Voice of the Martyrs Korea has made its award-winning feature film “Tortured for Christ” available for free online viewing for Passion Week, from now through midnight on Saturday, at www.vomkorea.com/tfc/.
“Tortured for Christ” tells the true story of Voice of the Martyrs founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, as written in his international bestselling book, ‘Tortured for Christ’. The award-winning movie was filmed entirely in Romania, including inside one of the prisons where Pastor Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement. Two versions are available for free viewing online during Passion Week: A subtitled version and a dubbed version.
The movie is normally only available through specially arranged showings to whole churches. According to Voice of the Martyrs representative Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, many churches had made reservations to show the movie at their churches during Passion Week, when Christians typically concentrate on the suffering of Christ and the sacrifices required to follow him. Representative Foley said that when Coronavirus forced the cancellation of many gatherings, Voice of the Martyrs Korea got the idea to make the movie available to all Korean Christians online for Passion Week.
More than 25,000 viewers watched the movie during three free online weekend showings in March. The movie received many unsolicited endorsements from viewers, including from Rev. Yoo Gi-Seong, Senior Pastor of Good Shepherd Methodist Church, who wrote,
“A true story about Richard Wurmbrand who overcame harsh persecution with strong faith. I hope all of our Church members will watch this movie”.
Voice of the Martyrs Korea had arranged the free online showings because many Christians were unable to attend worship due to the Coronavirus.
“But when the March weekend showings ended, people kept calling our office and posting on our Facebook page asking us to show it again,”
Representative Foley says.
“We believe Passion Week during the Coronavirus may be God’s appointed time for this movie. The movie takes place in a prison and shows great suffering. But it shows even more the victory that comes to those who trust in Christ, no matter what. That is the message we need to remember and think deeply about at this hour.”
Representative Foley says temporary Coronavirus restrictions on worship gatherings can serve the positive purpose of reminding Korean Christians that Christians in other countries face permanent bans on gathering.
“Christians in more than 70 countries around the world have to worship in hiding in their homes every week, due not to the Coronavirus but to persecution,”
says Representative Foley.
“Hebrews 13:3 reminds us that we are bound together with them. We hope that the ‘Tortured for Christ’ movie will unite us with them in both suffering and hope this week.”
Individuals interested in watching “Tortured for Christ” for free can go to www.vomkorea.com/tfc/ from now through midnight Saturday April 11 and follow the instructions on the page to view the movie. Churches in Korea who are interested in hosting a showing of the movie can contact the ministry at 02-2065-0703. Here are posts from VOMK’s Facebook page from individuals who viewed the movie in March:
“My whole family watched together. I realized what the lives of Christians in this last time look like. ”
“Korean Christians these days MUST watch this movie”
“I watched twice! Thank you! “
“I will let many people know that they should watch this movie. “