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Collection 400 Oral History Interview with Ingrid H. Trobisch

Identifier: CN 400

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Ingrid Hult Trobisch (1926-2007) in which she describes her childhood in Tanzania as the daughter of missionaries and her own missionary service in Africa with husband Walter Trobisch. Other topics discussed include: first impressions of Africa, especially French Cameroon; observations about the role of women in Africa; African views of marriage and gender roles; medical care in Africa; the Christian church in Cameroon; the Muslim population in Cameroon; relationship between evangelical denominations and the Catholic church in Cameroon; Lutheran missions; Dawson Trotman and the Navigators; Billy Graham in Africa; the Fulani language; and relationship between missionaries and government officials. The time period covered by the interviews is 1929-1988.

Ingrid Trobisch was interviewed by Robert Shuster on September 27, 1988 at her home in Springfield, Missouri.


  • Created: 1988

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Biographical Information

Full Name: Ingrid Hult Trobisch Birth date: February 17, 1926 Birth place: Moshi, Tanganyika, Africa (now Tanzania)

Death Date: October 23, 2007

Parents: Ralph and Gertrude Jacobson Hult  (Ralph Hult was on the Zamzam on his way to Tanganyika when it was sunk in 1941.)

Siblings: John, Veda Magnuson, Eunice Will, Carl, Gustaf, Mary Orvis, David

Marital Status: Married to Walter Arthur Trobisch, June 2, 1952 Children: 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


1.00 Audio Tape

79 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

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

Accession 88-110

July 13, 1995

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

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