A Hero of the Persecuted Church
Dr. P. P. Job has been promoted to Glory. I was so honored to have known him for the last several years as man of God and as a true friend. Even though we got to know each other only for the last several years, there was a mysterious connection. Forty two years ago, Dr. Job visited Romania for the first time. He went there as a messenger of Richard Wurmbrand to visit and inquire about the underground and persecuted church. Because he was not from the West but from India he was allowed to enter one of the most draconically controlled countries. It was the year I was born in Romania. Later on, when the communist regime fell in 1989 and Richard Wurmbrand visited Romania for the first time after he was expelled from the country, I was the first one to interview him for the Word of Truth magazine. When I met Dr. Job for the first time in Chicago, we connected instantly, both standing in the shadow of a great faith giant. He became to me like a father and myself as son, being about the same age as his older son. As he was adopted by Wurmbrand, he adopted me spiritually. Dr. Job was a disciple of Wurmbrand and he was raised to stand for the underground and persecuted church around the world. Even when the Voice of the Martyrs was in some way taken away from him, he remained the Voice that cries out in the wilderness of the persecuted church, of the oppressed and abandoned, a voice that no one and nothing could silenced.
Dr. P.P. Job was a hero for Christians around the world, a model of leadership, a preacher with spirit-charisma, a man of integrity that stood for justice. He was a titan of faith, yet a very humble and a modest man. Like a tree planted on the river shore he was fruitful and countless crowds benefitted from his gifts. The storms came over his life. He lost his sons, but he never lost the SON. He was sometimes almost crushed but never defeated. He was a voice for the voiceless and he was a force for the powerless and a provider for the hungry. He travelled across the world to represent those could not represent themselves. He was selflessly giving himself to others.
When he was staying in our house in Chicago I often had the strange feeling that I am hosting an angel. Now I could testify that he was a messenger of God for a world in crisis.
Dr. P. P. Job stood for life, for the persecuted church, for orphans, for the oppressed, for the helpless, for the gospel and ultimately for Christ. Now Christ stands for Him. The heaven is welcoming home a human being that belongs to a better world, God’s world. Welcome home, Saint. I lost a father, a friend, a partner. The heaven gained a Saint.
He was long due for a promotion. Dr. P. P. Job was promoted to Glory!