The Voice of the Martyrs / VOM

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The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission - no matter the cost.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Voice of the Martyrs
1815 SE Bison Road
Bartlesville, OK 74006


Phone: 800-747-0085

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 731395057

CEO/President: Cole Richards

Chairman: Mr. Harvey Little

Board size: 12

Founder: Rev. Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand

Ruling year: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


The Voice of the Martyrs continues this mission around the world today through the following purposes:

To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.

To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.

To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.

To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

Mission statement

Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission - no matter the cost.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that all men and women are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the church.

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism.

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Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating330 of 103313 of 42
Fund acquisition rating244 of 10355 of 42
Resource allocation rating241 of 103518 of 42
Asset utilization rating769 of 103333 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,627,205$2,532,687$2,080,584$2,889,202$2,892,942
Short-term investments$9,075,816$6,436,104$6,000,753$7,857,411$7,125,308
Other current assets$1,368,475$0$703,400$0$0
Total current assets$42,166,613$25,384,946$27,375,558$28,892,985$23,554,100
Long-term investments$2,189,533$1,995,513$1,749,903$0$0
Fixed assets$23,381,676$24,126,132$24,714,576$26,579,086$28,308,432
Other long-term assets$1,745,850$845,541$564,701$276,686$282,402
Total long-term assets$27,317,059$26,967,186$27,029,180$26,855,772$28,590,834
Total assets$69,483,672$52,352,132$54,404,738$55,748,757$52,144,934
Payables and accrued expenses$1,668,970$1,495,542$1,990,670$1,486,243$1,391,505
Other current liabilities$117,089$93,032$99,016$99,259$103,066
Total current liabilities$1,786,059$1,588,574$2,089,686$1,585,502$1,494,571
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,699,176$1,626,615$1,579,295$1,570,363$1,483,215
Total long-term liabilities$1,699,176$1,626,615$1,579,295$1,570,363$1,483,215
Total liabilities$3,485,235$3,215,189$3,668,981$3,155,865$2,977,786
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$56,812,355$46,375,849$47,435,720$46,537,539$43,350,912
With donor restrictions$9,186,082$2,761,094$3,300,037$6,055,353$5,816,236
Net assets$65,998,437$49,136,943$50,735,757$52,592,892$49,167,148
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$76,369,468$57,422,885$57,577,919$55,371,152$53,959,168
Program service revenue$580,117$682,889$808,461$1,037,908$1,241,036
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$376,342$800,621($216,718)$514,030$321,324
Other revenue$5,676$170,852$147,034$117,118$210,847
Total other revenue$962,135$1,654,362$738,777$1,669,056$1,773,207
Total revenue$77,331,603$59,077,247$58,316,696$57,040,208$55,732,375
Program services$50,128,828$51,415,644$50,924,197$44,526,287$49,133,893
Management and general$6,816,871$6,404,151$6,793,980$6,523,076$7,231,268
Total expenses$60,470,109$60,676,061$60,173,831$53,614,464$60,078,146
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$16,861,494($1,598,814)($1,857,135)$3,425,744($4,345,771)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$16,861,494($1,598,814)($1,857,135)$3,425,744($4,345,771)


James E DauPres/Brd Member$158,416
Woodie RainsAssistant Treas$99,517

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2013

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Pastor Richard Wurmbrand (1909-2001) was an evangelical minister who endured 14 years of Communist imprisonment and torture in his homeland of Romania. He is widely recognized there as one of the country's greatest Christian leaders, authors and educators.

In 1945, when the Communists seized Romania and attempted to take control of the churches, Pastor Wurmbrand began an effective, vigorous "underground" ministry to oppressed believers as well as to the Russian soldiers occupying his country. He was arrested in 1948, along with his wife, Sabina, who was imprisoned for three years. Pastor Wurmbrand spent three years in solitary confinement, seeing no one but his Communist torturers. He was then transferred to a group cell, where the torture continued for five more years.

As a Christian leader of international stature, Richard's imprisonment did not go unnoticed. However, when foreign diplomats asked the Communist Romanian government about him, they were told that he had fled the country. Adding to the confusion, Romanian secret police posing as former prisoners told Sabina they had attended his burial in the prison cemetery. His family and friends were told that he was dead.

After more than eight years in prison, Richard Wurmbrand was released, immediately resuming his work with the underground church. A couple of years later, in 1959, he was re-arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Pastor Wurmbrand was released through a general amnesty in 1964, again resuming his underground ministry. A group of Christians in Norway, realizing the probability and danger of a third imprisonment, negotiated his family's emigration from Romania with the Communist authorities, who had begun "selling" political prisoners. While the average price for a prisoner was about $1,900, the government demanded $10,000 for Pastor Wurmbrand.

In May 1966, he testified before the U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, where he stripped to the waist to show 18 scars from torture wounds covering his torso. His story was carried in newspapers throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Pastor Wurmbrand was warned in September 1966 that Romania's Communist regime planned to assassinate him, but he would not be silenced.

As co-founders of The Voice of the Martyrs, Pastor Wurmbrand and Sabina traveled throughout the world establishing a network of more than 30 offices that provide relief to families of imprisoned Christians in Islamic nations, Communist nations and other countries where Christians are persecuted because of their faith. Their message has been, "Hate the evil systems, but love your persecutors. Love their souls, and try to win them for Christ."

Pastor Wurmbrand wrote numerous books, which have been translated into more than 70 languages. He has been labeled at various times by Christian leaders as "The Voice of the Underground Church" and "The Iron Curtain Paul."

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