GERMAN BAPTIST SEMI-CENTENNIAL. - In 1884 it will be fifty years since the Rev. Dr. Sears baptized Pastor Oncken and six others in the river Elbe, and thus founded the Baptist Church in Hamburg, and started the modern Baptist movement in Germany. There are now more than fifteen hundred preaching-stations, connected with the German Baptist Union, scattered over Germany, Austria, Russia, Poland, etc.; and it is proposed to celebrate the semi-centennial of this great work by raising a fund for the relief of sick, aged, and infirm preachers, most of whom receive exceedingly small salaries. Another interesting item from Germany is that Rev. Joseph Lehmann is soon to assume charge of the Baptist Theological School in Hamburg. Mr. Lehmann is the son of the late G. W. Lehmann, pastor of the Berlin church, and one of the seven Baptist pioneers referred to above. He was his father's assistant and successor in the pastorate of the Berlin church, and has now been called by his brethren to this more important service. The school has now eight students in the regular course.
[From Baptist Missionary Magazine, Volume 63, March, 1883, p. 58. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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