Lapp, Sarah Hahn (1869-1943)

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Sarah Hahn Lapp was born 9 July 1869 in Clarence Center, NY. She was the eldest of five children horn to Jacob and Anna Eyman Hahn. When Sarah was 30 years old she took nurse's training in Chicago and there became acquainted with Mahlon Lapp a worker at the Mennonite Home Mission (Mennonite Church). They were married on 10 June 1901. That same year the couple, were appointed by the Mennonite Evangelizing and Benevolent Board (later Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, MC) for service in India where Mahlon served as superintendent of the American Mennonite Mission (MC) and bishop of the emerging Mennonite Church in India.

After her husband's death in 1923, Sarah continued her service in India in village evangelism, touring with her team of evangelists and Bible women (lay evangelists) in and around the area south of her Balodgahan station. She was a hardy woman who seldom became sick and had a quiet disposition and deeply devotional spirit. She was not a gifted speaker, but her relentless passion to share the Good News and to minister to the sick and suffering endeared her to Christians and non-Christians.

She retired from the mission field in 1942 and died at New Watergate, Ohio on 25 October 1943, after a scant year at home visiting her friends.

See also Urban Churches.


Gospel Herald (25 November 1943): 735.

Building on the Rock. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1926: 177-178.

Christian Monitor 36 (January 1944): 14-15.

Graber, Esther Rose. Compiler. "MBM Missionary Directory." 1984.

Lapp, John Allen. The Mennonite Church in India, 1897-1962, Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, vol. 14. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1972: 70, 161, 254.

Rich, Elaine Sommers. Mennonite Women: A Story of God's Faithfulness, 1683-1983. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1983: 144.

Author(s) John A Friesen
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 508. All rights reserved.

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