25th March, 1954
I’m wondering how your eyes are by now. I just got a letter from Kathryn telling me that they were sore when she was writing. I also got one from Grace. I was glad to hear from them. My post isn’t too fat these days and I do look forward to post as much as ever. I haven’t heard from you for quite some time but I know that you have many others to write to, also if your eyes have been troubling, I can well understand.
It won’t be long until time for Conference. We are getting ready for exams in school and school closes the 21st of March for a three-week period. Marie and I plan to go into Salisbury for a few days after school is out. Conference is a week after school. In a way I don’t look forward too much to it, as we are so many and the accommodations won’t be too good for so many, but I guess it will work. I have suggested that I take my stove along, as I can’t see cooking for so many on one little stove, etc.
News is scarce around here it seems. We have been enjoying the blessing of the Lord on the work in many ways. Lately there have been many conversions around in the villages by the Bible School men and we have had several in school and also we have had a good spirit amongst the students.
I never cease to marvel at their ways, though. For example, we teachers. We are around them all day and they know us and we know them. They can be as nice as pie, and for the least little provocation they can be your bitterest enemy. When the post came tonight a big mob came up here when it was being sorted. I told them to stand back and wait, but no, they crowded up as close as they could get to my veranda, and I had some (a few) flowers growing along there, and if one of them didn’t tramp and break them down, and I know they did it for orneriness. They respect nothing like flowers, exactly like cattle would be when it comes to that. Well, they just aren’t of our tribe, that’s for sure. I can’t see how it will be in Heaven with all tribes but I guess the Lord will take care of that.
Has spring come to your part of the world yet? Seems as if it should be. I’m enjoying some good music from the radio just now. I never cease to sing its praises – Ha.
One of my shoes, which had gotten eaten so badly by the rats that time at Msengedzi, I had fixed by one of the school boys here and he did a good job so now I have that pair of white oxfords to wear. My feet have been on the ground, as my shoes are finishing, but I believe that I’ll manage.
I may know something after Conference as to when I can plan on coming home. The worst thing about that is those meetings from place to place. I can’t say that it is my line.
Well, the Lord bless you. Grace says that she is coming to help you clean. I’m glad. She says she likes to come and help so don’t be afraid to ask her.
[P.S.] Kathryn said that Ila was home. I haven’t heard from her for quite some time, too. I hope Pa continues well as usual.