Samuel Schmitthenner

The Diary of
Rev. Dr. John Aberly

ISBN 1-931475-27-X
US $ 15.00

REV. DR. JOHN ABERLY was born on September 18, 1867 in Albrightsville, western Pennsylvania. He studied at Gettysburg College and for one year in the Lutheran Theological Seminary. He and Alice Strauss of Gilberts, Pennsylvania were married August 3, 1889. They were called to serve the Lord as missionaries, and in November, 1889 they left for India and served there until 1923.

Dr. Aberly and his “dear wife” Alice worked as a team among the Telugu people of Guntur District. They cared for and helped educate two generations of Telugu Church leaders, pastors, Bible trained teachers, and gospel workers. Alice worked with boarding school children, women of the congregation, church music, and gave most gracious hospitality to many visitors. Dr. Aberly, though heavily burdened with parish work, administration of schools, and Bible teaching, edited various church periodicals in Telugu, commentaries for seven books of the Bible, and a complete Telugu Bible Dictionary which took 20 years to complete. His prodigious scholarly Telugu literary works and great teaching ability were, and still are, a gift to the Telugu Church.

 

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