Mekane YesusSeminary Bible Translation Training

Bolster Seminary training for Bible translation students studying at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Capacity Building


  • Ethiopia


  • East Africa

Language Population


The Next Generation of Bible Translators is needed

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus is the world’s largest Lutheran church, facing a challenge: over half of Ethiopia’s 85 languages lack Bible translations.

To bridge this gap, Mekane Yesus Seminary (MYS) partnered with Lutheran Bible Translators for a unique program. This initiative aims to equip future pastors to translate the Bible into Ethiopian languages, serving minority communities. The program’s first group includes 15 seminarians training to become both pastors and Bible translators, set to graduate with a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) in Bible Translation by summer 2025. Currently, 60 students are enrolled in various stages of their education.

The vision shared by both organizations is ambitious, planning for multiple graduating cohorts. This would mean an increase in Bible translators, significantly expanding access to Scripture in native languages for millions.

SUpport Ethiopian Bible Translation Students

Your financial gifts and prayers will equip leaders at Mekane Yesus Seminary to train the next generation of Bible translators in Ethiopia to bring God’s Word to East Africa.

Funding helps cover the salaries of staff and faculty and portions of books, registration, tuition, food, accommodations, and other administrative expenses. Financial support ensures students can focus on their translation studies without additional monetary burdens.

Program Goals

  1. Graduate the second cohort of the 20 BTh-BTM regular students. These 20 Bible Translation and Mission students are in their last year of study and will graduate in June 2024.
  2. Train the Fourth Summer students, who will study five Bible Translation courses: Applied Linguistics, Scripture Engagement, History of Bible Translation, and Sociolinguistics.
  3. Launch the MA in Bible Translation: Preparation and promotion work will be done to recruit the right candidates for the program, then both national and international students will be admitted.

Mekane Yesus Seminary Bible Translation Training Plan

Step 1

Launch a Bible Translation program at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Step 2

Educate students in theology and practices of Bible translation.

Step 3

Graduate pastors and laity prepared to engage in translation ministry.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

126,223,000 total population

Christianity is a majority religion

129 unique people groups

Program Progress

  • 21 Second-year and 20 Fourth-year students have resumed classes. The fourth-year students are preparing to graduate in June 2024.
  • Training provided to MYS by Field Programs Director Paul Federwitz about the Grant Application, Reporting, and what Lutheran Bible Translators values in partnerships.

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