Missionaries / Rev. Dr. Tim & Lisa Beckendorf

Serving Botswana and Sierra Leone

Rev. Dr. Tim & Lisa Beckendorf

Meet the Missionaries

Rev. Dr. Tim and Lisa Beckendorf are professionally trained and equipped for cross-cultural and native Bible translation ministry.

Tim served as a volunteer missionary with the LCMS for one year in Slovakia, teaching English as a Foreign Language at the Lutheran High School of Tisovec. Lisa was born and grew up in Papua New Guinea, where her parents were missionaries. She returned to the States at age seventeen to attend college. She later served three years as a volunteer missionary in Slovakia, where she met Tim.

Tim was ordained at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osmond, Nebraska in 2003. Since July 2005, Tim and Lisa have been working with Lutheran Bible Translators among the Khwe people of Botswana. They have two sons, Aaron and Andrew, and currently live in Shakawe in northern Botswana.

From the Field

  • Prayer Letter

    Mar 2024

  • Prayer Letter

    Nov 2023

  • Prayer Letter

    July 2023

  • Prayer Letter

    May 2023

  • Podcast

    God’s Word Brings Peace

Program Partnerships

See the programs that Rev. Dr. Tim and Lisa Beckendorf have helped support, bringing God’s Word to communities who have not had access to the Bible in their native language.


  • Khwedam Bible Translation
  • Themne Full Bible Translation

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