Dear David: We were invited to North Point Church today to hear Bishop Amstutz speak. After the service there was a dinner in honor of the Bishop and Bishop Ward’s widow. After the church service we were introduced to Bishop A. Since he was from Singapore I was sure he would be Bonnie’s Dad’s “Boss.” I told him we were going to Malacca to see McGraws. He said he knew about the engagement and that Bonnie’s mother had been granted permission to return for wedding. Since he had no way of knowing about us he was quite surprised when we told him who we are and where we were going. Bishop A. was in Indiana area in 1962 and I remember going to Attica to hear him speak. Since he has met thousands of people since then he would have no way of remembering me but seemed quite pleased when I told him about attending meeting. After the meeting and dinner (in a Chinese restaurant and pure Chinese dishes – nothing just for tourists) one of the men here – laison officer – drove us to Ferry dock and we came back to hotel. We have both been sleeping and just getting ready for trip to Djakarta tomorrow. Recently Bishop A. had been in Djakarta. The Methodist church has some mission work on Sumatra. The weather has been foggy the past two days so we are glad our sightseeing was done earlier. We still have a show every time we look out at harbor, so we have sightseeing whether we are out or in our room. Since Bishop A. doesn’t speak Chinese but Malayan he had to have the local Chinese minister translate for him. We could understand all Bishop A. said but not anything interpreter said as he translated. At one point Bishop A. said some flowery words about his interpreter – the Chinese congregation all chuckled. At the dinner liaison officer said translator said “more polite talk.” We entertained liaison officer Delmar Byler and his wife last night. One of the hotels here has a floor show which is a sampling of Chinese Opera. This is not season for Opera so we couldn’t see the real thing. The Bylers came to our room after dinner and we showed them some slides we brought from home of the family and a few of flowers & Mormon Temple on Hawaii. They visited until after midnight. Since we didn’t have to start for church until 10 o’clock this morning we weren’t in any hurry to get to bed. I may not be writing so much when we get to Bali, all depending on how much John has for us to see. Your new suit is finished and mailed home. It may be 6 weeks before you get it. We also mailed home several things we thought we wouldn’t need. We will know next time not to pack so much. Also I have a new suit and coat so won’t need ones I wore from home. I was so tired of those brown tones. I have a bright red suit and coat as bright as Bonnie’s velvet formal.
Have to leave our room every evening so the floor boy can come in and fix our beds. We had such a large noon meal decided we didn’t need much so ate very little. When we returned to room our beds were ready. All this service may spoil me. I think I could use an Amah or house boy and as many as live here I am sure one of two wouldn’t be missed. Tomorrow we fly Japanese Air and when you board one of their planes food starts flowing. We will have a 7 or 8 hr. flight so will probably be well fed by the time we reach Djakarta.
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.
[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.