Profile of Luxembourg
- Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany.
- Luxembourgish (national language), German (administrative language), French (administrative language)
- Roman Catholic 87%, other (includes Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 13%
In May 2008 BI staff made the first research visit to talk with specific people in Luxembourg who wanted to do a translation of the Bible into the Luxembourgish language. This was at the request of an American missionary working in church planting in the country. The people wanting to do the translation were a well-educated Luxembourgish Christian couple with previous experience in both ministry and in translation, a couple who had already translated some portions of the New Testament.
The surprising thing was that even though Luxembourg is a fully modern country and most people in the country speak French and German fluently, the same need for a Bible in their heart language existed there that exists in so many “third-world” countries. Even though the Luxembourgers can speak these other languages, their native language is what defines them as a people, and there is a heightened national interest in not just preserving Luxembourgish but also making it the dominant way to communicate within the country.
Riding the crest of such a social surge, the Bible in their own language is one of the best tools to awaken the Luxembourgers to their spiritual needs. The first translator training took place in December of 2010, and the project has advanced rapidly since then, being aided by the readily available means of Internet teleconferencing.