Paul Hiebert Child Family Photo (in center)
Paul Hiebert was the fourth child born to John Nicholas Christian Hiebert and Ana Hiebert. There would be a total of seven children — six girls and just one boy. Being the only son, Hiebert grew up having a very close relationship with his father. Paul Hiebert’s oldest daughter Meneses reported that there are a lot of family jokes about how the origin of Hiebert’s humble character can be found in this dynamic – being raised as the only son among six daughters.
At the age of six, Hiebert was sent to a missionary boarding school named Kodaikanal International School in central India and spent nine months out of every year there – away from his parents. Due to his very young age, this was a very tough, traumatic experience for him.
From Philip Wayne Barnes. Missiology Meets Cultural Anthropology: The Life and Legacy of Paul G. Hiebert (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. dissertation, 2011) p. 45.