Jakob Vetter

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Jakob Vetter (born November 23, 1872 in Worms , † December 13, 1918 in Riehen ) was a German revival preacher and founder of the German tent mission .

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First, Vetter learned the trade of a tailor. It was during this time that a religious interest arose which was called "revival" in religious circles. Reading sermons by Ludwig Hofacker led to a further deepening of this spiritual life. He felt called to the ministry, so that he completed a ministerial training for four years in St. Chrischona near Basel. According to his own admission, he was influenced by Carl Heinrich Rappard , Otto Stockmayer , Hudson Taylor and Samuel Zeller .

During this time he contracted pulmonary tuberculosis . He was called to be an evangelist through Elias Schrenk .

Vetter's evangelism service in Wetterau in Hessen was only interrupted by two trips to Great Britain. In 1899 Vetter took a trip to London, where he was impressed by the successes of the preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon and the work of the founder of the Salvation Army , General William Booth . After Vetter returned from Wales in 1905, he - together with Martin Girkon and Ernst Modersohn - took part in the Mülheim revival .

Vetter's ideas for a tent mission took shape after lengthy discussions with Otto Stockmayer and in 1902 the German tent mission was founded; its center was created in the Patmos recreation home near Geisweid ( Siegen district ). On September 28, 1906, he married Maria Baumann from Riehen in Switzerland, as a pupil of whose father he looked at matters of the Holy Scriptures.

Jakob Vetter died in 1918 at the age of 46. His grave in the Riehen cemetery still exists today.

Works (selection)

Vetter published a total of around 50 books and writings.

  • The holy blood. German tent mission 1915
  • God's footprints in the tent mission. German tent mission 1907
  • Free grace in Christ, evangelistic speeches, P. Ott, Gotha 1903
  • Victory songs for the meetings of the German tent mission. 1st edition 1905, 18th edition 1936
  • Why I Reject the Doctrine of the Return of All Things. 1917
  • Highest happiness on earth - fellowship with God and the way to it. 2nd edition Verlag Linea, Bad Wildbad 2007, ISBN 978-3-939075-21-9


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