May 21, 1946

Seoul, Korea

21 May 1946

Sarah, My Wonderful Christian Wife,

As I said last evening, I doubted if we would receive any mail today and sure enough none came in. But I’m hoping that there will be mail for us tomorrow. Your letters are to me what the sunshine is on any form of plant life. Beloved, it is going to be so very good to be able to talk to you in person and discuss things as we used to do. I don’t have much time, but I do want to finish this letter before time for our Bible class this evening. I came right back over here to the office for my evening meal and hoped to write this letter to you immediately, but there was a soldier who wanted to see me about a problem. I could tell that he was terribly troubled and upset, and I tell you, my heart certainly went out to him. He has been overseas since last August and he has just received a letter from his wife informing him that she is pregnant, about three months along. Lover, words cannot ever inform you just how much it does mean to have a wife and sweetheart who is always loyal no matter what may happen. I’ll tell you more when we are together. Since being in the service, I really had some very unusual cases to handle and it has helped me to see and understand a lot of things I never knew before. It is also crystallized a great deal of my thinking into things which I feel are necessary for us as servants of the Lord to strive for as we were together in our next Church.

Willis (second from right) with friends. 1946. Korea.

  After my unusual routine this morning, I tried to do a little more reading in the book entitled PRAYER by Dr. Buttrick. It is really a fine book and I do enjoy reading it very much. I hadn’t finished the chapter I was reading until the hospital executive officer came up to see me about all the trouble Chaplain Martin has caused since his arrival here at the hospital. He asked me to call Chaplain Jaegar for he said we would have to do something about the situation. Finally, I was able to get a hold of Chaplain Jaegar by phone and made arrangements for an appointment with him tomorrow morning. This whole thing just makes me sick, it is too difficult and involved to try and write about in a letter so I will have to wait until I return to the States. Of course, it will be all over before this letter ever reaches you, but just the same I do wish you would remember the whole situation in prayer. It is the worst situation I’ve ever had to handle. Honest, I just cannot figure out such a man. He has done more to tear things to pieces here at the hospital in one month than you can ever imagine. Poor Dwight, his assistant, came over to my office to talk to me about the whole thing. Chaplain Martin has decided to go walking into the mountains so Dwight took the opportunity to come over here and pour his heart out to me. It is about all Dwight can do to stand him and said unless he is removed from the hospital he wants to be transferred out of his office for he can hardly stand him around. Darling, that is about all for now but I’ve been so completely crushed and hurt the last 2 weeks or so that I don’t know what to think. It is a pity that such a man should be allowed to wear crosses which are supposed to be distinctive of a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  This afternoon most of my time was consumed calling in the wards and then I was called in on another psycho case. Some of these poor young fellows condition is enough to make you want to cry. How a man can become so mixed up and so involved is hard to understand at times. But all these experiences only make me more grateful than ever for the great truth and strength we find in His precious word.

  As far as the weather was concerned, this was a gloriously beautiful day. But it would have been much better if we could have been together. Please God, I hope that day isn’t too far away now. Another day has slipped by and I know no more than I have for some time now. If I could find out something it would help I’m sure. I’m praying and hoping that it won’t be too much longer, but our Lord knows best.

  What you said in your letter, that must have been a splendid message Dr. Anderson gave on Good Friday at Fourth Pres.  I have always enjoyed hearing him speak, and I know from the text which he used that he must have given a fine message. I have never heard Dr. Kerr, but I have read several of his articles at various times and I know they must have been good, it is I mean his services at the church during that week preceding Easter.

  Beloved, it is almost time for Bible class so I’ll bring this letter to a close and drop it in the mailbox. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Yours only and always in Christ’s love,


 Colossians 3:3

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