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God's Hand Upon My Life: Autobiography 1 edition

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This is the autobiography of Abram J. Friesen (1907-2001), narrating his life's story: childhood in a Mennonite settlement near Omsk in Siberia (central Russia), immigration to Canada in 1926, training for a career in shoe repair/sales, marriage to Katie Martens (1910-1991) and family life, commitment of Christian ministry and mission, including Abram's two years of school teaching at Poplar River Indian Day School (1944-1946) under the direction of the United Church of Canada while he completed his alternative service as a Mennonite conscientious objector to the Canadian military draft during WWII (pp. 167-248).

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"I remember the author as a favorite uncle after whom I was named. As a youngster, I looked forward with joyous anticipation to his many visits to my parents' farm in Oak Bluff, Manitoba... Even though Uncle Abe and Aunt Katie moved to British Columbia in the late 1940s, the bonds then established have not only remained strong over the years, they have grown much stronger... We are delighted to see him publish his memoirs... My uncle's memoirs are the result of his laying up the words of God in his heart and soul."
~Abraham Friesen

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God's Hand Upon My Life: Autobiography
by Abram J. Friesen

Published 1986 by Clearbrook, B.C. : A.J. Friesen in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

The Friesen Origin 1
Where did the Friesens Originate? 1
Grandfather Johann Kroeker's Youth 3
Grandpa Means Business in Getting Married 4
A New Household was Established 5
Grandfather's New Life in Christ 5
Grandparents Golden Wedding and Grandma's Death and Funeral 7
Father Jakob P. Friesen (1873-1921) 8
Father Finds Mother 8
The Ninth Arrival in Our Family 9
Barnaul, Siberia, A Hard Beginning 11
We Are On the Move 13
A New Start in Life -- Gnadenheim 15
Church Services 22
School 23
My Childhood and First Memories 26
My First Encounter with Fire 27
Consequence of Scaring our Colt 28
Work and Play 29
Springtime Horse racing 30
Summertime 32
Summer Games 33
Catching Rabbits 34
A Little More About Father 35
Father and Brother John 37
The Lord Healed John from T.B. in 1915 37
War Time -- 1914 to 1918 38
Brother John Gets Married 40
Fathers Plans for Me 41
My Sister Sara Gets Married 42
Fathers Illness and Death 44
Father Has Gone, at 48 47
Mother Struggles Through the Depression Years 48
Depression and Famine -- 1922 49
Inflation in 1922 51
Learning the Shoe Making Trade 51
My First Shot at Age 16 57
My Holidays in a Butter Factory -- 1924 59
Very Lonesome for Dad 59
My First Love 61
Going With the Crowd 61
My Last Semester in Slavgorad 62
Starting My Own Business 63
On Our Way to Moscow 68
My Vow to God 69
A New Life Starting in Canada 71
Why Were They Harvesting and Threshing in November? 73
In Canada and In a New Environment 75
Finally, My Conversion 77
Good News from Home 81
My First Temptation by Satan 82
Buying a Farm Without Money 82
My First Summer in Canada 83
Home At Last 85
Our First Meal in a Restaurant 85
My Baptism 87
1930 87
Abram the Bachelor 89
Selling Christian Literature 94
A Family in Need Finds Shelter With Me 96
Bushed for One Month 100
My Brother Jakob 105
Our Dear Mother is Dying 106
Jakob's Death 110
Back to the Farm 111
My Most Difficult Decision 113
Free at Last 114
God's Faithfulness 115
A New Venture 117
Back to the Shoe Repair 128
Quiet Hours with God 132
Unexpected Surprise 133
Back to Earth Again 134
Two Night Disturbances 135
A Girl in Trouble 136
Another New Venture 137
I Go Into Business for Myself 143
God Began to Answer My Prayer 145
Our Correspondence 149
Excitement Increases 160
Wedding Plans 164
Our Wedding Day 167
Back to Work Again 169
My Arrest and Jail Sentence 170
Back in Court 177
Back to Farm Work as C.O. 178
Back to Winnipeg in November 1943 179
A Call from the North! 180
On Our Way to Poplar River 189
Our Arrival and First Impressions 191
The Lord Opened a Way for Katie 196
The Indians Corne Horne 198
Working as a Dentist 198
Back to Everyday Duties 202
Good News From Horne 204
Planning to Bring the Family Together 207
Ship Trip with Baby Elizabeth Ann 209
Back to Our Daily Routine 211
Healing and Helping Others 212
Helping an Eighty Year Old Lady 213
Babies with Diarrhea 214
Bathing My School Children 216
Joy in Heaven Because One Sinner Repented 218
Our First Holiday in Winnipeg 219
Our Last Trip North 219
Close to Death Valley 221
Back in Full Swing 223
Second Year 225
New Years Day 225
When an Indian Dies 226
Parting for the Last Time 227
Six Hours I Never Counted On 234
A Surprise for Katie 237
Other Happenings 239
My Departure from Poplar River 240
My Work in 1946 to 1949 241
Becoming a Bricklayer 243
Poplar River Still On Our Minds 245
Teaching Evening Classes 248
Our Move to British Columbia 250
Our Church Involvement in Clearbrook 254
Ordained to the Ministry 255
Building Contractor as a Sideline 258
Answers to Prayer 260
A Night Disturbance Turned Out to Be a Blessing 261
A Unique Experience with a Total Stranger 265
Building a New Store 269
The Clearbrook Wailing Wall 271
Selling Our Shoe Store 272
Answering God's Call 273
Another Request for a Senior Citizen Home 274
The Tabor Home Comes to Life 277
Cheerful Courage and New Blood 278
Location of the Tabor Home 278
The Tabor Home Becomes a Reality 279
Bad News 280
Our Staff 282
Ladies Who Worked With Us Between 1961-1975 283
First Board Members 284
The Farewell 290
My Illness Turned Out to be a Blessing 291
Waiting on God For a Miracle 294
Additional Tabor Home Activities 297
Our Daughters Get Married 305
Our Silver Wedding 307
Renetta's Turn to Marry 308
My Endeavor to Learn Oil Painting at 65 310
News From Our Relatives in Germany 312
Katie's Open Heart Surgery 314
God's Leading in Finding My Last Relatives 316
Conclusion 320

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xii, 328p.
Number of pages
9.0 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches

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