This article by David Kealy appeared in the 1999 Annual Report of Reach Beyond, formerly HCJB World Radio
In 1959 Nicolae Moldoveanu was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for writing Christian songs considered to be “slanderous” to the formerly socialist state of Romania. He was also tortured, his arm torn from its socket, leaving him permanently disabled. Because of this handicap, Nicolae could not do hard labor, and he was denied the monthly package of food and clothing from home. He was forced to sleep on the hard, cold, damp floor beneath the bunk in his cell.
This hardship did not stop the music of inspiration from his lips. He obtained a piece of broken glass and coated it with soap so he could etch the words and music with a nail. After writing a song, he would teach it to his fellow prisoners, commit it to memory and clear the glass for yet another hymn of praise. During Nicolae’s prison years he penned more than 350 songs!
Although sentenced to 12 years, Nicolae was released after six years and told to stop. Writing Christian songs or he would be thrown back in prison. He replied by saying, “Just keep me here in prison and save yourself and me some trouble. I will never stop writing praise songs to my God.” Upon release he published the songs he had memorized during those bleak years, yet fruitful years.The Radio Voice of the Gospel network of Christian radio stations that Reach Beyond had helped establish across Romania play those songs that give praise to the Lord and encourage others to deepen their faith in Christ.
In 1999 I visited Nicolae and his wife in the single room they had called home for 51 years. They shared the kitchen and single bathroom with three other families who live in what was once a large single family home. In the corner he showed me a small box of clothes to keep him warm in case he ever had to return to prison.
Asked about his source of encouragement, Nicolae shared Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
At a recent visit to the Akuse Prison to dedicate ceiling fans
and horn speakers for Bible listening within the prison, inmates were full of praise for the Bible listening program
Theovision International has instituted there.
Read some of the interesting testimonies some of them shared during the visit.
Bible listening has led Randy to Christ. He also had this to say:
“When I was convicted and sent to prison, at first, I felt very bitter and hated anything called church, but now I never miss any church activity. Thanks to the Bible listening, I have received Jesus into my life and His word is my guide and protector. Even here in prison I have begun to witness to some of my colleagues and hope to continue even after I am released.”
“I felt abandoned and empty when I first entered the prison but the word of God I listen to daily has brought me hope and comfort.”
Bright on his part said:
“I used not to even read the Bible but during one of our Bible listening sessions at the Prison I heard Paul admonishing his son Timothy to study the Scriptures and that touched my heart. Today I read the Bible and also witness to my friends in the prison.”
Praise from Nepal ~ and a prayer request
Hi my name is Anita, I am a young girl from Brahmin family, I am still Hindu, but I truly trust in God. I have the Bible with me and read it. I have not been baptized yet but have received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have not been able to go to Church but I hate worshiping idols. God has fulfilled my heart. Some times I struggle being a girl from Brahmin family because when I share the good news of Jesus to others, they ridicule me, it hurts me. I would love to use my time doing God’s work, please pray for me.
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