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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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New Suits in Hong Kong

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

Feb. 4, 1964

Dear David:

We talked to John today but didn’t get name of hotel where we will be staying so unless it is something urgent send our mail after we leave here to Bangkok. I suppose you could send it to Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, General delivery. We took a tour of Hong Kong Island today and saw quite a few sights. Our guide took us into a Chinese market. You wouldn’t believe it unless you see it. We snapped a few pictures. We ate lunch at Floating Restaurant and had so much we weren’t hungry enough to eat dinner tonight. Dad did have a sandwich at about 10:30. We are going to get a tour of Wesley Village tomorrow. I brought my Prayer Calendar along so looked up the Methodist people here. I called a Rev. Kenneth McIntosh. He was very accommodating and has arranged several things for us. He invited us to church Sunday. When I first talked to him I told him we were planning to attend, so he thought we would be interested in attending the original Methodist church in H.K. We have another agency tour Thursday. I ordered a suit made for you and I hope it fits and that you will like material I selected. I hope it is satisfactory on both counts because it wasn’t cheap. Dad is having a suit made and I am having a suit & coat. I sent Shirley a hand decorated sweater and skirt material. Since I measured her, I wasn’t too sure and thought best not to try to have anything made for her. We have been hearing from people at the hospital regularly. Had letters from Edna & Arvella yesterday. Arvella had to get glasses to wear when she reads. She said Edna is still having trouble with her teeth. I wrote to Bonnie’s mother today and told her when we would be in Malacca.

1964-02-04-gry-p-2[page 2] Give the Kings my regards and remember what I said about not wearing your welcome out. The Chinese New Year is Feb. 13 and to celebrate we heard on news today water will be turned on several hours that day. We have to take a bath either between 6:30 & 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 & 8:00 a.m. That is when water is in pipes in hotels. In the homes here they get water once every 4 days. Our guide says they have to store water in cans to have enough to get along between the 4 day periods. The rainfall has been short here the past year and reservoir is low. They depend on rainfall for all their water supply. A new reservoir is being built but isn’t ready yet. There is a carrier “parked” in harbor which we have seen since we have been here. It makes a pretty sight when it is lighted at night. The lights on Hong Kong Island across harbor also affords us a beautiful view day and night. It is getting late, so will have to finish this.

Love Mother

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