Helga Jensine Waabenø (吴平和, pinyin: Wú Pínghé, born April 22, 1908 in Stjørna, died 25 June 1994) was a nurse and former Lutheranmissionary affiliated with the Norwegian Missionary Society in China. She worked as a missionary in Yiyang in the province of Hunan from 1946 to 1949, and fled to Taiwan where she continued her missionary work. She arrived in Taiwan on 23 December 1949, becoming the first missionary from the Norwegian Missionary Society on the island. She worked there until Christmas 1951 and returned to Norway via the United States after the new year of 1952.
Helga Waabenø arrived in Taiwan 23 December 1949 and began work at the hospital in late January 1950. Her first report from Taiwan was printed in the Norwegian Missionary Journal in early 1950, in which she said the following:
I find a lot of work and I am not bored. My main duty was to manage and resolve problems within the hospital departments here. However, I have also been very busy with evangelical work.
Besides working at the Mackay Memorial Hospital she also worked among the Mandarin-speaking refugees from the mainland. These had mainly settled in areas that Chiang Kai-shek's government had outlined for them. She and other missionaries met Christians from the Chinese provinces, who had previously worked on the mainland, also working among these refugees. Waabenø started an English languageBible class in Taipei in the summer of 1951. One of the students were Andrew Liang, and several friends of his started Bible study sessions there too. Liang was the son of one of the HunanLutheran priests.