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Hrs. Evelyn Hill i Mr./Hrs. Sam Mitchell
P. 0. Box 2746, Napa, CA 94558


"Therefore go
and make

disciples of



all nations.."


Matt. 28:19

Judith L. Pickett, Secretary to Central Africa Mission
P. 0. Box 392, Chinhoyi, Zimabwe, Africa

February Newsletter 1991
Dear Christian Friends:

Kwaslwai Ambuya, Hadzoka. (Translated...Hello Ambuya, you have returned.) Since my
arrival back In Zimbabwe on January 3, 1991, I have been hearing these words from all my
African friends and workers.

What a joy It Is to be welcomed home with such enthusiasm.

It was almost embarrassing the first time I walked into the bank. There was a long line
of people waiting at the teller windows. As I walked over to the inquires desk at the
other end of the bank, all the tellers and bank personal came rushing over to welcome me
back. You would have thought I was the Prime Minister himself. Just proving what warm,
friendly people the native Zimbabweans are.

On Monday January 21, I met with the three literacy teachers who have been doing such an
excellent job while 1 have been away. He discussed their work and future plans for the
women's clubs when I get my vehicle and am able to get back Into the swing of things.
Hrs. Custudio, my assistant, said that on Thursday the women from all the different clubs

were coming to welcome me home and would cook chicken and sadza and have a meeting with me
for about two hours. She said she had told them to select only three or four women from

each group to come, because It would be too many If all of them came. So you can imagine
my surprise at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday to hear a lorry (large bed truck) coming up the
street with all the women from Braeside Farm in the back singing hymns as loud as they
could. After the initial shock, I was able to go out and welcome them. During the course
of the morning, other women arrived from other groups. However, they had obeyed and only
three or four from each group came. Me had to scramble around to get food enough for all,
but ended up having plenty for over 45 women and several small children. They brought the
food and did all the cooking and wouldn't let me do a thing except to tell them where
everything was to cook with. It is their custom to do a job for the person they visit,
like clean the house or yard or something. Since my helper had already cleaned the house
and had the yard well trimmed, I said I had nothing for them to do. Because they
continued to insist and since my washing machine is not working properly and the next day
was my wash day,! let them do my washing. I had spread quilts on the ground for them to
sit on under my big shade tree, so as soon as they had eaten, they also washed three
quilts and hung them out to dry. When they cleaned my kitchen after cooking and had done
all the dishes, we had a time of speeches from any of the women who wanted to say
something. We sang lots of hymns after the speeches, then I spoke, and we had prayer
together. The original two hours stretched into seven hours. I was exhausted when they
left even though I didn't work, but It was a blessed exhaustion.

My girls also were delighted to have me back. They have done an excellent job of taking
care of my home, animals, and financial matters In my absence. Their brother, Irene's
boyfriend, and another friend live in a one-room flat and have no cooking facilities, so
the girls had agreed to cook their evening meal each night. But wisely, they made them

pay $100 a month for food, and they had to wash the dishes each night. I was delighted to
see that the girls now realize the responsibility of preparing meals for a family. They
both do a beautiful job of cooking huge portions for three growing boys. But they were
glad for my return, so that new menus could be planned. We all three take turns cooking
and also help one another. It is such a joy to work with them now, and the boys are so
good about taking me places in their vehicles since mine is still not here.

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Now for the news of the truck. It is paid for and waiting for me in South Africa, but the
wheels of red tape in this country run very slowly. I sent the original papers to
Mr. Marshall in October to be processed, but they never arrived. Therefore, in the middle
of November, I faxed copies to him, which he submitted to the Reserve Bank. They were
refused three weeks later, so he decided to wait until I returned. In the meantime just
after Christmas, fortunately, the original papers arrived, which had been sent airmail in
October. When I arrived, I inmediately went into the bank and resubmitted them on

Tuesday. Thinking all was correct, I sat back to wait. On Friday, they called me and
said I needed to write the letter stating I would not sell the car for two years in long

hand, not typed as I had submitted. So I made another trip to the bank, wrote out the
long hand, and sat back again to
ScactTy-two weeks—Tater,-tMs-past
Saturday, I received the permit from the Reserve Bank to apply to the Ministry of Commerce
and Industry for my import permit. I was excitied as I thought I would now be able to go
to Harare and perhaps get my import license on the same day, then I could be on my way
South to pick up the truck. However, God must feel I need a great deal of patience. When
I read over the permit to apply, they had put it in my personal name instead of the
mission. Other papers that gave me permission to get a tax rebate on the vehicle upon

importation were correctly in the name of the mission. So now the papers are off to the
Reserve Bank again, and I probably have another two weeks wait on my hands. I don't want
to bore you with details, but thought you needed to know the process one has to go through
in these third world countries to get simple paper work done. In America this whole

process I have described could probably be taken care of in one day.

My special, deep gratitude is extended to all of you who have contributed to the $15,850
American dollars to purchase the truck, and the $9,000 American dollars ($20,000

Zimbabwean) for the import taxes of 45 percent, which I will have to pay here in Zimbabwe
when I cross the border between South Africa artd Zimbabwe with the vehicle. I do have a

rebate coming to me as it will be a mission vehicle, otherwise, the taxes would be
65 percent of the total cost of the vehicle, which in Zimbabwe figures is $39,000. My
heartfelt gratitude to the First Christian Church in Napa, who raised well over $8,000 in
their Christmas offering to help pay for the vehicle. God has indeed blessed me with

loving, faithful, and generous supporters. All of the churches in North Carolina,
Indiana, and California also made very generous contributions. My heart is full and
joyful at such love demonstrated to me.

Once again, thank you very much. Just keep praying that the wheels of red tape will move
faster, and the papers will be granted soon. Also be praying for me as I reorganize my
work schedule and women's groups that we might do the best possible job for the Uord in
this place. Special prayer request: The Kwachenera family need your prayers for problems
they are experiencing at the moment. Pray for rain in the southern areas where drought
still continues for the eighth year. Our area is getting rain. I also pray for you and
especially those of you who have loved ones involved in the gulf crisis.
Yours in Christ,

Judy Pickett


Mrs, Evelyn Hill & Mr./Mrs. Sam Mitchell
P. 0. Box 2746, Napa, CA 94558


"Therefore go
and make

disciples of



all nations.."


Matt. 28:19

Judith L. Pickett, Secretary to Central Africa Mission
P. 0. Box 392, Chinhoyi, Zimabwe, Africa

April 1991 Newsletter

Isuzu Diesel Pick-Up Truck

Arrived in Zimbabwe on February 26, 1991


Judith L, Pickett


KB250D Long-Wheel Base


Important papers were granted on February 15, and Kina and I were able to get a nde down
to South Africa with Mr. and Mrs. DeLaughter, missionaries in Karoi. On the 18th we made

a two-day trip and spent the night in Bulawayo with the Ivan Martin family. We arrived in
Louis Trichardt on Monday evening and were left at the motel. On Tuesday the car dealer

picked me up and took me to the garage where most of the morning was spent signing papers,
getting instructions on the truck, and various other things.

In the afternoon Kina and I shopped and then rested. On Wednesday we started on our way

to Randburg, a suburb of Johannesburg, where we spent four days visiting friends. On
Monday morning we were again in Louis Trichardt. The canopy of the truck did not meet
specifications, so the day was spent getting some work done on it.
Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. found us at the border post on the South African side. We
cleared South Africa in 15 minutes. Going on to the Zimbabwe side, we gave our papers for
the truck to a clearing agent who proceeded to process them. Kina and I cleared our

personal purchases in ten minutes, but then had to wait until 1:15 p.m. before the truck

was cleared. Finally after waiting over five hours in temperatures of over 100 degrees in
the shade, we were on the Zimbabwe side. Because it had been an exhaustive day, we drove

only four hours to Masvingo, where we spent the night at Mrs. Frances Johnson's
Missionary. Thank God for fellow missionaries, who always have an open door and an extra
bed. We left Masvingo at 6:00 a.m. the next day and arrived home at 12 noon exhausted but
very happy to have wheels again.

I have not yet begun the women's work, except for a visit to the Chinhoyi group. Before

getting back into the literacy work, I plan to visit as many of the bush churches as
possible to get an idea of where and what is needed most. The Ministry of Education, who
is in charge of adult literacy, are making demands that go against our wishes to work in
our churches, so I am pulling back a bit from the literacy work until I get a better

perspective of it, However, we will still continue to carry on with Bible Study and
sewing/or cooking projects in each group until we can again start new literacy groups.
Our rainy season is drawing to a close. We have had a fair amount of rain in this area;
but as I traveled South, the lands and crops and animals are desperate for rain.

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We rejoice at the end of the Gulf War and the low number of casualties on the Allied^^ide.
I hope and pray that many families are now reunited with their loved ones who fought in
the war.

My heart is full of appreciation for those who have so generously supported me financially
and prayerfully since my furlough in 1990. My thanks to Evelyn Hill, who so faithfully
and understandingly does my stateside bookkeeping. (It isn't an easy job). My thanks to
Sam and Helen Mitchell, who have taken on the job of publicity agents. They have

encouraged many of you to write me and that is a great joy and blessing to me.

God has

indeed opened the windows of heaven and poured out his blessings.
In Christ's Love,





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forwarding AfiFMTS;

Mrs. Evelyn Hill & Mr./Mrs. Sam Mitchell


P. 0. Box 2746, Napa, CA 94558

"Therefore go
and make

disciples of
all nations.."




Natt. 28:19


Judith L. Pickett, Secretary to Central Africa Mission
P. 0. Box 392, Chinhoyi, Zimabwe, Africa

June 1991 Newsletter

Greetings from Zimbabwe:

It is a lovely sunny day at the beginning of winter here in Zimbabwe. It is the flower
season as I like to call it. As I sit here at my deck writing, I can look out and see

several shades of Bougainvillea, huge poinsettia bushes in white, pink, and red, and just
outside my window is a gorgeous flaming sphere (double red poinsettia). Luke 12:27 says it
so beautifully..."Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you,
not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."


Since my last letter I have done lots of traveling in my lovely truck. First of all as I
mentioned in my last newsletter, the canopy on the back of the truck was not what I ordered
when I first picked the truck up in South Africa. After having talked to the dealer, he
agreed to change it when I took the truck to him for the 5,000 kilometer service. Because
I had a Christian Women's Church Conference to go to at Mashoko Mission in the low veld and
just a few hours from the border, I planned to take the truck on down south for the service
and canopy change.

On April 11, I loaded the truck up with
s-ix women and their luggage and headed
for Mashoko Mission for the conference.

We spent four days with the women in

classes, singing, and attending work
On Sunday the women with me
headed for home on the bus, and I headed
on to South Africa.

I went via Chiredzi

and the home of my dear friend Marilyn
Richards. There the canopy was removed
as it had been sold there.
morning found me on my way for the
three-hour drive to the border. Another
hour from the border in the town of

Louis Trichard, the truck was serviced.

On Tuesday, I drove two hours further into







factory where the lovely new canopy was
fitted. Wednesday found me back on the
road again to Zimbabwe.
I came via

Chiredzi to pick-up some things I had to
leave there, and I spent the night. I was
on the road again at 6:30 a.m. for the
6 1/2 hours drive to Chinhoyi with rest
stops in Masvingo and Harare. The truck is

now very beautiful, as you can see by the
picture. But more importantly, I can see
clearly behind me at all times, which was
not so with the first canopy. The truck is
a financial blessing because it takes very
little diesel fuel to run it in comparison
to petrol, (now over $5 American money per


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On April 30, two of our Central African Mission Directors, Dr. Marshall Hayden and
Dr. Mark Johnson arrived from the States for a tour of all the Zimbabwe Mission Stations

They came to us the day of their arrival, and I had the privilege of feeding them their first

meal in Zimbabwe this trip. Dr. Johnson grew up in Zimbabwe, the son of the late Mr. Doug
Johnson, and Dr. Hayden has been here once before. On Wednesday, Brother Dale Marshall asked
me to take the men to Chidamoyo Mission, where they would meet with missionaries there. I

spent the night and then can home alone on Thursday. The men returned to us on Saturday
evening after spending time in Chidamoyo and Karoi. Sunday morning, Dr. Hayden spoke at the
English congregation meeting at Hillside Chapel.

Dr. Johnson and I went to the Shona

speaking congregation where he preached. After their lunch at the Marshall's, I again picked
them up and took them to Harare where they boarded the plane for Bulawago and a visit with
the mission stations in the southern half of the country. They will terminate their visit
in Harare where we will have a complete missionary meeting before their departure to the
States on Thursday the 16th.

My large women's club-at the Shona speaking congregation here in-Chinhoyi are now making—
skirts all by hand. I have close to 100 ladies to instruct in taking their measurements,
cutting newspaper patterns for themselves, placing patterns on the material, cutting the
pattern pieces out, and then helping them with the sewing. They are doing a super job and
trying very hard to sew a straight seam. Some do beautiful work making tiny stitches that
can hardly be told from a machine stitch, and others seem to think that a seam goes the same

direction as a snake...very crooked. However, after I make them take it out a time or two.
they get better. They are very proud of the finished project. In the short time I have been
back working with them, I have learned to love each one.

Mr. Marshall is leaving In July for his furlough, and I will once again be doing some
bookkeeping and general work with the African Evangelist in his absence as he has no

replacement coming. On the 15th, I will also be starting back with my Harmony Hall group of
women with Bible Study and a sewing project.

Doing so much sewing, I am in need of straight pins and needles. Many of you have been
sending me needles in your letters, I appreciate that so much. Many of my women have bad
eyesight and need large eyed needles. The tiny eyed needles are too small for them to see

to thread. As you can imagine pinning patterns for over 100 women at a time, the pins go
quickly. Even though they return them when they take them out, some always get lost. I also
do some handcraft and would appreciate the short boutique type pins that can be found in
craft stores or craft sections of some stores.

Thanks to all those who sent birthday cards and gave money to my forwarding agent for my
birthday In April. Please do not send checks directly to me, but send them through
Mrs, Evelyn Hill, P. 0. Box 2746, Napa, CA 94558. I can deposit the checks here but have to
go through a lot of paper work and get charged 20 percent conmission on each check I receive.

Bless you all for your continued support of me in so many ways, especially your prayer

Yours in His Service,
Judy Pickett


Mrs Evelyn Hin & Mr./Mrs. Sam Mitchell


P. 0. Box 2745, Napa, CA 94558

"Therefore go
and make

disciples of


all nations.."


Hatt. 28:19

Judith L. Pickett, Secretary to Central Africa Nission
P. 0. Box 392, Chinhoyi, Zimabwe, Africa


August 1991 Newsletter
Dear Christian Friends:

As we would say in Shona "Matsamba ndanonoka kunyora kunerai" (I am late in writing a letter
to you). July has been a very busy month and full of extras. The latter part of June, I was
a speaker for our area church women's meeting held at the Banket Church about 20 kilometers

from Chinhoyi. I also assisted the evangelist in charge by hauling cooking pots, firewood
women, etc. to the location of the meeting. The meeting began on Wednesday night and ended
on Thursday afternoon. Thursday morning we broke up into groups and walked for two hours
through the large location (african section of town) preaching to anyone who would listen.

I was asked to speak three times. At the end of the meeting, I made three trips taking the
women home and was exhausted but blessed when I arrived home.

The Marshall's planned to leave on July 13, so I made several visits to their home getting
instructions of my responsibilities while they are away. Finally the day arrived for their
departure, and I moved into their lovely home. The house is quite large, and I felt a bit

lonesome by mysel r. However, this did not last very long, as there is always someone popping
in or calling or spending the night.

On Thursday after they left, I made arrangements to visit one of our farthest churches, so
I could meet with the women and encourage them, as they have had several disappointments
lately. The evangelist who works in that area also made arrangements for me to visit the

church in Chegutu on the same day. Hal Custudio and I started out at 8 a.m. driving to
Chegutu to visit the cotton mills, so we could get materials for our sewing groups. We then
met the evangelist and traveled an hours drive to the Zowa Church, where we met with the
women and ate rice and chicken. We went back again to Chegutu to meet with the women there
and then home to Chinhoyi making a total trip of 329 kilometers in one day. Praise the Lord
for my faithful truck which traveled safely over very, very, rough gravel roads the whole

At the present time I am not starting any new groups, but just trying to visit as many of our
70 plus churches as often as possible to encourage, teach, and fellowship. I am using
Knoffel Staton's book on The Second Coming, and the women are extremely interested in these

lessons. Our Chinhoyi Sewing Group have finished their lovely skirts and are now starting
on shirts for their husbands or blouses for themselves for those who don't have husbands.
Our Harmonyjiall Group are also doing a sewing project, and they too are making skirts* This
little group is located about 15 miles from Chinhoyi on a chicken farm. Most of the ladies

in this group are very illiterate. Hal and I have taught them how to read and write a bit,
but at the moment we are just teaching Bible lessons and sewing. Their houses are located
on the side of a mountain. The soil around their homes is a very thick grey dust, which is
impossible to keep out of their homes and difficult for them to keep their children clean as
well. I have been teaching them lessons on health and happiness from a book especially
written for the African culture and Bible based.

Last Sunday Mai and I again found ourselves on the road to visit the Church at Chivere, where
we had developed a large women's group before I left to go to the states on my furlough.
Again we were gone all day, and we arrived home about 4:30 p.m. Shortly after arriving home
that afternoon, I received a call from the Chinhoyi Hospital informing me that one of our
evangelist was admitted after having been struck down on his motorcycle by a hit and run
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his wife. The evangelist, Nr. Michael Nyandoro, has been with the mission for over 29 years
and is a very dedicated man in his work for the Lord. In the accident, he received two
broken bones in his left Teg, a broken rib, and other injuries not yet determined Bv
Tuesday we were not happy with his condition, and he was transferred to Harare Central
Hospital in Harare. He is still there, but we are working to get him under a specialist and
transferred to yet another hospital. Medical care in this country leaves much to be desired
especially in the smaller town hospitals. We are very concerned for Michael and ask for vour
prayers on his behalf and on behalf of his family. My week has been full of running here and
there, to the police station to get the motorcycle released, getting insurance sorted out
getting Workman's Compensation arranged, visiting Michael here in the hospital, and then

later in Harare. Mr. Marshall had just been gone for a week when the accident happened so

the responsibility has fallen on my shoulders. I urge you to pray that I might have the
wisdom to make the right decisions in Mr. Marshall's absence and to make decisions in the
best interest of Michael.

Once again my girls ar& in charge of my own ^^GUse and-duttig a super jobi, i ktiida tmnictney
miss Mom" a bit, as they accept quite readily whenever invited over for a meal with me I
do pop into my house now and then and still take the girls to work each morning. My animals
just do not understand why I am not staying with them and are very sad when I come and then
go again. But I am also taking care of the Marshall's Great Dane and fox terrier who have

accepted me completely.

With Mrs. Marshall gone, the church at Hillside Chapel is without a qualified pianist. Their
oldest daughter Heidi (now Mrs. Frane), m>'self, and another young girl In the congregation
are sharing the duty of playing the piano for the Wednesday night, Sunday night, and Sunday

morning services. The young girl, Theresa Venter, usually plays for the Sunday morning
services, as she is the most accomplished of us all. However, in her absence, Heidi and I
take turns playing for the Sunday morning service. Since Theresa is away all week in Harare

at school, Heidi and I do the Wednesday and Sunday night services as well. On top of all the
other work, I try to squeeze in at least one or two hours of piano practice each day. I am

also a substitute Sunday School teacher and have been called on quite often recently to teach
a sixth and seventh grade Sunday School class.

Many of you have been writing to me and inquiring about my health. I don't have time to be
sick, and the Lord seems to keep me in quite good health. I have been fighting the flu and
cold that is so active right now. but so far have kept well. The latter part of August I am
to be the cook for the Annual Missionary Conference held in Harare at a camp just on the
outskirts of the city, so have also been busy shopping and planning for that.

Please continue to pray for Michael Nyandoro and also the Kwachenera Family.
In Christ,



Mrs. Evelyn Hill i Mr,/Mrs. Sam Mitchell
P. 0. Box 2746, Napa, CA 94558


"Therefore go
and make

disciples of
all nations.."




Matt. 28:19

Judith L. Pickett, Secretary to Central Africa Mission
P. 0. Box 392, Chinhoyi, Zimabwe, Africa
October/Novefflber 1991 Newsletter
Dear Christian Friends and Family:

It is certainly no illusion that time flies, as 1 find it to be a real fact. It has been two
months since I have written a newsletter, and I wonder where the time has gone. My days are

completely filled. When I reach the end of the day, I still think of all the things I should
have done.

July, August, and September were filled with lots of travel and meetings. Our evangelist,
Michael Nyandoro, remained in the hospital until September 22, which meant at least one trip

to the hospital in Harare each week. Each Thursday, I try to visit our outlying churches and
their women's groups. Of course, every group feels that I should only come to them. For the

present, I am just visiting and encouraging the groups. When Mr. Marshall returns next year,
I will start more groups on a permanent basis.
Each year in September our African evangelists hold a Leadership Training Seminar for local
leaders of our Shona-speaking churches. Men from all over Mashonaland West Province come to
Chinhoyi for five days of workshops, preaching, teaching, singing, and of course, eating.
Again I found myself traveling about with Brother Sibanda, our evangelist here in Chinhoyi,

doing the shopping for the men's meeting. Fortunately, I was only the taxi and errand runner
this time, as the women of the church did all the cooking. Thirty-five men registered from
outlying areas and several from the local church attended as well. They consumed 200 kgs.
of Mealie Meal (Sadza), 150 kgs. of beef, 30 whole chickens, 43 heads of cabbage, 30 bundles
of rape (spinach 1ik'^ vegetable), 40 kgs. of tomatoes, 1 pocket (bushel) of onions, and 19
pockets of orange-,. 5 c mds of sugar, and 10 pounds of tea leaves, as well as, the little
extras needed to mai « tiiv food eatable. Often when I would be delivering a load of supplies
or firewood, the men wou d be inside the church singing. What a heavenly sound it was, as
the African people have a beautiful sense of harmony. Even without an instrument, they sing
like a heavenly choir. Mr. Sibanda reported that the seminar itself went well, and the men
went home encouraged to do the work of the Lord in their local villages and churches.
As I mentioned, Michael Nyandoro, was discharged from the hospital on September 22. and I

went in to pick him up. He is still walking on crutches, but we praise the Lord for his good
recovery. He is now at home and so very happy to be there. He is such a dedicated man.
When I picked him up at the hospital, the nurses, or erlies, and p tieuts all up an' down the
halls of the hospitril came_t_o_gjye him their good wishes. He had uscd his time well in the

hospital by making friends and'witnessin., to them of his Lord. Please continue to rcmeivber
Michael and his family in your prayers.
Just this week, we held another conference for the wociei^ of the surrounding Shona-speaking
rhuiches. It was held in the church at Alaska Mine about 20 kilometers from Chinhoyi, I

spent most of Wednesday playing taxi to some of >.hs -.roups, who vcre not on a direct bus
route to the church. Yesterday, which was Thursday, 'l s^ioke to a growp of over 150 women on

the topic of the Holy Spirit or more diiec-ly the Holy .Spirit's names and characteristics.
I am the one who receives the most blessing, as I so enioy the fellowship of these wo^'ien.

They now consider me one of them. Many are still amazeff that I will sit down on the ground
with them and eat their type of food, which is Sadza (a stiff corn meal porridge) and Nyama
(meat) and Muriwo (vegetables), like one rf them.

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As I mentioned in my previous newsletter now that Linda Marshall is gone, I have been playing
the piano on Wednesday and Sunday nights alternating with other pianists. Occasionally, I
have been called upon to play for church services on Sunday morning. Not being an
accomplished pianist, I become petrified when asked to play on Sunday morning before the
whole congregation. However, the Lord gives me strength to do it. An opportunity arose for
me to take piano lessons from an excellent teacher here in Chinhoyi, so I squeeze in an hour
for lessons each week and try to squeeze an hour ofjJractice each day also. I sometimes feel

I just don't have the time, but it is something I enjoy. It gives me a small respite from
the everyday routine.

In Mr. Marshall's absence, it was necessary for me to handle another unpleasant duty. The
first responsibility was handling the affairs of Michael's accident, and the second was
having to put the Marshall's large Great Dane dog to sleep. She was close to ten-years old
and had developed a disease in her hind quarters, which was crippling her. She had a bad
heart as well and then started bleeding from skin cancers. It was a task that I dreaded
tej'rLbly,, but it had to be done. She was a good, night-time watchdog, and I miss hearing her

bark during the night telling me she was on duty. They had their Doberman put to sleep
before they left, so I am just left with the little fox terrier. He protects me personally,
but runs all day and sleeps all night, so I don't feel he is guarding too well at night.
My girls are doing fine. Irene is without a job again. The shop where she worked sold at
the end of September, so Irene is in limbo again. She wants to take a bit of leave before

looking for another position. Kina is busy with her job and doing hairdressing, catering,
and decorating cakes in her spare time.

All three of us are going to South Africa for a

week. I need to take my truck down there for its 20,000 kilometer services, so we are using
the opportunity to have a little vacation. Kina went with me when I brought the truck back;
however, Irene has never been down there. We are looking forward to being together.
Many of you have asked about my health and expressed your concern that I am doing too much.
As far as my back is concerned, I feel it is in the best condition that it has been for

several years. Oh, I occasionally overdue and have a few twinges, but otherwise I am strong.
I have had a few sniffles, but overall have been amazed that God seems to give me an extra
measure of strength to get everything done that is on my schedule. I am on the borderline
of being diabetic, but so far have been able to control it by diet. "The Lord is my strength
and my redeemer...."

Thank you all for your constant remembrance of me in your prayers and for all the lovely
letters I receive. My only sorrow is that il fail to answer all of them. Continue to

remember the work of the Lord in this country I in your prayers.
In His Service,