H. Beaber - In the Philippines - Sunday, May 3, 1941-1942

I just finished making out our reports. Have six blanks to fill out. I am getting a bit fed up with so much red tape.

Leo got along all right in the hospital and came home on Thursday, the 6th day of his stay. He was very weak and still feels the effect of his experiences.

The folks upstairs lost their radio as it was not paid for, and we have not had much news lately.

Willie had a birthday last week so we had a few friends to come and I gave them American fudge and hotcakes. Mr. Sariemto made a cake and brought it. We laughed at the lack of things that go to make up a birthday party. One of the girls brought Willie a shirt she had made for him. Very beautiful work and the gift was more than welcome. Willie is having quite a siege of boils at present, but he says they are subsiding some. He must have about thirty on his body now.

     

We had good meetings again today. Fourteen at Lerits and seventeen at Misos. For their Bible Study in the afternoon, they are taking Hebrews. Pretty hard for them, but they are learning slowly.

     

At present our daily routine is somewhat like the following – Leo gets breakfast and we eat about 7:00.  It consists of cracked wheat mush and coffee. Sometimes we have a bit of bread (given to us). Then I have an hour to get my vegetables for dinner rounded up. If there are things like beans and/or a soup bone to deal with, I start the charcoal fire – wood is to erratic and kerosene is 22 pesos for a five gallon can. We start out home study about 8:30 and usually finish about 10:30. We are in Genesis now. Then Cecil cooks the rice and I finish the fulay and ulam and we eat at about 11:30. Willie takes a siesta after dinner and sometimes we younger ones too, unless we have something special in mind. Our afternoons are free, but we are forbidden to go out much. We sneak out to Cinco de Junio, and once or twice a week, I get over to San Andres. Supper is pretty much every man for himself wherever or whenever. Usually consider that two meals a day are fairly sufficient.