The Concern Clinic

1964-02-04-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

Feb. 7 – 1964

Dear David:

We have had a tour of Wesley Village (oldest), Epworth Village (newest), and North Point Church. All those are located on Hong Kong Island. Our hotel is on Kowloon Peninsula, but all is part of Hong Kong. We took several pictures Wednesday when we visited the above mentioned. This a.m. we went on our own to see a floating clinic which is operated by a Methodist M.D. who also is a preacher. He is not with Methodist mission but sponsored by “Concern” our organization in Calif. He is Dr. Jim Turpin. At present he is in Saigon, but this morning we met his wife and several people who are helping in clinic. This clinic (“Concern”) is surrounded by sampans and junks. We had to hire a sampan to take us out. Mrs. Turpin was coming in so we came back to shore with her on sampan clinic hires by month. We have found the place to send our drug samples. We took quite a few pictures this a.m. and it is almost beyond description to tell you what we saw. I think I can tell you better when we get back. These water people have no other homes but these little sampans and junks. They desperately need medical attention. Mrs. Turpin said they are so grateful for the services of clinic and would never think of calling for Dr. when clinic is closed. I wish the people in our area would be so considerate of us. Dr. Turpin left a good practice in Calif. to come here to do this work. They have four children. I asked her if the children attended boarding schools – she said no day schools and they have their living quarters below deck. There is a sun deck where children can play. The dispensary is on main deck. There is a place at one side of clinic where people bring their children for milk, cookies, and vitamins. Just like our drive-ins back home. They just push their sampans up to window and two girls hand out the food. This afternoon we are to see Asbury Village. A Mr. Delmar Byler is to be our escort. Seeing villages requires climbing down and when we leave climbing back up. Everything is built on sides of mountains. More building going on all the time to make houses for refugees. There are many government houses but not enough. Thousands of refugees are still in squatter shacks on sides of mountain. One thing we noticed – most of the squatters have gardens if there is dung ground. Some of these mountains have terraced gardens almost to top. If our people back home could see the great need here and as I mentioned in Japan I think they would be more concerned about Mission. One thing more about “Concern” the Rotary Club here has added an additional unit to original clinic. We took pictures of the clinic with Rotary wheel on side. We were in a sampan. I hope the motion didn’t spoil picture.

1964-02-04-gry-p-2[page 2] Your suit is about ready. We are going to have it mailed to you to save us carry it home. They assured us we need not worry about the fit. I hope they are right. We saw the Chinese border yesterday and took some pictures. Dad said that was one place a telescopic camera would be the thing to have. We saw quite a few sights that weren’t for anyone with a weak stomach. There is so much filth in some places we wonder what keeps people from dying in droves. I am certainly glad we had all our shots. So far we haven’t had any stomach trouble at all. We are trying to be careful. It is a beautiful day and we are about ready to take off for another jaunt. As Daddy has been writing to a few people – having wonderful time – wish you could be here.

Love Mother

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1 thought on “The Concern Clinic

  1. davidmadison1942

    “We have found the place to send our drug samples.” Well, that’s pretty cool!

    “I wish the people in our area would be so considerate of us.” !!! LOL

    I admire them for getting off the “tourist track” to see real life.

    By the way, this transcription is not of the letter pictured here.


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