January 14, 1945

January 14, 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Wife:

This has really been a busy day for me and I have enjoyed it very much as a result. As I have said before, days like these seem to help the time to slip by much faster, and you know what that means, don’t you Dear? The sooner this Army business is over, the sooner we will be able to be back there together in the work which we love the most. In spite of being very busy, I thought of you a good many times and wondered what you must have been doing.

Today was the second Sunday for the new service I started in our regiment, and in spite of the fact that part of the men were gone out on a course of specialized training, there were 17 in attendance. Immediately following that service, a driver, my assistant and I left for the Jungle Training Center. We had a service set up for 4 o’clock for the men. I titled my message, “Freedom! What does it mean to you?” The King James version used “Liberty” in the 13th verse, whereas Goodspeed uses the word “freedom” which I think is better.

Willis with “Snookie,” on Christmas Island. 1944.

Immediately following the service up here we went back to our regular camp area where I had an evening service set up for the men back there. While there, we picked up our things that we will need for our training here at the Jungle School. By that time, we had to get down to the chapel for the evening service. I preached on Hebrews 2:1-9. Key verse being the third. We had 17 in attendance at this service also. Perhaps we will have a better attendance next Sunday when all of our outfit is together again.

Following the evening service, we had to hurry to get back here in time. On the way, it really poured rain. I was certainly thankful for the top we had on our Jeep. It kept us from being soaked anyhow. I got my bed set up and arranged things as best I could in the dark.

Darling, I wish you could see the beautiful scenery around here, I know you would certainly enjoy it. The mountains around here are among the most beautiful I have ever seen. The sunset this evening was certainly a sight to behold. The sun shining on the sides of one great mountainsides looked so much like the mighty buttresses of some old 13th-century cathedral. I wish I could find some pictures of them to send to you for I know you would enjoy seeing them, but as it is, we are not allowed to take pictures for military and security reasons.

Darling, it is time for lights out and I must really get to bed for we have to get up very early in the morning to be ready to start our training. Remember I love you more tonight than ever I have before. Give the folks my deepest love.

Yours forever in the Love of our 

Lord Jesus Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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