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03January, 2019 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

A miracle . . . 93 years in the making!

When I look at the list of requests for help in translating God’s Word, I can often get overwhelmed. I find myself crying out to God for a miracle to help our brothers and sisters. And when I see how you respond to these requests . . . how you stretch out your hand in faith and give of the resources God has blessed you with . . . I see God provide the miracle that we are all praying for!

Thank you for your generous outpouring through the entire year, but especially as we closed out 2018. Over the last couple of weeks you helped provide the tablets that over 200 national Bible translators needed to start translation projects in some of the hardest to reach places in the world. And as you said “YES!” to these national translators’ requests, you also said “yes” to their communities that have waited generations to hold the powerful Word of God—in their heart language—in their hands.

I can’t help but think of the recent testimony of a 93-year-old Southeast Asian man named Ung.* He and his people speak a language that isn’t even recognized by the government, but for decades he prayed that one day he would hold God’s Word in his hands. When he heard that translators were working on a Bible in his language at a MAST workshop, his heart was elated!

And soon, they were finished.

When it was time for the dedication celebration, Ung felt compelled to be there to personally thank the national translators for their work and tell them that he had been praying for this day for years. He walked for an entire day to catch a boat and then a bus, traveling for three days to the site of the dedication ceremony.

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13December, 2018 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

The Fight Won't Stop Now . . .

Satan’s attack on national Bible translators is growing more intense than ever.

I’ve received reports of kidnappings, beatings, death threats . . . even murder.

Recently  our team talked with a pastor in the Middle East . . . a pastor who has asked us for help in translating Scripture for his people, no matter the cost. “We live in a land of extremes,” he said. “We have terrible Islamic terrorism happening to our own people in this country.” Pastors are being killed “on a regular basis!”

And this pastor is prepared to die a martyr for the cause of Christ! In fact, he expects it—his only hope is that if he must die, he will die preaching God’s Word to his people.

How could he say something like that? Where does his boldness come from? It’s because this pastor sees firsthand the power of God’s Word at work, changing the hearts of men and women who once hated Christianity, but who are now coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! People like “Abir.”

For security reasons, I can’t share his real name.

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28November, 2018 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Death of a Missionary

The story of the death of John Chau has captured the attention of a lot of people this past week, for a variety of different reasons. Some have been shocked to learn that Christian missionaries still exist at this point in world history, or that anyone might be motivated by a cause greater than self-preservation. Others have suddenly surfaced as champions of the Sentinelese people, idealizing their primitive isolation as a treasure that must be protected from theft.

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05October, 2018 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

God’s Word for Tribes of Papua New Guinea—IN SEVEN DAYS!

I’m blown away.

Our goal was in seven days to raise the funds needed to start Bible translation projects for four language groups in some of the most remote and dangerous regions of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

And you gave—in just those seven days, the Bible translation projects for three of those languages has been funded. God’s grace through friends like you amazes me.

But there is one more language group in PNG who stands ready, prepared to start their translation projects—and there are other tribes as well who have never seen a Bible in their own heart language—more people still trapped in ancient superstitions, fear of evil spirits, rituals of black magic, revenge curses, and the list goes on . . .

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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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