Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday January 28, 2014 Elizabeth (Betty) Kaake Tietz

Elizabeth Jean Kaake Tietz was born on January 27, 1934.  She is the first born twin daughter of a set of identical twins born to Rose (Omalley) and Charles Kaake.  Her sister is Patricia Louise Kaake Matthews who celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday.   Elizabeth or Betty as we knew her married Howard Frank Tietz in December 5, 1952.  Howard was the son of Howard Edward and Ethel (Reid) Tietz. They had five children; three sons, Gary, David and Mark and two daughters, Patti and Amy.

Leah Smith, Betty Tietz and Shawn Tietz - 1973
Betty worked for the local bank when her children were in school and later for Dr Harrington who was a local Doctor of Obstetrics.  She died of cancer on September 27, 1994.  The photo above is a favorite of mine. Betty was my mother-in-law and this photo is from my High School graduation. She is holding her Grandson, my son, Shawn.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Man and his Mission

Forty four years after he died, I would like to share with you the story of  Haakon Ingwardo Andersen. He was my Grandfather's youngest brother and my great Uncle  He was born  on September 9, 1891 on the island of Tjome, in Norway and he died on January 14, 1970.  Haakon was a missionary with the Norwegian China Mission. His mission had an enormous impact on his family and the missions where he served.  This story is told by his daughter Randi Ingwardo.  She shared it with the Tjome Historical Society to be published in the Vol 9  Tjome History - 2013 and has been translated using google translate.

A life in the tension between mission call and parental responsibility
"O, victims Mig there life and all your Tears .." The appeal is strong - It does not allow for reservations - it requires a total commitment. The young businessman, Haakon Ingwardo sensed that something radical for his life was in store when the calling came to him: "Drag ud! thi I will send thee unto the Gentiles far away. "In 1915, 24 years old, traveled Haakon Ingwardo to China, where he had his work until the summer of 1947, interrupted only by two brief stays at home.

The Norwegian China Mission field was located in the northwestern part of Shansi province , a mountainous area consisting of a series of plateaus cutaway by numerous valleys . The air is thin and dry . About summer the weather in from the south, and the temperature can go up to 40 degrees celsius , winter makes the harsh winds from the mongolslettene biting cold. All mission stations were 1200 m. Roads did not exist in this area until the end 30's . Conveyance was mule who took up everywhere . These animals did not depart back to embark on narrow paths along steep mountainsides the abyss deep . The trails also went through rivers , some came for animals and humans to ford where the stream was at least contend . Perilous, arduous travels commanded the terrain , and the many bands of robbers in the mountains did not so rare travelers with a sense of horror and insecurity.  In this area came the young missionary.

He had many rich working years there, characterized by hardships and privations ,but even more joy and happiness over to live with the Chinese, preach gospel and teach the Christian faith . It was with great sorrow he had to leave Tsinglo in 1943 when the Japanese captured the city. His beloved organ and typewriter would he have liked to themselves ! But no, it was denied him. A suitcase with some clothes , Bible and some books plus a bundle with bedding was all he arrived Tientsien with . After
war ended in 1945 , he made many attempts to return to the field to see the churches and drives the missionaries had had to leave, but in vain . Melancholy was for him to return to Norway in summer -47 ,without knowing anything about how the Christians had in Shansi .

New challenges
In 1951 Ingwardo went to Japan , 60 years old ,together with two young missionaries , hoping to find a new field after China was closed in -49 . Now he would not go into the barren , would mountain areas , do not take them by foot on narrow paths,or sit on muldyrsryggen through narrow mountain pass . He was going to a country with developed road and let the transport of trains at a speed of many miles per hour . And - he was going to land that had brought much sorrow and pain , death and destruction over the Chinese people - the people he had lived in for 30 years, become so fond of , but had to leave. The conflicts must not have been in the 60 -year-old's mind, as well as the voltage across the new set before him ? « Roading switch goes ahead ... "words of Micah 2:13 , he had to promise before departure. The three arrived at Yokohama 22 April,1951, they experienced really that " roading switch had gone before . " Already 25 May was the first Mission is a fact. After finishing period Japan , arrived Ingwardo home for good in 1959. He had lived nearly 40 years of his life in the East.

One aspect of missionary work should be mentioned here , namely the effort to empower churches. Today we often hear about the " Three – Self Church " in China. Most people know that the three "Self" is for autonomy , self- subsistence and self- propagation . But many are not aware that the missionaries from the beginning of the 20s and up 1949 , downloaded a purposeful work in independent process. The words' autonomy , self- maintenance,even evangelism / self- distribution " is like red threads through the annual reports of overseer , as well as from the various mission stations in these years. The word of God was sown, yes, but also the seed of practical management and working methods were laid down in the Christian churches, before missionaries had to leave the country.

Empowerment principle was central in Ingwardos misjonssyn . He measurable this principle both as a member / chairman of the China Council for the field and as overseer , 1933 in China and later , until 1959 , in Japan. Overseer How did his missionary colleagues overseer many years ? "It always felt safe with Ingwardo. His ratings we listened to. We knew that they were made ​​under prayer and silence over an open Bible , " says Borghild Horgen, for many years a missionary in both China and Japan, and she continues: "He was always concerned case , personal prestige , he was not looking . " " Ingwardo was very disciplined throughout their journey . He conveyed a real sense of security. We could always expect that he would listen with interest , when we went to him to discuss something. If we confidence in him as the elder with a long missionary life experience behind him , so we also experienced that. He showed confidence in us young . " This says a Japan Missionary and adds : " He was highly respected also from national workers. " Ingwardo appreciated missionary community. He rejoiced in the slightly freer intercourse. When he was amused and laughed , he did it with all his much to the amusement of those present. Even
he probably was often characterized as a man of few words , he often talked eagerly about everything concerned work. A warm humor flash forward on a pre-emptive manner when the young missionaries was a bit of " aspiring " in his zeal. About the although he never spoke , they say. "Let him down all their personal concerns , loss and pain in the regular personal prayer times with their God? " wonder one of his colleagues. " Ingwardo was always so smooth ! " He thrived in the role of overseer and missionaries For its part , enjoyed having him in that role. Yes, they still had selected him as overseer before returning home in 1959. It could become a fifth period?

Tjøme – Shansi

Haakon Ingwardo was from Grimestadstranda , east of the idyllic island Tjøme , the Oslo Fjord. On Glenne , west on the same island , grew Anna Charlotte Skafjeld up . They were both baptized in Tjøme church, was confirmed there were all happy years in her childhood church and appreciated the Norwegian morning service . His spiritual home, they had in the Evangelical Assembly, as they always referred to as "friends" . Anna Skafjeld already had a year of language study behind him, when Haakon arrived Ingwardo China in 1915. They married in 1918. ( Acc CIM 's rules could not marriages until after at least two years in the mission field . ) Though hardly Shansi can be characterized as an idyllic natural setting, had the young missionary couple rich and happy years in Tsinglo . Both emphasized frequently that year until 1936/37 was the best in their lives. Why ? - Both got unfold in the service they were traveled to China to perform. Anna wrote Ingwardo home missionary friends in vivid terms about his meeting with people in the marketplace around the villages. They thought she was a man , "How high? So big feet! Not ringing in your ears! But - they listen ! " Yes , they did enough! The tall woman reached forward with their spontaneous behavior both in the Marketplace and in homes as well as in Bible classes

This photo was sent to Andrew from his brother Haakon. It is from 1915 and was taken at the mission in China.
Women on Mission

Anna and Haakon Ingwardo complemented each other; they gave each other space in the service, as they both was called out to. In Tsinglo had also home together. They rejoiced over the children who came to. Family life and missionary service was an integral full in the year. Dog - they had to miss the oldest of the daughters for several years. She attended English boarding school 1926 , four days' journey from Tsinglo . In Annual Report for 1932 can read , " Haarde was it to be separated from our dear Else, more than it can be said in words . " Then the 13 -year-old on the cover of ' Raj Putana Greenock "and waved. After two months board she would be promoting in Norway – far away from the father , mother and siblings. "Go out! " In his speech at the farewell meeting in 1938 , before the third exit, took Ingwardo basis of his mission call "Go out! I will send you out to the nations far away , "and said in part:" At the first exit in 1915 and by another exit in 1926 , together with my wife , I went out with unmixed pleasure . Had circumstances allowed to go out with friends ,all would be well, but now it is with a sense of deep pain that one looks forward to the break-up . " his wife would be left with five children. As a young she went out in 1914 with Rome. 15, 16 that his mission call :" I shall be servant of Jesus Christ Priest the Gentiles. " In 1938, felt the call heavy, victim was painful. In Ingwardos last period (1951 -1959 ) in Japan , he had his beloved Anna by his side in the past three years . There was significant for both they did end service time its together in the mission field .

Prayer as lifeblood
In the years when Ingwardo was in the East without family, was at 14 (14:00 or 2 PM) a particularly important point in the day Him. Then at seven (7:00 AM) in Norway . At this time - In the middle of the day for him - he had a prayer for the spouse and each of your children . Now they should start their day. In all the years he otherwise into their daily schedule of prayer and Bible reading morning , noon and night. This regular rhythm in his personal devotional life giving sustenance to his contemplative orientation. He was praying , so David says about himself : "I'm just praying . "
After returning in 1959 , and he died in 1970 , His life was marked by prayer closet service. Those who were close to him know that he spent countless hours in his room in prayer. China employees that he had been forced to leave ,was borne to God in prayer , one by one, the name's mention of . The schoolboys who he was so dearly loved , was living near his shrine . Congregations and individuals in the closed China could he just follows through faithful intercession. He thanked God and rejoiced over new churches in Japan , young missionaries and Japanese employees. He lived in Rome. 12.12 : " Rejoice in hope , patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer . "

Photo of the Haakon Ingwardo family taken in 1950 and sent to Andrew.
Father and mother

One of the pictures that we have kids in the retina the father , the man at the workbench with a number of Bibles in front of them - in many languages​​. His many Bibles, yes mother to constitute an entire small library , a well-used library that provides : "God's word is our heritage , our children it will be, "or - set in a mission context : God word has been, is and must always impart the basics tool in all missionary work. 

Father and mother, missionaries Haakon and Anna Ingwardo, lived their lives in the tension between custody and mission call between love the children and the love of oriental people, between service offerings and service joy. Father died in 1970 , aged 78 . Mother died in 1983 at age 93. In his youth scouted they probably lack even excess water from the beach width Tjøme . In which direction should their livsbåt go ? - It came to date longer than UTI archipelago. Now both threw his life anchored in eternity bright country.

The Ring is Closed

In 2013, says Randi Ingwardo : When his father in 1938 went to China alone , it would be many years before he and family saw each other again , and all contact ceased at the outbreak of war . Contact was first resumed when Japan surrendered in August 1945. Haakon Ingwardo never come back to China. It did, however, his daughter Randi. In 2001 she traveled back to their native China. Course, the knowledge was weathered , but she traveled together with a Chinese -speaking friend. were the traces left by the missionaries and family Ingwardo ? she wondered off. And the answer was yes !

She describes a wonderful meeting with Chinese who remembered her as a playmate ,even one that had been a cook for missionaries. House churches still existed . Randi Ingwardo says that in Japan exist small independent Christian churches, a legacy for his work. Missionaries are also present , and it engages in extensive humanitarian work. It was in Fukushima mission was established , rather still a disaster area after tsunami and nuclear accident in March 2011. Even in North Korea is Ingwardos mission organization contributor and works with a humanitarian organization to deploy greenhouse to a value of kr . 20.000 , - and water pumps to kr. 200 - the civilian population .

Randi Ingwardo wonder: What would his father have intended for work today? She has come that he would support it fully, for the body needs are juxtaposed with the spiritual needs. He 'd been hurt pleased to see that his mission strategy for independence for churches has led congregations yet exist both in China and in Japan.

Three brothers with wanderlust
In Tjúma No. 8, which came out in 2011, we had a long article entitled " A Norwegian American Story ." It was about Anders Andersen (b. 1883 ) , from Grimestadstranda ,eldest son of Hans Henrik and Ingeborg Helene Andersen . He went to sea and landed in America in 1904. There he married and had eight children and many grandchildren before he died in 1970 , without having been back in his native country. His younger brother , James Hagbart (b. 1888 ) , also went to sea . On the way to
Australia by sailing ship , he became ill and died on board in 1909. The youngest was Haakon Ingward (b. 1891 ) . It is he who later took the name Ingwardo and that his daughter has told about here. His mother died when Haakon was three years and Hans Andersen was left with three young boys. He was , as two of his sons, also a sailor, so it probably was not easy to take care of sons. But in 1898 he married Mathilde Zeiner and she became the mother of the three , especially for younger boy Haakon .


Note that everything does not translate perfectly but it is as Randi wrote it.  She spoke proudly of her Father, her Mother and her family.  Sadly she did not see her chapter in the book.  She died in September of 2013.  The book was published in early December of 2013.  At the time I received the book, I did not know that Randi had died.  The book was sent to me by Inger Zeiner, the great, great neice of Mathilde Zeiner. Mathilde  Zeiner Andersen, who became the second wife of Hans, and my Great Grandmother thru her marriage to Hans.  Inger is one of three editors of this book.

Happy Hunting,