Senior Professionals Seminar-Betty Baerg Lofland

Senior Professionals Seminar with Betty Baerg Lofland:  “The Road to China Through Macao.” Tuesday, February 18. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Pioneer/Johanson Conference Room, Steinert Campus Center 103.  FPU faculty and administration are invited to attend.
The former Portuguese colony of Macao, located near Hong Kong, has played an important role in China missions history. Here Scottish missionary Robert Morrison first entered China in 1807. His pioneering work led not only to early converts, but also to the first translation of the Bible into Chinese.
Betty Baerg Lofland, together with her husband, Norman, are contemporary part-time volunteers working with Anglican schools in Macao. For now more than a decade, they have been dividing their time between their home in Pasadena and Macao.
Betty’s life journey, however, began in a Mennonite home in Kansas. She attended Tabor College for one year in 1948-49, and subsequently graduated from McPherson College with a major in English Literature. Her master’s degree is from the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut) in Middle East History.
This Middle East interest has led to a life-long involvement in international service beginning in 1963 at the Beirut (Lebanon) College for Women. Subsequent teaching assignments have been in universities in Iran, Tunisia, China and North Cyprus.
Betty is a member of the Morrison Historical Research Society, reflecting her special interest in the history of Protestants in Macao. She has also co-authored two books on this history, which along with her own story, will be her focus in this session.