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12September, 2019 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Attack on National Bible Translator

My heart is breaking with the latest news out of Cameroon.

Tears still fill my eyes thinking about a precious Bible translator in West Africa who was brutally murdered in the middle of the night. He and his wife and several others were dragged out of their house and attacked mercilessly.

Terror has ripped through this community and grief hangs heavy in every heart. I can’t help but have my mind fill with questions.

What would I say to a grieving wife of a national Bible translator who just watched her husband hacked to death by a group of blood-thirsty men? What would I say to her when she wakes up in a hospital room missing an arm? What would I say to their five kids who no longer have a father and whose mother will not be able to work the family farm? I don’t know.

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21August, 2019 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

When they try to destroy Christianity—what do we do?

You hear stories in the news about the extreme persecution Christian believers are facing in other parts of the world. You’ve heard about the animosity, the rumors of war, and how the gospel is forbidden . . . often punishable by death.

But there is another side to the story—amidst all this violence, the Spirit of God is moving among underground believers and filling them with a boldness like I have never seen before!

We are seeing a surge in the number of Bible translation requests coming in from communities and language groups asking to have God’s Word in their heart language. They want to do the work of translating Scripture, in spite of the risks to their lives—they just need the tools and training.

These local believers, pastors, and church leaders are all-in because they know their communities will be transformed by the power of the Word of God. They will stop at nothing short of having God’s Word in their heart language, and their passion is contagious.

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07June, 2019 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

21April, 2019 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

He is Risen! Christ Jesus is risen indeed!

What a wonderful day to celebrate the miracle of our Savior overcoming death and the grave and rising to life—giving us the promise that one day we, too, will rise to eternal life to be with Jesus.

And today I am rejoicing that you have responded to the requests to bring many translation projects in Nigeria and Burkina Faso back to life. You responded and told these national Bible translators that help was on the way. You responded and let these translators know that they are not forgotten . . . even in the face of hardship.

You responded in a generous and compassionate way, and I am grateful!

I think about the words of Jesus when He appeared to the disciples after the resurrection. These men were huddled in a room with the doors locked out of fear for being found out as a follower of Jesus. But then: “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” (John 20:19).

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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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