March 20, 2016: Just two days ago, Four Wycliffe Bible translators were brutally murdered by militants in a raid on a translation office in the Middle East. Several others sustained injuries.
Militants shot and destroyed all the equipment in the Middle East office of Wycliffe Associates and burned all books and other translation materials in the office.
Two workers died of gunshot wounds while another two died of wounds from the beatings. These last two managed to protect and save the lead translator by lying on top of him while the militants beat them with their now-empty weapons.
However, Wycliffe says the militants could not find the “computer hard drives containing translation work for eight language projects.” So those hard drives are safe. Remaining translation teams decided to re-double their efforts to translate, publish, and print God’s Word for these eight language communities.
Wycliffe is now seeking a safer location for their Middle East office.