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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A man of three worlds - Rev. Ehrhardt Lang

Ehrhardt Lang holds a tablet that belonged to his father with the scripture John 3:16 engraved on it. 
Lang is a retired minister who was raised in Japan where his father was a minister in Yokohama. 
//Bryan Walton/Staff
Rev. Ehrhardt Lang

Ernst Lang was a Lutheran missionary soon to be posted to Yokohama, Japan, when he proposed to the love of his life, Dorothea Bartsch, in Berlin in 1928. Fraulein Bartsch was distraught. She welcomed his proposal of marriage, but not his proposal that she should leave her friends, her family and her country to go to she knew not what. She said she would answer him in a letter.

Weeks went by, no answer. Finally, a letter came: “I will bear my cross.” 

Ernst took that as a “yes.” Arrangements were made for Dorothea to take missionary training in Germany, but Ernst had to go on to Japan without her. Two years later, in 1930, Dorothea found herself headed east through Siberia on a train with two other missionary women, one of whom, Katie, was also going to meet her fiancé.

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