Conference Video Archive
More Than Words Gathering

More Than Words Gathering

October 20-21, 2023

Museum of the Bible
Washington, D.C.

Your financial gift equips local leaders to bring God’s Word to their language community

What is the More Than Words Gathering?

Lutheran Bible Translators hosted an extended More Than Words Gathering in Washington, D.C. in October 2023. The two-day event shared the impact of the More Than Words campaign, providing a time for attendees to be refreshed and inspired. 

Lutheran Bible Translators partners with local leaders around the world to launch Bible translation movements. We know God’s Word is for everyone, so we are committed to support these passionate leaders. When they are equipped with the resources, time, and capacity, more language communities will be reached. More people will experience the hope, life, and transformation that Scripture brings. 

Event Video Archive

Rev. Dr. Jeff Leininger – Part One

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger, an Ecclesiastical History Ph.D. holder from the University of Cambridge, serves as pastor at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago. He previously led campus ministry at Concordia University Chicago for 21 years, shaping young minds for service and ministry. His book Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose applies Luther’s theology to daily Christian life.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Leininger – Part Two

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger, an Ecclesiastical History Ph.D. holder from the University of Cambridge, serves as pastor at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago. He previously led campus ministry at Concordia University Chicago for 21 years, shaping young minds for service and ministry. His book Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose applies Luther’s theology to daily Christian life.

Heather Ruesch

Heather Ruesch, founder of The You Matter Tour™ and Executive Director of L3 Resources, is an advocate or youth and God’s truth. A certified abstinence educator and former Executive Director of crisis pregnancy centers, Heather leads retreats, produces faith-based resources on life issues and sexuality, and directs The You Matter Tour™ Mentorship Program.

Impact Story – Dr. Abdul-Massih Saadi

This video shares the inspiring journey of Dr. Abdul-Massih Saadi, a scholar dedicating his life to preserving and sharing the Bible in the Aramaic dialects spoken by millions across the Middle East.

Impact Story – Rev. Linus Otronyi

Rev. Otronyi delves into the heart of Nigeria’s diverse culture, home to 220 million people and over 520 languages. He highlights the remarkable progress in Bible translation and scripture engagement, revealing how the Lutheran Bible Translators is making a significant impact.

Impact Story – Rev. Kierien Ayugha

This video sheds light on the vital work of Rev. Kierien Ayugha, a passionate advocate for Bible translation in Nigeria and beyond.

Panel Discussion – More Than Words

Panel from left to right:

  • Rev. Dr. Rich Rudowske – Executive Director + CEO
  • Sarah Esala – Regional Director | Southern & East Africa + Pacific
  • Rev. David Federwitz – Regional Director | West Africa
  • Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo – Associate Executive Director
  • Paul Federwitz – Director for Field Programs
  • Alyssa Petty – Director for Development

Kealan + Cody Hobelmann
The Finish Line Pledge

The nature of the presentation was experiential. To participate in the Impact Game exercise, visit: https://www.finishlinepledge.com/sprint/impact-game/ 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Who is invited to the More Than Words Gathering?

All supporters of Lutheran Bible Translators are invited. In 2024, there are three events being held across the country. Learn more at: lbt.org/gathering.

2. Is there required attire for the event?

Business casual is requested

3. Can I bring my spouse, guests or my children?

You are welcome to share an invitation to the More Than Words Gatherings. Please call Alyssa Petty at 660-252-0821 or email development@lbt.org with the ages of your children so we can discuss their needs.

4. Who do I contact if I need to cancel my reservation?

Please email development@lbt.org or call Alyssa Petty at 660-252-0821.