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Ingwer Ludwig Nommensen was born 2/6/1834 in Nordstrand, Schleswig, (then Danish) Germany.   Though injured by a horse cart as a boy he learned to walk again.  After graduated from Rhenish Mission Seminary, Wuppertal, Germany he went as a pioneer Luthern missionary to Sumatra, Indonesia (then Netherland’s East Indies) arriving in 1862.  In 1887 his wife died leaving him with four children and his second wife (whom he married in 1892) also preceded him in death, as did two sons.

Nommensen was the leading missionary in Batak for 54 years.  He translated the New Testament (1878), establishing schools, hospitals, even a seminary.  By the time of his death (5/23/1918) the Batak church had 34 pastors, over 750 teacher-preachers, and 180,000 members in 500 churches.  Little wonder he has been referred to as “the Apostle of the Batak.”

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