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How can a man survive fourteen years of imprisonment and torture? How can he emerge smiling? Discover the answers in a fascinating journey of real-life inspiration. Solitary Refinement, an immersive live stage experience based on the best-selling books of Richard Wurmbrand, and on persecution around the world today.

See how an empty auditorium becomes Richard Wurmbrand's prison cell.

Doug McKenzieDoug McKenzie served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada from November 2012 to June 2019, coming from a background in the Media and Communications industries. He founded and built one of Canada's largest multi-award-winning television/film post-production studios, and co-founded an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning technology group based in Toronto and Los Angeles.
Klaas and Nellie BrobbelKlaas and Nellie Brobbel are the founders of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. When Nellie first read the book, Tortured for Christ, by Pastor Wurmbrand, she was deeply moved by the accounts of steadfast faith amid suffering. At a rally for the persecuted church, Richard noted how wonderful it would be if someone in Canada began working with the mission. Nellie agreed, as surely there was someone in attendance who could take on this important work. Then she immediately heard God's voice: "Why not you?" Her husband Klaas was called into the ministry shortly afterwards and accepted the position as Director of VOMC, a role he served until 2007. Klaas has since assisted the ministry in the area of finance and as an advisory member.
Merv KnightIn 1968, Merv Knight read the book, Tortured for Christ, which compelled him and his colleagues to invite Richard Wurmbrand to speak at a series of nationwide meetings in Australia. His subsequent introduction to Pastor Wurmbrand in August, 1969 led to Merv becoming the co-founder of The Voice of the Martyrs in Australia later that year. He appreciates the privilege of his long-time friendship with the Wurmbrand family, and it was through this strong relationship that he wrote the book, Richard Wurmbrand: The Man and His Work. Merv now fulfils the role of Ambassador-at-Large for the international family of The Voice of the Martyrs missions, doing what he can to ensure the Wurmbrand vision continues.
Richard WurmbrandThis presentation is in honour of The Voice of the Martyrs' international founder, the late Richard Wurmbrand, whose life of dedicated service has been the catalyst of VOM's ministry to the persecuted church. Back in 1945, Pastor Wurmbrand took a stand for Christ in Romania instead of declaring loyalty to the new Communist regime. Three years later, he paid the price for this decision when he was arrested by the secret police and imprisoned for a total of 14 years. Sabina was arrested two years later, leaving their eight-year-old son, Mihai, without parents. While imprisoned, Richard envisioned a ministry that would focus on the plight of the persecuted church, raise a voice on its behalf, and provide encouragement and assistance to those suffering for their faith. In the mid-1960s, his dream became a reality. Then, in 1971, the initial office of The Voice of the Martyrs was founded in the United States.