It’s no secret that nearly every corner of the world has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Bruce Smith of Wycliffe Associates took to social media to share personal accounts from field partners:
“Heart. Broken. Just received a letter from a close friend and partner in Bible translation, ‘… thrown into abject poverty, evident in our inability to pay staff salaries for three months now since the emergence of the Coronavirus. We are not part of palliatives from the government or individuals; we are a forgotten group, at the mercy of fate.’”
Little did he know that it was just the start of a long day of similar messages.
“Bible translators are struggling to provide for their families.”
“Two of our mother-tongue translators are starving.”
“We are thrown into abject poverty.”
“We have been unable to pay salaries for 3 months since the emergence of the Coronavirus.”
“We are not receiving help from the government or individuals. We are a forgotten group, at the mercy of fate.”
“The situation is so bad that it leaves no room for exaggeration.”
Although Smith says he “intellectually knew this was coming because many of the partners we work with around the world live on the edge of poverty in normal times,” the emotional impact was larger than he expected. Many on-the-ground partners are already members of vulnerable, impoverished groups, so the financial implications of the pandemic hit hard.
The problem is threefold. First, many on-the-ground partners don’t have jobs to pay for food and other basic necessities. Quarantine means everyone is sent home, and unfortunately, some businesses and workers are not equipped to continue work while at home.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for families and individuals facing starvation during this pandemic.
- Ask God to move individuals to support Wycliffe Associates and their emergency fund.
- Thank Him for the help the emergency fund has already provided.