Hans Nielsen Hauge, Apostle of Norway
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Dr. Nora Hughes
Who is this guy? I’ve never heard of him and he has such a funny name: Hans Nielsen Hauge. I’m not even sure how to pronounce it. You say he started more than 30 businesses? And he was a preacher? AND he was in prison? Who could do all that? OK, tell me his story.
Hans – lets just call him Hans for short – lived in the late 1800s in what is now Norway. However, Norway had been taken over by Denmark and wasn’t even a country anymore. Denmark was Christian – sorta. Christianity was the state religion and controlled by the Danish King. To be a pastor you had to go through the proper schools and be appointed by the government. If you didn’t follow the rules: prison.
He was a farm boy from a family of strong bible-believing Christians. His parents had family bible time every day.