The murders of four translators working to bring the Bible to obscure languages in the Middle East earlier this month won’t stop the charity behind the effort from its work, officials said.
The four unidentified translators, who worked secretly for Wycliffe Associates, a Florida non-profit dedicated to bringing the gospel to hundreds of obscure languages, were killed by suspected Islamist militants at an undisclosed location,Wycliffe officials said in a statement.
“They shot and destroyed all the equipment in the office,” read the statement. “The invaders burned all the books and other translation materials in the office.”
The work is so dangerous that Wycliffe Associates President Bruce Smith will not even say what country the office was in or give the names of those killed. He did say the attackers shot two workers to death and beat two more to death with emptied guns as they used their bodies to shield a senior translator who survived.
Officials for Wycliffe Associates said hard drives containing the translation work for eight different language projects may be salvageable.
“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 attack highlights the recent wave of genocide against Christians in places like the Middle East and Europe.
“The attack on translators shows how dangerous it is for Christians,” Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst for the Clarion Project, told FoxNews.com
“Translators know the language and are usually familiar with the territory and population. Yet, even they are at high risk of death simply for being Christian. There is no how-to guide for survival that a Christian can follow.”
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SOURCE: FOX News
Perry Chiaramonte is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at@perrych