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Theodore Harms
Life work of Louis Harms

Translator's Preface
 
Pastor Theodore Harms, in writing these reminiscences of the beautiful home-life and public work of his brother Louis, having probably only his own community in mind as its readers, naturally did not consider it needful to describe the Luneburg Heath, which was so well known to them all.
 
It may be for the same reason that he did not dwell at length upon their mission work: as his brother Louis had in his writings for the Missionary Magazine and other periodicals given full accounts of the Mission and its work, taking for himself no pecuniary profit for his writings; all was for the beloved missions.
 
Therefore, as an introduction to this memoir, I have quoted from a foreign magazine, published in 1860—five years before the death of Pastor Louis Harms—several items in regard to the Mission, and also a description of Luneburg Heath.
 
The character and work of the subject of this memoir shine with such rare lustre that they are worthy of careful study; and one cannot but be grateful to Pastor Theodore for giving us these glimpses into the disposition, attainments, and life-work of his gifted brother.
 
“Thoroughly worthy” was the report given from the High School of Celle, when at the age of nineteen Louis Harms left it for the University of Gottingen.
 
"Sound in body and mind, a handsome boy," was the observation made by Theodore in speaking of his brother.
 
“What he says goes to the heart; one can understand and remember it,” was the comment of one of his humble parishioners upon this great and good man who fought the battle of life with such heroic courage.
 
Unselfish by nature, there was no ambition or striving for fame or aggrandizement; all his intellectual gifts and attainments were used to promote the eternal happiness of his fellow-creatures. He looked beyond the shores of Time to the unfading glory that awaited him and all who trusted and believed; this sweetened the labor of his toilsome life.
 
Like the boy Jesus in the Temple, he was about his Father's business, and did it faithfully. Extended usefulness was cut short by what his parishioners no doubt looked upon as an untimely death; but his work on earth was finished, and the Father whom he had served called him to come up higher.
 
Mary Ireland,
Translator.