Lutheran Bible Translators missionaries who work in a language program have a bachelor's degree plus
specialized linguistics training before beginning work overseas. Assignments require a high level of
competency in linguistic analysis as well as in Bible translation or literacy work. LBT missionaries must
be able to work independently, with only periodic consultant assistance. They are encouraged to obtain a
master's degree in an approved area of specialization during their career with LBT.
New Missionary Support 2015:
When a new missionary team joins LBT, LBT guarantees salary and expenses regardless of their income level.
For this reason, it takes a team an average of one year before monthly income matches monthly expenses.
The cost to LBT for this program is about $32,300 per team. We expect to appoint three new teams in
2015, so have set a goal of $95,000 to cover the expenses that LBT must pay while the teams build their
prayer and financial support. Your gift to this fund will assist LBT in expanding missionary numbers and
thereby expanding ministry to people who do not yet have access to Scripture in the langauge of their
Claire S. Household Setup:
Claire S. hopes to leave for her ESL ministry in Ethiopia early in 2014. She will not have a traditional
housing arrangement because she will have a circuit that she travels regularly to teach in various
communities. Sometimes she will stay in guest houses, sometimes in missionaries' homes, sometimes in local
people's homes. Flexibility will be her most valuable asset. Although she will not have a regular home,
she will need some gear to ensure that she is comfortable and healthy no matter where she goes. A
partial list of items would include camping gear, a folding chair, a radio, an air mattress, a water
filtration system, and a solar shower. A gift to this project will help Claire ensure that she is full
equipped for any housing situation that comes her way.
Konso Old Testament Project:
Your gift will enable the Konso Team to complete the Old Testament. LBT Missionary Jim Kaiser has been
involved in consultant checking for this project. The project already has a strong team working, under the
administration of the Mekane Yesus church of Ethiopia. However, the team needs help with funding and has
asked for LBT to partner with them in this way.
Strasen Vehicle Fund:
John Strasen has served with LBT since 2004. He completed work on the Dhimba New Testament of Namibia in
January of 2011. After a period of home service, he returned to southern Africa in April 2012 in a new
assignment among the Kgalagari people in Botswana. John is able to borrow another missionary's vehicle
during the phase of language study. An urgent need is to have enough funds to purchase his own "bakkie"
(pickup truck) before the end of 2012.
New Missionary Training:
New missionaries require specialized training prior to their first assignment on the mission field. This
training includes linguistics training as well as training to assist them in adapting to life in a
cross-cultural setting. The LBT New Missionary Training fund provides assistance to candidates and new
missionaries during their initial training period. We anticipate the need for training of new
missionaries will require about $15,000 per year.
Your gifts in support of Mission Projects and Programs are applied to the designated project or
program. When a designated project is fully funded, surplus funds are applied to comparable projects. When
a designated program is fully funded, surplus funds are applied to the General Fund.