Explore three different regions of the continent of Africa with Dr. Becky Grossmann, Tiffany Smith, and Dr. Bruk Ayele.

Discover the intricacies of Bible translation. Captivate your imagination with an intern’s perspective on the field. Catch the vision of the future of Bible translation ministry spearheaded by the world’s largest Lutheran church.


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Essentially Translatable co-hosts Emily Wilson and Rich Rudowske

Join the conversation as these three ministry workers share stories from the field with Rev. Rich Rudowske & Emily Wilson, the co-hosts of Lutheran Bible Translators’ Essentially Translatable podcast. Emily is the Public Relations coordinator for Lutheran Bible Translators. In her role, she assists in mobilizing men and women to participate in God’s mission through praying, giving, and going.

Quickly jump to each section: Dr. Becky Grossmann | Tiffany Smith | Dr. Bruk Ayele
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Dr. Becky Grossmann

“Once upon a time…”

The phrase may sound beautiful, but it would not be an accurate way to begin the story of Jesus’s birth. Now try to begin to imagine all the struggles of translating in another culture and language!

“When you’re translating, you want to make sure that you’re using features that are natural in their language…” – Dr. Becky Grossmann

Dr. Becky Grossmann serves as a translation consultant with the Dan and Maan Bible translation programs in Liberia, West Africa. Becky assists translators via innovative technologies such as internet communications and teleconferencing, with periodic in-person visits to Liberia.  Learn more about Becky’s work.

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Ep. 22: The ABC's of Bible Translation

Listen in as Becky shares about the idea of discourse, why it’s important, implementation and outcomes in translations, and the joy found in God’s Word.

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Dr. Becky Grossmann works remotely with the translation teams in Liberia.

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Dr. Becky Grossmann attended the Gola New Testament dedication in March 2020.

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Dr. Becky Grossmann meets with translation teams in Liberia.

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Have you ever considered being a missionary? How about an internship to see if this is the right fit? You could learn so much about God’s presence everywhere!

Tiffany served as an intern in 2019 and is now in pre-field training to serve as a full-time missionary in Bible translation. She is working towards raising prayer and financial support while attending classes virtually through the 2021 summer months.

Sign up for updates on Tiffany’s work.

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Ep. 8: God's Presence Everywhere

Listen in as Tiffany shares some of what’s packed into a Lutheran Bible Translators missionary internship, how much can be learned and gained, and more.

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Tiffany Smith interned in Botswana for 3 months.

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The local church in Maun, Botswana, gave Tiffany a sending blessing.

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Tiffany and Kelsey Grulke met with the Kalanga Scripture engagement team.

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“Part of that mission …is bringing the Good News to someone in their heart language. So, if our missionaries are Bible translators, …we believe that mission will be very effective.” – Dr. Bruk Ayele

Dr. Bruk Ayele serves as president of the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Ethiopia.

Get the latest information about the Mekane Yesus Seminary program.

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Ep. 29: Building a Sustainable Ministry

Listen in as Bruk shares about Bible translation within the largest Lutheran church body in the world.

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Bible translation training program at the Mekane Yesus Seminary.

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Dr. Bruk Ayele and Rev. Rich Rudowske discuss the building progress of the Bible Translation Training building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Students at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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