May 13, 1946

Seoul, Korea

13 May 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I had so hoped that we would have mail today, but none came in and now I’m hoping that we will have some tomorrow. I have all of your old letters tis true, but I like to know what you have been doing each day. To be with you again and start each day with you and come to the close of the day with you will be about the most wonderful person privilege I can think of right now. I’m not even half living this way, it seems that each passing day makes it more difficult to be away from you. I certainly wish I could find out something for sure, this business of living week and week out and not knowing when I might be able to leave is trying to say the least. I also realize that is just as difficult for you because you cannot plan anything for sure either. It is really hard to see others go all the time and not be able to go. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t mean to complain;  I do want to do the Lord’s will, but just the same it hurts and hurts deeply to be separated from you this way. I’m almost famished for the wonderful fellowship and companionship which it has always been our privilege to share since the grand day of our first meeting. I only wish I could be a husband equally worthy of love and devotion as beautiful and fine as yours. Probably I shall never attain that mark but it is a mark before me and as long as I live I shall strive with all that is within me to at least be partially worthy of you, Beloved.

 

From May 13, 1946

Well Dear, this has been one of those days when it seems very little has been accomplished of any real value but nonetheless I have been busy since 5:30 this morning. I always like to get up early and study and have my devotions then that way I am not always interrupted as often as I am during the day. I am always able to be all cleaned up and ready for breakfast and the events of the day. Right now I’m reading Dr. George Buttrick’s book on PRAYER, I’m a little over halfway through the book and I’ve really enjoyed it very much. In the April issue of The Christian Herald, I see he has another new book and I’m sure it must be a pretty good book also, at least the title sounds good. I don’t remember whether I told you or not but I sent in a subscription to The Herald for 2 years. It is a good magazine and I’m sure we will find it valuable in our work together.

  Several different ones were in today commenting about Chaplain Martin’s sermon of yesterday. And all of it was concerning the poor message which he preached yesterday morning. Honestly, I felt so badly about the whole thing yesterday that I was just sick and I still feel badly about it. We will talk about it when I return.

  Shortly before dinner time, Arnold Hodak came up to my office to tell me that he had just received orders to return to the United States. I’m surely going to miss him, he was such a fine Christian. He was quiet but he had such a clear-cut testimony for Christ. His brother was a gunner on a B-29 which was lost in a mission over Tokyo. He was just reported as missing in action until about two months ago.  Finally, they notified his folks that he was lost, so under such conditions Arnold was allowed to return to the States because one of the family had been lost in the war. I’ve never seen a fellow so happy and I don’t blame him one bit for I can imagine just how I’m going to feel when I finally receive orders telling me to report back to the United States. When men like Arnold leave it always leaves a lonesome spot in your heart.

  Dennis and Dwight went down to the Korean disposition center with Arnold so I decided to stay here in the office and do some of the things which I have wanted to do for some time. First of all, I wrote a letter to the National Bible Institute to which Arthur Mitchell has applied for admission. I filled out the sheet which they sent along. And right after finishing that letter, I decided to write a few lines to Arthur.

  In that I had two more of those head scarfs like I sent to you for a Mary Lou Buck, I decided that I would send Carolyn and Evelyn Kohler each one from us. I just enclosed a little note with them and I hope they go through all right. After that, I wrote a letter to the Hollys. I’m going to enclose their lovely letter in this letter for I’m sure you will want to read it. They are such wonderful Christians and I know you will love them.

  It was time for our evening meal when I finished their letter, so I just walked over to our mess hall and had supper. I came right back here and started your letter when I was interrupted. In that we have Bible class tonight, I want to mail this letter before class, and then that way I don’t have to be concerned about having it in the mailbox before the pickup time which is nine o’clock.

  I’m sure you must have been let down with the test which Dr. Mason had for you in the written part of your Master’s exam. It even makes me feel better to know that it is finished. I’m glad to know that Mrs. Whitwell did such a fine job of typing for you.

  The talk which Dr. Koller gave about being persecuted for Christ’s sake sounded very good. And I’m glad that he told them about the forthcoming convention, but I know most of those brethren and their attitude they will go there and never be around to vote when the important issues come up and then they will blame the Northern Baptist Convention for being modernistic. Actually, a lot of those couldn’t define a modernist if you required them to do so. If they don’t agree with them or understand what they have in mind, it is easiest to call them a modernist or liberal. And then there are some of the brethren if they cannot be the main bullfrog in the pool they will croak their heads off, “He’s liberal and not faithful to the word.”  It is not very easy to talk this over in a letter so I’m not saying much more now and we’ll wait for that blessed day when we can be together and talk such things over face to face.

  I was surprised to hear that Bud and Dorothy Reid are adopting a baby. I’m sure they must be very thankful to the Lord for a child in their home. When are they to get the baby? As you said, they will make a wonderful mother and father. Well, Beloved, in a few minutes it will be time for Bible class so I must close. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 I love you forever and ever and always in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

One thought on “May 13, 1946

  • John T Reed
    May 13, 2020, 3:14 am

    “if they cannot be the main bullfrog in the pool”…
    Good one, there! Never heard that one before 🙂

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