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Oberlin, Johann Friedrich, born at Strasburg in 1740, became a Protestant pastor at Waldbach, in the poorest part of Alsace. He set to work about the moral and material improvement of his flock, making roads, teaching agricultural science, and fostering education, with such success that his little community won the respect alike of the revolutionary party and the monarchists. In his beneficent task he was aided by his housekeeper, Louise Scheppler, a woman of remarkable character. Oberlin died in 1826.

“God has no better way to make us value his love, than by withdrawing it awhile. If the sun shone but once a year, how it would be prized!”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial