Former missionaries in Thailand, Ruth and Peder Jørgensen, celebrates on March 7, 2019 their 60 year wedding anniversary – in Denmark called Diamond Wedding. The anniversary is celebrated by a reception near their home in Isenvad, Ikast, for their family and many friends.
Peder and Ruth Jørgensen have had an unusually adventurous life together in Thailand where they were at first working with leprosy patients and later established a church and a school dormitory in Pibul Mangsahan near the Laotian border for the Norwegian Missionary Society.
In 2010, Ruth wrote her memoirs, initially only thought as a paper for the grand children, but the interest was so big, that it was published as a book entitled “Fra Limfjorden til Mekhong” (sold out from publisher).
Peder has published several book, but his own story remains untold in book form. The closest one can get is the book published in 2016 by Moesgaard Museum about his extensive collection of ethnographic items from Thailand’s past that no longer exists. The book, ”Thailand med liv og sjæl” was published to mark the donation of Peder of his collection to the museum. The items are still kept in the couple’s home in Isenvad, Ikast, where Peder can see them and remember the story behind each of them. Many fascinating stories could be written based on this collection.
The later years have been burden by illness, but the couple are still following actively all that is happening around them – including in Thailand.