October 1, 1944

October 1, 1944

Dearest Darling Sarah:

Another day slipped by without the arrival of planes so that means there was no mail. We haven’t had any planes for several days and that means we will go without mail for some time. Captain Wilkinson said at the dinner table today that we are the isle of forgotten men. But as for me, I am ever assured that I will never be forgotten as long as I have you. He had reference to the failure to send us mail and proper supplies.

In that today was World Communion Sunday, I planned my message to the men along that line. In the two services that we had this morning there were 40 in attendance. Which isn’t too bad considering the conditions down here. Of course, I would rather have 100 or 200, but that is impossible under our set up here.

After dinner Raymond and I left here for the native village and had the regular communion service for the natives, which was a blessing to my heart as have all the others been. I spoke to them briefly and Timete interpreted it to the men for me. I gave all the prayers and helped Mofete with the serving of the bread and cup to the men. It is always a great inspiration to me to hear them sing their hymns. They really put all they have into their singing.

Willis leading church service aboard one of the ships stationed near Christmas Island. 1944.

This evening Captain Wilkinson and I took a ride around in my jeep and watched the sunset which was really pretty. The western sky was a beautiful seashell pink when the full moon came up from behind a thin bank of dark clouds on the eastern horizon. It was really a wonderful sight. When I saw it I could not help but think of you, Darling.

Sweetheart, 11 years ago tonight I was baptized, I had excepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the morning service. That was a day of a most important decision and it will be a blessing to me as long as I live. However, the day that is just as important to me and I believe a part of the first, is November 1, 1940. Sweetheart, I wish there were some wonderful way for me to tell you how much joy and happiness you have brought into my life. You are the grandest, dearest wife any man could ever hope to have. I have said it before, but I want to say it again because I believe it with all my heart; and that is you are the most important part of my salvation. You know how I mean that I’m sure, because I have explained it on several occasions. If that were not true, I don’t believe it would be possible to know all the joy and peace I have in your blessed love and in my own privilege of loving and cherishing you.

Darling, it is not so late but I am tired and there’s nothing to say of interest so I think I will go to bed early tonight and get a good nights rest. God bless you and keep you in all things. I love you with all my heart and life now and forever.

Yours forever in Christ’s Love,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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