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Interview with Ingrid Hult Trobisch - Collection 400

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Ingrid Hult Trobisch

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Audio file and written transcript for T1

Brief Description.

Interview with Trobisch in which she describes the work of herself and her husband in Cameroon, marriage and women in African society, the church in the Cameroon, medical work, Muslims in Cameroon, relations between other denominations and the Catholic church in the Cameroon, Lutheran missions, Dawson Trotman and the Navigators, and Billy Graham in Africa.

Collection 400 [February 28, 2008]
Trobisch, Ingrid Hult; 1926-2007
Interview; 1988

1 Reel of Audio Tape


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Full name: Ingrid Hult Trobisch
Birth date:
February 17, 1926
Birth place:
Moshi, Tanganyika, Africa (now Tanzania)
Death date:
October 23, 2007
Ralph and Gertrude Jacobson Hult
(Ralph Hult was on the Zamzam on his way to Tanganyika when it was sunk in 1941.)
John, Veda Magnuson, Eunice Will, Carl, Gustaf, Mary Orvis, David
Marital Status:
Married to Walter Arthur Trobisch, June 2, 1952
Kathryn Herta, Daniel Martin, David Johannes, Stephen Walter, Ruth Ingrid

-1945 Luther Junior College, Wahoo, Nebraska
1945-1947 B.A., Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
1947-1948 Lutheran Bible Institute
1949-1951 M.A., Sorbonne, University of Paris

1948-1949 Parish worker, First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, IL
1951-1952 Missionary for Sudan (Lutheran) Mission, Poli, Meiganga, and Garoua-Boulai, Cameroon
1953-1957 Missionary in Tchollire, Cameroon
1957-1963 Teacher in the Cameroon Christian College, Libamba, Cameroon
1963-1969 Teacher, together with husband, of courses on marriage in Third World countries
1969- Marriage and family counselor/speaker
Publications (selected):

On Our Way Rejoicing, New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964
The Joy of Being a Woman, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1975
My Beautiful Feeling, Inter-Varsity Press, 1977, with Walter Trobisch
Learning to Walk Alone, Quiet Water Publications, 2002
On My Way Home, Quiet Water Publications, 2002
The Confident Woman: Finding confident Strength in a Turbulent World, Quiet Waters Publications, 2001

Scope and Content

Mrs. Ingrid Trobisch was interviewed by Robert Shuster on September 27, 1988, at her home in Springfield, Missouri. The events described in the interview cover approximately 1950 to 1988. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original.

T1 - side 1
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:40 Introduction to interview
01:30 Born in Tanzania to missionary parents but left as a child and did not return until 1950, first impressions of Africa
05:30 Characteristics of African women, childbirth, people of French Cameroon, sex roles
10:15 Christian church in the Cameroon, training African pastors, care of physical and medical needs, Fulani language
16:45 Preparation for missionary work with course in tropical medicine, obstetrics; husband Walter Trobisch had some dental training
19:00 Common questions asked by Africans, difficulty in understanding Jesus' love and the Trinity
21:00 [Brief interruption] Husband taught college courses on love that brought Christ into marriage; understanding cultural beliefs, nationals resisted new healthier ideas about childbirth, disease treatment
29:15 Typical church services, translation of Sunday school choruses into Fulani, building a church, establishing "preaching places"
34:00 Churches destroyed in Muslim campaign against Christians a violation of country law and restitution was ordered
37:15 Church services, preaching, favorite Scripture passages, weekly activities such as reading, child care, and nutrition classes, prayer meetings, devotions
43:30 End of side 1

T1 - side 2
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:05 Repeat from side 1
01:30 Personal time in home, food sources, market days
03:45 [Brief interruption]
04:30 Relations between missionaries and French government commander, start of industrial training school at mission
09:00 Differences between people living in the west Africa savannah and those in the virgin forest of southern Cameroon, Cameroon Christian College in Libamba where forty tribes lived and worked together, Christian marriage
16:45 Relationship between missionaries from different denominations, especially at the College, work with Roman Catholics on translation, Lutheran missions
20:45 Trobisch's five children; lessons learned from Africans, especially respect for life, family, elders
24:15 Remembrance of Dawson Trotman and Navigator workers
29:30 Billy Graham in Africa, smallness of world, sameness of human hearts
34:15 End of tape


The material in this collection was given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Ingrid Hult Trobisch in 1988.

Accession 88-110
July 13, 1995
Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Accession 88-110
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, about 70 minutes. One side only. Interview of Ingrid Hult Trobisch by Robert Shuster, September 27, 1988. Topics discussed include impressions of Africa, especially French Cameroon, African women, medical care, husband Walter Trobisch, cultural beliefs, church services, the Fulani language, Muslims in Cameroon, relations between missionaries and government officials and other denominational workers, Lutheran missions, Dawson Trotman and the Navigators, and Billy Graham in Africa.

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