Missionaries from Gerlingen/Germany: Johannes Rebmann

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1820, January, 16
birth in Gerlingen/Germany

childhood/youth in Gerlingen/Germany
Mission house in Basel/Switzerland

work in East Africa, nowadays Kenya/Tanzania -
establishing of the east african mission

1848, May, 11
Rebmann sees Kilimanjaro

medal of honour from Société de Geographie de Paris/France

1876, October, 4
death in Korntal/Germany

naming of "Rebmann glacier" at Kilimanjaro

Rebmann memorial in Gerlingen/Germany

Krapf Rebmann memorial church in Kilifi/Kenya

bist in Gerlingen town hall

Johannes Rebmann memorial library in Kalali/Tanzania

Formation of Johannes Rebmann Foundation

Johannes Rebmann - a timeless personality of current interest ...

... with various facets:

Rebmann's life in Gerlingen

Rebmann as a missionary

- Rebmann's operational area

Rebmann as a researcher and explorer

Rebmann's end of life

It is a historical service of Rebmann to impart the geographic science important knowledge about East Africa. He saw himself always and first of all as a missionary. He had understood very early that someone has to stay very long and very patient at one place and to struggle for the people to win people in Africa for the Christian faith. And that is what he did. With endless patience, perseverance and powers of persuasion he christened the first members of the Vanika tribe and started to build a small Christian parish.

In his first years three missionaries worked close together: Dr. Johann Ludwig Krapf, J. Jacob Ehrhardt and Johannes Rebmann - "the famous trio" (Groves). Workers came and left again ... One person only held the position for decades of years - Rebmann.

Rebmann's wife Emma, née. Tyler, died in 1866, after she had stood next to him in his work for 15 years. His only son had died in 1854 a few days after birth. Rebmann's life with lots of success and tragedies took place in Africa, while he stayed in childhood/youth and at the end of his life in Württemberg, Germany.

Johannes Rebmann Foundation would like to put up another memorial to him - and with it also to all the other people from his birthplace who went as missionaries to foreign countries. In Rebmann House Gerlingen you can discover details about Gerlingen's missionaries. You also can order publications.

Here you will find an information about the Rebmann family tree (in German). 

Steven Paas wrote a Rebmann Biography in English. Please find reviews of the book here:

Imprint Contact: info@johannes-rebmann-stiftung.de