Meet Bruce Smith
Dr. Bruce A. Smith, President and CEO of Wycliffe Associates since 2000, has spent more than 30 years in international ministry. Believing in the power of the Word of God to transform lives, he has made it his lifelong goal to reach as many people as possible with the gospel through the ministry of Bible translation. Through his vision and leadership, hundreds of language groups around the world have received the tools to translate God’s Word into their heart language. Bruce and his wife Jan have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and are the proud grandparents of four grandsons.
From Bruce’s Heart
“I’ve spent much of my time in international ministry supporting Western missionaries—foreigners ministering in local communities and local cultures . . . and now local churches are planted, and the local church is growing. I see the Church prevailing in every corner of the world.
There’s persecution, there's opposition, there are competing religions and philosophies and ideologies . . . but the Church is going forward!
As I watch the Church grow in unexpected places, I hurt for those who do not have access to God’s Word in the language of their heart. It is heartbreaking to hear them say that generations of their people have been born, lived, and died without having Scripture.
I commit to you to do all that the Lord enables me to do to support local church leaders passionate to see their communities transformed by the power of God’s Word, and you can join me. Let’s be part of the movement of God across the nations.”
Language of the Heart (Bruce’s Blog)
A gift for you…
Bruce’s Latest Book: Living Translation: Peace Children—The Sawi Story
The Sawi people of Indonesia knew a world of violence, death, and revenge. Tensions between tribal factions would boil over into brutal warfare that ended in bloodshed and cannibalism. The conflict continued until the tribes agreed to an ancient peace ritual, each tribe giving one of their young boys to the other tribe to raise as their own. This exchange ushered the Sawi people into a time of peace and reconciliation. While the first half of this story is outlined in the famous account Peace Child, as told by veteran missionary Don Richardson, the story did not end there.
In Living Translation: Peace Children – The Sawi Story, Wycliffe Associates President and CEO Bruce Smith tells the rest of the story.
The gospel has truly transformed this tribe, and the church is flourishing. This is the story of God at work in, and through, the Sawi people of Indonesia.
In 1962, the Sawi people were cannibals. Now, they are Bible translators. Discover how God prepared and empowered the Sawi people for this awesome responsibility.