Become a Missionary
LBT is seeking Lutherans to serve overseas through the ministry of Bible
translation and Scripture Engagement. If you feel that God may be leading you
towards missions, LBT may have a place for you. Explore this site to
learn more about what we do. Attending I.D.I.O.M.
is a great place to start. Be sure to fill out the form on the
Contact Us page as well so we can get to know
you and answer any questions you may have.
Why Bible Translation?
Consider these numbers:
- 6912--number of languages in the world
- 429--number of languages with a complete Bible
- over 500--number of complete Bible translations/paraphrases/interpretations in English
- about 4500--number of languages without adequate Scriptures translated
Pretty sobering isn't it?
The real reason we do what we do
The numbers are shocking, even overwhelming. But in the end, we do not
translate the Bible for the sake of numbers, but because of the people
those numbers represent. Their own words sum up best why we do what we do:
- "Father, you could have left us in our sin, worshipping the spirits.
But you thought of us because of your grace. You gave us your love and
sent us Your Word." – Author Unknown
- "We have lived here all this time like animals, not having God’s
talk. Now we have it, carved on paper, we can hold it in our hands and
will not be forgetting it." – Speaker at the New Testament dedication
Iduna language in Papua New Guinea
- "Our joy at having God’s Word in our very own hands is almost like
the joy we will have when Jesus comes back again." – Author Unknown
- "I have been like Jacob, digging big wells to get a little
refreshment. Now I’m living beside a crystal-clear stream and the water
is so refreshing." – Tawaia pastor in Papua New Guinea
- "Now with God’s Word we have authority to preach about Jesus Christ.
This dream fulfilled makes me happy. This Word of God is our life." –
Translation and Scripture Engagement is about helping bring people to faith in
Jesus Christ by making God's Word available to people in
the language of their hearts. It's about making sure that literate or not, educated
or not, everyone can engage with God's Word and have it readily available to them
in a form they can easily understand.