Missionaries / Rev. Dr. Nathan & Sarah Esala

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Rev. Dr. Nathan & Sarah Esala

Meet the Missionary

Rev. Dr. Nathan and Sarah Esala joined Lutheran Bible Translators in 2002, living and working among the Komba people in Northern Ghana for nearly 10 years. In 2014, Nathan began serving as Lutheran Bible Translators’ translation coordinator, while Sarah served on Lutheran Bible Translators’ member care team.

In 2021, Sarah began serving as a regional director. She provides leadership, direction, and coordination for Lutheran Bible Translators’ programs and missionaries under her supervision. This gives her exciting opportunities to work closely with international partners to engage in Bible translation, literacy, and Scripture engagement activities so that God’s Word can be made known in relevant and clear ways.

In 2023, Nathan joined Seed Company in a strategic partnership with Lutheran Bible Translators to work with Lutheran church bodies (and others) who want to pursue Bible translation as a ministry of the church. A major focus is partnering with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea. The Esalas are inspired by Isaiah 58, which centers on issues of justice in the world. They believe that making God’s Word available to people in ways they can understand removes barriers to the gospel and can open pathways to experience the justice God desires.

From the Field

  • Prayer Letter

    Constructive Word

  • Podcast

    Partnerships with the Church

  • Podcast

    Back from Papua New Guinea

  • Podcast

    Empower the Church

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