From Terrorist to Bible Translator

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That’s one reason why church leaders across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are working hard to get Scripture in their language. “The Church is exploding in this region of the world; people are coming to Christ,” unfoldingWord CEO David Reeves says,

“Many key leaders were former terrorists. You’ve got leaders that come to Jesus, love Jesus now, [and] they’re doing Bible translation.”

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With tools and resources from unfoldingWord, these believers can do church-centric Bible translation. A new unfoldingWord project equips church networks in 19 MENA countries, from the farthest corner of North Africa to the Middle East.

“These church networks are trying to translate the Bible in their language. They’re going to struggle if all they have available to them are English resources,” Reeves explains.

“We put the tools [and] resources in Modern Standard Arabic.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray God will raise up both field workers and financial supporters to make His Word available in new languages.
  • Ask the Lord to protect believers from a Muslim background, and give them courage.

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