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ESAU, Sarah Martens

Mrs. Sarah Esau of Clearbrook B.C. went to be with her Lord March 27, 1985. She was born Dec. 21st 1918 to Aron & Helena Martens of Franztahl South Russia. In 1925, the Martens came to Canada and settled in Manitoba. In 1930, they moved to Yarrow B.C. Here and in Chilliwack B.C. continued her schooling. As a teenager, she accepted the Lord, was baptized and received into the Yarrow MB Church. A desire for Christian training led her to Elim Bible School in Yarrow and later Winkler Bible School.

On 7 June 1942, she married Abe Esau. For a while they were active under the M.B. Mission outreach in B.C. During World War II, Sarah joined her husband on Texada Island where he had to serve as a C.O. (Conscientious Objector). During this time the Lord helped them sort out their sense of calling to the foreign field. Following the war they attended MBBC in preparation for service in Africa. From 1947 - 1980 they served under MBM/S, except for three years, 1965-68, when they held the pastorate in Vauxhall AB.

Sarah was a very supportive wife and loving mother of 6 children. Her main contribution to the mission field, outside the family, was in women and children ministries. She was appreciated much for her warmness, especially by the women. Her last years on the field were devoted particularly to helping her husband in the development of Theological Education by Extension. The effect of this Lay Leadership training was the thrill of her heart till her last days.

Upon retirement from Zaire in 1980, the Esaus assisted in the pastorate of the Yarrow M.B. Church. This brought an additional bonus to Sarah's rich life. She loved the Church dearly and ministered warmly to the spiritual needs of many.

In 1977 breast cancer was found. Surgery and treatments followed. Through special prayer the Lord brought an extended period of improvement. During the last 6 months we sensed however, that the Lord was preparing to promote her to glory. Hospitalized on March 15, she faced the last stages of cancer with grace and peace. On March 27, with husband and family at her bedside, she passed into the presence of the Lord at the Abbotsford MSA Hospital.

She is survived by husband Abram. Children Lois and husband Allen Epp, Merilyn and husband Gary Nuss, Carol and husband Randy Peters, Harold and wife Vangie, Daniel and Esther; eight grandchildren, four brothers John (Sarah), Jake (Katie), Aron (Adina) and Victor (Dorothea) and families. She is also is remembered by many friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, missionaries and the Zairian Church. The funeral was held March 30, 1985 with Pastor Abe Klassen officiating. The emphasis, "She being dead yet speaketh." We sorrow, but not without hope! She is buried at the Yarrow Cemetery.

   

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