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This newsletter highlights some of the Mission's individuals and families and outlines construction on the Mission, preparations for Christmas, the arrival and departure of Mission staff, and preparations for cold weather. Readers are asked to contribute to the Mission.;
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As promised in t he
Summer Newsletter we
co ntinue the story of
the "young plants"our
chi ldr e n . Leo
Maryboy gr eets you
first, along with mother
Sally and father Dickie,
in front of t h eir fireplace.
Mrs. Sall y is
well into her t hird year
for 16 c hildren; Mr.
DIckie, Sally and Leo Dickie is our chef for
all regular meals and school lunch daily at noon. Leo
concentrates on first grade in the Bluff Public School
with plenty of time for "cowboys and Indians."
Dan and Ada Benally and family have made Newsletter
appearances from time to time since being
married in the old log church several years ago. Dan
now assists with maintenance and Ada has just received
an order to weave rugs for the St. Christopher Shop;
several of the children were off to government schools
and only Phyllis and Hilda were home jor their picture.
Elsewhere you may find Michael busy in kindergarten.
The first girls to train in the St. Christopher Shop
are now off in college and are writing home a bout
exciting adventures. Dorothy and Kat hryn will now
take your orders under the able supervision of Robert
Livingston. We thought it a good idea to send another
order blank sli ghtly revised, in order t hat Christmas
orders could be handled promptly. We' re still trying
to get organized so be just a li ttle patient and know
that we are always a li ttle short-handed.
Building - building - building - and how much it
is needed! The Frontier Corps quarters are late getting
started but we have begun. Pat Hanna has arrived as
the first volunteer to give two years of willing work,
study and professional nurse training. Others will
Dan, Ada, Phyllis and HIlda
follow shortly just as soon as they can put t heir affairs
in order. When you consid er that new and enlarged
government schools in the area enable us to teach
instru9tion to over 300 children weekly, you can see
t hat help is needed. We offer t his opportunity in the
belief that many are willing to give two years of their
life to this frontier work. By gaining a deep knowledge
of the Christian faith and life, a ll can be better prepared
to meet the " brave new world" of today.
We have just said good-bye to Miss Ethel
MacDowell, a tireless worker from California who has
spent three months with us. Not even an injured a~kle
could keep her from sewing on buttons and hopping
in t he jeep for outstation visits. A retired nurse who
can't sit still, Ethel is galloping through her 85th year!
The new Church moves steadi ly along and the
latest picture is printed for t he encouragement of all
of us. The next issue will carry plans for the dedication
to be sometime in late winter. Right now heating and
Neu' Church progn
electrici ty are being installed for it will soon be cold
weather. Already the highest point of the new Church
can be seen for miles on either side of the San Juan
River and surely it won't be long before the bells will
be heard farther than the eye can see.
For those making plans for the end of their years
here, a form of bequest is included so that your life and
work may be a continuing witness and reality in this
part of God's Kingdom.
It is not possi ble to capture the colors of our
Autumn but we have tried to give you an idea. From
green to gold to red and brown, the li ttle t rees that
outline the old church site change daily. The grape
vines outside the window of the little room we use for
Church are beginning to undress for winter. The still,
warm afternoons are drowsy and nostalgic. We hear
t he writer say there is a time for planting and a time
for harvesting and a time for change. We know that
God's Plan is working out. We are happy to be a part
of that Plan.