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.
Claire S. Ethiopia ESL Ministry:
Missionary candidate Claire S. hopes to depart for Ethiopia late in 2013 or early in 2014 to begin work as
an ESL teacher for pastors and translation workers. Your donation to this project will help Claire fund
Rich and Maya Rudowske have been on partnership development furlough for much of this year. God blessed
them with more speaking opportunities than they planned! This meant they the exhausted their travel
budget and now need to raise funds for their January return to field ministry in Botswana.
McCall Household Setup:
Jonathan and Dana McCall are LBT's newest missionaries. They are planning for an assignment in Cameroon.
When they arrivethere, they will need to set up a new home for themselves and their children.
Riddle Household Setup:
Christina Riddle has served for several years with LBT as a Volunteer Missionary Kid Tutor. Her first
assignment was with Nathan and Sarah Esala, and more recently, she served the David and Valerie Federwitz
children. Christina has now joined LBT as a Career Missionary and will be returning to Ghana early next
year. She'll continue to serve with David and Valerie Federwitz, but in a new city in Ghana. Therefore,
she'll need funds to set up a new home upon arrival.
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.