Name: TENGAN, YEN (TINA) TRINH
Date of Birth: 09/05/1967
Ascension Date: 02/11/2010
Memorial Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery
21300 Via Verde Dr.
Covina, CA 91724
Contact Name: Masaru Mark Tengan
Family: Husband: Masru (Mark) Tengan
Children: Seiho, Seika, Euna, Eunmi, Shouken, Julia
Father : Hieu Tran Trinh
Mother: Anh The Ngo/Trinh
Siblings: Hanh, Bao, Ban, Quyen, Cuong, Lilly, Mable, Duc, Katy
Seung Hwa Ceremony Date: 02/20/2010
Yen (Tina) Trinh Tengan was born in Hanoi, Vietnam on September 5, 1967, as the seventh child of Hieu Tran Trinh (Father) and Anh The Ngo (Mother). She grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. Sharing her daily life in a big family had a strong influence on her; perhaps that's why she became such a generous person who was always sharing and caring for others.
Her family lived in Vietnam for nine years and then moved to China where they stayed for about a year. From China they moved again to Hong Kong and finally came to live in the United States, arriving June 4th of 1980.
Tina’s studies in America began at the Nightingale Junior High School in Los Angeles, then graduating to Belmont High School, and continuing at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she pursued her goal to become a “Fashion Designer.” She produced many beautiful dresses, some of which her sisters would wear at special occasions.
Tina had several spiritual experiences as a young woman, which made her wonder and search to know more about the reality of the spiritual world. From her youth she wanted to understand the internal aspects of a true life; to be a person of faith, love, and filial piety. When Tina moved to New York in 1992 to start her fashion designing career, she met the Unification Church and began a whole new chapter in her life, one that would answer many questions for her and help her fulfill what she really desired in her heart.
In August of 1995, she received the Holy Blessing with her spouse Masaru Tengan. They worked together in Pure Love Alliance, and other Church projects until starting their family life in 1998 in Pasadena, California. Tina had a special vision for her family life, which is to raise many children. Even though her husband offered so much time and effort to help the ACLC ministry, at home, Tina fulfilled her role as a great wife, mother, and often the host to many of the neighborhood children. Many days were spent at home while her husband did his public mission, yet her mind was always clear and strong about the priority that they set as a couple and family to attend God’s Will.
Her first daughter “Seiho” was born May of 1999 and the second daughter “Seika” was born September of 2000. Soon she was blessed with a third daughter “Euna,” born August of 2002 and the fourth daughter “Eunmi,” born May of 2004. The Tengan’s first son “Joseph-Shouken” was born February of 2008; finally the fifth daughter “Moonshim Julia” was the last child. While Tina was pregnant with Julia, the doctor found a tumor growing in her liver. The diagnosis was Colon / Liver cancer in the 4th stage, Very serious. Initially she refused chemo therapy treatment to give birth to a healthy baby. After delivery, Tina and Masaru decided to go to Asia to find an effective method for healing the cancer.
Tina and Masaru fought her illness together for six months. They desperately tried many different ways, but they couldn’t find any way to recover her health. In January they decided to return and spend the time left with their children. She spent her last weeks surrounded by the love, care, and concern of many friends, family members, and her children. On February 11th, she departed to her eternal home in peace.