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06January, 2017 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Pressing on Toward the Goal

Dear Friends,

This year, both Wycliffe Associates and I will celebrate significant birthdays. One of us turns fifty. The other turns sixty. You can probably guess who is celebrating which milestone.

Seventeen years ago when I joined Wycliffe Associates, people often greeted me by saying, “You are much younger than I expected!” A few years ago, I noticed that no one was greeting me this way any longer. Apparently, I’m now as old as they expect.

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25December, 2016 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Peace on Earth, a Christmas Message

Dear Friends,

I suppose this has been the wish of mankind since the fall of man. But history shows our human inability to forge lasting peace. Peace occasionally breaks out amid the relentless tumults of war. It is confined and temporary, with war often waging just beyond our horizon—or within our own hearts.

 During the American Civil War, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reflected, “ ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said. 'For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men.'” As he looked at the toll that war took on his family, his community, and his nation, he concluded that on earth, peace is not found. But he concluded his poem “I Heard the Bells” in faith, saying, “God is not dead: nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men!”

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12September, 2016 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Liberty and Justice for All

As our political maelstrom has stirred both wheat and chaff into a frenzy, I have, like many, listened for the gentle whispers of wisdom. It is difficult to discern wisdom within the rantings of our presumptive leaders. I have, more intentionally this election year than others, inclined my ear to listen to people who find nothing admirable in the popular candidate of the political party of my forebears. I find myself often in agreement with their criticisms. I have also, more intentionally this election year than others, attempted to find something admirable in the popular candidate of the other party. In this age of social media, we also have the opportunity to hear counsel from other frequently wise, and unwise, counselors who cite many compelling reasons for both action and inaction during this season.

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27May, 2016 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Memorial Day

Three weeks ago, I stood at my mother’s graveside. During the few days between her death and her memorial service, I searched my memory for ways to understand life from her perspective. For the first time in my life, I realized that she was just 8 years old when World War II began. She was 14 when World War II ended. She graduated from high school in 1950, the year the Korean War began. The next year the U.S. began requiring men between 18-26 years of age to register for military service. My parents married in the midst of that war.

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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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