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Wycliffe Bible Translators Murdered by Militants in Middle East

Militants killed four Wycliffe Bible translators in the Middle East this week, reports the Bible translating ministry.

Wycliffe reports that the militants raided the translator’s office, shooting and killing  two of the translators. Two other workers saved the lead translator by laying on top of him, but they died deflecting bludgeoning blows from the attackers’ weapons.

The militants also destroyed all of the equipment in the office and burned all the books and other translation materials in sight.

But Wycliffe Associates are praising God that the computer hard drives containing the translation work for eight language projects was not destroyed.

“The remaining translation team has decided to re-double their efforts to translate, publish, and print God’s Word for these eight language communities,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry requested prayer for the families of the murdered translators.

“Please ask the Lord to mend the hearts and wounds of the translation team who have gone through this horrible ordeal,” Mae Greenleaf, a prayer coordinator said in a statement.

She asked for prayer for the safety of the team moving forward, and that they would be able to replace lost equipment and continue the work that God has called them to do in the Middle East.

“Pray with me for the killers too,” she adds. “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.”

Report via CBN News


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