Nikkel, Gerhard (1862-1932)

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Gerhard Nikkel (Nickel): a Russian Mennonite missionary in Sumatra; born at Gnadenfeld in the Molotschna Mennonite settlement, South Russia, on 6 December 1862. He received a secondary education and was a teacher for a number of years. He attended the Missionshaus at Barmen, Germany, for about six years. After some study in Holland he married Anna C. Kuipers of Haarlem, and went to Sumatra in 1888 under the Dutch Mennonite Mission Society. He worked in the mission station of Pakantan. After the death of his wife he returned to Russia with his six children in 1900. At first he served as evangelist and later as minister and manager of the Razien Forestry Camp near Voznesensk. After this he returned to Gnadenfeld, bought a farm, and was elected elder of the church. Under the Soviets he was exiled to the Don Basin area in the Bachmut region, where he died in 1932.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957

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