About us

A Bit of History

Release International was inspired by the first-hand experience of persecution of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian Pastor, who was imprisoned and tortured by the Romanian secret police during the Cold War years of the 1950s and 1960s.

Release International was founded in 1968, when it was known as Christian Mission to the Communist World. Richard Wurmbrand died in February 2001, but his vision and passion to serve persecuted Christians around the world continue in the ministry of Release International today.

The Inspiration

“Love is the distinctive feature of all Christians. From a pastor, especially, burning love is expected.”

–  Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, from Victorious Faith

During his three years of solitary imprisonment, Richard Wurmbrand kept sane by preaching himself a sermon every night. A selection were published in 1969 as Sermons in the book Solitary Confinement, from which this extract was taken. They provide a remarkable insight into the agony, spiritual battle and courage that marked Richard for the rest of his life.

What We Do

Christians around the world face injustice, discrimination and persecution. Release Potential works with young people, students and youth workers to engage with the story of pain, passion and grace experienced by persecuted Christians today. We are committed to sharing the story of persecution so that Christians in the UK have the opportunity to hear what’s happening to our global family. We are eager to provide young and creative Christians the chance to connect with the reality of persecution; to understand what’s happening, why it’s happening and how it affects us all. We are dedicated to being the change our society and world needs so badly. We want to prayerfully, creatively and practically support the needs of our global family and we would love for you to join us!

Our Ministries

Our vision is to see a world in which the whole Body of Christ understands persecution and responds prayerfully, pastorally and practically every time a Christian is persecuted.

Connecting Christian women in the UK and Ireland with their suffering sisters around the world. Release Women is an integral part of Release International’s ministry; our specific aim is to connect Christian women in the UK and Ireland with their sisters around the world.

Release’s Prisoners of Faith ministry gives pastoral care and practical support to Christians imprisoned for their faith in Jesus Christ, and their families. We encourage supporters in the UK and Ireland to pray for prisoners, write letters of encouragement, campaign for their release, and give financially to support this vital work.

Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Release recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults, as far as it is in within our abilities to do so in the course of our work. We concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.” Therefore, Release has adopted the procedures set out in its Safeguarding Policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to work with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding. Please contact the Release office if you would like to see a copy of our Safeguarding Policy.

Statement on Photography / Video

Photography – please note that photographs or DVDs may be taken or recorded at any events organised by Release International, including Release Potential, and may be used in publicity materials or on our websites.