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The Story of My Life

Part 1

by C. N. Hiebert, brother of Grandpa N. N. Hiebert

(This is part of a folder put together by C. N. Hiebert; it has the history of the Hiebert family together with this narrative about his life.)

"Hitherto hath the Lord helped me.

Out of gratitude to my Lord and Saviour, who has helped me all along my way from my cradle to old age, I am giving out this booklet which I wrote in the closing years of my life. (1968)

My motto in life has been: I want to serve my Lord and Master as long as I live, or until it will please the Lord to take me HOME.

God has never failed me! All Glory belongs to Him!

These pages are especially dedicated to my dear children and my grandchildren. May THE STORY OF MY LIFE teach them to seek the guidance of Him who has been my GUIDE, my HELP, my SALVATION.

My favorite hymn at our family gatherings always has been: -

When the roll is called up yonder.

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
And time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather
Over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder,

On that bright and cloudless morning
When the dead in Christ shall rise,
And the Glory of His resurrection share;
When His chosen ones shall gather
To their HOME beyond the skies,
And the roll is called up yonder

Let us labor for the Master
From the dawn till setting sun,
Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care;
Then when all of life is over,
And our work on earth is done,
And the roll is called up yonder,

When the roll is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder,
When the roll is called up yonder,

My Life's Story

I, C. N. Hiebert, was born on March 24th, 1881, in Minnesota. One day when I was quite young my mother took me to her bedroom where she gave me a little sermonette which I never will forget. She said, "Son, remember this verse: Thou God seest me. Gen. 16:13." And then she prayed with me which made a deep impression on me. I thank God for a godly mother.

I was saved when I was 14 years old on June 21st, 1895 at 2 P.M. I found peace through the verse in John 14:27. On July 28th, 1895 my sister Helen and I both gave our testimonies before the church, and were both baptized together with a group on Aug. 11th, 1895 in Minnesota by Elder Heinrich Voth. The Bible verse that Brother Voth gave us for our life's journeys was I Peter 5:8.

I did not have the opportunity of attending school regularly, since my parents were poor and I had to work out to help support the family. However I did attend school long enough so that I came to the 7th grade. Many of our German speaking people had moved to North Dakota on a new settlement. Due to scarcity of teachers there, I together with J. F. Thiesen were called to North Dakota in 1903 where the county superintendent gave us each a Permit to teach in this new settlement for a few months in summer time. After I returned home from North Dakota, I planned to attend school again, but on a cold winter day while I was hauling a barrel of water, the water splashed over into the wagon and turned to ice, and I slipped down and injured my elbow so badly that they had to take me to the Dr. and put my arm in a cast. Since my health was poor, my elbow remained stiff and I have been handicapped through all my life.

Later I got another Permit to teach in Minnesota for a few months since the shortage of teachers. I had but very little education, but teachers were not available. While teaching I experienced that the Lord answered prayers in a wonderful way, and I was able to witness to my Catholic pupils. Because I had very little education and I was in poor health, I often was afraid that when my parents would die, how could I make my living. Then my oldest brother, N. N. Hiebert, comforted me by saying, "My dear brother, don't be discouraged, for as long as I have bread you will have bread too." That was such a great comfort to me that I wept for joy.

When I was 23 years old and was working out to earn some money to help my parents along, I felt very definitely that the Lord spoke to me. Just when I was cultivating corn, I knelt down behind the cultivator and consecrated my life to the Lord. I said, "Lord, I am willing to do whatever you want me to do. If I cannot get enough education to become a preacher, I am willing to be a Bible colporter and go from house to house and speak with the people about their soul's salvation."

One day I asked my father if he would be willing to buy me some Bibles, and let me use his horse and buggy in the winter in order to do some Bible colportage work. My father was willing, and so I started out. This gave me a chance to come into many, many a home, and to speak with the people about their salvation. Then I began to visit different Sunday Schools, and began to preach God's Word wherever I found open doors. This opened the door more and more for me, also in different churches and school houses, and the Lord added His abundant blessings. I visited and worked at many different places like Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, etc. The Lord was with me, and I must say that I have had many, many blessings in this work. (to be continued)