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x t! ar ;ad h rican ! ia-de er, son of Mr. and Mrs. ear  Gardner has taught in ' Ok for nine years. The "W, ii:ng letter is another of serves he has written yearly )therSare some of his al d'ences in the far East • es. Jimmy teaches at 00ur::00o00i,o00a air 00ose in " merican schools He on Oil: . - _meactws evenmg classes g herr; tber • versational English" to he fo alive Japanese and of m s the Japanese langu- ltative. reciptgs from Japan: lvelslt tler year has passed tal Cps the biggest news _.J'ning me will take you • . . . ; aSrP;rl;y r';res 2g oa m ;e flt hwe:: "..  g Kong No, only a LtlOn % . "'" ms co{_ ut 1 am the adoptive head of a seven year old ir"sitese boy, Wai Hung Actually there are no r for bonds; l am only a tevotrtive sponsor for Wai ClVl,  for an indefinite period .me. His father was ;iSte to support all of his e C' so Wai Hung is in a and home. I became his Oklr through Children, lion..iguess the bicentennial ;part,make me feel like va's g a little of America's ,nal. Dt Slg in Japan for our 'S " ry birthday was heart- is an ing. I think the retar ese had almost as on y,  fun as we did--and 'ority [ized on it as much as ed Iv Red, white, and blue e w ertainly popular colors .te t ear. It made me feel 3onfe to see waiters wearing .t Aul  saying, "I like you osen ca," or "Home Sol- ?r a (depicting Revolutio- t soldiers), and Liberty .%nvl e i verywhere. It s sur- g" g, and often embar- zl, to find • that the "OW-7 . se Know more about -- tory than some of us fo I doubt that many Jo •ans are aware of ttse history prior to I:LLel plans seemed to fall h left and right this ...,.,I did manage a week I llS[llq _. . ._. j g t3mstmas vacation in aY liilippines My pen pal e h 'a7  ere met me and spent "-" ! f the time with me. I go there to do much i relax and lie in the W which I did. Having ,2bthere once before and done the tourist i, I paid more attention etery ife of the Filipinos this mt..Ft half-day excursion to a place where ntative dwellings and afts from the various dE are displayed. Unlike [A_rist place in Japan, it TO relatively free of :eers. Occasional school crossed our path with Iorv ,# Joe! ' (Evidently their . "_, or all American men ) ilOItlPj. ust beamed when I e to pass the time of V g [ith them. The architec- fMt#¢re was quite interest- icy tl designed for maxi- th plair flow with lattice ws and open space, The Journal, Thursday, January 27, 1977-9 Greetings From Japan! Women'sCouncilmeeting Women's Council of the Business meetingfollowed every moment of her life happy, pleasant people. My friend explained that if you had enough food fdr three meals a day, you were happy• There was no use to fret about money when you knew you couldn't have it. I believe Jt is safe to say that they are generally happier than Ame- ricans or Japanese. I'm not sure what this is saying about our value system and our mental stability, but I'm sure it is saying something. Certainly food for thought. In spite of proverty, there are enough people in the city of Manila, (one million population) who have cars to create horrendous traffic problems. Added to the private cars (of which Toyota and Volkswagen are the most popular) are the jeepnes (jeep-like trucks open on all sides with a roof and the cheapest form of public transportation), buses of all sorts (some windowless and doorless), and trucks create a haphazard traffic situation. Blasting horns must be their often built on stilts. Gene- rally Filipinos sleep on mats on the floor. Not only is it cooler than a bed, but it also leaves living space in the day time when mats are folded up. It is also very inexpen- sive, always a consideration in the Philippines. The other excursion was to Hidden Valley, 78 kilometers outside of Manila. It is a naturally preserved jungle valley with a beautiful waterfall and numerous mineral spring-fed pools warm enough to swim in. The whole trip including the car, driver, entry fee, and fabulous lunch at the outdoor restaruant with three Fili- pinos furnishing guitar mu- sic and singing cost only $18 each. The trip there was both breathtaking and depress- ing. We passed sugar cane fields just being harvested, tall graceful coconut groves towering over banana trees and pineapple plants. Am- ong all this lush beauty were small villages and isolated homes revealing the utter poverty of so many people. Many of these little shacks would be considered inade- quate for animals in Ame- rica. I could not help but compare the luxury of the Century Park Sheraton Hotel where I stayed with these conditions--and feel pangs of guilt. It is easy to see why they envy Americans, who all seem wealthy by their standards. It is no wonder that thousands are trying to immigrate. (There is a seven year waiting list, even with sponsors in America for most people. Also martial law makes it difficult to migrate.) Disease is also a problem there. Our driver's wife died of TB in October, leaving him wth two small children. I'm sorry to say that I believe he too is suffering from it. Inadequate food and poor sanitation seem to be the major causes. The country is a contrast of those with and those without. My friend, Mr. Plenos, earned $65 a month as a teacher. He had to quite his job when he didn't get paid for five months. He may start teaching again in a better location. His school was supported by tuition and some subsidies. Average workers make about $40 a month. One of my friends said he wished for a job as a waiter in a big hotel because he could probably make at least $100. The low income seems to be the major reason for crime, particularly theft. My friends said many people of generally good character were forced to steal simply to provide food for their families; and being primarily a Catholic country, families are often large. This threw the idea of distrust and fear of the Filipinos into another perspective. There is reason for the crime. In spite of the hardships, the people seem generally way of relieving frustrations of driving since it does nothing to relieve the traffic problems. A new trend, and a rather pleasant one, is to have bird calls instead of horns. It was sometimes nice to stand on the balcony off my room at twilight, watch the fading light, and listen to the thousands of bird calls. There was one habit the Filipinos have that was both interesting and distracting. Instead of asking "What?" if they do not understand, they bug their eyes slightly and drop their jaws. The first time it happened I thought something I had said was terrible or something had occurred behind my back. 1 thought how terrible it would ,be to be hard of hearing if there were many flies around. there were many tie around. I arrived back in Tokyo Christmas Eve and promptly tried to forget about Christ- mas to keep from getting homesick. In the Philippines there were all kinds of things going on like caroling in the hotel lobby, special Christ- mas shows on radio and television, but somehow because of the tropical weather, it didn't seem like Christmas. Back here in the cold was a different matter. I did absolutely nothing spe- cial Christmas. Perhaps this will be the last holiday spent in the orient. I still love Japan and my many friends here, but I think it is time to go home. Living on base is becoming more and more frustrating also. So, if the opportunity comes for me to teach in America (at reasonable wages) or go into business, I shall resign here. Of course, I won't resign without some- thing definite. Air has never been very nourishing. Until whenever then, "Sayonara." Christian Church met Janu- ary 19 at 1:30 p.m. Meeting opened with group singing "Jesus is All The World To Me." Devotions were given by Aletha Coldsmith. She read Psa. 51:10, then spoke of how the New Year should be a new beginning for us and what we write on the slate is our own choice. She stressed the value of positive think- ing, also reminding us that we will have painful times. We will do the wrong thing at times and must ask for forgiveness. This will all add up to be a learning process. She spoke of the importance of making some one happy and we will be happy too. We will see our horizon of usefulness start to expand• Each day helps us build a year and we can hope for a full year by obeying God each day. She ended with prayer. Services for Viola C. B. Stout Hickman were Friday Shares St0000I'y of "China D()c:tor" Harry W. Miller, M.D., known to generations of Asians and Americans as the "China Doctor", famous for his skill as a thyroid surgeon, died January I in California. He was 97. Dr. Miller also developed the process of inaking soybean milk to feed malnourished Chinese child- ren in areas where cow's milk was unavailable. Dr. Miller served as a physician to Chou En-lai, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and once treated the Republic of China's first leader, Sun Yat-sen. He cured a Manchurian leader, Marshal Chang Hsueh-liang of the opium habit. He went first to the small town of Hsintsai in Honan Province as a medical missionary. Living in the shadow of the Boxer Rebellion, when many foreign missionaries were killed, Dr. Miller and his wife, Ethel, dressed as Chinese and gained the respect of rich and poor alike. Mrs. Miller died in China less than two years after their arrival, but the doctor remained to establish the first Adventist publishing work in China, (he spoke and wrote fluent Mandarin). This was accomplished when he carried a handpress into China and directed the carving of Chinese charac- ters to set type. In 1910 he founded China Missionary College, now located in Hang Kong. 111 health forced his return to Washington, D.C., in 1912 where he remained until 1925. The years 1925 to 1939, in mission service to China, he built Shanghai Sanitarium and Hospital and the Wuhan Sanitarium and Hospital in Central China. In 1938 the doctor was in Wuchang when a Japanese bomb hit a small dispensary. He singlehandedly rescued one of the clinic workers and a baby from the debris after officials thought they had saved all survivors. During World War I1 Dr. Miller was medical director of the Mount Vernon Hospital in Ohio. While there, he founded a Labora- tory, which carried out experiments on vegetarian protein products. He returned to research work both in Ohio and California but the call of mission service lured him overseas again where he worked as a surgeon or  :=::::  administrator in several places during the 1950's. 15 J , ' Then in 1960, Miller ' " L SavJDgs established a hospital in l00ntier Federal .o., Kong. He worked as a fund.raiser throughout the " ar[ Loon  Orient, helping to set up two tn: Pon©a City • Oki-homa City • Tutea more institutions. Stlllwator • BarUesvllle • Edmond • Cushing He remained in Hung Kong until 1974, practicing surgery and seeing patients in a weekly clinic. By his own estimate, Dr. Miller per- formed 6,000 thyroid opera- tions and "about 30,000" operations during the span of his 70-year career in medicine. Dr. Miller served on the American Relief Admini- stration at the appointment of President Woodrow Wil- son. Among his famous American patients were Alexander Graham Bell and William Jennings Bryan, as well as several senators and congressmen• In 1974 a letter came from Richard Nixon commending him, ',You leave an admirable legacy of compassion and accomplish- ment." Funeral services for Viola M. Hickman, 311 E. Herr, Pe,,,in were held at the Perkit, Christian Church, Frida', January 21, 1977 at 2 l,.m. The Rev. Hartley Free,tan and the Rev. Phil Breland were in charge with interment in the Perkins Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Hickman died Wed. January 19, 1977 at Still- water Nursing Center at the age of 77. She was born July 28, 1899 at Ingalls, the daughter of Wilbur and Frances Court- right. On April 9, 1919, she married T. W. Hickman at Perkins• She has lived in the Perkins-Ytillwater area all h r life. ",he was a member of the Christia Church. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Forest Valley Garden Club. Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers, one sister, one son Secretary-treasurer reports were given by Goldie Lacy. Mae Vasser gave a report on calls that she and Aletha Coldsmith had made on patients in the hospitals and rest homes. Ninety-seven calls were made by group on shut-ins. Prayer for the sick was given by Marvelin Breland. Birthday verse was read in honor of Goldie Lacy. The lesson was given by Marvelia Breland. She spoke of how we should show others that we love God, and the many ways we can do this. She read Mathew 22:37-38. She told of how she experienced love in her own family. She read Math. 22:40 that tells us that love is the greatest of Christian virtues and is the very nature of God, giving the death of Jesus on the cross as the supreme example of love. God loves the whole world as well as individuals and has a special love for Christians. She read from James 2:17-26. Love unites all Christian virtues and should be shown on weekdays as well as Sun- days. She told the story of Martha, a twentieth-century housewife, mother and com- munity worker. She spent working for others, never taking time to really com- municate with God, altho she was also a good church worker. When she went to meet her Lord, he told her she never knew him, as she was always too busy to really invite him into her heart. She was never still long enough to gaze into His face and He could never reach her. She was always too busy with other people and did not love Him more than she loved them. He said "1 never knew you." She asked him if she could warn her daughter to be still long enough to know Him. He answered "Each must make their own choice." Meeting closed with group singing "The Evening Pray- er Song." Mac Vassar and Aletha Coldsmith served refresh- merits at a beautifully decorated table to Winnie Weems, Rosa Grimm, Avis Sparkman, Alto Renfrow, Ida Biumer, Marvelin Breland, Nora Price, Wilma Upshaw, Edith Gardner, Goldie Lacy and new member Gertrude Hurst. and one grandson• Survivors include her husband; three sons, Earl J. Hickman, Cushing; Gene Hickman, Perkins; and Jerry B. Hickman, Amarillo, Tax. and one daughter, Mrs. G. C. (Willa) Cherbonnier, Ft. Worth, Tax. Also surviving are two bothers; Richard CourtriF t, Lavita. Colo.; Earl Co,,t- right, qt:lwatcr; and one sister, vhs. Ruby Wright, . ._v_/sit our new location. Oktahohm City; seven grand- ch:Mre and one great gra:dchild. Pallbearers were Roy Spillers, E. W. Blumer, D. K. Boydstun, Richard Grimm, Kenneth Stratton and Lige Upshaw. -O- New space enables us to maintain a large Inventory COME SEE US l STILLWATER MUSIC CENTER 1132 W. 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