Missionaries that St. Paul Lutheran Church Supports
St. Paul Lutheran Church has had the opportunity over the years to host missionaries that are touring congregations seeking support for the work that they are doing in the name of Jesus Christ. Here are some updates on three of these missionaries.
Rev. Nathan and Sarah Esala – Lutheran Bible Translators
This family served the Likɔɔnl (or Komba) Bible project in Ghana, West Africa beginning in 2003. Nathan’s role as a translation advisor provided him the opportunity to develop partnerships with the Komba church and community leaders. He analyzed and documented the linguistics of this language that previously had no written form. He checked translated drafts for quality. He assisted in final New Testament revisions for publication. Nathan has an incredible wife, Sarah, and five adventurous children Karissa, Annaka, Aili, Isaac, and Eliot.
They returned from Ghana a couple of years ago and settled near Columbus, Ohio, because a local Lutheran church was able to provide their parsonage as housing. They still are missionaries for Lutheran Bible Translators but their work can now be done from the United States. Currently, Nathan serves as the Translation Coordinator for LBT. He helps ensure that best practices in Bible translation and missions are done by LBT in partnership with African colleagues. Their desire is that the beautiful words of God would jump off the page as they are spoken through the mouths and heard through the ears of the first language of people. Visit us.lbt.org/project/rev-nathan-sarah-esala/ for more information.
Rev. James and Angela Sharp – LCMS Missionaries in Uruguay
This couple serves together as career missionaries in Uruguay. James plants new churches and works to support mercy outreach projects around the country. He partners with local church leaders to form and develop groups of believers into self-sustaining and self-replicating congregations. He also teachers courses in Lutheran theology to assist in the training of individuals in the Lutheran faith.
Angela focuses on bilingual education and teaches English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) classes to people of all ages. She works alongside local leaders and educators to encourage and strengthen the understanding and use of the English language in the community.
Together this couple works to build relationships through Bible studies they coordinate and through connecting with local church leaders. Through their many different connections in the community they find opportunities to share the Gospel. They have four children – Elias, Ambrose, Called, and Magdalyn who join them in the mission field. You can find out more about the Sharp family and their missionary work at www.lcms.org/sharp.
Britt and Micah Odemba – LCMS Missionary in Kenya
Britt Odemba serves the Lord as a career missionary in Kenya. She works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya as an educational consultant, helping them expand their education programs throughout the country. She serves primarily with Springs of Life Lutheran Church in Kibera, Kenya. She is helping them strengthen their school. She has helped them grow the school’s enrollment, assisted in its budget process, and the hiring of new staff. This church and school is in the heart of Kibera Slums, which is one of the biggest slums in Africa. The church and school are an integral part of the community.
Before committing to be a career missionary, she went on four short-term mission trips, three of which were to Kenya. These trips helped her see how God would use her strong background in early childhood education to support congregations in Kenya. Britt and her husband Micah have a beautiful daughter, Rael. Find out more information about Britt at www.lcms.org/odemba.
St. Paul Lutheran Church remembers this missionaries regularly in our prayers. When they visited our congregations we took door offerings to support their work. In 2017 we have added to our congregation budget more support for them. You can also individually support these servants of Christ. Remember them in your prayers and visit their websites for information about how you can financially support them.