Bible translators are under siege in Africa.
Extremists in recent months have destroyed the homes of Bible translators in the Central African Republic, which borders Chad and the Congo, and stolen computers, money, cars and other valuables. One Bible translator was threatened by an insurgent who pointed an AK-47 at his face and demanded valuables during an attack on a translation center.
In 2013, a Bible translator was killed while trying to get his family to safety.
Despite the threat of attack from extremists, Bible translators in the Central African Republic are persisting in their work with the help of Wycliffe Associates, a global organization that empowers national Bible translators around the world.
One national Bible translator in the Central African Republic survived an attack by extremists when militants stormed into a Bible translation center and pointed an AK-47 at his face, demanding valuables. Others, however, have not survived. A national Bible translator was shot and killed in December 2013, while trying to get his family to safety during an attack by the extremists.
“Across the African continent, brave souls just like these Bible translators stand strong against persecution and danger for the sake of the greatest treasure—God’s Word,” says Bruce Smith, president and CEO of the Orlando-based Wycliffe Associates. “Wycliffe Associates is committed to equipping these brave believers with the training and technology they need to keep them as safe as possible.”
Wycliffe is raising $625,000 to provide Bible translators in the Central African Republic and other volatile regions with new and replacement equipment and facilities.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel