Southeast Asian Bible Translators’ Persecutors Stop Harassing them After they Share Food with them During Coronavirus Plague Shortage

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In many countries around the world, Christians face severe persecution for their faith. But much of the time, it’s not governments that are doing it.

Tabitha Price, Vice President of Translation Services for Wycliffe Associates, says, “It’s the villages and the neighborhoods that will persecute believers. We have areas all over the world where the persecution comes from a next-door neighbor, or from a militant group that is trying to wrest power from the current government. There are different forms of persecution that happen throughout the world.”

This applies to Bible translators supported by Wycliffe Associates too, Price says. “In one situation in Southeast Asia, the translators had been persecuted severely by their Buddhist neighbors the whole time they were working on the translation.”

Returning mistreatment with love

That’s not where the story ends. Earlier in the pandemic, these translators couldn’t go to work due to the pandemic. Wycliffe Associates was able to send food them the food they desperately needed.

But the translators didn’t keep this food all to themselves. Price says, “They lined up the village and they passed out bags of rice to everyone in the village. And the ones who have been persecuting them said, ‘Wait a minute, what is going on? Why are you giving us food?’”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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