Jacob and his family immigrated in 1929, settling in Manitoba. After their wedding, Jacob and Agnes moved to B.C., where Jacob did odd jobs until he was conscripted and became a CO. After the war, the family settled on an acreage in Greendale, B.C., for 50 years. Jacob and Agnes spent their last years together in Abbotsford. Jacob loved studying biblical history and hearing how the gospel was proclaimed around the world. No matter how poor the family was, Jacob always gave a 2-dollar bill for missions, reminding his family how God helped him come to Canada and no gift was too small to return to help others. He enjoyed making wood projects for MCC auction, and hearing news of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.