Essentially Translatable

Essentially Translatable

Explore missional conversations from global leaders in the Bible translation community. Discover their stories and why they‘re passionate about putting God’s Word in the hands of people around the world.


September 15, 2023 40 mins

In this episode of Essentially Translatable, Ali Federwitz, Member Care Coordinator for Lutheran Bible Translators, joins the hosts to discuss the subject of trauma. We often refer to traumatic events that occur, but trauma is what we experience as a result of the event. There are “big T” traumas that are easier to recognize, but for many of us, especially missionaries and their families, there are “little T” traumas that can often...

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In this episode of the Essentially Translatable podcast, CEO Rich Rudowske and Emily Wilson

interview Dr. John Chesnut, the President and CEO of Wycliffe USA. They discuss the partnership

between Lutheran Bible Translators and Wycliffe Bible Translators, which has spanned over

several decades. They also touch on illumiNations, a collective impact alliance, that bands

together the efforts of 11 organizations. Chesnut shares insights...

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August 18, 2023 45 mins

In this episode of the Essentially Translatable Podcast, Rich Rudowske and Emily Wilson interview Amy Formella, a Lutheran Bible Transators' missionary to Sierra Leone. Amy shares about her background, and current work with the Mende and Themne language communities and the importance of Bible translation in their lives.

Translators face a unique set of challenges that go beyond the scope of their work. Balancing personal and commun...

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In this episode of the Essentially Translatable Podcast, Emily Wilson interviews Sarah Esala, Lutheran Bible Translators’ regional director for Southern & East Africa + Pacific. Sarah shares her experiences and insights from her recent visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG), discussing the exponential effect of partnerships and excitement for Bible translation ministry within the PNG language communities. Sarah places emphasis on the ...

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In this episode, we talk to Rev. Dr. Ryan Tinetti about the curse of knowledge, a cognitive bias that makes it difficult to communicate effectively. We discuss how the curse of knowledge can affect our understanding of the Bible, our relationships with others, and our ability to share our faith. We also offer some tips for overcoming the curse of knowledge and communicating more effectively.

Listen to the episode now and learn how t...

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Louisa Lehenbauer, the Director for the Concordia Mission Institute (CMI), shares her background as a missionary kid and her journey to her current role. Louisa also talks about the importance of the CMI Summer Conference and the sense of community it provides for the missionary community.

Join us for an insightful conversation on engaging with humans across cultures, breaking down barriers, and the purposeful planning that went int...

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Michelle Thompson discusses emotional intelligence (aka EQ) and its importance in ministry and international contexts. Emotional intelligence is composed of four components: self-awareness, self-control, social awareness, and relationship management. Technical competence is not enough in ministry - being able to relate with people is crucial. Michelle shares effective methods for becoming more self-aware and developing your emotion...

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June 9, 2023 35 mins

The partnerships of Lutheran Bible Translators connect on the international, national, and local levels as we serve alongside 131 language communities. Director for Field Programs Paul Federwitz shares his passion for investing in these partnerships to build capacity and establish self-sustainability for each language community.

Listen in as Paul casts his vision for expanding capacity for the Bible translation movement.

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May 26, 2023 27 mins

Listen in as we continue our series featuring the new leadership at Lutheran Bible Translators. In this episode, we feature Angela Tayloe, the Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer.

Angela is tasked with overseeing the financial integrity of the organization, including navigating the various government regulations around the world. Listen in for a discussion focused on the unique aspects of nonprofit ministry and the i...

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Lutheran Bible Translators has a vision for vibrant Christian communities to be deeply rooted in God’s Word and engaging fully in His mission. We want to see this vision accomplished in this generation! 

To make this vision a reality, the leadership team asked: What is crucial? What must we do as we serve in God’s mission? 

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April 28, 2023 17 mins

A man. A legion of demons. A herd of pigs. And Jesus. 

Rev. Dr. Rich Rudowske recounts how a Ghanaian community heard this Gospel account for the first time, which led to compassion and transformation. 

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Tim grew up in Africa, but this was Erin’s first time to the continent! Missionaries Rev. Tim & Deaconess intern Erin Schulte shared about their recent visit to Cameroon to meet the Subula language community, who they will serve alongside in 2024.

Walk with them as they reflect on their recent trip. And hear their anticipation for the journey ahead of serving in God’s mission in Cameroon.

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Both Eshinee Veith and Ruthie Wagner have served with Lutheran Bible Translators for over a decade. But their recent trip to Tanzania was full of new experiences as they served alongside translation teams! 

Listen in as Eshinee and Ruthie unpack the significance of investing in mission-minded leaders in the Bible translation movement.

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March 17, 2023 25 mins

From the time she was a little girl, Alyssa Petty has understood the impact of stewarding God’s gifts well.

Alyssa began serving as Director for Development at Lutheran Bible Translators on January 1st, but she has been with the organization since 2019.

Hear her story and why she’s passionate about getting men and women involved in the Bible translation movement through prayer, advocacy, and giving.

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March 3, 2023 31 mins

Seth Hinz just joined the team at Lutheran Bible Translators as Director for Branding + Marketing!  

For over 14 years, he has worked alongside churches, schools, universities, districts, and national ministries to develop messaging and marketing strategies. He is a founder of the resource Facebook group Lutheran Communicators, and he became a StoryBrand Certified Guide in 2019. 

To get in touch with Seth for your stor...

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Lutheran Bible Translators’ missionaries are committed to partnering alongside translation teams to put God’s Word in their hands in the language they know best. Scripture is more than words. It brings hope, life, and transformation. 

Listen in as Rev. Dr. Michael Megahan shares about his service in God’s mission with language communities in Botswana and Tanzania since 2004.

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February 3, 2023 21 mins

Opportunities are emerging to connect with language communities without Scripture. Founder of They Need the Bible Rev. Andrew Olson describes how technology and innovative methods are building bridges to hard-to-reach regions of the world to translate God’s Word.

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January 20, 2023 34 mins

Keeping with tradition and updating for the next innovative period in the Bible translation movement. 


Millions of people remain in the dark as to what God’s Word actually says. Hope is found in the light of Scripture when it is accessed in a language that they understand best. Lutheran Bible Translators’ new logo shows that movement from darkness to light, through the Word and into the world. 

Listen in as Creative Lead Caleb R...

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January 6, 2023 27 mins

Scripture is more than words. 

When passionate local leaders are equipped with the resources, time, and capacity, more language communities will be reached with God’s Word. More people will experience the hope, life, and transformation that Scripture brings. 

In this episode, Executive Director Dr. Rich Rudowske casts the vision for More Than Words – a Campaign for Scripture Impact.  

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December 23, 2022 45 mins

It's that time of year! Cozy up by the fire or in your favorite chair and take a Christmas tour around the world with Lutheran Bible Translators.

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