Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! My name is Sarah Kanoy: your new Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) missionary to East Africa!
I have been called by the LCMS church to serve as a Career Missionary by working as a community health nurse and educator in East Africa. I live in Moshi, Tanzania and provide service to several countries in East Africa.
In my role as a career missionairy, I assist with our LCMS Mercy Medical Teams (short-term medical mission volunteers), provide health education and support to churches and schools, and work in communities to implement health improvment projects. However, my greatest role is to share the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ with the people of East Africa!
Now that you know a little bit about my role with the LCMS, let me tell you briefly about myself and my family. I grew up in the areas of Daykin and Arlington, Nebraska. My father, Pastor Rick, serves as the Senior Pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Arlington. My mother, Cheryl, is a hospice nurse for CHI Health in Omaha. I have two brothers--one older and one younger. Both live and work in the Omaha area.
After high school, I attended Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 2012. After becoming a Registered Nurse, I began working in the Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Following this, I served in the Intensive Care Unit at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
My greatest love; however, has always been the Lord's mission field. Mission trips to Tanzania and Kenya in 2010, 2011, and 2015 have helped me develop a passion for sharing Jesus through medical outreach and teaching. Through my experiences at work, I have learned how to share the love of Christ by providing compassionate physicial, emotional, and spiritual care to my patients and their families. Despite all of this, I have learned that my greatest job actually has nothing to do with me being a nurse! You see, my identity is not in those "RN" letters behind my name, instead, my identity is in Christ. I am a baptizied child of God! Therefore, the greatest thing that I get to do is to share this identity with others! Praise God for this awesome opportunity to serve Him!
I ask that you pray for me as I continue serving the Lord here in East Africa. Pray that the Lord would grant me great courage and wisdom in sharing health care teaching alongside the Gospel. Finally, please pray that through this ministry, many people would come to know Jesus as their Savior!