time in captivity Sabina remained faithful to God, despite the hardships she faced and despite not knowing whether Richard was dead or alive. After Richard’s release from prison in 1964 and their arrival in the free West in 1965, they continued to work and minister together, determined to be the voice of other persecuted Christians, determined not to abandon them.


Presently, many of us are facing restrictions and limitations on our activities. Maybe you feel like a prisoner in your own home. What do you miss most? Think about your persecuted Christian sisters around the world. Most are not in a literal prison cell, but many are imprisoned by their circumstances such as poverty, lack of opportunity and marginalisation. Women in our Strength to Stand (S2S) groups in Pakistan and Egypt live under this sort of oppression.


We may not be able to meet up in person just now, but we can meet using digital platforms such as Zoom or Skype. The Sabina Supper encourages you to share Sabina’s story with your friends and to learn more about your suffering sisters around the world. So why not invite some friends to join you online for coffee and cake, share Sabina’s story, read Release Women’s newsletter Embrace and pray though the prayer points on page 4 together.


Have you been inspired by Sabina’s story, or by reading about the S2S groups? You may wish to help support your Christian sisters in these groups? You can do this by making an online donation to our Support Group option here, or by phone, on 01689 823491, and ask for your donation to be marked ‘Sabina Supper’.

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