The Next Step in Fairbanks

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We are pleased to announce the newest members of the LIM team: Nathan and Sarah Milan, who recently made their way north to take over and restructure our Alaska Native mission work in Fairbanks.

Originally from central Michigan, Nathan and Sarah’s lives first crossed paths on a mission trip in college to performing disaster relief work after Hurrican Katrina struck the gulf coast. Shortly thereafter, Nathan continued to use his fire science degree and enlist in the Air Force while Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at Concordia University - Ann Arbor, followed by a graduate degree in Teacher Leadership.

Sarah’s background in education has been used teaching in public and private schools, and more currently, homeschooling their four (soon to be five) children. Additionally, she has formal training as a bereavement counselor.

Nathan’s early background in ministry included active participation in Lutheran Youth Fellowship and Lutheran Student Fellowship. He also utilizes his love for music to break down barriers and help connect people to worship. His past professional life included traditional fire department leadership roles, and non-traditional ones, such as developing technical rescue teams for the Department of Defense and host nations across the Pacific. His work in structuring and managing programs will be a huge asset as he and Sarah create and put into motion a mission plan for reaching Alaska Natives across a large and hard-to-travel state.

Their adventures have taken them to residences in Mississippi, Japan, Guam, Louisiana, and now, Alaska. Bolstered by their love for people and sharing the Gospel, Nathan and Sarah approach ministry by walking alongside those in need, humbly sharing that we are all in need of the forgiving grace our Creator provides.

Through mentorship, creating networks, and walking alongside others, the Milans will provide support to the Native peoples in Fairbanks and the remote villages of Alaska.

We are so excited to see the amazing work God will do through them in this next chapter of the LIM story.