About LBT

Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) is an independent Lutheran mission organization dedicated to helping bring people to faith in Jesus Christ.

We strive to do this through our missionaries, staff and partners who work to make the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts.

We have been advancing this mission since 1964.


There are more than 6900 different languages spoken in the world. More than 4500 of these languages (66 per cent) have no portion of Scripture translated.

More than 350 million people around the world do not have access to God’s Word in their heart language... their mother tongue.


We believe that no language or cultural barrier should exclude people from receiving God’s Word.

That’s why LBT works with Lutheran church bodies and Bible translation organizations world wide – so that every person can have the opportunity to read, hear, and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, understand God’s Word. People respond and learn the best when they receive Scripture in the language of their hearts.


We find and identify Lutherans with a heart for missions, who want to become missionaries. These individuals will primarily serve as:

  • Bible translation advisors and consultants working with local nationals
  • Scripture Engagement and Vernacular Media specialists who work with local people, helping them understand, apply and spread the Good News of the Bible now available in their heart language.
  • Specialists in literacy, literature development, and language survey
Support workers are also recruited and serve in specialized areas such as tutoring missionary children, computer use/maintenance and other areas to support and strengthen language programs.

We help missionaries learn, develop and refine skills they’ll need to best serve. We identify mission fields and countries where the need is the greatest and the potential for success good. We provide some tools and professional assistance and help missionaries develop prayer partners and a financial support base.

Once missionaries are on the field, we provide and administer a support system that helps missionaries focus on their primary mission.

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