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Bo.

January 6,

19bl' ,

Dear Chris-fcian brethren,

The holidays are over, and life is now returning to normal. There is always a lot of

drinking going on at this time each year, "but there have heen no incidents.

The

students in the ®ible Institute had three weeks holiday vacation}

this gave them an

opportunity to return to their villages and get some food and money.

however,

churches.

Scane

of them,

are holding student ministries5

Classes will resume Monday.

these spent their three weeks with their

We

have

just begun to study the Gospels which

the

students and I

"both are

finding very interesting and profitable.

il is not coming in at all now from the States.

ave received any mail and even that was censored.

It has been over two weeks since I

It is not even sure that this

letter will get to you.

The

last

letter from Betty said that she plans to return

here

in the middle

of February.

Upon

learning this

I

sent her word to

cancel her

reservations,

for with so much political uncertainty it is unwise for them to be here.

The British Consulate in Stanleyville advised a couple weeks ago all women and child

ren to leave

to come back.

the province*

We

hope

that

since

they

left

the

Congo.

So we do not know wheii

it will not be

she

and

children will be able

it has been over six months

the

too

long yet5

As you have probably heard by now,

my parents

have

decided to

come

over to help in

the work. Dad was recently pensioned from the Standard Oil Co., and he and Mother

have decided to dedicate the rest

The doctor

of their

lives to

serving their Lord in

of course,

the

Congo.

said

they were unusually healthy.

Wj are,

doubly happy for

their decision.

There

is

much

to

be

done

that

is

left undone for

there

are

not

,

enou^ missionaries.

other new recruits,

We

are

looking forward to

their arrival along with that of the

the Batlers,

just as soon as the political climate settles»

Supplies are becoming increasingly more difficult to get.

There is n?

?i]fh

^

at all to be bou^t in Stan.

three

Even the;service

as

long as

stations are limiting

their sales to

and

gallons per customer for

the supply lasts.

Their is no_£loa3j«

it' is impossible iven to get bread with meals in the hotels.

There are nn ;pprii^

batteries,

no matches,

no keroaene -

arid

on

it

goes.

Every week

the

sJLtuation worsens

for L^opoldviTle has cut off all river boat traffic to ^r province in ^ effort to

bring it

into submission.

So no new supplies

are

coming in,

and existing stocks

are

nearly gone.

and I

There is

enou^ gas at the mission to last about four or five months,

locally-available native foods.

So eve^rvthiis

happen to

like many of the

running f±m

While passing throu^ a village recently we saw a dance in progress (which is not

unusual).

The'unusual thing was that there was a leopard skin hanging nearby.

This

meant that

the village

had killed

a

leopard,

and they were having a

great dalhce

of

joy

to

celebrate

it.

They especially

hate

leopards

and

always

dance when

one

is

killed.

I?LJUi£_filldst, _of all

confusion the

preachers^are

sti3JL.jijcdng their work,

we are

still

conducting the Bible Institute, the HEHstians axe sWll meeting land most everything

is carrying on as normal.

Tha^ you for your interest in the progress of the gospel

here.

Congo.

Please

continue

in your prayers for everyone connected with His woBk in

the

In Christ,

Ronald

Harshe

Missionaries:

Miss

Zola

L. Brown

Mr.

and

M». Howard A. Crowl

Mr,

Mr.

and

and

Mr>.

Mrs.

Rtcruits:

Ronald D.

Harshe

CUflbrd

W. Scbaub

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bittler

Forwarding

Agent:

Mr,

MiUon W.

Dills

Letter

Dear Prienda in

Bffiin

11

Christ,

T'limmry

17^

Bomili Station ;

Bomili par Bafwasende via Stanleyville

Congo Beige, Afrique

OHna

Station :

B.P. 3, Nia-Nia via Stanieyvilie

Coni^o Beige, Afiique

Forwatding Address:

19

P.

O.

Box

996,

Cincinnati 1,

Ohio, U.SA,

There was a young maii here just a few ainutes ago wanting to "buy a hymn hook

and a Bibls,

He had just

to the truth of hie words

been baptiaed last

Lord's

Day, and his face

when he .'>aid his

heart was full

of joy now.

tostifie^l

Ha wants

to £jet gt3rt<3d rii^t.

So he v.*ill

able to join in the singing now atid to

read

God's Word for

himself.

So

fow

can

clo

this®

Last week one niOffning in chapel ons od" the cdsaion employees

nie fellov;-

Chi^itiirians a j^ocd taHcing^to.

He said that

recniVinf: hie full pey enoh week bocaase the

the preacher here at Bcmili wao not

offeringsi were not

enough.

He

elaborated on the disgrace it

broutih^ on uk

and

the

lacsk

Most of the Pinployer.s and their f&Liilies aro Ohrietiane,

of love it

rereals.

and

they make up a

fair part of the ofcurch at Bomili#

TKey reooive

pay

sach v/eek

but have not "besn

givin^^ accordingly.

So last ?3u"fida>' thiere was three

times as imich in

the offering

as usuel.

They paid

the

preacher's

biu>k debt

and hare

a

little

balance

besides,

^he best of all

about it is

that it waib done from beginning to end by theaselvGs.

I

never

said

a

Tord,

'i'his aoming early I

met

one

of the student preachers

ooming bade

to

the miasion

with a wet chiclcen in a little basket*

He explained that it was siok,

yoa see that

and poured dov.-n a

one

eyo is

bulging??"

J>o ha

and a

friend

had forced

open itu

to

concoction of supoi—hot peppers.

He then

took it

bh©

t

mouth

oreek

and

dunked it

t/aon't

tsick it

a

fev/

times in

the

probably is

now.

hope

Sone

that it would swallow some '.mter.

of

their home

reaedios

for

humans

If it

are

even

more

drastic,

A orooodile has

leper vi.lla£e.

taken another person here at Boinili.

He was

a

leper froia the

He was sitting

on tlie edge

of a (hig-cjut

canoe fishing when the

croo

com© up

from

behind him

and

leaping

out

of

the water snatched liim from

the

oanoe.

The

last

one

killed

before

this

v7as the

brother of

one

of

our

etad«nt

preachers.

The TT.:,.

has just started policing

tha foroGt,

Last weak a tniokload

came

through hex*e on

a

atop everywhere.

It is

tvdce-a-mont.i

aircuit

of about 450 lailes,

They

good

to kao ' that you a:;;© reuienborod a

ooiiple

of troops

do not

times a

i«onth evon if

all

they

do

is

drivo

through.

Man^'-

tVj,a*iI--s

for

whra".

./Ta

a./:;

doiir;:

v;e

-v

o.

Hav€ you a hand in helping to win the CQNGO-F0R 0HRIST ?

Dear Friends,

The mail is

now open again,

and

so

week

ten

letters

and

one

telegram

letters

came.

This

was

the

first

Bomili

March 6,

I96I

I

have hopes

of your receiving this

lettero

Last

arrived from my,wife.

Then

this

week seven more

I

had

heard

from

her

since

December

Five churches met at Bafwagali at

the

end

of January for

a

revival meeting of two

full days.

Part of the meeting was rained out, "but the rest went well.

I96 people

were present,

and there were

after services the preachers,

about 30 young people

for

the youth meeting.

some

student preachers and I

were

sitting in

One night

the

preacher's house talking.

picked up a bed and started to

For some reason he put it down after he got outside and came back in with the rest of

One of

the

students wearied of the

conversation and

take it

to the house where ho was

to stay the night.

us.

At

this

someone

became

very

excited

and

told him not

to

leave

the bed

out

there

for the people in this village were bad people and would smear some charm medicine

on it and make

example of their need of preachers to teach them the Word of God.

whoever slept

on it

sick.

He brou^t

it

back in.

This is

just another

In January I

was

called

to

the

Olina station.

Some

outrageous sums to present and past employees for no

man

tried

to make

the

mission

pay

good

reason.

He wrangled,

plead,

threatened and everything else for five hours. He had three policemen with him and threatened to put me in Jail for not paying. A couple days later the territorial

government settled it by putting him in jail. We have found the local administrators

very

fair.

I

were

was

in Stanleyville

last month when the'word came in of Lumumba's death.

There

300 people

wishing they were

someplace else.

The

town was

closed up tight

for

several days,

and with one thing and another it was 2 l/2 weeks before I

could get

back

out

to Bomili.

When I

finally

returned to Bomili at night all

the

people

rolled

out

of bed and came

to greet me laughing and piimping my arm

off.

They had heard

all

kinds

that I

there

of gruesome

was

was.

dead.

tales

of what was happening to white people in Stan and thought

Everyone

called it mirabulous

that

there

was no more

trouble

than

'

But it was not long until some were angry with me.

bit of soap.

but I

there would be enou^ to go around to all the mission people.

you" but some did become angry because I would not let them have two pieces instead

Supplies are

We

cut

the

just not &,vailable,

two so

that

"Thank

did manage

to

get a very

little

squares in

No one

said,

of only one^^^^hey thought I was not showing Christian love.

There^aTB still little hope for the family's return here. They and the Butlers and my

paj?€nts had planned to come in April, but it had to be cancelled. This is the second

Jime

that

a

departure

date

for

them

had

to be

cancelled.

Incidents

are

still happen

ing,

and

the

future

is

still not clear.

 

Continue,

we ask,

in your faithful support and in your prayers for this work.

The

Congolese need

will

thank you

the

face

gospel now more

to

face.

than everj

and

they,

together with us,

someday

In

our Lord,

Ronald

Harshe

Missionaries:

Miss

Mr.

Mr.

Mr.

Zola

L. Brown

and

and

and

Mrs. Howard

Mrs.

Mrs.

Ronald

ClifTord

A.

D.

W.

Crowl

Harshe

Schaub

Recruits:

Mr. and

Mrs. Ronald Butter

Forwarding

Agent:

Mr,

MiUon

W.

Dills

s-

Letter #4

Dear Friends

in

Christ,

/•'A*

IP.'

-•

llarc.h

jWi?^r2

22

Bomili

Station :

Bomili par Bafwasende via Staoleyville

Congo Beige,

Olina

Station :

Afrique

B.P. 3, Nia-Nia via Stanleyville

Con^o Beige, Afiique

Forwarding Address:

P.

O.

Bov

Cincinnati

996.

1,

Ohio,

U.S.A.

We

are

novv'

at

Olina for

a

fe.v

days#

We

arrived

Sunday

night

and found

th'it

the

people had heard

that

I

had

left

the

Congo,so

one

of

theci

had

gone

to

Bomili

via

another

road

from

the

one

-^e

oame

over

on

to

learn

if it

vraa

true.

I

sta^-

most

of

the

time

at Bomili

and

only make

monthl.,.

short visits

normal

time

In adaition

by

to

a

coupla

•:ir0el<:s

and

they -/vere worried.

this

I

have

been

previoufjly

reported

to

I

'.YdR

nuppoaea

to

be

dead.

to

Olina.

are

I

passed

the

here.

Rumors

have

terrible

been la

jail and twice

Ar, -rre

o^.rae

over -^-e visited

some

ohurchss.

We foxmd

some

of

them

ware

not

paying

their preachers anything at all.

then:

thn.t

their

preaohfir -vould

jet another.

displeased.

r.oath.

Th?>t

Their

30ul'3

It

is

seemed

to

the

time

'-'ould

have

it

We

preached

thon^

some

:.ind the

on

if

from

day

1

Ooriiithians

they would

v/ould die

^i^ill

kno?r

start

9^7~14 Vi^araiiig

not be

able

and

God 7/ould

for

3ure

in

helping

their

a

to

be

leave

dry up

som9

take

and

ohuroh

thej:!}

we

they

ef.Cect

to

will

lea

'.vill

/reaoners.

We

and

found,

though,

one

nven

had

a

that

three

of

the

disable

balance

^ conference

on

their

own

initiative,

churches

v^sre

paying' their

preachers

left.

These

same

three

ohurohes

had

a

and

over

300

people

attended

and

gave

well,

Christmaia

an

offering

of 500 francs.

One

ohuroh

geive

their

ohare

to

their

preacher.

We

are

happy to see

them

doin-^

these

things

on

their

o-.?n,

I

did

not

even know about

it

until

it

was

all

ovei*.

One

of

theae

three,

Mambati,

is

doing

especially well.

There

ia

:i

great

iuorearse

in

attendance

and

they

are

paying

?ronderfully.

It

is

significant

that

thio

is

the

church

I

-^/rote

before

about

having

weekly

prayar

meetings.

 

As

'te

came

over

v/e met

a

very unoomEnon

site.

A man

was

walking

along

carrying a

bundle

of roofing

leaves

on

his

head.

Behind him

v/alked a

woman in

a

maa's hat

and carrying a bo^ and arro??.

customary.

rather x^t

The people^

cut about

it

Their positions^wjre^exactly reversed from what is

One man was

said,

-/ith me about Kade them^flic^^'laughing at it.

?,nd ntarted

firumblint".

One -"oman spoke

up and

"Well,

that

-.•o/nan

is

paying

uhis

is

my

inclepo.'idenoe.

All

to

is

your

calm

and

praypra

-veil

and

here,

and

the

Lorv.

faithful

3up.:-'0rt»

is

bl .::3ain;',; us

and

the. work daily

thanks

Have you a hand in hebinq to win the CONGf^f'^FOf''(f^RI^T ?

Bomili

April 5)

1961

Dear Brethren in

Christ,

The "biggest hindrance to the progress of the gospel nov/ is

ancy of everyone for the new religion which is coming.

that caused by the expect

It is supposed to replace all

the former religions.

can only guess that it might be a cult honoring the

Just what kernel of truth is in it,

if any,

is not clear.

I

late prime minister or communism

or

wh« t.

It is very likely that it

is Just pure rumor since this is the fairest

rmmor-fbroeding ground in the whole wide world ever since independence. For months

now there

religion.

arrival.

have been

only a very few baptisms.

Most people

are waiting to join the new

In many churches a group of Christians have left and are awaiting the new

The preachers are

all unaffected,

though,

along with most of the Christians,

Some things that may appear odd to Americans came to ray attention last week as I was

sitting in church at Bafwasendej and so, thinking of you, I jotted down a few.

A

former soldier and government messenger was wearing his old army stockings that reach

to his knees. The odd thing was that the feet had worn out so he had cut them off at

the ankles aJid was just wearing the tops.

the

soles and strips of inner tube for the

He had also

taken a piece

of old tire

for

straps on the top and made a pair of sandals.

Then there was the man sitting in

the middle in his

glistening purple.

suit jacket, white shirt and tiec

The sun v/as scorching outside.

He buttoned the

obviously brand—new raincoat just

One

of

the deacons was wearing a

jacket and left

the

tie hanging on

the outside like

a thirsty dog's

tongue.

He was barefooted.

One man was doing a

fancy job of balancing a bent and crooked pair of glasses on the tip of his nose.

A

dog was asleep under the communion table.

two-yea.r-old son came bouncing in waving a woven uhuru hat around with a feather stuck

And during the

offering the preacher's

in

it.

All

this

in

the

most

"cultured"

tovm

where

we

have

a

church.

Where the

end of

stealing is going to lead wo do not know.

These things have happened

at the mission v/hile I

have been gone on various

trips.

Someone got into the house

and stole the bedding off the bed and a couple changes of clothing. A couple boards

were

stolen and later recovered.

A couplo

bunches

of leaves have been stolen.

Two

chickens disappOc?-rod during" my last safari. One Sunday a screen door was found laying

on the

ground in broad daylight.

Someone got

cold feet

after taking it

off its hinges.

This

preacher,

thou^,

has

the best story of all.

Someone stole

the refill

out

of his

ball point pen and inserted an empty one.

V/hile grading papers for

the Bible Institute today I noticed these nicknames

that some

of the students had taken.

"The Prophet Elisha" (his name is Eliasi),

"Unlucky Arnold,"

and one

fellow wrote his

in French obviously having only a hazy ides

of v/hat it meant,

"His Majesty George."

One exasperated student after floundering on trying to answer

an essay type question made a couple unbright remarks5

paper;

then there was a space on the

did not study."

and in very small handwriting he wroto,

"Bwana, I

V/ell, the mail is clogged again.

After sv/allowing all my wife's letters for nearly

three months the mail opened up in March.

closed again.

It lasted a couple weeks,

and nov/ it

is

It has been three weeks now since letters have come in from Betty.

Accept our gratitude for your prayers and giving,

doing is being multiplied many times over by the

will

and message before

the

Congolese.

and rest assured that v/hat you are

Lord's pov/er in bringing His own

In

our

coming

Lord,

Ronald

Harshe

tf

[i£id

Missionaries:

Mias

Mr.

Mr,

Mr. and

and

and

Zola

L. Brown

Mrs. Howard A. Crowl

Mr«.

Ronald D. Harshe

Mrs. Clifford W. Scbaub

Recruits:

Ml. and Mrs. Ronald Butler

Forwarding

Agent:

Mr.

Milton W.

Dills

./r

,

A

••

-fV

Station:

Bomill par Bafwasende via Stanleyville

Congo Beige, Afrique

Olina Station :

B.P. 3, Nia-Nia via Stanteyville

Congo Beige, Afiique

Forwarding Address:

P.

O.

Bov 996,

Cincinnati 1, Ohio, U.S.A.

•Rnmili

April

19

19Si

Letter #6

Dea^ Friends

in

Christ,

Aman was just here who asked for work. I told him that

world that I would give work "because he is always drunk.

>»iin riot drunk

and he lives here at Bomilio

time.

T^LHeter'seen

3^

first

®ut todayj he was soher for the lii'st

In

a

,

He theA said that he has ahsoluteljr given up all drinking heoa^e tto

Liquor is one of the curses of the Congo.

ffovomment agent told him that if he catches him drunk again he will put

for two months.

Hearljr everyone drinks some, and many get

are litirally drunk all the time.

The week-end before last I made a safari to nine churches in the Bafw^daka

Two and three

churches grouped together so I

only had to hold four

we arrived at the first church the Christiana came to greet us md I noticed that

one wfflnan looked very ill.

comparison to the rest.

She is a very faithful Christie ^d outstanding

in

As she turned to leave, a man, a heathen, who had heen

She is sick.

I asked what Later on I

talking with me said,

hut he just shrugged and said that he did not know.

"That is my wife.

sickness she had} he started heating around the bush ^d finally

_

missionary had had an argument, to teach him I about said, the "^ou evils mean you of heating heat her." your I wife. then He proceeded very gravely like a agreed good

*4.V

TT

+>iB+ T ani/i

"Yoli are

riidito

It

is

had

to do

that*

If it had heen anyone

Use beating her I would have become angry, but she is my wife,"

At one church a man said he wanted to be admitted back into the

That made it alri^l

*^®

church refused him.

crocodile witchcraft.

disfellowshipped him.

He had been jailed upon his own confession of practicing

That is to call up a crocodile to kill someone.

So the church

He later wanted to repent and he taken hack into the fold.

The church told Mm they would accept him back when

the church and destroyed them before their eyes.

He wanted me to set the church straight,

but I

He thought this was being unfair.

complimented them instead.

It seems like ages since I have seen the family.

They left ten

^

,f *^®

tl bf

""monent there is nothing happening here, but you never

out again.

It is good for awhile, and then not so good.

Congo.

The Congo

quiet for several months before I would be easy about them being here,

you are praying about this.

Christ's mission to the

^8

Thank you kindly for your interest and support of

AFKICM

SSI OH

Have you a hand in helping to win the CONGO

FOR CHRIST ?

JvN

5

1961

Bomi li

May 11,

1961

Dear Brethren,

We have heen made sorry by the

attitude of one of the student preachers,

and we are

afraid he will have to be dismissed. He has a three—year—old son, and one day the wife of one of the other student preachers gave him something to eat. That evening

the child became nauseated. For several days now the child has not been well, and so

the father has accused the

other student preacher of putting a spell on his child

through something his wife put in the food#

eating the food.

His child was slightly ill even before

He has responded to medical treatment and appears nearly normal now.

But the father has it

in his head,

and so

he is

going to accuse the

other student of

witchcraft before the chief.

Since independence this is even a more serious charge

I talked with him at length about

because the government now sanctions such trials.

accusing without cause his brother preacher before worldly judges and the effect it

would have on the gospel. He seemed to be convinced until this morning when he informed me that he is going to the chief today to make the complaint. Since indepen

dence

there has been an increase of

this sort of thing.

Whenever anyone gets sick the

first thing they think of is ulozi (witchcraft).

There has in many ways been a rever

sion

to

the

old

customs.

A man came to me recently

not unusual, but I v/as not

as

I

was in his village

saying a young lad "was ill.

saw.

I

That is

at all prepared for what I

have never seen such a

His left leg was

sickenening sight here and there have been many bad ones, too.

swollen from knee

to anklo several times

the

size of the

other leg.

It had split

open and was seeping badly even through several layers of dirty cloth.

As we were

driving to the dispensary at Bomili, even with all the truck windows down the stench

was nearly unbearable. It could readily be seen that he was in constant pain* It

had all begun months ago with a small sore. He v/as being treated here at the dispen

sary, but the progress did not please his family so they returned to the village with

him and used native medicine.

Over a fev/'months it progressively grew worse,

and they

then came to me.

been prevented.

It makes you angry to see something like that when it could have

If his life can be saved'at all he will be a cripple and may even

have

to have

the

leg amputated.

Beginning next week the annual three-day conference begins at Bomili.

The following

week the two in the Bafwasende area will

take place,

and then the next week the Olina

• churches will have

theirs.

We

are

prepared for a disappointment in attendance

for

some have left

indifferent.

the church since

We hope

we are not

last July and some of the

others who remain have grown

disappointed beyond our expectations.

In June of i960 the family left the Congo for what we thought would be a couple months

Nearly a year has now passed.

improving the

Thoue:h ''"•Ho si+n^'tion is better now and has been slowly

last couple months,we still cannot icel at ease about them coming here.

So when Mr.

Growl comes back in June I

will return to America for a furlough until

the situation will permit the family to return to the Congo v/ith me.

Our first

five-

year term has expired anyway, and so v/e are eagerly looking forward to reuniting our

:^amily

soon.

May God bless you for your part in preaching to

the Africans, and may He bless that

preaching of the gospel that the Congolese may share our walk with Him,

Sincerely in

Christ,

Ronald

Harshe

Missionaries:

fiomiii

Station :

Miss

Zoia

L. Brown

Bomili par Bafwasende via

Stanleyville

Mr.

and

Mis. Howard

A.

Crowl

Congu Beige,

Afrique

Mr.

and

Mn,

Ronald D.

Harshe

Olina

Station :

Mr. and

Recruits:

M's. Clifford W. Schaub

Ml. and Mrs. Rooald Bmler

Forwa rding

Agem :

Mr,

Milton

DilU

B.P. 3, Nia-Nia via Stanleyville

Con^o Beige, Afiique

Forwarding Address:

P.

O.

Bov

Ciacionaii

996.

1,

Ohio,

U^.A,

Letter

T)ear

Frionds

in

Christ,

The

Bomili

confors!no«3

ha©

oorae

and

gone

and

90

have

272 p(3ople,

This attendj=inoG

3.S vastly

below thd

r^oord

attendr^jice

thinf2;s have alowed.

?s.v9ra^o for

those annii^.l meetings

1959o

V/ith

tlis

advent

of

of the Christianso

In'.lependenoe

msjiyji

The

laany

The people had aof^lected to ])lani; fields

thinking; that it

would no

lon^"©r be necessary

qOOsI -living

oRce Indepsndence

to

bother v.'i.th the

annoyrince

of worK.

to

hs-ve a

comeso

Thsrs

Giitered a £^eri©ral attitude of

law—

lesf^ness. - Tho

devil

then nRed

all

this

to

work

on

the

churoho

Some

people

lef

the church, ^id some

of

the x-einainiiig (7,rcvv very indifforent®

group of faithful

Chrietians in nep.rly every place,

thoa/;h5

There is

a. good

and some churches

are

even proGpfti'in,'

bf^v'oud v/hcit

they •'/fere

before. Indepeiidence.

'•^.e

look

on tnis

ar»

a

necond

h3gin:iinr",

'^.nd

'vonder if

the

Lord iB not using

thio

as

a purge

1

n?

churoh in

pr'J7i?im.tion ? or

f:rT^.ter

things

that He vrlll do with io#

People

a

rtow startin^"

i;o

plant

fields

ar-i.injhaving,

the folly

of their way.

-he nevi

government and pubiiri

v.'itchcraft,

OTjinion iu

i-.enera-i is maicing a drive

that

and it

ip tsTierin^^

off®

b'^lieve,

ton,

against criae and

i;hO::=;e whooe

hearts

wei'e

not

v?ii:h

the

Lord

ha-ve

left

iHe

Ghurch,

that

perhaps

tho

chux'ch will

n

longer be troubled 7;ith the host^^wanl". to "join" because j.t ie tie populax- thin

to

do«

Crur carpenter and hifi v/ife

ar-'^

cn vr.ication and visiting in

their nome vilxage

awjiy. The other day aa X was Gtr:*liin£-; ''.hrongh the village I oa>Be bo their xiouse, tind sui'rounding their little garden of Manioc v»'as a Jangle vine faatexied on 3tic,<';

to

form

a

sort

of fence.

About

every

feot

aiid

faetened

to

the vine

was

a

folded leafo I opened one aiid found a concoction which tho v/ife had nia.le and puT

there before

leavingo

She did this

no The leaf v.'ith

so

one v/ould cross

the

the

vine and steal fro>-i

'^/itchcralt,

her garden in their ^vhsenoe.

concoction in iis

••••"hicb

c;eans

that v.hC'ever Grosses

t)ie

vine

v/ill die.

It

i;:

varv

eff::!ctive

in

r-caring -v'o.rid-bo

ti?espa3secs a'.vayj

butj

of coo.rse,

has

r.o place --^.t all

on the

{•iisnion,

I

destroye-l it,

-and v/hea

they

r-=-3tiirn I

vvill

have

to think up a suitable

iiLinir.h."nent for

Thank yoa for

the.'su

They arc

Qhvistianss,

too«

Indnpenlpucel

)iolding np

ou.r hands

over here "vith youx' prayers ;:Uid offerings.

/LmiGiU?

G7[:?I-''.'TIAJT

; 1X331011

Have YOU a hand in heloina tn win tke?

PWPI^T ?

Bomili

June

10,

1961

Dear

Christian

Friends

The

annual

conferences

have

come

and

gone.

The

attendance

was way down,

but

the

preachers v/ho had planned the. conference and preached the

sermons did

The Bomili,

Bafwabiago and Bayawa conferences each ran between 250 and

very well.

300 in

attend

ance.

This

is

one-half

to

one-third

the

usual

attendance.

The

Olina

conference

could not be held. Soldiers had put up a roadblock near Olina and all the Christians

on that side of the mission v/ere afraid to try to pass it. Some others who had tried had been beaten. Then only one man from the three churches on the other side

of

the mission

came.

came in

the

truck to

been

have

left without

a

the

conference

The

get

others

them.

preacher due

there.

lazily

said

that

they v/ould

come

when

the

missionary

This

left- only the

two

to their falling away.

churches near Olina who had

So it

was

impossible

to

At

in

I

Bayawa I

was

the

middle

of

awakened

the

road

went back

to sleep.

I

one morning about

4s00 AE by

in

front

of my house.

This

the

is

noise

not

so

kept waking and dozing.

Finally,

about

of

someone

shouting

terribly unusual so

5^00 A.M.

I

opened

the window and

listened.

He

was

berating

the

American

and

telling him to

"git"

like

others

for he was not wanted in

the

Congo.

I

v^ent

back

to

sleep again waiting for

daylight,

agitator's voice

but was

again av/akened by

then

trailed

off to

an

angry voice

rebuking the

the

far

end

of the village.

troublemaker.

Later,

the

The

leaders

of

the

churches

at

that

conference

were

unanimous

and

enthusiastic

in

their

letting

it be known to me that they wanted the missionaries to stay.

After leaving Bayawa we passed a wrecked^truck on the main highway.

It was Vinrecked

rather oddly,

though.

The

top was all

bashed in,

yet it had not been turned over.

We

learned

that

a

few nights

previously it had encountered an elephant in

the

road.

The

elephant would not

leave

so

the driver foolishly

tried to pass to

one

side.

In

the process it

bumped Jumbo,

and

the

enraged beast

proceeded to demolish

the

cab,

the

hood

sind fenders

v;ith

its

trunk.

He

did

a

first-class

job.

He

even bent

the

windshield corner post. It is amazing how much damage it did5 the truck body is wholly beyond repair. No one, thou^, was hurt; unless it might be that the elephant

had

a

mighty

I

had hoped

sore

trunk

to return

to

the

next

day.

the States

this month,

but

some

problems

have

arisen,

and I

do not know now if

it will be possible.

Next week I

expect

to go to Stanleyville,

and

after

some

inquiring around there I

will be able

to make a decision.

So

before

next month's

letter I

may

be

in

the States

and writing from

there

-

or

I

may

still

be here.

We

hope

to be

reimited.

and we appreciate

that

the

former vri.ll be

the

case for

our family

wants

and needs

We know

that

many

of you have been praying concerning this

matter,

it deeply and are convinced that the Lord will hear those prayers.

Your

continued prayers especially for

the

preachers

and the

Christians

are

as needed

as ever.

There

are many times now more

obstacles to

the

gospel, and before His Word

will be

successful here many problems must be

overcome.

We

trust

that you will stand

with us

and

the- Congolese.

 

In

the

Ronald

Almighty

Harshe

One,