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  4» 0 a ri W^IiB jnOM THii KICHOLa AT ijlIllLO]itG.yj;]ilDlih HbU Their letter dated Feb.24,states that  Right after oar6:30 breakfast this^saorningEdgar,the Mowlai pasiar-and two student preachers left to do some evangelizing at Mongpoh,a village that is half way to Gaahati, There are afew Christians there and they have asking us to come. -day is market day so therewill becrowds of people there.Our party will gtop at Amsaw villiage on their way back,where there are a few Christians,and where they wanttq statt a school and church. Edgar got back at about 4^.^.andin the evening he and the rest went the^^ milesto Mawkrih andhad a servicein a home there.  €w — 1 QYig -h-w^pg In nnn In nmnny tinnmnnh-TTift people at Jflawkrih Want weekly services so Edgar will try to take someone there everyFriday for I a meeting at 7: ^.]/.There is pressing need for trained-paatuaza^for all  Cl ã ci these villiage3,and it will take money to support this educationalpro- gram,but   should prove to be money well spent. The above extracts,from their letter,indicate why the Fairbroth- brqvhuiiudlua ljody\^of Januarya7th.-yare anxious to be on their way to bring them relief .They have been in Oklahoma and Texas<tl^e~ past six weeks and werewelcomed at Oklahoma City where Mdwest Christian College and the InfiLepesdemt ^hurches gave them loyal support .The- Forest Hill Church of less thando^emberscontributed  17^ ^ for their work.Tbey have a heavy schedule aheadand for visits,or information and gifts,address their Financial Secretary.Mrs.N.H.Bare,box112,Chagrin Falls,Ohio. (Sudmittod forpublication by C.W.Nichols.Oklahoma Citv.Okla.    parts of Copy of/a letter receivedfrcm Edgar Nichols, dated July6 1950 **DearNiaiat Your very ãwelcome letter received©Frankly, it brought tears to my eyes© I fear we have notfully appreciated ....-tiiefaithfulness of all our friends yib o have been praying for us That mot bo the outlook is not good, try  the uplook comes to my mind oftenthese days© God hasbeen so good tousin preser^vlng ourlives and supplying onrneeds*i am surehehasfur-therwork for us ãthough all doors seem closed at present is going to oust us much more to live in Kalimpcng, maybe as much US as §250*00 per mon th© life havebeen trying to find work for Yosay and Yohanjwork idiere ^ey could be learning some ãthing useful and perhaps gettheir board*  fe harenot been successfulso far as ãtiie localsi-tuaticn in Kalinpong is very difficult due to the washed outhi^ways© Mabel wishes to teach Aidrew English and later place him in school in Kalinpong* ^  Pfe haveno information as to our missionaries in Burma.ISiere are Mr.and ^s. Morse, the boys, Mrs. Dittemore and Reeses? Tihat is Melba and Bill»s address? LaYeme Morse andMel Byers passed  through Paan last November as you know© They wrote from Gartok tha tthey would ãtry to go down the Salweenand ãtry tocontact seme of their people in U© W. Yunnan.  Pfe havehadno direct word frcaa -them since* m met their soldierescort on the road* They toldusthatthey accompanied the boys tothe last Tibetan ou-i^jost inihe Salween© Here they left their baggage in thecareoftheescort, and went into ^\annan  bo Tada, where they found the Mission house Durnedp They returnedwith some lAsu Christians claimed their baggageand startedfor the Binrma border© This is ãtheirstory, -which we havenoreasonto doubt, but we have heard many disquie-ting rumorssince© Tfe thinkthey musthave reached Burma safelyor vm would have heardto -the contrary* I am a^ing you to send two  500*00 draftsto me at our Kalinpong address© made a money deal wi fch Hie Treasurerof -the Paan lamasery and -{his money is being jwed  bo pay salaries and carefotthe Orphans© Hfe have confidence in Brother Shao, TOO is carrying on-the Dispensary and is Treasurer, Tseng Drema andNaomi, thoare mofthe Orphanage and PrimarySchooland,toa limited e:rtent in Pastor Lee who will now have tocarry on withthepreaching*(Altogether we have 20 orph^sandindigent idio arebeingcaredfor)* Proceeds from theMissionproperty are to go first to -the orphans© Salariesare  bo be metfrom funds from America* phave told YoSay he\7illhave to find work©  Pfe wonder if some schoolor i^ividual would like  bo give  15*00 per mon th tosupport Yohan while he is going ^ school orlearninga  brade* Tffe feelthat Andrew and Reuben are our responsibili-ty* TheseJnvo areprecious and are beginning to show areal fondness for each other* We canreceivepackagesbut do not want a lot ofthings© Quick mixcakes and puddings, Jello and candy areappreciated,assugar is severelyrationed* Send no bandages orchildren sdo-thes until we find if we can get  fcem to Paan©    T ^   ã j TIBETAN MISSIONARY  wl mal^e all my mountains away —  ...IsAiftH49illCa) Vol. 3 FROM NAOMIHO. NATIVE BIBLE WOMAN My dear Sister inthe Lord, Gladys: I received your lastletter a month ago. Maybe this will be my last to you for some time. You will think as I writethis letter that my heart is almost broken.Itlookslike the Lordis trying us with fire. First He has takenour co-workers, next it lookslike He would take our money away, thirdlyit seems that we who standfast will be perse cuted. No matterwhat comes, Ro mans 5:3-5 stillholds good. We hope inallthis toglorify His Name more than ever before. Now I wishto tell you something of ourworkhere in Paan.ThroughGod s blessing quite a fewpeople have beensaved.Butsome have backslidden. We are still sorry for them.But I remember the parable of the sowerwhichour Lordgave.Some seed fellby the roadside, some fell on shallow soil, some fell among the thornsandother fell on good ground.Itseems thesamein this day as whenour Lord was on earth. We stillshould plant the seed,no matter if somedoes not liveto bearfruit.Until our Lordcomes forHisown we must continue this work. Before,Mr. Nichols planned to stay here and continueworking. Now because of the trouble Yo Say had at Gartok about permission togo on, Mr. Nichols must go with MrsNicholstoIndia. Wedo notknowwhetherhe willbe able to returnin a shorttime or whether he will go toAmerica.Looking from thehuman side, he wishes to do everything hecan for us, evento givinghis life for the work. From our side it is not easy tosee him go. If it be God s will, we can not but bow to it. As Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ, thesame yesterday today and forever. Jesusnever fails, whatever He does is best. We hope that after Mr. Nichols tends to the businessnecessary in Indiahe willbe able to return. However, if he must goto America, we hope that both you andheand his fam ily will beableto returnin a few years. I think that whatever may come you twofamilieswishto con tinue this work. The Lord shed His blood, wesometimes shed tears, but however difficult the work, we cannotshirk our responsibilities. We hopeyou and Mr. Nichols willnever change your mindabout working here. Perhaps these next few yearsareyears for preparing for even greaterthings. There have been many Christians from many nations who have hoped to preach Continuedonpg.4,col.2 October, 1950 MR. ANDMRS.ARCHIEFAIRBROTHERANDMARILOISCOMMENDATION FOR THE FAIRBROTHERS  Dated February 26,1950) To whom it may concern: BrotherArchie Fairbrother is clos ing his second yearwith ustoday, and he and Mrs. Fairbrotherleave at once to prepare for their chosen missionworkinTibet. Theyhaveboth continued their education at Lincoln Bible Institute thepast year. Mrs. Fairbrother, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. N.H. Bare, lived in Tibet for thirteen years, where herparents weremission aries, and where she studied the Tibetan language thoroughly. Withthis worthy and muchneed ed choice of this Christiancouple goes much self-sacrifice and faith. We commend them toour churches for support in this work, and withthem go ourprayers and richest blessings. (Signed) H.C.Kennedy (Signed) Asa L. Browning (Signed)ClarenceBrowning(Signed)Herschel Kleinlein(Signed) Harlan Kennedy ELDERS. CHRISTIANCHURCHCHAMBERSBURG, ILLINOIS MR.ANDMRS.ARCHIE FAIRBROTHER TheFairbrothers are preparing to enter the service of the Lord in Tibet. Graduates ofLincoln Bible Institute, theyhave served two years at the Church in Chambers- burg, Illinois. ArchieFairbrother, a native of Wisconsin, dedicatedhis life tohis Lord in earlyyouth and has devoted the years sinceto training for full time service. Marguerite Fairbrother, thedaughter of formermissionaries, Dr. and Mrs N.H. Bare, was bornon the border of Tibet and spent twelve yearsamong the Tibetans, a people whom she knows and loves. Marilois joined the Fairbrothers on January 15,1949 and Jewel Aline on August 1,1950. We are sorry we do nothave a picture for you showinglittle JewelAline also.) The Fairbrothershopeto sail toIndia soonto join Mr. and Mrs. Ed gar Nichols.  Page 2 IHE TIBETANMISSIONARY THE TIBETAN MISSIONARY Editor—Mrs. Arthur H Schaal, 6709 Plymouth Ave., UniversityCity 14, Missouri.Missionaries—Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Nichols, WicketGate, Laitumkhra, Shillong,Assam, India.Missionaryon Furlough — Miss Gladys F. Schwake, R.N. c/o Mrs. Wilma Watson, 157 Parkdale Ave., Buffalo 13, New York. Recruits—DorothyUhlig, 1026 Main St., Klamath Falls, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Fairbrother,Route 1 Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. Former Missionaries—Dr. and Mrs. Norton H Bare, Box 112, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Forwarding Secretaries — For Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Nichols: Mrs.Ar- tliur Schaal. For Miss Gladys F. Schwake, R.N., Mrs. Wilma Watson. DOROTHYUHLIG The latter part of August I fin ished my final term at the SummerInstitute ofLinguistics at Norman,Oklahoma.This relativelynew course in linguisticsis a valuableaid in learning a new language and in doing translation work.Before comingacrosscountrytospend a few shortdayswithmyfamilyin Klamath Falls,Oregon, I stayed a week in Carville, Louisi ana, observing the care andtreat ment ofleprosy patientsinthe U.S. Marine Hospitalthere. Many of those afflicted with leprosy are joy ous witnesses for the Lord. Their veryevidentspirit of thankfulnesswas impressive. It was in theFirst Christian Church inKlamathFalls that I ac cepted the Lord as my personal Saviour and resolved toserve Him as a missionary. While I was at tending the Bible Institute of LosAngeles this resolvetook more de- finite form in^a desire to serve the  TCord in Tibet—^th.at~almost inaccessible land oflost souls. Since making that decision I have completednurses training at Eman-uel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and havespent a yearstudying Chinese at the Universityof Cali fornia at Berkeley, California If the Lordopens the way I will go with GladysSchwake to the mission station at Batang. Since Ba- tang is under Chineserule, it is necessary to have some knowledgeof that language.Havingstudied Chinesehere, I will have more time to learntheTibetan language at the missionstation. In the meantime I am finishing my last semester ofChinese at Ber keley. Also I am doingvisitation work for the Elmhurst Christian Church at Oakland, California. In spite of the uncertainty and the apparently impossible situation inthe worldtoday, the Lord is able to open theway before us. Con tinue stedfastly in prayer, watch ingthereinwiththanksgiving; withalpraying for us also, that God may open untous a doorfor the word, to speakthe mystery of Christ. Col. 4:2, 3a. —DorothyUhlig. THENICHOLS JOURNEY ACROSS TIBET Gartok. Tibet—February 21, 1950. Wo have been here twoweeks and a day. We sent WangTso Tren backto Paan to get some thingsand bringlidgar back here, but We neverreajized th^ would take so long. TheDaBen(Governor)here has been very good to us, but I am ready togo to India tlie shortestand quickestway possible. The trip toKalinipongfrom here will take overtwo^inonths over liigii ^nountalns. Vo Say helps mea great deal, being able to buy and selito advantage,and is almostindispensible on the road, lleubenis becom ing better adjusted to thetraveling, and one of tlie Tibetan meh hero f5a regular nurse maid tohim. That helpsme a lotand nat urally,Reubenlikesit. He was 20 montbsold on February Ist, and is likean Ameri can child—intosomething all the time. Dri Ye, Tibet—March 25. It seems we leftthe most pleasant valley inall Eastern Tibetwhen we leftPaan for we havefoundno weather so warmand mild and noplace so beautiful. I have writtenletters at Gartok that I cannot mail until we reach a post office, and now tliey seem soold. We—that isallexcept Edgar—were in Gartoksix weeks and twodays. Theboys became rather rest less. Reuben, however.Is at home wherever ho stays, isafraid ofno one, treats everyone as a friend, andinvestigateseverything. We have gone through some wild coun try. Sometimes a mountainside will be al most entirely of granite rockswherethe going is rough andsteepandparticularly dilTicult for tlie animals. Also thereare heavily wooded areas.Yesterday we startedearlyand went up a long, steepgradeuntil we caughtup with the slow movingcaravan. There we stoppedto restandbuild a fire, forthe windwas cold. Therewasnothing to burn but a low weed-likebush that burned too readily. Soon quite anarea wasin a hot blaze, butthe snow underneath it didnotmelt. It wassomekindof greaseplant,but the Are soon burned itself out. and wo went on, upand down overrockygroundandagaincaughtupwiththe animals. The snow keptgetting deeper, andtheyak, goingahead, plowed a path for us. After wegot throughthe snow, therewas a longdescent and then a narrow trail along thesideof the mountain where theicywindwhipped into-our facesand—Gtrough—our-clothing. Finally, after milesof this, wereached a wooded stretchwhere wecould walktothaw out again.We arrived here at dark.There isa lamasary on the hillside hereand we arcstaying in the homeof a friendlylama. Tibetansare muchmorefriendly to Ameri cansthantheyformerly were, forthey are lookingto theUnitedStatesfor help. Tsow that the United Stateshas recognized Tibet as anindependentcountry.they are parti cularlydesirousof our friendship.Even mostof the lamaslookon us lesshatefully.Youmaybe wondering just who is in our party.Edgar joined usat Gartok because things werebecoming worse at Paan thepeople were stirredupby Communism, the new officials wereunfriendly, and because this trip promisedtobedifficult and dangerous for mo. WithEdgar and me arc Yosay,Yohon, Andrew,Reuben, andthree Tibetan soldiers. All threeof thesemen arc unusually helpful and considerate. There isalso a leper withus who is goingto a leperhospital in India. He is from theleper village near Paan. Atfirst T was rather dismayed at the thought ofhaving a lepertravel withus, but he isnotverybadly diseased, and we are allcareful. Hehadbeentakingtreatments at Paan.He has proved himself helpfulalong thewaybygathering wood,feedingtheanimals,andmakinghimselfuseful otherwisewithoutendangeringus. Atoneplace therewas a rope bridge 500 feetabovetheMekongRiver. Ourloadswere sent across onit, but we crossedsafely on a raft. We arestaying heretwo daysand maybelonger. Wherever westop,peojde come to usformedical care andEdgartreats thosewhom hecan. At Sachidenseveral lepers came, but whatcan we do for themin one day? It is so hard to turn these poor people away when they come for help, butit is even harder to travel right through their coun try andnot be permitted to stopand show them the wayofSalvation, Zee, Tibet—April 3 We are stillinTibet,severaldays from Riina. We are ina loweraltitude, t o weath er is warmer,andthegrainisquite tall. Many ofthehouses we have passed the last few daysare combinationstone and log buildings. A merchant on his returntrip from India sentus word that the snowis quite deep on thepass two days fromhere, andit would be advisablefor us to wait awhilebefore attempting to crossit.At the Salween Rivercrossing there is a raft pulledback andforth acrossthe river by a man. As wecrossedthe riverthe horseswere forced into the water andthe men held- theirheads abovethe raft so that they would notgetunder it. All went well untilBenjo cante with our remaining loads. His horse got under the raft.If the men had releasedthe halter thehorse probably wouldhaveswum ashore itself, but they continued to hold it and thehorsedrowned. Theywere forced to replace it beforewe couldcontinue our journey.Zayul Chun. Tibet—April 13.We are one day from Rima, andthat will be the end of our riding.Fromthere wi» will have to walktoSadiya, India. Wecrossed another snow-covered pass which was even worse than thefirst one. .lust before we reached the heavy snow, we stopped on a frozen lakefor a cold lunch of bread andmeat.Therewas nofuel avail ableto build a fire for tea. When we started on, the yakkeptgetting off the trail into the deep snow, andthe men had to unload them, carry thepack tothemoreshallow snow and help the yak out. Thisdelayedus considerably.Thosewho didnothave dark glassessuffered fromswollen, painfuleyes thatnightand the next day. That night wecamped in somewoodson patchesofsnowless,dampground.We had several inchesofsnow during thenight.Sincethenwehavebeenfollowingthe river,andtheroadhas been good. Thereare no largovillagesbetween Gar tok and Rima. Most of the villages consist of a few scattered houses andthenthere arelong stretches ofcountry\ybere there is no indicationofhumanhabitation.Tibethas little to offer the people—highmountains, rocks, andthorns,andtheymustwork con stantly toeke outthe barest living.We have beendelayedrepeatedly by hav ing to stop andwait foranimals to take us thenextstage of thetrip.We are traveling by cola, and that alwaystakeslonger than if wecould hire a caravan to take us the entirejourney. Food-has beensomething of a problem, but wehave been able to geteggs, an occasional chickerrT ahW gFalir for theanimals. We bought somericehere, for we are now in the area whererice isgrown. Rima, Tibet—April 15. Yesterday we arrived hero making it four weekstothedaysince we leftGartok, but two and a half months since I leftPaan.  t issupposedtotake us two weeks onfoot to reach Sadiya. Rima Jiad just experienced a disaster be fore we arrived.We had heardof the fire butwere unprepared to see the entire town inashes.The fire started inthe headman s houseand, withtheaid of thewind, sweptthrough thewholetown. The townspeople had put upfour tents for usand have built themselves huts oftwigs andgrass. They are buildingus one nowand intend to put a tentover it asadditionalshelter. A fewdays after ourarrival, wevisited the Kingdom Wards (mentionedinSalween by Ronald Kaulback),anEnglish couple who are collecting rare speciesof flowers. They were four and a halfhours down the valley on the India sideawaitingpermission to enterTibet tocontinue their flower searching.Wefoundthemanamiable couple, delightfullyinteresting. Walong, India—May 13. I (Mabel) came ahead from Rimatosendradiograms to the governmentof India ask ing permissionto enter thecountry. Yohon, Continuedonpg 3 col1
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