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Inventory of the Ruth Wiens Funk Papers, 1950-1991
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This record group includes correspondence, a diary, articles and reports, clippings, photographs and other material relating to Ruth Wiens Funk's missionary work in Japan
Ruth Wiens was born 2 February 2 1923 to John and Marie Wiens at Mountain Lake, Minnesota. She was baptized and became a member of the Mountain Lake Mennonite Brethren Church at an early age. After attending public schools she enrolled at Wheaton (Ill.) College, from which she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1948. From 1948 to 1950 she taught school at the Post Oak Mennonite Brethren Mission in Indiahoma, Oklahoma. In August of 1950 she sailed to Kobe, Japan as the first Mennonite Brethren missionary to that country. In Japan Ruth Wiens was an instructor at the Osaka Biblical Seminary and coordinated the production of Christian education curriculum materials for the Japan Mennonite Brethren Conference. She spent forty years as a missionary there, retiring in 1990.
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