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Peter Hoover. This is the life story of Helena Wiebe Krahn, mother-in-law of Peter Hoover. She and her family lived in 20 different places in four countries before coming to Australia, where she now lives. Not only does the book reflect godly values being passed from one generation to the next, but it also includes a wealth of information about the Plautdietsch Mennonites from the Netherlands through Prussia, Russia, Canada, and Latin America during the past five centuries. One small story in the Lord’s infinitely larger picture. May he use it for his eternal good.

Helena Wiebe Krahn began her journey in a Mennonite colony on the vast dry valley of Guatimape in Durango, Mexico. Helena spent her entire active life in the kitchen, in the garden, among the cows and the chickens, with her husband, Bernhard B. Krahn and their six lively children on the farm. Now a widow, she spends much of her time quilting. But her favorite activity, ever since she lived as a child in the village of Reinland, Durango, has always involved water.

Water to irrigate the garden and the flowers. A great blessing when the rainy season turned the desert into glorious bloom – while lightning and rolling thunder echoed around the mountains. With enough water, Helena loved nothing more than to fill her hand-operated washing machine with suds to scrub everything clean. “We may be poor, but we can be clean,” Helena’s mother often said, and Helena continues to say it.

“Once the Lord Jesus cleans us up inside, how could we keep on living in a pig pen? Clean hearts produce clean words and deeds!”

200 pp. Paper. Includes over 100 photos.
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I find it amazing how the Anabaptists keep their family linage intact, despite trials and persecution. God truly blesses the humble. Helena Krahn is an example of this! Her journey, and the timeless photos are incredible!