Jakob T. Wiebe grew up in a poor family which required him to start working at the age of 15. His first job was working for a saw mill and then for local farmers as a laborer. He also found employment as a plasterer and a carpenter for a while. After marrying his first wife, Jakob purchased 240 acres of sod and later another 170 more. He had "vision and ambition" which were eventually rewarded. In addition to being a successful farmer Jakob was also a writer and active church leader. He loved to write and worked as editor for 17 years of the official German church paper called Botschafter der Wahrheit. Jakob continued to write articles for this paper years after he was no longer editor.
In the church, Jakob was first ordained as a deacon in 1904. Much to his surprise, he was called to the ministry in 1910 and ordained in the summer of that year. Throughout his ministry Jakob seemed plagued with doubts about his ability but this did not prevent him from serving faithfully. With the support of his family he traveled to locations near and far, in both Canada and the United States, preaching at revival meetings. His tall stately figure must have drawn the crowds' attention when he got up to preach. Jakob T. Wiebe, a generous helpful person of faith, well respected by his church and community, died on 6 April 1965.
Penner, Lloyd. "Jakob T. Wiebe 1872-1965." Preservings No. 9 Part I (December 1996): 50-53.
|Author(s)||Sharon H. H Brown|
|Date Published||May 2006|
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Brown, Sharon H. H. "Wiebe, Jakob T. (1872-1965)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2006. Web. 25 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wiebe,_Jakob_T._(1872-1965)&oldid=93918.
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