Bible Translation


Lutheran Bible Translators Australia

Lutheran Bible Translators Australia (LBTA) oversees the ongoing promotion of Bible translation and literacy work, which brings the good news of Jesus Christ to people in their mother tongue. Formed in 1981, LBTA operates under the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) Board for Mission (BfM).

Our translators

In partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), LBTA has employed Margaret Mickan since 1984, initially as a literacy worker and more recently as a Bible translator among the 30,000 Kriol-speaking indigenous people across northern Australia. Her work culminated in the production of the completed Kriol Bible in 2007. She continues to work among Kriol speakers promoting use of this translation.

Read a feature story about Margaret's work:

Contact Margaret to encourage her or to receive her newsletter.

Between 1989 and 2001 Bill and Di Eckermann were employed to produce a New Testament for the 10,000 speakers of the Bukawa language around Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Bill continues to work as a consultant to both WBT and LBTA.

Read a feature story about Bill and Di's work:

On 18 March 2012, Hanna Schulz was commissioned as a lay worker, called by the LCA’s Board for Mission to serve as a Bible translator with LBTA and Wycliffe Australia. Hanna is now serving in her long-term vocation (up to 20 years) of translating the Bible into one of the languages of Papua New Guinea.

Read a feature story about Hanna's work:

Contact Hanna to encourage her or to receive her newsletter. For an enlightening look at Hanna’s life, visit her blog at  You won’t be disappointed as she takes you through the ups and downs of life in PNG.

More stories

Read more stories about the work of our Lutheran Bible translators.

Our LBTA committee

The LBTA committee of around five members meets four times a year. As well as overseeing the ongoing promotion of Bible translation work, it hosts an annual thanksgiving service and luncheon to thank our supporters and to promote the important ministry of Bible translation and literacy work.

Contact us

Lutheran Bible Translators Australia
Chair: Dr Tim Fischer
Phone: 08 8267 7300
Fax: 08 8267 7310

Please support us!

Please support us!

Our Lutheran Bible translators are completely reliant on the generosity of others. As Hanna Schulz puts it, Bible translation is a not-for-profit-making enterprise! You can join in the exciting work that God is doing through translation work by donating through the avenues outlined below, or, most importantly, through your prayer support.

  • Preferred method: by EFT – Account name: BfM, BSB 704942, Account No. 133353. (If transferring from an LLL account, add S1 on the end of the account, eg133353 S1.) By cheque – please make cheques payable to the Board for Mission, and post to 197 Archer Street, North Adelaide SA 5006, with a note stating what the donation is for, eg LBTA general translation work.
  • Cash donations – can be made in person at the Board for Mission, 197 Archer Street, North Adelaide SA.
  • Transfer funds from overseas – please contact Jayne at the Board for Mission office.
  • By credit card  – please contact Jayne at the Board for Mission office.
  • Online – via the secure link to Lutheran Laypeople's League below.

Your support is gratefully appreciated. Thank you.