Pray for:

1. Botswana

Pray for the continued distribution of the Wayeyi translation of the Gospel of Mark.

2. Cameroon

Pray for Michaela Federwitz as she provides childcare for Rev. Mike & Kara Kuhn‘s family.

Praise God for the selection of translators for the Subula* Bible translation program. 

3. Ethiopia

Pray for Dr. Chris & Janine Pluger as they transition to their roles and new home in Ethiopia.

Pray for the continued partnership between the Mekane Yesus Seminary and Lutheran Bible Translators.

4. Ghana

Pray for wisdom and guidance for the Komba Old Testament translation program.

5. Liberia

Pray for the Dan and Maan Bible translation teams as they work through consultant checking.

Pray for continued literacy efforts and community outreach.

6. Nigeria

Pray for the distribution of the Yala New Testament and Psalms.

7. Papua New Guinea

Pray for continued wisdom and strength for Ipili translators.

8. Sierra Leone

Pray for continued support of the Themne community for the Bible translation and Scripture engagement programs.

9. Tanzania

Pray for Rev. Andrew & Alexis Olson as they settle back into living on Ukerewe Island.

10. United States

Pray for congregations as they participate in Bible Translation Sunday this September.

Pray for Sarah Esala as she takes on more roles and responsibilities as a Regional Director.

11. Worldwide

Pray for Tiffany Smith as she continues her pre-field training.

Pray for the planners and attendees of the virtual Bible Translation Conference event.

*Note: Specific details were intentionally omitted or changed to protect the affected language community.



Eden Federwitz*

Kelsey Grulke

Caleb Rodewald

Gideon Grulke*

Isaac Grulke*


Gloria Kuhn*

Brent Smith

Jim Laesch

Elizabeth Wagner*

Chikodi Derricks*

Martin Weber

Naomi Ersland

Rob Veith

Becky Grossmann

Linda Gari

Jubilee Kuhn*

Charlotte Brandt

Chuck Tessaro

*missionary kid


Michaela Federwitz

Rob Hilbert

Amy Formella

Andrew Olson

Sarah Esala

Member Information

Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) bylaws define who may vote and gives you a chance to participate in nominating and electing the Board of Directors as well as participate in changes to the LBT bylaws (charter document). To see if you are eligible to be a voting member please visit

Here you will also find:

• Information about the 2021 election for the Lutheran Bible Translators Board of Directors

• Details on how to request nomination and voting information for the 2021 election

• Information about the 2021 Annual General Meeting


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