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 Four Wycliffe Bible Translators Murdered by Militants in Middle East

Four Bible translators have been murdered by militants in the Middle East, Bible translating ministry Wycliffe Associates, reports.

According to Wycliffe, a raid took place on the translators’ office. Two of the translators were shot and killed, while another two died of wounds from being beaten. 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.
The militants also destroyed translating equipment, including Print on Demand equipment, books, and translation materials.

However, Wycliffe says the militants did not destroy the “computer hard drives containing translation work for eight language projects.” ...

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SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2016/3/19 16:11Profile

 Re: Four Wycliffe Bible Translators Murdered by Militants in Middle East

Lord Jesus. Four new martyrs have gone to be under your altar. They were slain for the word of God and the testimony that they had maintained. Blessed God welcome these martyrs. We ask that their death not be in vain. We pray that their blood will bring forth much seed. We pray that your word will ever go forth throughout the Middle East. We pray that the Light of Christ will shine in those caught up in the darkness of Islam. We pray that those that have slain our brothers will come to saving faith and life in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the word of Christ go forth. And may many souls be brought to saving faith and life through the death of these dear saints. For I pray this in the name of your blessed Name Jesus. Anen.

Edited for grammatical mistakes.

 2016/3/19 16:38


Brothers and sisters does this not grip your hearts? Four saints who gave their lives to translate the word into the vernacular of a foreign nation were martyred. They were martyred to bring the truth of Christ to those who were in darkness.

Does this not grip our hearts? Do we not care? I'm surprised that there have not been more post on this thread. Can we not at least remember these dear saints in our prayers?

But I ask again forum. Does this not grip your heart? Are there not any thoughts or responses to these four saints who have gone into glory? Are there not any thoughts or prayers that could be posted on this thread?

Am I the only one that so moved by this? Are there not any other saints who are feeling something for the slain brothers and or sisters who laid down their lives for Jesus. Who laid down their lives to bring the word of God to those that are in darkness?

Forum do you not care that this is happened? Do you not care that four saints were slain for the Lord Jesus Christ?

I ask again does anybody not care what are brother Greg has posted?

Respectfully asked him posted.

Brother Blaine

 2016/3/19 20:38

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Mr. Bear, I understand were you're coming from, and I'm sure everyone that has read this news is brokenhearted, but please don't put folks under condemnation for not responding. Example, I lost a good friend to a motorcycle accident this morning, I have just set here all day in shock and prayer, it's not that I could not call many others and talk to them about this, but I have choose to just be still and keep my friends family in prayer. Brothers and sisters we can't be put under condemnation "which I personally don't think Mr. Bear meant to do" because we don't follow up on posts here, God knows our hearts and this is a personal thing between God and us. Mr. Bear I love you Brother, and I'm not calling you out, but I have seen many threads here that maybe I feel should have had many responses, but did not, maybe God has not lead some folks to respond, and to just keep it in prayer. Maybe I'm way off here with my response, but I try to see both sides of everything.
God Bless!


 2016/3/19 20:55Profile


Thank you Bill for that kind post even in the midst of your sorrow.

Blaine, your heart for the persecuted is as big as the sea and I remember on your prayer calls that God gave you the ability to absorb far more than I ever could in praying for those who were being tortured and killed for Christ.

The persecution of Christians and the stories made known to us here and elsewhere are literally mind numbing!
Many times I just thank God for those who are suffering for Christ and that many have gained a better resurrection. Life is but a breath here on this earth.
How glorious that so many are laying down their lives for our Lord and for their friends. This is true Christianity. We do not weep as the world weeps. And I know that many here pray immediately when they read an account like this.

Please remember that :-) and thank you for laying your life down as others do in intercessory prayer.

In Christ our Lord,

 2016/3/19 21:35

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Mark 8:35. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.


 2016/3/19 22:03Profile


I too may not respond to all the news that you and Greg post, but thanks for keeping us informed. Please don't equate a lack of reply as indifference. Bill said it pretty well.

 2016/3/19 22:57

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Dear Mr. Bearmaster,

Abraham Lincoln said words that also apply to this situation, if you can adjust them a bit to fit the context. I quote them below. The Bible recommends silence as sometimes being more golden or worthy than simply saying something. Yes, I believe that many saints were in truth deeply grieved by their murder, and are likewise deeply inspired by their sacrifice.

"But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this [event]. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who [worked] here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."

May each take from it in Christ what they ought.

 2016/3/19 23:17Profile

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Dearest Brother Blaine,

I am now just reading this news as I sit in an emergency room waiting to see about my brother who has been battling an illness for quite some time. He just came home last night and is back in ER.

Brother I understand and share in your grief to a degree. These dear brothers died a very honorable death for Jesus and have only followed in the footsteps of millions before them.

How do you grieve for men who are in the presence of Jesus and those who have gone before? These men are in absolute GLORY.

As I have said in this forum on a couple of other occasions when one reads the books and history of those who have been martyred you cannot help but see the absolute faithfulness in their commitment and service for our Lord. They and I trust we know the risk involved for standing up and proclaiming the good news of the gospel.

Brother please be encouraged, these men may have lost a battle but they have won the war for Christ. I also know that I know, that a very SPECIAL grace was given to these dearest of souls.

I pray that the Lord comfort those who are grieving and trust that they not be overtaken in sorrow. If these men could return I believe they would tell us not to weep for them but to weep for those left behind.

Much love and prayers to all!

David Fella

 2016/3/19 23:53Profile


David does your dear brother know Jesus? I pray God's hand to be on him as he battles this illness.


 2016/3/20 11:27

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