Missionaries from Gerlingen: Johannes Rebmann
- Time as a Missionary
| "Hardly ever a
mission will have been started in such a weakness (malaria),
... but that's how it should be, that we do not praise our own power
"On 11th of May, in the middle of a large desert which is full of wild animals, like by name rhinos, buffalos and elephants, we slept under prickly hedges, safe and calm under God's gracious custody."
| On the 10th of June 1848 Johannes Rebmann
arrives in Mombasa, nowadays in Kenya ...
He workes with Dr. Johann Ludwig Krapf from Derendingen near Tübingen/Germany, who settled down on the small island Mombasa when he had got expeld from Abessinia after fruitless mission attempts. Krapf wants to put up a resistance against the Islam that comes down in Africa to the south: diagonally through the unknown Africa - from Mombasa in the east to Gabun in the west - missionary outposts shall be built - in intervals of 100 travel hours. The realization of this plan seems to be nearer after Rebmann's arrival.
After difficult negotiations with tribal chiefs and multifarious difficulties both missionaries can open the first mission - at the tribe of the heathen Vanika in Rabai Mpia, approx. 25 kms from Mombasa. Rebmann and Krapf built - mostly with their own hands - a hut in that Kaya, that means in that fenced in village in which the normally with their aminals living occupants take shelter at a risk.
Rebmann's later house in Rabai:
Half an hour from Rabai, in Kisilutini, another mission is opened. That one becomes the center of the work. Rebmann goes from hut to hut to talk to the people. In time Rebmann expands his radius of action into the unknown. He himself shows you his operational area.