January 13, 1946

Seoul, Korea

January 13, 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I’ve just finished reading that your letters of yesterday again, they were so very good and helped me more than you will ever know. By the way, I got one letter today, it was not from you, it was from Wallace Connell of the 98th Division. He is now on his way back to the States. He is a happy man, as is everyone who receives orders to return to the good old USA.

  I was up early this morning after a very poor night’s sleep because of all the interruptions. Suffice it to say, bottled spirits contributed to the noise of the night. And then on top of it, some officers leaving here from the party turned their Jeep over and injured themselves very severely. One especially, his spine is fractured and the effects are still undetermined. Of course, you know we must have our beer and whiskey to keep up the morale of the troops. As soon as I had shaved I went over my message and had breakfast, studied again for a while and then dropped around to see some of the patients in the various wards.

  There were only around 110 in attendance at the morning service. But with so many patients and so many of our personnel leaving this last week it is bound to make a big dent in our attendance. Some of our best old faithfuls were shipped back to the States this last week. I’m enclosing a program of today’s services so you will know what I preached on. I’m so tired and weary this evening that I’m not going to bother about describing to you the way I developed my messages. The scripture for this evening’s message was Genesis 3:1-15.

  This afternoon we had our first meeting of the Youth for Christ in Seoul, Korea. I would say that they were about 100 men in attendance. I’m hoping that we will be able to build it up to where we can fill the present building which we are now using. I’ve been selected by the advisory committee to act as chairman of the program committee. It will mean extra work but I’m willing to act for a while until we can get the ball rolling.

Picture of Willis’ assistant Don McClintock in Korea. 1946.

  It was rather late when Don and I got back here but I managed to get here in time to have a good supper. After supper, I went over my evening message again. We only had 34 in attendance this evening. That isn’t very good but I sought to do my very best and I’m hoping that it helped someone.

  I had just started reading your sweet letters when Miss Mason came up to tell me that the things which I had ordered from Shanghai, China had just arrived. You remember some time ago you told me to see if I could get something nice for Margie and Mom.  So through this friend of mine who flies over to Shanghai every week or so, I arranged for him to buy the following things. I’m hoping that you have received your mandarin by now and I do hope that you like it. I bought a nice mandarin for Margie from us and a nice scarf and silk handkerchief for Bob. I also bought a nice silk scarf and handkerchief for the dear Chief from us. (At least I was able to get something for him, I’m sure that he will think that I have forgotten about him on some occasions).  And then I got a nice silk scarf for Mom from us. I guess it is supposed to be for a man, but it’s the best I could do right now and if she doesn’t like it I’ll see what I can do about getting her something later. Darling, Margie’s mandarin is just like yours except hers is white. I do hope she likes it and I hope that it comes through all right. I’m going to mail it Air Mail as I did with your mandarin. Be sure to let me know when and how they come through. I’m going to try and get them mailed tomorrow. I hope the folks like their gifts from the Orient.

  Sweetheart, it is rather late and I’m pretty tired so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you Lover in all things. Be sure to give the folks my love and best wishes.

 Always and forever just yours

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

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