Date: March 20, 2016
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
MIDDLE EAST (ANS – March 20, 2016) -- Four Bible translators have recently been murdered by militants in an unamed location in the Middle East, Bible translating ministry, Wycliffe Associates, reports.
According to Wycliffe, a 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 now-empty weapons.
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.
Photo captions: 1) African Bible Translators at work. 2) Dan Wooding hosting a TV show.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books.