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10August, 2017 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Fatherhood

Dear Friends,

I remember the first time I overheard my daughter say, “Dear heavenly Daddy” as she began to pray. It shocked and sobered me. It made me pause and think more carefully about how I reflect, or fail to reflect, our heavenly Father in my words, attitudes, and actions.

We recently featured a story of how a young boy came to Christ and was baptized because his father brought him to a MAST Bible translation workshop. That shared experience was life-changing for both of them.

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30June, 2017 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Thank You!

Dear friends,

I’m once again humbled and encouraged by the generosity of people who give to support Bible translation. Our one-day event Translation Today is finished—and what a blessing it has been!

With your support, we’ve raised $41,566 to launch two new MAST workshops in a Muslim-dominant country. That’s something to raise our voices about! I thank God for making it happen—and for faithful partners like you who are journeying with us in this great quest.

I can’t wait to see the reaction of our translating partners in Southeast Asia as we tell them what their friends here have done! They’re always so appreciative of God’s provision, and they never take it for granted.

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29June, 2017 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

What Happens When People Receive Their Own Bible?

“We can do this. God has equipped us to do this. We should do this. We must do this.” The words above aren’t just Christian “happy talk.” They came from a group of believers in Southeast Asia when they finally realized they could have the Bible in their own language.

They had been introduced to the collaborative MAST method of translation, where believers from the local church translate Scripture together for their own people. And they quickly saw what it meant. At last they wouldn’t have to wait for foreigners to translate God’s Word for them. They could do it themselves—and they got right to work.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like for people when they receive their own Bible for the first time. It’s a profoundly emotional experience. The group I was visiting had translated 18 books of the New Testament in just a few weeks. They figured they could have the whole Bible in their native tongue after their harvest season ended—just months later.

They’d been waiting for 182 years—since their first exposure to Christianity. And now, suddenly here it was. The experience was overwhelming.

While they were translating the Bible, another wonderful thing happened:

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14February, 2017 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

God's Word for Every Person

Dear Friends,

I was sitting on the floor, cross-legged, shoulder to shoulder, in a tight circle of house church leaders in the Middle East. Each of them had risked his life to get to this gathering. Each of them had risked his life multiple times by following Christ and leading others to follow Him. They invited me into their circle to discuss their vision for Bible translation in the Middle East—and beyond.

The one I call Silas was already leading Bible translation in three languages. He had recruited more than two dozen translators to complete Luke, Acts, and Genesis. In the prior year, more than half of these translators had been killed or kidnapped. 

Silas and the others were undeterred in their vision and commitment. He was ready to publish and distribute these books—the first Scripture ever translated into these languages.

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As President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, Dr. Bruce A. Smith has made it his life-long goal to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel through the ministry of Bible translation—affecting hundreds of language groups who still need the Bible translated into their heart language. Bruce and his wife Jan have two daughters, two sons-in-love, and are the proud grandparents of four grandsons.

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