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Abram A. Unruh.
Source: MB Herald Collection

Abram A. Unruh: missionary; born on 20 October 1903 in Barvenkovo, South Russia, to Abraham H. Unruh and Katharina (Toews) Unruh. Abram married Annie J. Enns of Winkler on 21 October 1926. Abram and Annie had five children: Peggy (m. Walter Regehr), Kathryn (m. Robert Des Roches), Helen (m. Oscar Epp), Louise (m. George Block), and Donald (m. Margie Unruh). In 1975, following the death of Annie, Unruh (1972) he married Mrs. Agatha Friesen (nee Klassen) of Waldheim, Saskatchewan, who died on 31 August 1983. Abram Unruh died in Manitoba on 7 September 1988.

Having attended high school and polytechnical school at Simferopol, Crimea, Russia, Abram migrated to Canada with his parents in 1925, where he attended Winkler Bible School for four years, Ontario Bible College for one year, and Tabor College (BA, ThB).

Unruh taught at Dalmeny Bible School for four years and Winkler Bible School for one year before being ordained in 1935 by Mennonite Brethren and appointed as a missionary to India, where he served for 32 years from 1935 to 1967. In India he served mainly in Gadwal and Wanaparty with shorter terms at Nagarkurnool and Shamshabad. His entire missionary ministry of evangelism and nurture was dominated by an overarching concern for the development of an indigenous church and training its leadership, as seen in his establishing of elders institutes.


Author(s) Peter M Hamm
Date Published 1990


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Hamm, Peter M. "Unruh, Abram A. (1903-1988)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 31 Jul 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Unruh,_Abram_A._(1903-1988)&oldid=131341.

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Hamm, Peter M. (1990). Unruh, Abram A. (1903-1988). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Unruh,_Abram_A._(1903-1988)&oldid=131341.




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