Sarah Kanoy

Serving the Lord in East Africa



Sarah Kanoy serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a missionary in East Africa, based in Moshi, Tanzania. In her role as a registered nurse, she provides health and hygiene education to the local people in their communities, homes, schools and churches throughout East Africa. During her interactions with these individuals, she shares the Good News of Jesus Christ and helps to connect people to their local Lutheran church. Sarah also works with and supports the Mercy Medical Teams that serve in East Africa.

Sarah was born in Kansas City, Mo., and her hometown is Arlington, Neb.  She calls Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb., and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Arlington, Neb., her home congregations. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. Before serving in East Africa, Sarah worked as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Units at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa, and at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. She also served on short-term medical mission trips to East Africa in 2010, 2011 and 2015. In her free time, Sarah enjoys watching movies, geeking-out by reading medical journals, playing with all her “adopted” nieces and nephews on the mission field, and spending time with friends and family.


Please pray for Sarah as she serves in East Africa. Ask God to give her great courage and many opportunities to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus. Pray that God blesses her with continued confidence in speaking Swahili. Pray that God prepares the hearts of the people she serves so they are open and ready to hear God’s Word and would come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Thank God for giving Sarah dear friends and adopted family on the mission field, but also pray for Sarah and her family as they are apart from each other. Let us give thanks to God that Sarah is serving His children in this part of the world.

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  • Birthday: April 26
  • Home District: Nebraska

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