20th February, 1955
Your letter from Minneapolis arrived today and so I’m answering it right away, even though post won’t be going out until Friday and this is Sunday. I find that usually, the night before post goes I’ve got a mad dash on to get letters written and I’m getting a bit fed-up with myself.
Well, you are a great one, wanting to get back home as soon as you get away. I suppose that you will cancel that trip back East and if you do go, you’ll stay such a short time that you’ll hardly see anyone or visit any. I am in full accord that that trip be taken and that you do it in such a way that it will be leisurely and enjoyable. Relax in other people’s way of life for a change. It was too bad that you had to wait so long at the bus station in Minneapolis, but it is always interesting watching people. I wished that I were with you. I’d point you out some interesting characters. I always see them when traveling like that. I’m surprised to learn that Jim is in Chicago. Well, quite a few of your kids will know the Windy City. Is that a posh job or otherwise driving the “big wheels” around?
The Lord is blessing the work around here in quite a remarkable way. The Bible School men are having some very good gatherings in the villages to which they go. They have a keen group of Christians in each of the villages to which they go. Here at the church down the hill… three miles… the attendance has greatly increased and Thelma and Phillis have started a Friday afternoon Bible and sewing class with the women and that is being very well attended. And now Norman wants a Christian’s class Wednesday afternoon. Here in school we had two of our new students accept the Lord Thursday nite. I’m having a good Bible class every day with the Standard Six. I’m sure Peter Lind and Inga would notice the difference if they were here. I’d say that much has been due to the Bible School students but of course, God is honouring the faithfulness of the missionaries, too.
I suppose that by the time you get this your new pastor will be there.
I was greatly surprised today when I got a letter from Florence McRoberts, the first since my furlough and it was a real nice one, too. She said that she would try to come to see you in the spring. I guess she isn’t as young as she used to be. I got one last week from Lucy with a $1.00 bill. Needless to say I enjoyed those letters, too, plus the money.
Have you forgotten about the shoes or what? I really will be in need of them as I’m on my last pair now and I don’t know what I’ll do when these finish. You can always charge them to me at the Mission.
I suppose Larry is thinking about getting in the fields before long. I had a nice dinner today and had Marie and Mary up. I got a chicken for an old dress yesterday from the natives and so I baked it and then I had corn-on-the-cob (it is the time of year for it here), peas, potatoes, good gravy and Jell-O. It was good but not ritzy.
It will soon be time for our Sunday afternoon meeting so I guess I’d better be signing off. Anyway the paper is finishing. Well, I hope that you have recuperated from your journey up north.
P.S. I’ll be anxious to hear how you decided about the church.