Saber was amongst a group of 21 Copts killed by Islamic State militants in Libya this year. Copts have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and Sisi's actions suggested he would deliver on promises of being an inclusive president who could unite the country after years of political turmoil. However, striking out at extremists abroad might prove easier than reining in radicals at home. Orthodox Copts, the Middle East's biggest Christian community, are a test of Sisi's commitment to tolerance, a theme he often stresses in calling for an ideological assault on Islamist militants threatening Egypt's security.
Wycliffe Associates, a ministry focused on Bible-translation work that recently suffered a terror attack on one of its officers where four workers were killed, has announced that it is scheduling a training session for Bible translators working in the most dangerous places for Christians on Earth.
"There is no place on Earth where God's Word is more urgently needed," Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates, said in a statement shared with The Christian Post Tuesday. "This is a place of terror, oppression, violence, death, and heartache. To be a Christian is to be a target. Yet the few Christians living there are pleading for Bibles to share secretly with the many, many people around them who are hungry for the truth."
Wycliffe Associates said that four of its workers were killed at an office in the Middle East in March, but did not reveal the exact location due to the dangers associated with the work.
Two of the workers, killed by suspected Islamic radicals, reportedly died by gunshots, while the two other victims were beaten to death after laying on top of the lead translator to save his life.
"The remaining translation team has decided to re-double their efforts to translate, publish, and print God's Word for these eight language communities," Wycliffe Associates affirmed, following the attack.
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