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60 Years of Faithfulness in the Philippines – Tine and Jan Hardeman

Tine and Jan Hardeman celebrated not only their 60 years with One Challenge but also 60 years serving at Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines. What a testimony to the Lord’s faithfulness and one family’s obedience!

A Diamond Jubilee

In April, current Faith staff, students, family, and close friends gathered to celebrate Tine and Jan’s diamond jubilee. All day, people wore Band-Aids representing their years at Faith, paying homage to Jan’s years as school nurse. A banner hung across Hardeman Gym showing the family through the 60 years. Students played games during lunch inspired by Tine and Jan.

Tine and Jan Hardeman

An all school assembly finished the students’ day where Tom Hardeman, head of school at Faith and Tine and Jan’s third child, said a few words, and long-time friend and co-worker Don Boesel prayed a prayer of thanks for Tine and Jan and the Lord’s faithfulness to them. Ending with a standing ovation, it was an assembly celebration of 60 years that may never happen again.

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Following the school celebrations, staff, family and friends gathered to honor the couple and share in treats such as cake and Pepsi with peanuts (Tine’s personal favorite).

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Each child honored their mother and father by reminiscing about the good ole’ days, their father’s personality and determination, and the adventures they took with their brave mother. They also each shared how their parents had set a faithful example in following Christ. Friends spoke of Tine and Jan’s tremendous influence at Faith and in the Philippines, through basketball, teaching, nursing, chaplaincy, and evangelism.

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Extended Family

Philippine Challenge

Philippine Challenge colleagues

It was an afternoon filled with laughter and a few tears, but overall one that continued to point to the Lord as the hero, the Faithful One, and the reason for Tine and Jan’s lives and ministry.

A Little History

Tine and Jan moved to the Philippines in 1958 to serve at Faith Academy. For 60 years they’ve served in a variety of roles – most notable as nurse, teacher, coach, and sport chaplain.

Tine and Jan HardemanTine gave basketball to the Lord early in his life, after a near-death and possibly paralyzing logging accident. Making this commitment to the Lord led him away from a professional basketball career in the U.S. to life as a mission worker. (For the full story, read Giving Basketball to the Lord – Tine’s Story.)

Both Tine and Jan live faithfully, using the verse Proverbs 3:5-6 as a guiding principle. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Tine led Faith teams to numerous championships but the proudest accomplishment was young men who also won sportsmanship trophies and held them in the same regard as championship ones.

Tine and Jan Hardeman

His last year of coaching was 2000. He still serves as sports chaplain and shares the gospel with visiting teams. In fact, Tine shares the gospel with everyone he meets. He asks the question: “Do you know where you are going when you die?”

As school nurse, Jan was the face you saw at school when you were at your worst. She was a comforting presence and a firm hand. Giving numerous shots during her tenure at Faith, some dreaded going to the nurse, but they were always met with a smile.

Tine and Jan Hardeman

Jan is the more adventurous of the two, traveling with her children all over the Philippines, sometime on roads only big enough for one vehicle with a ditch on one side and a cliff on the other.

Tine and Jan desire to serve in the Philippines until the Lord calls them Home. One Challenge is proud to call this faithful couple family.

One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. One Challenge seeks to educate on all levels in order to equip the next generation of leaders … English as a second language, global workers’ children in international schools, university and seminary students.

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  • Len Montgomery says:

    Growing up as a kid at Faith, Tine was one of my heroes. When I was in college, I traveled on a summer mission, back to the Philippines. And while I was there, I spent a day at Faith. As a 21-year old college student, I went into the gym after school and played in a pick up basketball game. Tine was not just there, but was playing. And at one point he turned to me and said, “If you want to play here, you’ve gotta run back on defense.” Uncompromising! Love you, Tine and Jan! –Lenny Montgomery

  • keith charlotte brown says:

    Dear Tine and Jan:
    You all preceded us by a couple months to Manila, and thus began a wonderful friendship that continues to this day. Between pick up games on compound B, plus games with VV and Crusaders, plus several with PAL, would total more than I could ever begin to add up. And all great fun. I have always admired the wonderful way you shared your faith. And Jan, you were absolutely the best at giving pain free injections. We still think often of the tremendous fellowship our OC gang enjoyed together, particularly during our Sunday night fellowship times. With much love and admiration.

    Keith and Charlotte Brown

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