Sarah Adeline Loewen, daughter of Frank F. and Katharina (Wiebe) Loewen was born on January 14, 1925 on a farm four miles west of Mountain Lake, Minn. After attending country school and graduating from Mountain Lake High School in 1942, she attended Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. She received her R.N. in 1947.
Having received Christ as her Savior early in life, she felt the Lord was calling her to serve Him as a missionary. She went on for further training at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. and then transferred to Grace University, Omaha, Neb. where she got her B.A. in 1952.
The Lord led her to spend the next winter caring for her Dad who was dying of cancer. In 1952 she left for Nigeria under SIM. The first 33 years Sarah served in the state of Sokoto. The first ten years she did dispensary work. The next ten years Sarah worked in the Sokoto Leprosarium where she was in charge of caring for around 500 patients with leprosy, besides their other ailments.
Medical work gives many opportunities to speak to patients about the Lord and many leprosy patients found Christ. One year, all seven graduates of a Hausa Bible School were converts from their leprosarium. The government took over all the medical work, but the Lord opened the door to teach Bible knowledge in secondary schools. During Sarah’s last five years in Nigeria she did bookkeeping at SIM headquarters in Jos. Her aim was to always bring people to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.
In 1989 Sarah retired in Mountain Lake with her sisters Luella and Louise. One by one the avenues of service continued through teaching a women’s Sunday School class, leading a weekly prayer group, being active in Mission Society, serving widows in visitation and serving “Meals on Wheels”.
Sarah is survived by: two sisters Clara Schultz of Mountain Lake and Elfrieda (Harold) Fast of Alexandria, Minn. and one brother Al (Carol) of Edmonds, Wash, besides nephews and nieces and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Abram, Albert, and Frank, and five sisters, Mathilda Loewen, Katie Dye, Luella Loewen, Edna Dick, and Louise Loewen.