December 30 – 1878 = Sheboygan Classis establishes a day school for Winnebago Indians by missionary Jacob Hauser
John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
The Winnebago Indians were not an affluent group because they had not done as the US Government had ordered. They were sent to a reservation in Nebraska, but after trying it for a short time they returned to their ancestral home in Wisconsin. This set the government against them and began many hardships. It was in this condition that Rev. Jacob Hauser discovered them. Hauser was moved with compassion and noticing they did not have a church of any kind resolved to bring them the gospel. He was appointed by the Sheboygan Classis of the Reformed Church in the United States made him a missionary to the Winnebago, and he opened a school among them on December 30, 1878. Hauser would walk four miles to teach them at this school. He preached to them as well beginning that next Sunday with a sermon from John 1:29. While he began using an interpreter, he dropped it as soon as he could speak the language himself. Hauser labored faithfully to bring the gospel to the Winnebago Indians despite a lack of outward success. He was called by His Lord to tell people of Jesus Christ and he would continue to do so until his retirement. The church has continued and Christ has called his sheep through the faithful proclamation of His word. Jesus is the one who takes away our sin. And it is that message that all people, regardless of language, ethnicity, or race, need to hear.
Learn more about Jacob Hauser in James I. Good’s “Famous Missionaries” pg. 253
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