Missionaries / Ruthie Wagner

Serving Tanzania

Ruthie Wagner

Meet the Missionary

Ruthie is a Translation Advisor and Exegete working with translation programs in Tanzania, particularly with the Kerewe Bible Translation Program, located on Ukerewe Island on Lake Victoria. Ruthie primarily works remotely from Minnesota and travels to Tanzania a couple of times a year for workshops. She teaches and trains Bible translators using technologies such as YouTube, Zoom, and WhatsApp. Ruthie also serves as the Archive Curator for Lutheran Bible Translators.

Ruthie is a third-generation missionary and grew up in Bangladesh. At Bible school, God called her to love people by giving them His Word in the languages they know best, just like He had done for her. Ruthie met her husband Josh at a Bible translation meeting and they married in 2009. From 2013-2020, they worked with Bible Translation and Scripture Engagement in Sierra Leone. Josh now works as the Business Manager for the LCMS Minnesota South District. They have four children.

Pray for the programs in Tanzania and for the treasured archives, used to make His Word known in the languages of the earth.

From the Field

  • Prayer Letter

    May 2024

  • Prayer Letter

    Mar 2023

  • Podcast

    Back from Tanzania

Program Partnerships

See the programs that Ruthie Wagner has helped support, bringing God’s Word to communities who have not had access to the Bible in their native language


  • Sumbwa Bible Translation
  • Kerewe Bible Translation
  • Kara Bible Translation

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