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January 19^9

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Dear prlends.

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Two montti ^

passed ^''^j^Q^esia.

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^j^portant- wlien

on front
Brenda, a^' rharma

steps of Mashoko CJnnsU



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toCke the diflerence.

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mostly of



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^ive this, Christmas

i^^ost forgotten. Some

^ school examinations.

Breada canying chipo

Afrzcan s^ie.

Mary Jo making surgical

drapes for the hospital.

Owen X-raying a child.

I hope you will understand when we explain how

Christmas is in this strange country. You see

we have very little radio, TV, newspaper ad

vertising, the stores(when we ever get to them)
do very little decorating, we haven't gotour car
yet and it's 100^ in the shade! Every day we
see so many around us who have greater needs
than we do.

It's Christmas to us to see a

mothers eyes light up when we are able to give

her a clean layette for her newborn which you
have sent to us to give, Charma and Brenda
enjoy their living doll, Chipo, the hospital
orphan who can neither walk nor talk. Since
they have been sharii^ their love with her, she
smiles more often, jabbers more and has
learned to use her walker. She is five years old
Charma modeling a
hat made by patients.

and weighs sixteen pounds I We

are also looking forward to
Christmas day when we shall
be teachii^ again about God*s
greatest gift to man.
hearts will fill with joy as we
give your old jewelry and neck
ties to the student nurses and

Owen preaching in a village

through an interpreter.

patients. The earring may re

place an old toothbrush stuck
through an ear lobe or a neck
lace for a paper clip tied on
with string. A new tie is often
seen holding up a pair of trou

Last week Owen gave a Shona songbook to each of his faithful elders whom
have been helping him with the worship services in their village. You have
never seen a happier smile nor heard a heartier ^TJallilujahl" These are
our gifts!
We hope we have shared with you some of the happiness y^u have given us
the priviledge to witness. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and

In His service,

Owen, Mary Jo, Dave, Charma, & Brenda


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Box 9d8
Forwarding Agents
Mr. & Mrs. Marshall J. Leggett
828 HUdeen Dr.

Lexington, Ky. 40502

509 V.^-jst Jefferson

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The Dr. Owen E. Dunlap family'^ now settled in Salisbury, capital city of Rhodesia^
where they are working!evangelism and seeking to start new churches in the city, according
to Forwarding Agents

Marshall J. Leggett, 828 Hildeen Dr., Lexington, KI UO^OS. Shown

boarding their outward bound plane in Dayton, Chio are Dr. Di^p at top, Mss. Mary Jo at
left^with their children: David 22, Gharma (right above) 18 and Brenda 15. Their field
address is Box H.G.229, Highland, Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa,





For we preach not of ourselves, hut Christ Jesus the Lord;

and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. 11 Cor. 4:5

March 1969



Brenda ready for schooL

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P.O. Box
Box H,G,
HGo 229
Highlands, Salisbury

Rhodesia, Africa

do is to catch up on last years


geography and be tutored in



French Rt with the rest of her

class. Anyone like to trade
her places?
Thank you so much for all


be able to leam

your gifts and prayers. Many

have askecx "Ubout oui

and projects.

Dear Friends,

The best Brenda can


Our next large purchases will have to be: a mimeograph,

a typewriter, file cabinets, and transportation for David to go to and from

the mission. Items we cannot buy here are: flannelgraph, stand, board,
and backgrounds also colored construction paper. Yours in His service,
"Our team" at Jairos Jiri,

Owen, Mary Jo, David, Charma & Brenda

we felt it best for all

concerned to make the

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Jairo Jiri School for handicapped African children. This is a

veiy rewarding service, we feel, for all of us, Owen and David


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have been building a puppet theater out of our shipping crates to



dramatize Bible stories for the children.

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Joiist, 111. 60^.00
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Mr. & Mrs. Marshall J. Leggert

828 Hildeen Dr.

Lexington, Ky. 40502

move. For the present, we have become involved in teachii^

three Bible classes every day and on Sunday afternoons at the

Chipo, the orphan from Mashoko, is with us for a couple of

weeks. During this time, she is to be examined at the Harari
Hospital here in Salisbury. If she is found
able to progress, we hope to see her accepted at the Jairos Jiri School,

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It's hard to say "Goodbye" after oiir visitSc



Charma feeding Chipo "Sadza"

Owen teaching his class in the

dining hall at camp

Mary Jo teaching younger children

of camp helpers

We are not completely settled yet, because houses are so hard to find. For now, we have rented a furnished
house for four months only, so, about the first of May we shall find ourselves moving again!

Speakii^ of moving, that's all we've been doing since we arrived in Africa. Right after Christmas, we journyed down to Johannesburg, South Africa to help in a Christian Service Camp during high school week. This is
Everyone has to get into the act,"

the second year for this camp and we had 35 teenagers enrolled, Owen taught a class on the subjects "WhyI
need Jesus" to those who were not Christian, Mary Jo taught the small children of the camp helpers and
faculty and helped with the music, David was the camp recreational director and teacher as he was the month
before during Junior week, Charma and Brenda were campers. It was a thrilling week to see fourteen
European children accept Christ and be baptized in the camp swimming pool. Eleven pledged their lives to
full-time Christian service.

We definitely see a need for both African (black) and European (white) work here in Africa, There has never
been a New Testament Church here in Salisbury of either kind. We feel now that we can help to find the "lost
sheep" that have moved from the missions into the big city and gather them together for the Lord, For the
sake of our children, we need to find other young European Christians for them to have fellowship with. On
Sundays, in oiir home, we have been meeting together regularly with other missionaries and African Christians
and non-Christians, If we are to grow it will be necessary to find a more suitable meeting place in the near
future. We realize we have a tremendous task facing us, but with the Lord on our side and Christians back
home helpii^ us, we have no fears.

A doll buggy is her crutch.

April 3O5 1969

1$ J i!ew Chujcch Meeting

in Salisbury

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Dr. Oi-ren E. Dunlap and fajnily have liioveci into Salisbury;-, the capital of Rhodesia,
and are working T-jith both whites and blacks in starting a new church.

He wrote: "After spending about two months working in the ilashoko Chrtetian

Hospital, we found it recessary to move to Salisteiry to get our youngest daughter

in school. There has not teen a New Ifestament church here, so we have taken/)the task

of tr;;-in2 to ga^er the lost sheep that liave moved to the city frorjbhe bush,
"Many Christians that have been schooled in our mission schools are here. Some
have drifted away from the church, and some have joined denominational groups, but iiie

are finding those that T-jant to worship in a group such as our^,"


Bro, Dunlap reported holding Sunday^ meetings in the^ home, but yt is against
the law to continue to hare public meetings in a home. New address: Box H.G. 229,

Highlands, SaHsbui-nr, Rhodesia, Africa,



We have prepared a set of slides to be

shown for VBS missionary lessons. They
will feature children who live in Rhodesia,

their various backgrounds, homes and

activities. There are enough for a ten-day




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For ive preach not of ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;
and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. U Cor. 4:5

We also have a set of slides available


May 1969

Vol. 1

telling of our work while at Mashoko.



Dear Friends,
By the time you re
ceive this letter, we
will have moved to our
new home. We have

Both of these sets of slides are available

through our forwarding agents.

Korin, our neighbor boy

The little African boy in the picture at

the left is one of the children we will tell

learned many valuable

things in each place we

the story about in the VBS slides. Please

specify when ordering VBS slides whether
for a five-day or a ten-day program.Thank

are truly thankful to


The Lord has been good

have lived, but now we

settle down for a while.
to us for we were able


Dr/M Owen Dunlap

P.O. Box 229, Highlands
Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa


to find a house closer to

M/M Marshall Leggett

Brenda*s school. David

will not have to share
his room with the laun

828 Hildeen Dr.

Moving again !

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Box 96B
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Joliet, 111. 60100

dry, Owen can move his

office our of our bedroom and we will have a larger livii^ room to
hold our worship services in on Simdays.
When we first started meetii^ in our home, we invited everyone

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including the Africans to worship with us. We called on others who

had been suggested to us by other missionaries and encouraged
eveiyone to bring their friends. It seemed the Africans did a bet
ter job than we did because before loi^ our living room was full
to capacity with African uncles, cousins, wives and children. It
seemed the only way to continue was to find another meeting place.
Search and we did, the only solution was to move to an all African
township such as the city provides for the rail
road workers, hospital employees, and police
families. We were also told it was unlawful
for us to continue meeting in lai^e numbers
)in a white area. The sad part about it all is
that there are more blacks living in our area

of Highlands than there are whites. They live in small one or

two room huts or Kias built behind every European home for

this purpose. No matter how poor you are it is imthinkable not

to hire domestic help in this country! Every evening the air is
filled with wood smoke coming from the campfires of these

African homes. Although they are city dwellers, they still

maintain the same living habits of their ancestors. Most of
these people have not had the opportunity of an education like
the students at Mashoko or our other mission schools and they

speak very little English. The need is great and they are eager
to learn about the Ixjrd Jesus. You can imagine our heartbreak
This is where we get your letters

when we had to tell these people they could no longer worship

with us because they were bringing too many friends with them.

This is our new house

We are now working on plans to start a cor^regation at the local railroad compound. There are several Christ
ians from our other mission stations in the bush now living there. One of these has offered his home to meet in

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until they find a better meeting place. You could appreciate this more if you could see their living room which is
about 8' X 10* in size and doubles for the dining room. When Owen and David first met with them, one elderly man
said, "I've been lookii^ for the Church of Christ in Salisbury for a long time. This is too good to be true."

Our worship services have continued on the Lord's Day each week in our home. We now have several European
or white families coming. Charma and Brenda are teaching the children a Bible lesson during the sermon time.
Last week they gave the story of Adam and Eve using the puppets. We had made a tape of the speakii^ parts the



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An Easter display by students at Jairos Jirl

night before and David dubbed dramatic music in during some of the speaches. Tragedy struck when the serpent
became so realistic that one of the smaller childr^ started cryii^l We gave the same program that afternoon for

the Jairos Jiri children but prepared them first by showing them the serpent and explaining to them it was only a
puppet. African children are terrified by snakes. We had no further trouble.

David has a part-time job at the local radio station announcing and has taken a course in religious radio broad
casting here at Ranch House College where many of our missionaries study Shona. He has also taken his turn
preaching, calling and all the other duties attached to mission work. Charma has taken a job in a camera shop still
hoping to be able to work something out with the college towards her education next term. Brenda has a reprieve
from school at the moment for this "holiday time" until May 20th. At this time we get to meet many of the other

missionaries as they come to town. We had eighteen for supper last ni^t from Zambia. These are some of the
refreshing times we enjoy on the mission.

Although everyone here in Salisbury likes to live behind high fences, walls, or hedges, we have found them to
be very friendly. We have some lovely neighbors that we will hate to move away from. It seems we are always
saying "Good-Bye,"
God bless you all. In "His" service,

Owen, Mary Jo, David, Charma, and Brenda

A main intersection in Salisbury

We wish to thank the churches who

have sent us boxes. We can always find

grateful hands to receive this used cloth

ing, We can also use children's Bible

pictures and coloring books.

Thought you might like to see a picture



P" or we -preach not of ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;

and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. 11 Cor. 4:5

of Toko and her mother the day we gave

them some of your used clothing. Toko's

father is a security guard at the Railroad


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Station and also a very dedicated Christ

ian. It is he and his family who are re

sponsible for helping to organize the

church group that is meeting at the Chirodzo School in Harari Township.

We love hearii^ from you, don't for

get us.

Servii^ in "His"name,

Toko*s new nighty from U.S.

Owen, Mary Jo, David, Gharma, Brenda



Dr/M Owen Dunlap

P.O. Box 229, Highlands
Salisbuiy, Rhodesia, Africa

828 Hildeen Dr.

M/M Marshall Leggett

Lexington, Kentucky 40502

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Thought you'd like to see us all together again. This doesn't

happen very often! In fact to take this picture we had to catch



David and Gharma on their lunch hour, and prevail upon David's

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boss to take the picture.


It is now wintertime here in Rhodesia and I must say it's not

like the winters as we know them "back home in Indiana." The

Mission Services Aisociation

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Mr. & Mrs. Marshall J. Leggett
828 Hildeen Dr.

Lexington, Ky. 40502

509 '^est Jefferson

nights seem colder because we have no

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central heathy in thehouses, but the days

are very hot out in the sunshine. Now
sometimes it can be very cloudy and you
will think it's going to rain any minute,


but in Rhodesia it never rains

except during the rainy season!


New doors have been opening to us constantly to do the Lord's work. We

have been able to secure a school building in the Harari Township for our
African Railroad workers to meet and worship. We have also picked up several

others to meet with us. This service is at 9:00 A.M. on Sundays. We never
have any trouble finding someone to preach. Africans are bom talkers and love

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At 10:30 A.M. the European church meets at our house. The children's
class has grown until we had to divide it, Charma and Brenda teach the 9-11

year olds in Owen's study. One of our Christian ladies has taken the little ones


to teach m our kitchen. Needless to say our house is filled up!

We are thrilled about our new work at the Goromonzi School, about 25 miles

from Salisbury, These are teenage students who have moved from our schools


at Mashoko and other missions and have asked us to help them start a worship
David with Goromonzi students

service on Sundays. They are very eager to leam and a very select group. It

Chipo loves
loves books

takes much effort to continue education as these African boys and girls have
done. They are a real challenge to us. When David and Owen were introduced to the group, Zindogo, one of the
students, said, "We thank God that Dr. Dunlap and David have come to help us start a church service." Oh, yes,
th^ meet at 2:00 P.M. and at 3:00 P.M. is the Jairos Jiri service. You see, Sunday is a big day for us and we
find our work very diversified.




Scene taken from our front porch

Many of you have asked about little Chipo, the Mashoko Hospital orphan. She was brought to Salisbury by
Dorothea Parker, one of the nurses, and spent some time with us while she was being tested at the local hospital
to see what her capabilites were. She was not enrolled at Jairos Jiri school for the handicapped children because
the tests showed she would never be able to progress sufficiently mentally to be able to go to school. They did,
however, make braces for her legs, hoping it would help her leam to walk. The braces weren't finished in time
for her to take any therapy and she was not taught to use them properly. We are still hoping to find a way to give
her some therapy on an out-patient basis.
In our last news letter you may have noticed a picture of the Dunlap "girls" standing in front of our new home.
Well, if we had taken a picture in that exact spot where we were standing you would see the picture to the left of
this page in the center. Although we live in the city built by the white man, we live in close proximity to our black
brothers. Our front yard fence becomes their only clothesline and their home (Kia) reflects the laughter and noise

of any family with several youi^ children. They are very friendly neighbors, smiling and waving no matter what
they are doing every time we drive in or out of our driveway. Several relatives or families gather around every
evening for their evening meal together. Children grow up never knowing or even trying to distinguish between
their blood brothers or cousinsthey are all called brothers. Three campfires are built to cook the meal over
and as the evening progresses and the svm goes down, blankets are used to wrap up in. Althoi^ the air becomes
quite chilly, the conversation keeps up the interest as th^ talk, talk, talk until the fires die down and It's time to
go to bed. Everyone is in bed by 9:00 P,M,
O yes, I might add that Rhodesia has one of the lowest crime rates of any country in the world. Although they
are very poor by this world's standards they have something very rich to show us all. These are the people we are
tr3dng to teach about Jesus
our task is very challenging! 1
Village? No, just wintering shrubs

This little fella is my welcoming committee

every morning I teach at Jairos Jirl He is not old

enough to go to school so he waits for me out in

front of the school and whenhe sees my car coming,

he comes just as fast as his little legs will bring


him. He has a beautiful smile, but when you go to

take his picture, he freezes. He tried very hard to


smile the dayI snapped this picture,but as you can

see, It wasn't from the heart.
His name is Milford and he has beenburned ter

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ourselves yoftr servants for Jesus sake. 11 Cor. 4.5

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ribly when he fell into a fire as a tiny child. Al

though he has no fingers on either hand now and his
legs are badly scarred, he will always offer all
strainers his hand to shake and give them a big


1 Dear Friends,

smile to welcome them.

It would do well for all of us to take a lesson

from Milford, he spreds happiness wherever he goes

: never thinking of himself.

God bless you little Milford

Milford at Jairos

we love you!

God bless you all.

Mary Jo, Owen, David, Charma & Brenda.



Dr/M Owen Dunlap

P.O. Box 229, Highlands
Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa

M/M Marshall Leggett

828 Hildeen Dr.

Lexington, Kentucky 40502

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Box 96S

309 Vest Jefferson

Joliet, 111.

Pretty good for beginners!


times a year Mid

the weather nev

er really cold, camping can be held most any time of the year.^
The last day of August will find us, the Lord willing, heading
towards Bulawayo, loaded down with bed-rolls, baggage, ten

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passengers and much enthusiasm for our new experience. WeU


camp in the States!


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never complain again about traveling 100 miles to take kids to

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Last January we drove a mere 1600 miles round trip to South

Africa for the second camp to be held by our missionaries there.

Owen and Mary Jo both taught, David was recreational director
and Brenda and Charma were campers. To the top of this page
you will see a picture of the children at this
camp trying to play volley ball which Is not
a Rhodesian nor a South African game!

Believe it or not, David, Charma, Brenda

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828 Hildeen Dr.

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and Owen are all in that picture-one clue-

P) /O Brenda has just served the ball in the back


The South African camp proved such a success, they are making big-

ger plans for next January and we here in Rhodesia are anticipating be




tween 75 and 80 to attend our first one. Owen and Mary Jo will be teach-

ing again, Brenda will be a camper and we have eight other campers re_

Another thrilling first in our African work is the conversion of a young

18 year old student, James Lunga who was baptized into Christ last

month. ^ the picture to the right. Mr. Miti, Toko*s father (last issue)


is baptizing him in the Hunyani River just outside Salisbury, James*

first statement after coming up out of the water was, "That was REAL

baptism!*' Just last Sunday, we were blessed to witness the baptism of

six more soxils in this coi^egation, one of which was a friend James

had lead to iheLord since his conversion. It is a thrill to us to see these

people assume the responsibility of winning others to Christ in this fashSixteen visitors from Goromunzi

What's cookin'?

ion. We have some great leaders in the maldi^o

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James, starting a new life I

^o weeks ago, the students from the Goromunzi School (16 in aUwho have been attending worship services there
on Sim^y afternoons) chartered a bus to visit the "Big City" church in Salisbury (Harari Twp.). They brought us
special music and spent the day with us. After the morning services, they went with us to the Jairos Jiri School for
Handicapped African Children where we always bring the children some special program on Sundays
We ^ve the chQdren of Jairos Jiri a treat a few weeks ago. The week of the moon flight, everyone was talking
about It, but these children who knew nothing about it until Mary Jo told them one day in class. The story worked
about theasked,
of God.
Will they see^God there?"
they get
back,girla special
document m color from the States was showing at a local theatre. We took the older children to see it andIwish all
of you cpuld have been with us to enjoy their enthusiasm! There were 13 chUdren who were able to manage enough
get themselves mtp the theatre with their crutches and braces or whatever way they had been taught to mobilize

themselves, a was not only a thrill for them, but a lesson in humility for those around them who watched. The
children asked many questions which widened their perspective of the magnitude of God!

a takes much time and preparation to appeal to so many different types of people who live here in Africa. We
spend many hours planning our work for one group and then the next group is completely different. Even the three

classes at Jairos Jirl are completely different in the way they can comprehend. There is a language barrier and
you must teach through an mterpreter and show many pictures to the younger ones. There are physical handicaps
and many are brou^t there without any previous schooling although they may be a teenager. No matter what their


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age IS they are put mto classes where they can begin to learn something. One teenage boy was always so quiet so
Iasked the teacher why we never could get a response out of him and she said, "This boy is fromMalawi and speaks
r ^derstands either Shorn or English!" How would you like to go to school under these conditions? In spite of it
aU. the Lord ^s a way of breaking throu^. The other day our boy raised his hand and wanted to say his Bible
verse. He said it in English and the whole class clapped for him!

These are the things that make it aU worthwhile. We are now beginning to reap some of the pleasures of serving

the Lord. We hope m some way we can share our experiences with you who have made it,all possible. Thank you
Takes lots of preparation

so much for your support and gifts you have sent us. We have received some lovely big pictures for our teaching

and big thick crayons for little crippled hands to color with. They mean so much.

This will be our second Christinas

in Rhodesia...time surely flies! We

wish to thank all who'have supported
our work, sent gifts and offered
prayers in our behalf.
We feel God has blessed us richly
in our combined efforts and we hope
in some way we can share with you
the rewards we have enjoyed during
this past year. Certainly, there are
many more happier and grateful peo
ple In this world because of your
These are people just like you who
are learning the love of God more
perfectly every day. The Lord will
ing, we will continue to preach the

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Again we say THANK YOU and may

ers for Him in His yineyard.

Our African address is:

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828 Hildeen Dr.

Lexington. Ky. 40502

and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. II Cor. 4:5



God continue to use us all as labor

Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa

preach not of ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;


Word and teach others to do the same.

P.O. Box 229, Highlands


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