Michael is excited to be living in Ghana, West Africa as a translation adviser for the Komba Old Testament translation project.  A solid group of people are standing with Michael and sending him into this service.

Michael Ersland in Ghana, West Africa

Here is Michael's 2016 Year in Review

January-March: I traveled to various churches in the U.S. and began packing for Ghana.

April: I was commissioned by LBT as a missionary to the Komba Old Testament translation project on April 9th. I arrived in Ghana on April 13th.

May-August: I learned how to drive both a manual transmission and motorcycle. I moved up to Gbintiri and lived with a host family in a nearby village as I began to learn the Komba language and about the culture.

September: I attended a cross-cultural course (TICCS) and I began focused language learning.

October-December: I focused on Komba language learning. I was able to help facilitate a Scripture Encagement workshop and attend two Komba literacy day events. I joined in celebrating our Savior’s birth during the Komba Lutheran church Christmas convention which was held here in Gbintiri from December 27-30th.

I have been greatly blessed through all of these experiences. I have learned very much, and I am thankful for 2016. Thank you for partnering with me and the ministry of Bible translation here in Kombaland!


Michael Ersland, the youngest of six children, grew up in three states. However, he spent most of his childhood in rural Kansas. His father, a Lutheran pastor, took a call to Oklahoma when Michael entered middle school.

During his teenage years, Michael began to be drawn to the international mission field.  This interest drew him to Concordia University Wisconsin’s strong mission program.  His studies and mission related experiences (shadowing a missionary in Peru and Lutheran Bible Translator's (LBT) Crossroads experience in Botswana, southern Africa) affirmed his missionary spirit and his call to cross cultural ministry.

Michael completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Languages for Translation and Missions in 2014. In the summer of 2015, he completed his Linguistics Certificate Course at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas.

Michael began his first assignment with Lutheran Bible Translator (LBT) in 2016, serving with the Komba Old Testament Translation team in Ghana.