Thorstein Himle

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Thorstein Himle (October 11, 1857 – October 18, 1925) [1] was a Norwegian-born American missionary affiliated with the American Lutheran Hauge Synod Mission to China. [2]

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The Hauge Synod, was the name of a Norwegian Lutheran church body in the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century.



Thorstein Oddson Himle was born in Voss, in Hordaland county, Norway. He was attended the Voss Training College (Voss lærerskole) from 1873 to 1875. He then worked as a teacher until 1885. In 1885, Himle emigrated to the United States, received theological training at the Red Wing Seminary in Minnesota between 1887 and 1889 and became a Lutheran minister . Having worked as a clergyman in Taylor, Minnesota for five years he studied at the University of Minnesota during 1894-1895. [3] [4]

Voss Municipality in Hordaland, Norway

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Hordaland County (fylke) of Norway

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Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

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In 1895, Himle traveled as a missionary to the Hauge Synod mission field for China Missions in the Hubei Province of China. He was in Fancheng until 1903 and then relocated to Xinye in Henan until 1909. [5] He then came back to America, where he taught theology at the Red Wing Seminary from 1912 and then served as pastor of the Santa Rosa church in California. Late in his career, he was traveling secretary for the Norwegian Lutheran Church's pension fund.

China State in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

Henan Province

Henan is a province of the People's Republic of China, located in the central part of the country. Henan is often referred to as Zhongyuan or Zhongzhou (中州) which literally means "central plain land" or "midland", although the name is also applied to the entirety of China proper. Henan is the birthplace of Chinese civilization with over 3,000 years of recorded history, and remained China's cultural, economical, and political center until approximately 1,000 years ago.

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He was married three times and widowed twice: first in 1889 with Gidske Sigmundstad (1863–1898), in 1899 to Anna Carlson (1870–1918) and in 1922 to Anna Sigmundstad Haugen (1870–1954).

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  1. The bibliographical collections of Thor M. Andersen (TMA)
  2. Red Wing Seminary; fifty years of service (Published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary Editor-in-chief, Arthur Rholl. 1930)
  3. Himle nedre og øvre (Norske Gaardnavne)
  4. Thorstein Oddson Himle (Find A Grave)
  5. Hauge's Synod Mission (R.G. Tiedemann, University of London)