Prayer Requested as Wycliffe Associates Killed in Middle East

Wycliffe Associates have asked for prayer for the families and colleagues of four of its staff members who were killed by ISIL militants in the Middle East this week.

The ministry reported that terrorists raided the translator’s office and shot and killed two of their translators. Two other workers saved the lead translator by laying on top of him, but they died deflecting blows from the attackers’ weapons.

The militants also destroyed all of the equipment in the office and burned all the books and other translation materials in sight. However, Wycliffe Associates are praising God that the computer hard drives containing the translation work for eight language projects was not destroyed.

“The remaining translation team has decided to re-double their efforts to translate, publish, and print God’s Word for these eight language communities,” the ministry said in a statement.

Mae Greenleaf, a prayer coordinator requested: “Please ask the Lord to mend the hearts and wounds of the translation team who have gone through this horrible ordeal,”

She asked for prayer for the safety of the team moving forward, and that they would be able to replace lost equipment and continue the work that God has called them to do in the Middle East.

“Pray with me for the killers too,” she added. “Pray for these whose hearts are so hard. Pray the Lord will open their eyes to what they have done. Please ask the Lord to meet them, each one, right where they are. Pray that He will show Himself merciful, that they will know His forgiveness, His love, and His peace.”

Matthew 24 vs 35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”


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