Four Wycliffe Bible translators killed by terrorists

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By Dan Wooding

The power of God's Word will not return void
The power of God’s Word will not return void

Four Bible translators were murdered recently by militants in an unidentified location in the Middle East, Wycliffe Associates reports.

According to Wycliffe, a Bible translation ministry, the raid took place on the translators’ office. Two of the translators were shot and killed, while another two died of wounds from being beaten.

These last two managed to protect and save the lead translator by lying on top of him while the militants beat them with their weapons, which had run out of ammunition.

The militants also destroyed translating equipment, including Print on Demand equipment, books, and translation materials. However, Wycliffe says the militants did not destroy the “computer hard drives containing translation work for eight language projects.”

Wycliffe has thanked the Lord for this “blessing” and requested prayer for the families of the slain translators and also asked for prayer for God to raise up new translators to carry on the work being done.

A statement to Wycliffe supporters said, “Will you pray with me for the injured translators? Pray for others to step up and take on the translation task. Please ask the Lord to mend the hearts and wounds of the translation team who have gone through this horrible ordeal. Pray that God will strengthen their minds, their hearts, and their bodies to be able to continue the translation of the gospel for their people.”

In addition, Wycliffe asked for prayer for the killers, saying, “Pray with me for the killers too. Pray for these whose hearts are so hard. Pray the Lord will open their eyes to what they have done. Please ask the Lord to meet them, each one, right where they are. Pray that He will show Himself merciful, that they will know His forgiveness, His love, and His peace.”

Now Wycliffe, reports say, is seeking another safer location to move their office from its present site in the Middle East.

3 COMMENTS

  1. LORD JESUS CHRIST FORGIVE THOSE WHOS KILLED OUR BRS LET THEM KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST LOVE THEM AND GIVE PEACE TO THE FAMILY WHO ARE M. AND THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE NEW JERUSALEM ……….
    OH GOD ! REMEMBER AND REALISE ALL YOUR MISSIONARY WHO ARE IN PRISONS AROUND THE W. :IN N.KOREA ?S.KOREA,IN CHINE,IN DUBAI AND AFRICA………. ,

  2. Yes, I agree with Harmonie’s prayers above. Lord God, grant your people supernatural grace in the face of such evil persecution and bring light, love, even food and water to prisoners now in chains for their faith. Grant them revelation on how to spread the gospel in their circumstances and Father God in heaven, in Jesus’ name I ask you to awaken the sleeping church in America. Cause us all to hear your voice, get up out of our beds, and obey you.

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