Eli Smith - Pioneer Bible Translator

The influence of Reformed missions on the Arab world and particularly the Arabic language and culture has been far reaching. Pioneer missionaries in the Arab and Muslim worlds enjoyed a great deal of zeal for the spread of God's word. Translation of the entirety of Scriptures into the Arabic language constituted the top priority for Reformed missions in the first half of the 19th century. Accomplishing such an endeavour in a very rich and complex language was not a simple undertaking. It required highly qualified and gifted people. One such a person was Eli Smith.

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Reformed Witness in the Sudan

The Sudan is the largest country in Africa, bordering nine other  nations. The term "Sudan" comes from Arabic and means "the place of black  people". Ancient Egyptians called the Sudan "Cush." The Romans called it  "Nubia." Sudan, located immediately up the Nile from Egypt, enjoys a very  rich diversity of terrain, climate and ethnic composition and is endowed  with many natural resources. Many consider it the African country with the  greatest potential after South Africa. Yet, wrought by continual war and  upheaval, Sudan has become one of the poorest countries on earth.

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