February 2, 1945

February 2, 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling:

Well Sweetheart, we are back to our old camping ground tonight and I had hoped for another letter from you but none had arrived, so I have done the next best thing and read more of your old letters. I wish there were some way for me to let you know how much your letters mean to me. It was rather late and when we returned this evening we were tired after the long day and all the marching. We had hoped to have showers (cold) when we returned, but we were disappointed to find out that there wasn’t any water, and as a result, we will have to go to bed dirty as we did last night. It will certainly be a treat to have a nice warm shower again in a nice bathroom. As per usual, the events of the day were many and varied but that is all for now. I can assure you that I have been on the go since an hour before dawn this morning.

I had a long talk with another soldier about trouble he is having with his wife. Darling, I am more thankful for your precious love and devotion than you will ever realize. I will never be able to do enough for the Lord in a whole lifetime for what you have done for me thus far. You are such a GOOD CHRISTIAN WIFE and I want to thank you again for being such a very good companion and yoke fellow in our work for Christ.

By the way, I was paid yesterday Darling and while I was out on the problem with the men I had my assistant buy three money orders for $25 dollars for you. I have just put the $25 one in the short note I wrote to you last night, and I will enclose another one in each of the next letters I write to you. As I mentioned to you before, in this pay I was paid for December and January. My check was for $355.50. For some reason or other they failed to take out for my mess bill. I’m going to keep a little extra until that is straightened out. Whenever they make a mistake like that it always seems to take forever and a day to get them corrected. I noticed that my assistant spelled your name without the “h”  and the middle initial, I wrote it out for him before leaving here, so I guess maybe the fellow down at the post office is the one who didn’t write it as I had it on the slip of paper.

By the way, I have read the Chief’s letter several times and I certainly am thankful to the Lord for such a wonderful father as he is, I am more than happy for the stand he has taken for Christ. I prize his letter as one of the best I have ever received.

Natives in front of their chapel. From Sarah’s scrapbook. 1944.

I am very tired, but I’m going to try and answer a few more questions in your letters and make comments on other things you said in your letters. By the way Dear, I received a letter from Captain Wilkinson since I left down there and one of the natives that was hurt in the accident died. He was such a fine fellow. When I come home I will show you which one it was. They were always so very good to me. Your prayer day for this quarter sounded very good, I shall never forget some of the good prayer days we had while I had the privilege of going to Northern.

It must be grand to see Paul, Gen and the children so often. They are such wonderful Christians. I only hope we will have the privilege of being parents of such lovely children as they have. I always enjoy your description of some of the things the boys are saying.

That was nice of Mrs. Norris to call you. I think it would be nice for you to see them sometime. I know they will be glad to see you, they are among the best friends I ever had. They have always been unusually good to me in every way. I was glad to know that all of them are getting along so well. Did she say if Tommy (her son) is still in the Army, and if so, where? Perhaps sometime this summer you’ll have an opportunity to go down there and visit all of them. And maybe you will be able to find out how Mr. and Mrs. Cook are getting along.

I’m sorry to hear about the way Mrs. Batten is acting, she is certainly not helping herself or anyone else by acting the way she is. You would think she would get  hold of herself, I know it must be hard on her husband. How does he seem to be taking it?

Darling, I am so tired I’m going to close for tonight. Remember that I love you more than words can ever tell. Be sure to give my love to the folks. And may God bless you in all things my Dear.

I am yours Darling forever because

Of the love of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. Enclosed you’ll find a $100 money order and another postcard.

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