January 1, 1945
My Beloved Darling Sarah:
In that today was New Year’s Day, it was almost like a Sunday because we didn’t have any kind of training schedule. I thought of you several times and wished I could have a few of those letters that must be waiting back there for me.
Early this morning, I made arrangements to go and pick up my things that came up earlier on the plane. They included my bedroom, one footlocker of personal things and the other footlocker of Bibles, tracts, and literature of religious nature. While down that way, I got to see Carl Anderson. You will note that I sent a letter to you from the General’s offices because Carl thought the change of address letter may reach you quicker that way. As I have said before, it is certainly a privilege to know a fellow like him. He is a fine Christian officer and lives a clean-cut life in every way.
As soon as I left there, my new assistant and I came back here with the above mentioned equipment. A certain officer in another outfit invited me to have dinner with his men. I accepted the invitation and had a very nice time, it gave me an opportunity to become acquainted with more of the men. I, above all else, want to be a real servant and representative of Christ to the men of this regiment and division.
This afternoon I worked on and investigated the possibility of a Sunday evening service and a midweek service. I hope to be able to get definite information on the matter tomorrow. By the way, you will be interested to know that my assistant is from Joliet, Illinois, is a Baptist and hopes to prepare for the ministry someday. His name is Donald McClintock. He is certainly a fine consecrated Christian. We had a good visit this afternoon.
Immediately following dinner this evening, I had a good visit with two other officers. Later, I played some football with some soldiers. And then went over to the chaplain’s quarters, or I should say office. Two other soldiers and I had a good discussion on several Biblical questions.
Chaplain Kern and I made some plans for the future. That is concerning things that ought to be done. Darling, there are many things I would like to tell you but it is not advisable to do so now. I shall be counting on your prayers because I can see that there are definite problems to be faced here.
Well Darling, it is late and I do want to get some rest so I will close. I love you more than words can ever tell. God bless you Dearest in all things.
I am forever yours in the love of
Christ Jesus who makes us one,
P.S. We had a very beautiful sunrise this morning. I know you would have enjoyed it. And tonight the sunset was beyond description. It slipped down between two rugged peaks which looked for all the world like two mighty spires on a great gothic Cathedral.