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Romanian Author Shares Her Story of Surviving Persecution

By Michelle Lee

Virginia Prodan, author of Saving My Assassin, spoke recently at an event in Dallas, Texas.

She shared her life story of growing up and then raising a family under Communist rule in Romania. Virginia and her family faced persecution from Ceausescu, a brutal dictator.

A Choice is Made

In spite of these horrible circumstances, Virginia saw God’s hand in the midst of her suffering:

“Yes, in many, many ways you see God’s hand and you hear His voice when you stay close to Him. When you have nothing else but God to help you. You must make sure you read the Bible. When I was young, I believe that God put in my heart to know the truth.”

Virginia related some of her harrowing experiences in the hands of her persecutors. She explained, “When I was under interrogation and full of blood like in a movie, they played good cop/bad cop with me. The bad guys would do things. The nice guy would say he didn’t mean to do that. While they were hitting me, the Lord put in my heart to look into their eyes and say, ‘I don’t like what you’re doing. But God loves you. I choose to love you. It comes from the Holy Spirit.’ And I know that I was there for a mission. They were there for a mission to please their dictator. But I was there for a mission to please the Lord. And the Lord showed me what to do. Because I told them, ‘I choose to love you too,’ they were overcome with emotion, and didn’t know what to do with me.”

Ms. Prodan reminded the audience: “You people are here today to hear me. You may not be in prison. But you are here on a mission. You can show Christ to others.”

A Desperate Time

She went on to recount a time of house arrest intended to coerce her to stop defending Christian rights in Romania. Virginia shares, “While I was under house arrest with my two daughters, I didn’t know how I was going to provide food and everything for my girls. I told them that I wasn’t hungry and didn’t need food, so I could ration out what little we had left. I became dizzy and thought about what was going to happen to me.”

She described how they were guarded, kept isolated, and monitored with microphones. and “So one day I put [the girls] to bed. Late in the evening I lay on the sofa. I was at the end of my rope. I took a pillow and I put it on my face. I cried [into the pillow], because I knew that I had microphones everywhere. And I didn’t want the police to hear. They were right outside. So I put the pillow in my face, and I cried, and I said, ‘Lord, I know we are guarded, and nobody can come to us and everybody has abandoned us. Including my family who told us we are not a part of the family anymore. But I feel Lord that even You abandoned us.’ And the minute I said that, I realized it wasn’t right. I wanted to take it from my chest and just put it away. And for some unknown reason at that time, the Lord has made me to remember the day.”

A Miracle Occurs

Amazingly, years later, after coming to the United States, Virginia learned that during that very night of desperation in Romania, God moved President Reagan to make a deal with the Romanian dictator. In exchange for most favored nation status, Virginia and her family gained freedom to come to the US.

Virginia says, “When you are walking in God’s will, He will put the most important person in this world to fight for you.”

A New Mission

Virginia went on to explain that now that she is an American citizen, she wants to bring Christ and freedom back to America.

If you believe that will lose something today, believe me that you will lose everything tomorrow.

She challenged the audience: “Many American people are more afraid of the government than of God. Pastors are fearful to speak from the pulpit about social issues according to the Bible. If you believe that will lose something today, believe me that you will lose everything tomorrow. I am convinced that in order to have this country back to greatness, we have to repent. I am involved in politics. I was appointed by Governor Abbott to a special commission. I’m a troublemaker, like I was in Romania.”

An Important Reminder

Virginia stated that America is the best country in the world and must return to its foundation of faith. She believes that persecution is coming to America. “We will someday have to choose between our job and our faithfulness to God. Pray for God’s wisdom. His wisdom is better than the governments, then a dictator’s.”

In her closing remarks, she reminded the audience that they must have faith and action. “Then you will see a Red Sea parting in front of you and God saying go on. You will see miracles as God goes before you and behind you. He will do mighty things. Your life will never be the same.”

Article published on Dallas Christian Voice.

Virginia Prodan is a speaker, author at Tyndale, International Human Rights Attorney, and President of Virginia Prodan Ministries. www.virginiaprodan.com. Virginia graduated from Bucharest Law School in Romania with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and from S.M.U. Law School in Dallas, TX with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M International ) degree. Virginia’s story is told in Saving My Assassin, by Virginia Prodan and is available at https://virginiaprodan.com

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