June 24, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

24 June 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Another Lord’s day has slipped by and I’m thankful, for it means we are that much near to the Lord’s day when we can work together for the Lord. You are such an inspiration to me in all ways. Right now you may not realize it, but the very thought of you inspires me in my work out here among the men. And every day only makes me want more than ever to be back there with you in the service of the King of Glory.

This evening just before my evening Vesper service, I received your wonderful letter of 15th June, and of course it was beautiful as is every letter I ever receive from you. I had to read it hurriedly and now that the evening service is over I want to start this letter. This morning I had a service for our men and there were 117 in attendance, at 11 o’clock we had 19 in attendance. This evening there were 37 in attendance. This morning I spoke on, “Responsibility,” Ezekiel 36: 16-27. And this evening, “From Crisis to Christ.” I Corinthians 10:1-13. This day has been crowded with activity. I got to see Major Wilhelm, it was certainly good to see him again. I was so happy to have Don in a service again with me. We cannot have an organ with us until we are through patrolling and rounding up prisoners from caves and crevices. God bless you Lover, I’ll write more in the morning. I love you Sweetheart more than ever.

Willis

Early 25 June 1945

Good Morning My Dear:-

I was awakened several times during the night with spurts of small arms and machine gun fire but on a while it was the best nights sleep I’ve had for over a month. This morning it is nice and cool and there is a very nice breeze coming in off the Pacific ocean. As I sit here facing you and to east I can just see the sun announcing the arrival of a new day of light.

Sarah’s group of children that she taught at church.

To finish this letter, I will answer and make comments on your letter of May 24th. Yes, my Darling, I hope to come back to you as soon as possible, as far as I am concerned the main thing is to come back to you. Working at NSBC is okay but I’m sorry that most of all you have to do is office work rather than contacting and doing personal work. Of course you will gain some real experience from being in charge of VCS. Today is the day when it begins, you can certainly be assured of my prayer for you as you lead. I do hope you have a better school than they had a year ago. I was glad to hear you had such a nice visit with John and Annie Jo Davidson. I have always thought a lot of them, when you see them be sure to greet them for me and give them my best wishes.

Won’t it be grand when we can be together again in our own church? I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll be able to do some real study of the word. Out here I have learned things, I have been more than ever impressed with the greatness and holiness of God. But I am very much concerned about studying and preparing more thoroughly my messages. I know you must have had a good laugh with Ruth Reid over her teaching experiences. I really get a kick out of some of the things she says. Ruth is really a witty girl. I know Clara Ives is going to be a great loss to your teaching staff at NSBC. I’ll certainly miss seeing her and her mother when I come back.

I’m certainly surprised to know how few people at NSBC read the Secret Place. In a place like that they ought to be setting the example. They do have such great possibilities if they would only do some real work on the spiritual level.

I’m glad to know that Laurie Larson has promised to help you along in VCS for a while at least. I suppose Larsons are very happy to know that Vic will be at Great Lakes, and now with Warren so near to starting on his way home, they have more to be thankful for.

Well Dear, I failed to mention last evening that I sent a Japanese officer’s saber to the Chief. I hope it makes as good a time as did the bayonet. I want to send a rifle also but they will not let us send them for a while. I have a good rifle for the Chief if they will ever let us send them. Don’t tell him that I’m sending him a saber. Let him be surprised again. The blade in the saber is one of the very best as he will see when it arrives. I was certainly disappointed when I couldn’t send the rifle to the Chief. Perhaps it won’t be too long until I can get them on their way to you and the Chief.

God bless you my Dear and give the folks my love.

Yours alone for always

In Christ’s love,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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