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Henry Moser was born in 1894 in Adams County, IN and Emma Bixler was born in 1893 in the same county. They both became members of the Evangelical Mennonite Church, applied for service with the Congo Inland Mission (Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission), and were commissioned as missionaries in the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Grabill, IN early in 1923. They arrived in the Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) in April of that year.

They pioneered a new station among the Baphende people west of the Loange River in Kwilu Province. Accompanied by Agnes Sprunger (1885-1973) of Berne, IN and Erma Birky (1894-1979) from Hudson, IL, they trekked overland with native porters to the large village of Mukedi, the home of a major chief. A few months later lightning struck their thatch and stick station shelter and destroyed it. In the process of rebuilding with more permanent materials they developed a construction technique that was later widely copied by others. The Mosers are remembered for their enthusiasm for evangelism and a high degree of self-discipline. Their missionary careers ended prematurely when Henry died of a heart attack in 1946 at Grabill, IN., while they were on furlough. Emma died in 1978

Author(s) James E Bertsche
Date Published 1987

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Bertsche, James E. "Moser, Henry (1894-1946) and Moser, Emma (1893-1978)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 26 Dec 2014.,_Henry_(1894-1946)_and_Moser,_Emma_(1893-1978)&oldid=90184.

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Bertsche, James E. (1987). Moser, Henry (1894-1946) and Moser, Emma (1893-1978). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 December 2014, from,_Henry_(1894-1946)_and_Moser,_Emma_(1893-1978)&oldid=90184.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 603. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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