The photo you see above is of Jacob Siemens & Maria Janzen taken in front of their house in Bingham Lake, MN, in 1897. Jacob Siemens preached in Hochdeutsch (High German).
The newest release in paperback:
From Prussia to Russia to North America:300 Years
The story John Hus once said, "It is better to die well than live ill." Through 350 years the continent of Europe was in political and spiritual ferment. People died in wars, people died in religious feuds. And some died because they refused to recant their belief in a loving, sovereign God that ruled over the affairs of man. Reformers like John Wyclif, Martin Luther, John Hus were only some of the better-known people to suffer persecution.
Many went to the stake rather than deny the faith that made them strong and gave them purpose in life. The Anabaptist movement created even more martyrs. People like Eberle and Mantz are hardly found in today's literature yet they poured their life out so that those that followed would someday be free to believe as the dictates of their conscience and the Bible led them.
From "Prussia to Russia to North America: 300 Years" details what happened to one group of the followers of Menno Simons. Follow the thread of their lives down to the present as they lived through varying degrees of persecution to maintain their faith beginning in Prussia, then in the Ukraine, and beyond. Read of the causes and journey that led them to new continent that still offered freedom to believe even as Europe was engulfed in a War to end all wars.
released in 2013 :
Abraham P Harder - The Legacy
The story of one European family, of many ethnic origins, pioneering across three continents. It’s a story of faith carrying them through persecution, disease, intrigues of government, physical violence and deprivation.
Transforming the southern Ukraine into the breadbasket of Russia, the Mennonites struggle to live out their faith in rapidly changing Czarist Russia. The political strife of 19th century St Petersburg and the aristocracy compels many Mennonite families to make a costly decision to emigrate.
The story becomes personal as they arrive in the U.S. to contend with Indians, drought, dust storms, and homesteading. Can they find a place to raise a family and will they be able to build a community of faith wherever they settle?