Collection 440 Oral History Interviews with Inge Rydland
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Inge Herman Rydland in which he describes his family's Lutheran evangelistic work in Norway; his own call to become a missionary; his and his wife's departure to Ethiopia as workers of the Swedish Evangelical Mission in 1977; his work in Ethiopia as a teacher and as a community development work. Other topics discussed include: the work of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Meaken Yesus; church state relations; effect of the Ethiopian political situation on the church; observations on the Ethiopian famine of the 1980;, relations between missions and the national church; medical care in the country; and comparions between American and Norwegian missionaries. The time period covered by the interviews is1954 to1991.
Inge Rydland was interviewed by Paul Ericksen in 1991 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 1991
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Full Name: Inge Herman Rydland
Birth Date: October 14, 1950, in Toten, Norway Family:
Parents: Father was a missionary with the Norwegian Lutheran Mission, mother was a homemaker who in later life became a concert singer
Siblings: Two brothers (both older) and three sisters (all younger)
Marital Status: Married Signe Persson, who had growth up as a child of missionaries in Ethiopia
Children: Four - Camilla (1973), Jonas (1976), Magdalena (1978), and Christina (1985)
Conversion: At the age of 14
Graduated from secondary school in Bergen, Norway
Missionary School of the Norwegian Lutheran Mission, did not graduate
Malmo Technical Institute, Sweden, majored in mechanical engineering, B.SC.
Wheaton College Graduate School, intercultural studies; MA in Communications, 1991
Northern Illinois University, Ph.D. in Education, 1993
Consultant for Westinghouse in Sweden, helping to build nuclear reactors
1976-1977 Swedish Evangelical Mission (SEM) Youth Secretary in W. Skaane, Sweden and language study in England
February, 1977 Went to Ethiopia with his wife and family as a worker with the Swedish Evangelical Mission, a Lutheran institution
1977-1983 Served as technical advisor and teacher at Negjo Technical School in Negjo, Ethiopia
1983-1985 Development coordinator at the Lutheran Synod Center in Bodji, Ethiopia
1985-1989 Coordinator of SEM's nationwide projects, based in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia
1989-1993 In the United States for education at Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University
1993-1996 Program director and deputy resident representative for Norwegian Church Aid development projects in Ethiopia, based in Addis Adaba
1996- Left Ethiopia to take a position as senior advisor to the Director General of NORAD, the Norwegian agency for international development
6 Audio Tapes
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Inge H. Rydland in February and March 1991.
Accession: 91-17, 91-21, 91-25
April 9, 1997
- Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
- Amhara (African people)
- Amharic language.
- Children of missionaries -- Ethiopia.
- Children of missionaries.
- Children. -- Norway
- Children. -- Norway -- Conversion to Christianity.
- Christian education -- Ethiopia.
- Christian education -- Norway.
- Christian education.
- Church and state -- Ethiopia.
- Church and state.
- Church growth
- Church growth -- Ethiopia.
- Church work with the poor
- Church work with the poor -- Ethiopia.
- Communism -- Ethiopia.
- Community development -- Christianity.
- Community development -- Ethiopia.
- Community development.
- Cross-cultural studies.
- Decision-making -- Christianity.
- Ethiopia -- History
- Ethiopia -- History -- 1974-
- Ethiopia -- Politics and government.
- Ethiopia -- Religion.
- Ethiopia -- Social life and customs.
- Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.
- Evangeliska fosterlands-stiftelsen.
- Evangelistic work -- Ethiopia.
- Evangelistic work -- Norway.
- Evangelistic work -- Sweden.
- Evangelistic work.
- Famines -- Ethiopia.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Ethiopia.
- Interdenominational cooperation -- Ethiopia.
- Interdenominational cooperation.
- International relief -- Ethiopia.
- International relief.
- Interorganizational relations.
- Interpersonal conflict.
- Kale Heywet Church (Ethiopia)
- Language in missionary work.
- Lord's Supper.
- Lutheran Church
- Lutheran Church -- Missions -- Ethiopia.
- Lutheran Church -- Missions -- Norway.
- Lutheran Church -- Missions -- Sweden.
- Lutheran Church -- Missions.
- Medical care
- Medical care -- Ethiopia.
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Norway.
- Missionaries -- Salaries, etc.
- Missionaries -- Training of -- Sweden.
- Missions -- Ethiopia.
- Missions -- Norway.
- Norwegian Lutheran Church.
- Organizational change -- Ethiopia.
- Organizational change.
- Oromo (African people)
- Orthodox Eastern Church
- Orthodox Eastern Church -- Ethiopia.
- Persecution -- Ethiopia.
- Race relations.
- Racism -- United States.
- Rural churches -- Ethiopia.
- Rural churches -- Norway.
- Rural churches.
- Rydland, Inge Herman.
- SIM (Organization)
- Sex role -- Ethiopia.
- Sex role.
- Syncretism (Religion).
- Tribes -- Ethiopia.
- Voluntarism -- Religious aspects -- Ethiopia.
- Voluntarism -- Religious aspects -- Norway.
- Voluntarism -- Religious aspects.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women missionaries.
- Collection 440 Oral History Interviews with Inge Rydland
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