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THE CHURCH OF CHRIST PoOo Box 1674

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Nassau^ Bahamas
JAMES AND SARAH REDMON, MISSIONARIES

January 1968

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1111 NORTH MAIN jOPUN, MISSOUKI 64801
First, let

Dear Friends,

It is time to look back over 1967 and give you a summary of the whole yeaRo

ME APOLOGIZE FOR NOT SENDING OUT ANY CHRISTMAS CARDS THIS YEARo I HAD A PICTURE ALL READY TO USE AND HAD EVERY INTENTION TO USE I To THE POWER COMPANY HAD OTHER IDEASo YOU REMEMBER THAT

I MENTIONED IN OUR NOVEMBER LETTER A PROBLEM?


UNTIL LAST WEEKo

WELL, THE MAIN POWER STATION WAS OUT OF ORDER

LOAD SHEDDING ^AS NECESSARY AWD^ IT LOMeD LIKE'WE WERE ALWAYS IHb UNhS SHLD^

Before Christmas, I worked two full days on the building and was unable to catch the current
ON TO SAW OFF A DOOR I WANTED TO HANGo I FINALLY WENT UP BEFORE 7:30 AoMo TO BEAT THE CUT OFFo Our church services and Training Classes were practically eliminated and at best reduced to

CANDLESo

By the TIME WE GOT LANTERNS, THE PROBLEM WAS OVER,

ThEY EVEN HAD AN ENGLISH WARSHIP


SaRAH HAD
LETTERS PILED UP BE

PULL ALONG SIDE THE DOCT TO BOOST POWER FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IM THE DOWN TOWN AREAo
GREAT DELIGHT IN TRYING TO GET A CHANCE TO DO HER WASHING AND IRONINSo
I GOT HOME EACH EVENlWGo

CAUSE WE HAVE AN ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER,,


AND WE NEVER HAD ELECTRICITY WHEN

ANYWAY, I COULD ONLY HAKE THE CHRISTMAS CARDS AT WIGHT

So FAR THIS YEAR, WE HAVE BEEN MORE THAW UP WITH THE USUAL SORT OF COLDSo SHERRY HAD A FEVER FOR WHICH THE DOCTOR GAVE HER MEDICINE TO WHICH SHE WAS ALLERGICo A FEW DAYS LATER, SHE
TURNED UP WITH THE MEASLES AND THEN A FEVER AGAIN TO WHICH THE DOCTOR SAID HER TONSILS MUST

GOo

As I AM WRITING THIS, SHE IS PACKED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL (tHAT IS IF THEY CAN FIND A BED.)
Before I could finish this , a week went by. Sherry got into the hospital. Further

CHECK UPS BY THE DOCTORS ALARMED THEM AND SURGERY WAS PUT OFFo ShERRY HAS_A BIRTH DEFECT TWO MISSING RIBSo THE DOCTORS FELT IT WAS TOO MUCH OF A RJS^TO PUT HER TO SLEEP AND SENT HER HOMEo By then Sarah was sick so it was back to the doctoRo She had acute tonsilitiSo I had
TO STOP WHAT
now.

I WAS DOING AND BECOME NURSE AND COOK

HOPE THINGS ARE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

We HAVE NOW SPENT SIX YEARS IN NASSAUo YOU MAY HAVE A COPY OF A HISTORY OF THE WORK BY WRITING TO THE ADDRESS ON THIS PAPER, NeXT MONTH WILL BE A FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THE PAST YEAI?o

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.

My parents were able to spend a few days with us

AS usuaLo We certainly appreciate the gifts and cards that we recepveDo YOU FOR YOUR LOVING INTEREST IN OUR EFFORT FOR CHRIST,
1967

May God bless all of

Primarily, 1967 was a year of buildingo


MASONo THEN,

When the year began, I was learning to be a


By early summer, it was closed in and

We had a good bit of help and moved right ALONGo

OUH summer HELP (aLL BOYS THIS YEAr) CAME IN HANDY FOR MIXING CONCRETE TO POUR THE FLOORo

SiNCE

I HAVE NOT HAD SO MUCH HELP BUT WE KEPT AT THE JOB AND GOT THE DIVIDING WALLS, REST ROOMS,

LIGHTS, PLASTER, AND PAINTING DONEo

ON CHRISTMAS Suf^DAY, WE MOVED IN,

THE OUTSIDE ISN'T

FINISHED AND A FEW OTHER RATHER EXPENSIVE FEATURES LIKE THE BENCHES AND TILING THE FLOOR BUT

THEY CAN COME AS FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE,


THE 2,100 HOURS OF TIME,
ONLY MOWED LAWN IN THE AREA,
Our old

AS IT IS, OUR LITTLE GROUP HAS RAISED $4,800,00 PLUS


We HAVE THE
We NOW HAVE

THE GROUNDS ARE LEVELED OFF WITH GRASS AND A FEW SHRUBS,
THIS YEAR WE CAN WORK MORE ON FILLING THE BUILDING,

A BUILDING 25 X 45 WITH 2 REST ROOMS, A CLASS ROOM, AND AN AUDITORIUM THAT CAN EASILY SEAT lOOo
IB x 20 building was packed with 35,

Secondly, 1967 was a year of political fervor.

The election was on January IOth in which


SiNCE THEN THE WHOLE ATMOSPHERE
IS THAT
ThiS MAY BE GOOD FOR SOMETHING BUT

THE OLD ruling PARTY WAS OVERTHROWN BY A MARGIN OF ONE SEAT,


IS AS THOUGH ANOTHER ELECTION WERE GOING TO BE TOMORROW,

IT'S BEEN VERY DISCONCERTING FOR THE CHURCH,

ThE BIG APPEAL OF THE PARTY NOW IN POWER

THEY ARE GoO'S MEWo ThE RESULT IS OBVIOUSo IF YOU DON'T FAVOR THEM YOU ARE OPPOSED TO GOD. This is a little hard to take when I stand as a white manthe object of their wrath. It is a
GOOD T;ME for the testing of the Ch^, OHo

Early in the year there was a large influx of Haitians,

Brother Prather and Brother

Spencer had the most success with them at the farm camps on Andros,

When the farm season ended

IN April, these fellows came to the Grove,


DOZEN COMlNGo TheN THE POLICE CRACKED DOWN,

With this influx we had altogether about three


MoST OF THE FELLOWS HAD PAID SOMEONE TO GET THEIR

PAPERS STRAIGHT,

THIS MIGHT BE FROM $30,00 TO $100.00,


IT LIKE A DIAMOND,

I WAS TALKING WITH A FELLOW WHO PAID


IT WAS NOTHING BUT A BLANK IMMIGRATION

FOR HIS PAPER AND HAS BEEN CARRYING

FORM, For several months then we saw our group SHRINKING, Police trucks rolled day and night CHASING THEM, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY THOUSANDS WERE REMOVED, WE HAD ABOUT SIX LEFT WHO
EITHER HAD PAPERS OR WERE EXTREMELY FAST AFOOT, A LOT OF FELLOWS WHO HAD PAPERS LEFT OUT OF

FEAR, Contact with those who left has seen impossible since postal service in Haiti is nil and MOST OF THEM CANNOT READ OR WRITE, ONE DISHEARTENING THING IS THAT THEY HAD OFTEN SOLD ALL NoW THEY HAVE NOTHING IN A COUNTRY AT WAR WITH ITSELF, THEY HAD TO COME TO NASSAU,

The CHURCH IN Kemps Bay, Andros, finished their building this year.

We chartered a sea

PLANE AND TOOK A GROUP DOWN FOR THE DEDICATION, BROTHER FoRBES IS THE MINISTER, We HAVE HEARD THAT WHO CHURCHES HAVE BEGUN ON GrAND BAHAMA, One IN ElGHT MjLE RoCK LED BY A HAITIAN PREACHER AND ONE IN West End led by Sharon Garvey who went to school at Winston-Salem, Brother Spencer

HAS continued the WORK IN NiCHOLL'S ToWN, ANDROS, ThEY HAD AN EVANGELISTIC MEETING IN JUNE WITH Bill Ellis of Orlando, Since then, they have selected a lot and cleared the title so that
IT CAN BE purchased,
CAMPAIGN,

ThEY HAVE BEEN DOING VERY WELL AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUILDING

We were gone to the States all of April and May, During that time I spoke every place POSSIBLE, We tried very hard to visit all those who have been supporting our work, I SPOKE AT

Cqc^ B^^ch, Fla, for their first Faith-Promise Rally,


UNKNOWN THOUSANDS ON MY SCOOTER,
PEOPLE AND MEET WITH VARIOUS

As a result they purchased us a I960

Rambler Wagon wi th three seats, SoMETiirrs 1 am asked Wy a mi ssi onary oF a Ti nyTslanD"? x 21 MILES NEEDS A CAR AT ALL^ FroM JuNE TO DECEMBER, I DROVE OVER 8,000 MILES IN THE CAR BESIDES
OUR SCHEDULE KEEPS ME RUNNI
ALL OVER THE ISLAND TO SEE

GROUPS,

I DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY ADDITIONS HAVE BEEN GAINED OVER ALL BUT IN THE GroVE WE HAD 13 LAST

YEAR,

Since our work is scattering so much, it's hard to compile figures on the whole.

We had

BEEN HANDICAPPED BY SPACE LAST YEAR SO THAT EXPANSION REALLY WASN'T POSSIBLE.

In the summer we had Dr, Delno Brown, four boys from Atlanta Christian College, two of Brother Prather's college age children, and a boy fi?om Oregon as helpers. The Spencers carried
TWO boys to Andros for their schools.
EVENING SEMiNAR FOR OUR LOCAL LEADERS,

The rest helped us here conduct the schools.

In the

Grove, we set a new record for a single day at 164,

Dr, Browss conducted a very successful

While we were in the States, the Payne family decided to leave and had moved by the time
JSiiE-fiETliilNEO^ THEX-HAVE SJ NCE TAKEN A CHURCH IN GEORGIA, BROTHER PRATHER HAS BECOME THE
minister of the Grantstown Church,

All in all, it's been a busy year


His people all over the world.

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we

have seen

THE work spread,

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FFBRUARY
Dear Fritnds.

MARCH, 1968

jOlPUH, MISSOUn^ 6480;


Time js still flying and nearly two months have passed since my last letter#
SURVIVED ALL THE COLDS AND WINTER AILMENTS,

We have

GrANTSTOWN HAD A ONE WEEK MEETING WITH TeRRY AlVERSON FROM FoRT LAUDERDALE.

IT WAS

REFRESHING TO HAVE SOMEONE NEW IN OUR MJDST AND THE PEOPLE ENJOYED THE MEETINGS.
PEOPLE VISITED EVERY NIGHT AND BY THE CLOSING NIGHT, THEIR BUILDING WAS PACKED,

OuR

I WAS INVITED TO ATTEND THF SECOND FAITH-PrOMISE RALLY AT CoCOA BeACH ChURCH IT WAS A CHANCE TO MAKE A FEW PURCHASES AND BE WITH GeNE DuLIN, THE FEATURE SPEAKER ON THE

PROGRAM.

Their goal of $6,800 was far surpassed.

Upon my return one of the members of the House of Assembly died, upsetting the balance THAT has kept THE CoLONY ON EDGE FOR OVER A YEAR. NoW A GENERAL ELECTION HAS BEEN CALLED
for April
WATCHING

IOth.
the

Politics is a

big thing here and

it

is

interesting to be on the sidelines

FLURRY.

The Haitian prfachfr from Grand Bahama is back from several months in Haiti. While home HE ministered TO THE CONGREGATION HE HAD FORMERLY SERVED. He SAYS THAT THERE ARE ABOUT 250
MEMBERS. We would LIKE VERY MUCH TO VISIT HaITI AND CONTACT THE VARIOUS FELLOWS WHO HAVE

BEEN HERE.

HuBERT IS GOING TO GrAND BAHAMA THIS MONTH TO HOLD A MEETING FOR THE HAITIAN
THERE ARE ABOUT 60 MEMBERS IN THIS GROUP.
in the Haitian work has been my opportunity to study their

CONGREGATION THERE.
Also

another development

LANGUAGE.

THE HAITIANS SPEAK A CORRUPTION OF FRENCH.


IS HERE NOW.

A NON-DENOMINATIONAL MISSIONARY

WHO SPENT 30 YEARS IN HAITI

He LEFT BECAUSE OF HIS WIFE^S HEALTH AND THEY

ARE WORKING WITH THE HAITIANS.

So NOW I AM STUDYING CREOLE WITH CLASSES ON MONDAY, WED

NESDAY AND Friday mornings. The classes plus the hours of study in between certainly CROWD an already BUSY SCHEDULE. I AM SO THANKFUL TO BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING SAID.

1 BELIEVE THAT A PART OF MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A CHRISTIAN IS TO BE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH PEOPLE FROM OTHER CHURCH GROUPS AND TO LEARN FROM THEM. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WE ARE COMPLETELY RIGHT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS COMPLETELY WRONG, IT WAS THIS SEARCHING THAT LEO US INTO CLOSER FELLOWSHIP WITH BROTHER SUTHERLAND AND HIS CHURCH GROUP. We held a V.B.S, there last summer. I have been with him in homes for Bible Studies. Sister Spencer is now conducting a children's class for them on Sunday afternoons. More
RECENTLY i stumbled ON A CHURCH CALLED "CHRISTIAN GoSPEL ChURCH."
AND INTRODUCED MYSELF TO HIM.

I VISITED THE MINISTER


IN MY HEART

I ENTERED HIS HOME ONE EVENING WITH A PRAYER

FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WiTH HIM CONCERNING HIS PARTICULAR GROUP.

I WAS AMAZED TO

DISCOVER THAT HIS GROUP BEGAN IN 1808 AT CAIN RiDGE, Ky. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF BARTON W. Stone. This, of coursEj is thf historic root of our own movement. There is no telling
HOW MANY doors GoD CAN OPEN IF WE WILL JUST OPEN OUR EYES.
AS WE LABOR FOR ChRIST.

We HAVE STOOD TOO LONG AS THE

PROPHETTHINKING WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BaAL.
A GROUP OF ABOUT 500.

PrAY FOR US

I SPENT MOST OF AN AFTERNOON RECENTLY TALKING TO A MAN WHO LEADS

He IS AFRAiD TO BEGIN A NEW CONGREGATION BECAUSE HE DOESN'T WANT TO


! HAVE TRIED TO SHARE WITH HIM THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLY

APPEAR TO BE BUILDING AN EMPIRE. BEING ChRISTIANS.

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DuR'NG recent months

HAVE BEEN VISITING THE

VARIOUS WARDS OF THE MAIN HOSPITAL THREE

EVENINGS A WEEK. By HAVING OUR SUPPER ABOUT 5:00 P.M. I CAN BE AT THE HOSPITAL FOR THE VISITING HOURS FROM 6 UNTIL 7:00 P.M. AND THEN HOLD MY CLASS. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR HEALTH

AND SAFETY IN THF FACE OF SUCH INJURY, SICKNESS AND MISERY.

I HAVE A FRIEND NAMED KeNNETH

WHO HAS BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL THE ENTIRE II YEARS OF HIS LIFE. ReCENT SURGERY PERFORMED IN Miami has made i t possible for him to learn to walk with braces and crutches. We need your

PRAYERS FOR STRENGTH AND PATIENCE AS WE SOW GoD'S SEED.


HELP!

Wf are completely out of outdated Junior Life's.


PLEASE bundle THEM UP AND SEND THEM OUR WAY.
YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE.

If you have a surplus in your church,

IT

IS AMAZING HOW POPULAR THESE ARE WITH THE

After several delays


NOTICE OUR TOTAL

I am finally getting the 1967 financial report to you.


ARE UP THANKS TO THE EXTRA AMOUNT WE RECEIVED DURING

You will
OUR TWO

RECEIPTS

MONTHS TOUR IN THE StATES AND A GOOD MANY GI TS FOR THE REVOLVING FUND. MoST Or THE MISSION EXPENDITURES HAVE BEFN TO HFLP UNDERWRITE THF EXPENSE OF THE AnDROS WORK.
FINANCIAL REPORT 1967

I.

INCOME FOR
A.

1967

REGULAR SUPPORTING CHURCHES

1. Capitol View Church, Atlanta. Ga.


2. Church or Christ, Whiting, Ind. 3. Cor:NTH Christian Church, Loganville, Ga.
4. East Columbus Church, Columbus Ind.

$ 520.00
100.00 65.00
370.00

5. East Po!Nt Christian Church, East Point, Ga.


6. Elbfrton Church, Elberton, Ga. 7. Elm Grove Church, Wheeling W. Va. 8. Englewood Christian Church, Jacksonville, 9. First Chr?STiAN Church. Bremen, Ga.
10. First Christian Church. Cocoa Beach, Fla.

600.00
35.00 75.00 105.00 230.00
502.32

Fla.

11. 12. 13. 14. 15:; 16.

First First FfRST Grant Maple North

Christian Church, Lake Butler, Fla, Christian Church, Milledgeville, Ga. ChriSTiAN Church, St. Cloud, Fla. Park Christian Church, Atlanta, Ga. Grove Church, Jamesville, NtC. Shore Christian Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

50.00 349.50
40.00

17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Peachcrest Christian Church, Decatur, Ga. Pleasant Hill Christian Church, Canton, Ga. Poplar Chapel Christian Church, Jamesville, N.C. Powell's Point Christian Church, Harbinger, N.C. Savannah Christian Church, Savannah, Ga. South Side Christian Church, Springfield, III. Southwest Christian Church, Atlanta, Ga. Weiner Christian Church, Weiner, Arkansas Westside Christian Church, Springfield, III.

162.50 120.00 210,00 820.61 110,00 60.00 72.25 145.00 2,060,00 600.00 240.00 194.70

$7,836,88

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B, GROUPS AND SPECIAL CHURCH GIFTS

1. Atlanta Christian College Mission Club


2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Auburn Christian Church, Auburn, III. Ben Hill Christian Church, Atlanta, Ga. Central Christian Church, Baton Rouge, La. Christian Crusaders, Moreland, Ind. Priscilla Circle, Columbus, Ind. Fai RBURN LaDI ES' Cl RCLr,' FA! RBURW/ -Ga.^

35.51
69,73 39.00 125.00 37.00 49.00 15.00

8. WoMEN*s Group, First Chr i sti an-G^uroh, fefeEf^iEN, Ga. 9. First Christian Church,-Cape-Canaver.al-,'Fii^. 10. First Christian Church, LaGrange, Ga.
Mo 12. 13. 14. 15. 15. 17. 18. First Christian Church, Sylvania, Ga. Junior Camp, Newnan, Ga. Montgomery Road Christian Church, Cincinatti, Ohio North Druid Hills Christian Church, Atlanta, Ga. McKinney Circle, Savannah, Ga. South Side Christian Church, Beginners' Dept., Springfield Southwest Friendship Class, Atlanta, Ga. Southwest Lydia Circle, Atlanta, Ga.

60.00 25.00
35.00 14.90 150.71 100.00 25.00 15.00 100.00 139.01
60.00
31.65

19. Sun Valley Church

20. Westside Christian Church, East Point, Ga. 21. Southland Circle, Clearwater, Fla. 22. First Christian Church, Mableton, Ga.

125.00 20.00 50.00

TOTAL C. INDIVIDUALS
D. TOTAL RECEIPTS
. EXPENSES
1.

$1,321.51 $ 977.00

$10,135.39

Salaryall personal expenses including rent.


food, clothing, normal car expenses

UTILlTlES,

$ 5,700. 00
120. 00
159. 00

2. Personal Christmas gifts 3. Designated for Sherry's schooling 4. Overhaul on truck for Andros 5. Deposits to Mission Fund for Andros and summer 6. Trip costs 7.
8. Used scooter to replace stolen one
Used adding machine

180. 00
EXPENSES

745. 00

675. 75

Car shipping & customs, etc. (being repaid by Cocoa Beach)

935. 66 150. 00
50. 00 318. 87

9.

10.

Postage, promotion, books for library, etc.

All funds above those needed for immediate use are placed in a savings account for

the revolving loan fund. In January, 1968, there was a balance of $2,500.00. $8,000.00 FOR OUR first purchase and our goal is $15,000.00.
The cost of living here continues to rise just as every other place,
committed to SITUATION, live as economically as is reasonably possible.

We need

We are

The cost of living here has

risen over 20^ DURING OUR MINISTRY IN THE ISLANDS.


HERE ARE SOME PRICES.

FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE

Rent per month


Regular gasoline per U.S, Milk per half gallon gallon

$100.00
.42 .82

Bread Je.ly

(UoS. price is 2 for 49^) (UoS. price is 390 per jar)

.39 each .51

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FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
555 N, Columbia Street

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED


31061

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MlLLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA

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NEWSLETTER FOR James and Sarah Reomon P.O. Box 1674

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Large egge Fryers Bananas

.86 per doz. .86 per lb. .43 per lb.

This report is not intended to burden you with detail. On the other hand, many groups
WANT TO KNOW CONCERNING OUR FINANCES. It IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT THERE ARE ERRORS SINCE

THESE FIGURES PASS THROUGH SEVERAL HANDS BEFORE THEY REACH YOU. SlNCE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS HAVE ASKED NOT TO BE MENTIONED BY NAME, I HAVE LUMPED ALL SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS IN ONE LUMP SUM. If YOU NOTICE ANY ERRORS OR HAVE ANY QUEST! Ol^S WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

In 1968 WE hope to add as much as possible to the loan fund.


1967.

Fortunately thus far, the

PROPERTY WE WANT HAS BEEN TIED UP IN ToWN PLANNING.


contributed to THE MISSION DURING

We ARE SO GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO HAS

In ChriST,

James and Sarah Redmon

P.S.

If you move and have an address change or do not desire to continue receiving our

I^WSLEfTER7~PLEASE NOTPfy^ U^ (^ MAFl YOUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO FiRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH,


555 N. Columbia Street, Milledgeville, 6a. 31061.

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James and Sarah Redmon P.O. Box 1674

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Nassau, Bahamas
May, 1968

JOPLIN, MISSOURI 64801

Dear Friends,

1967, THE TWO MAJOR PARTIES WERE TIED IN THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES.
REPRESENTATI VES HELD THE BALANCE O*" POWER.

Thf biggest thing around here was the April I0th General Election.

TWO INDEPENDENT

Since January,

WhEN A MEMBER OF THE RULING PLP PARTY DIED

A GENERAL ELECTION WAS CALLED. SlNCE THE >SLANDS ARE SO SCATTERED IT WAS A COSTLY CAM PAIGN AND BOTH PARTIES HAD TO HIRE A FLEET OF PLANES OR HELIOCOPTERS TO VISIT THEIR AREAS. It WAS NOT SO MUCH A QUESTION OF WHO WOULD WIN BUT RATHER BY HOW BIG A MARGIN.

The PLP had the tide o^ nationalism running strongly in their favor. The UBP represented THE LOYALISTS WITH "DoN'T TURN YOUR BACK ON THE UNION JACK" AS THEIR MOTTO. SlNCE ALL
THE Bahamian white people are UBP we were naturally branded with them even though we took NO PART WHATSOEVER IN THE CAMPAIGN, SlNCE OUR WORK IS ENTIRELY IN A COLORED SECTION WE WERE PELTED WITH ROCKS ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS BUT WE SURVIVED. THINGS HAVE QUIETED DOWN NOW THAT IT^S ALL OVER. ThE UBP HELD 7 SEATS, THE PLP WON 29, LABOR I, AND Independent I seat. This should quiet things for the next few years and hopefully allow

US A BETTER CHANCE TO MOVE AHEAD.

ThE ONE DISCONCERTING THING WAS THE RELIGIOUS OVERTONES

OF THE ELECTION.

The PLP PRESENTED THEIR LEADER AS MoSES AND SEVERAL LOCAL BAPTIST
Unless you are strongly PLP, you are non-

PREACHERS ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNED IN THEIR CHURCHES AND SPONSORED GREAT MASS PRAYER MEETINGS. This was followed by giant thanksgiving prayer meetings for their so called deliverance.

The tide of implication is growing apparent.

Christian, hence non-patriotic. Of course, the victory celebrations were good "Christian" dances and cocktail parties in every district. Somehow prayer and liquor DO NOT MATCH MY UNDERSTANDING OF CHRISTIANITY. ANYWAY, IT*S BEEN A TRYING SEASON AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR MANY PRAYERS THAT HAVE SUSTAINED OUR NERVES AND STRENGTHENED OUR WISDOM.
HERF AND THERE

I HAD TO LISCENSE MY CAR THIS MONTH AND THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO COMPREHEND

A LITTLE OF OUR DRIVING DIFFICULTY BY LEARNING THAT WE HAVE NEARLY 22,000 REGISTERED
VEHICLES ON THIS LITTLE ISLAND 7 BY 21 MILES.

Hubert Prather is absent from the Colony this month.


May I 0th.

He was a guest speaker for a

RALLY IN Canada then went to Seattle to visit with their children.

They plan to return


We are thankful

We have just received our residence papers for the seventh time.
FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE OUR WORK UNINTERRUPTED.
HAITI

I HAVE WANTED TO VISIT HAITI FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

FINALLY I AM ACTUALLY PLANNING

TO GO.

MANY DANGERS IN SUCH A TRIP INCLUDING THE POLITICAL UNREST AND TRAVEL HAZARDS.

The Lord willing, I will be traveling the last two weeks of May.

There are

We HAVE

A NUMBER OF MEMBERS IN HAITI AND I WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONTACT THESE INDIVIDUALS

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 555 N, Columbia Street

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AND SEf UP SOME SYSTEM OF CONTACT, OnE OF THE HAITIANS HERE WILL TRAVEL WITH ME. PlEASE PRAY FOR THIS TRIP, We WILL NEED SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS EXTRA TO COVER THE COSTSo AS I
AM WRITING MY ARM IS SWOLLEN
JOURNEY.

FROM ONE OF

THE SHOTS

I HAD TO TAKE

IN PREPARATION FOR THE

WHO'S

IN WHOSE?

Owning property has been a

hazardous thing

in the Bahamas.

If someone tends your

UNOCCUPIED LAND LONG ENOUGH

IT BECOMES THEIRS.

MANY TIMES PEOPLE BUY A LOT ONLY TO

Recourse through the courts is I am having tops it all. a Woman's husband died this month so she sent the papers for a cemetery lot her mother had

Discover that the agent didn't even own the property. NOT satisfying. This is bad enough but an experience

BEEN BURIED IN 12 YEARS AGO, (A LOT CAN BE USED AGAIN EVERY FIVE YEARS.)

THE UNDER

TAKER SENT WORD that THAT LOT HAD BEEN SOLD AND ALREADY USED AGAIN TWO YEARS AGO. THE RESULT WAS THAT THE MAN WAS BURIED IN ANOTHER GRAVE AND I AM STUCK GOING AROUND FOR THE

WIDOW TRYING TO CLEAR THE TITLE FOR HER RIGHTFUL PROPERTY.


ENOUGH BUT IS ALL THE MORE COMPLICATED BY CONCERN STIRRED UP

SELLING GRAVE SIGHTS IS BAD


BY LOCAL SUPERSTITION.

You KNOW, LIKE WHO WANTS SOME STRANGE MAN YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IN THE SAME HOLE WITH
YOUR MOTHER! It'S A GREAT LIFE! SHERRY

We TOOK Sherry to visit a specialist from the States yesterday.

The local doc

tors WERE fearful ABOUT A BIRTH DEFECT SHE HAD,


"VERY

ANYWAY, THE SPECIALIST SAID IT'S

INTERESTING BUT NOT SERIOUS." It WAS A GREAT RELIEF WHEN HE SAID TO JUST FORGET ABOUT IT. Now WE CAN GO AHEAD AND HAVE HER TONSILS OUT WHEN THE DOCTOR IS READY. COMING EVENTS

1. PrATHERS' RETURN MAY IOtH 2. Survey trip to HaitiMay 20-June I 3. Westside youth to visitJune II-IS 4. Dedications of new buildi ngJune 16 5. VBSJuly-August 6. Spencers to leave on furloughAugust

HELP !
F YOU CAN HELP

We desperately need used Bible School papers, particularly JUNIOR LIFE,


US OUT WE WOULD CERTAINLY APPRECIATE ITl

For Christ in the Bahamas, /j,

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The Christian Mission, Vol. 12, No. 6, June 1968

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CHURCH OF CHRIST, NASSAU, BAHAMAS

At present there are three missionary


families in the Bahamas. The redmons and

have been a lot of fake anchors produced.

More lives are depending on alcohol than


Christ. Even so-called "churches" have

Spencers came in 1962 and the Prathers


came in 1966. We have two churches in

leaders who are drunkards.

Governmental

Nassau, two on Andros, and one in Grand


Bahama. Besides this we have been culti

vating contacts with various local non-de nominational groups. We have been active in hospital work and have a very popular cor respondence Bible course. We are using the Training for Service program from Standard for training local leaders. Our biggest need
is for additional funds for our loan fund so we

leaders have prayer meetings and thanks giving services as v/ell as dances and cocktail parties. Church weddings are in variably followed by a drunken reception. Funerals, a real time to test the anchor of hope, are accompanied by hideous screams, mourning and fits.
In our work here we visit the hospital

frequently. I have been encouraged to see

can purchase property for additional church buildings. We are aiming for a goal of
$15,000 in this fund.

the suffering of the faithful accompanied by


faith in God. A trusting and willing resig
nation to let God have His will. In strong

On evening we came alongside an outisland smack drifting dwon the harbor. He


was under full sail but there was no breeze

and the crew quickly hailed us. "Toss us a line, we have no anchor!"

It is a helpless and dangerous time when


you discover the anchor is missing. When a storm approaches, the shops

contrast are those whose religious teaching leaves them open to attack. Week after week they are told that if they believe they will not be sick. If they really have faith, they would throw av/ay their medicine. If they will repent, their suffering will be
removed. There is no anchor in their "faith" when the inevitable sickness does

sell every anchor and every piece of rope they have. Men scurry up and down the wa
terfront to secure their boats. The clouds

come, and the prayers of such leaders

are confused. Teaching that there will be


no storms is a lie.

are black and swirling, and the wind-driven sand stings their sMn. Each boat, too big to be drawn up on shore, is secured in as many directions as possible on as long a rope as is available. Even the best anchor

The goal of our work here is to build


saints with two qualities. First, we want Christians and churches that can sail their

is no good without the proper length of good


rope.

own ships. Most of the churches around us are more like a tug boat pulling so many barges. We want self-sustaining churches
who are capable of plotting their own course
imder God's direction rather than ours.

Just as the storm broke, as boat came

driving right up on the beach, These men had been three hours trying to travel the last little distance to safety. It was too late for them to seek safe anchorage, so they took
no chances. After the 140 m.p.h. winds sub

Secondly, we want to prepare the anchor,

warn of lie storms of internal strife and


outside oppression. So seamen of souls is
worth his salt imless he keeps one eye on

the squalls. We have had our share of


summer storms and each time it is en

sided, the harbor was a mess. Many of the anchors drug along imtil the boat was thrown
on the rocks or broken up on a dock or ano

couraging to see who survives.


(continued on next page)

ther boat. Many others were still proudly bobbing on the waves right where they had
been secured.

The pitiful thing in any society is to pass by those who cry out, "we have no anchor!" Men who have discovered they are without Christ. These men are positive that they have no hope. Here in the Bahamas there

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The Christian Mission, Vol. 12, No. 6, June 1968

(continued from previous page)

From 1929 to 1965 no hurricane had

James and Sarah Redmon

passed this way, but every year the people all got ready and kept one ear tuned to the radio for the warnings. Greater storms are coming for our church people. From the daily walk with Christ and repeated tes ting, the saints of the "isle of June" will have an anchor of hope in heaven. It will
be hooked to the Rock that cannot be moved.

Ed and Donna Spencer


Hubert and Lois Prather Box 1674

Nassau, Bahamas, West Indies

Long after Redmons, Spencers, and Prathers are gone, the chip of Christ must sail on
in the Bahamas.

The Christian Mission, Vol. 12, No. 6. June 1968 CHURCH OF CHRIST, NASSAU, BAHAMAS

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James and Sarah Redmon and children

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THE CHURCH OF CHRI ST

James and Sarah Redmon - PoOe Box 1674


JUNE 1968

Nassau, Bahamas

Dear Friends,

For years I have been COf^CERNED W! TH THE SPREAD OF THE SOSPEL TO HAI T! c

I HAVE WORKED

AMONG MANY OF THESE PEOPLE HERE BUT HAVE HAD VERY LITTLE IDEA OF WHAT THEIR COUNTRY WAS LIKEo

On May 20 following weeks of plans, correspondence, and red tape, I arrived in Port au Prince,
Haiti. I was accompanied by a long time member of our church who was a Haitian. Because of
THE political TURMOIL IT SEEMED A TRUSTED INTERPRETER WAS A NECESSITYo It WAS DARK WHEN WE

ARRIVED AT THE CAPITAL AND WORKED OUR WAY THROUGH IMMIGRATION.


LINES AND I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM SINCE.

We WERE PLACED IN SEPARATE

LATER THAT EVENING I LEARNED THAT AN INVASION FORCE

LANDED IN THE NORTH AND A BOMBING RAID WAS MADE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S PALACE.
COME FROM THE BAHAMAS WE WERE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS.

S|NCE WE HAD

IN SPITE OF THE UNKNOWN FATE OF MY

Christian companion, I went ahead with talks with various Haitian preachers.
WAS CONCERNED FOR MY SAFETY.
WILL.

The authorities

WOULD not permit ME TO KEEP MY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AMD THE AMERICAN CONSULATE'S OFFICE

BUT fiOD WAS WORKING EVEN IN THESE TROUBLED DAYS TO WORK HiS

It is HUMBLING AND REFRESHING TO LEARN THAT GoO IS NOT DEPENDENT UPON GOOD TIMES,

PROSPEROUS ECONOMY, ME OR MY INTERPRETER, NOR EVEN THE HAITIAN PREACHERS TO LEAD MEN TO CHRIST.
A VERY, VERY OLD WOMAN TOLD US THAT WHILF WE WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE SCHEDULED SERVICE THREE SOULS SURRENDERED TO CHRIST. SoME WOULD SAY THAT SaTaW IS WORKING IN HAITI, BUT IF DISCOURAGEMENT AND DESPAIR TURN MEN TO CHRIST, THEN LET IT COMEo I MET OVER A DOZEN PREACHERS WHO ARE NOT CONCERNED WITH DENOMINATIONS BUT WITH 3ERV9NG CHRIST. MAY MY THREE FRIGHTENING DAYS IN Haiti be the encouragement these men need. Freedom in Christ is possible under any
circumstances.

Before returning to Nassau I spfnt a few days in Kingston, Jamaica. During these days, "Br^her Harold Hill, Harvey Bacus and I were able^ to tfpEMo many profitable hooRS^ comparino THE PROBLEMS AND PRACTICES OF OUR RESPECTIVE FIELDS. IT WAS A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE TO VISIT

SEVERAL CONGREGATIONS AND MEET A GOOD NUMBER OF THE JAMAICAN BRETHREN. THE EXPERIENCES OF THIS ONE WEEK WERE PRICELESS. GoO WAS WITH ME AND HiS SPIRIT WAS ABUNDANTLY EVIDENT. WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO MADE THIS TRIP POSSIBLE AS YOUR AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST.
MISCELLANEOUS NEWS

The trip wasn't the only thing to happen this month. It did sort of overshadow other THINGS. The Prathers did return to Nassau safely. Hubert conducted a one-week meeting at Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. Hurricane season got off to an early start, giving us lots

AND LOTS OF RAIN.

We, OF COURSE, WERE NOT HIT BY THE STORM BUT THE SqUAL LINE AS STORMS
I HAVE BEEN WORKING AGAINST THE CLOCK TO HAVE THINGS READY

START CAN SURELY BE MISERABLE.

FOR OUR DEDICATION JUNE 16. OuR PLANS ARE COMPLETED FOR VBS AND OUR WORKERS LINED UP. THE Spencers are packing and selling in preparation for their departure in August. They will be ON FURLOUGH THIS NEXT SCHOOL YFAR AND PLAN TO MOVE TO ANDROS WHEW THEY RETURN. ThE CHURCH IN WicHOL'y Town ha? t^ pi ams and hopes to begin the_ new building before long. This
will likely bf the last newsletter until August following VBS.
IN Christ.

Keep us in your prayers.

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THE CHURCH OF CHR8ST James and Sarah Reomow
PoOo Box 1674

Nassau, Bahamas
July, 1968

Dear Frsends,
IT^S here! VoBoSo BEGAM today and we WOLL be oom UNDER FOR THE NEJST FOUR WEEKSo We have six college HELPERS THSS YEAR PLUS ONE MORE ON ANDROS W8TH THE SpENCERSo Today there were four schools eofiNG all at oncEo In the Grove we had 163 students and that^s a crowDo We have five teachers and owe helpero The one HELPER WAS IN SaRAH^S BEGINNERS CLASS OF 56o IT LOOKS LIKE WE WILL BREAK ALL PREVIOUS RECORDSo BE PRAYING FOR US THAT WE CAN STJR PERMANENT INTEREST THROUGH
THESE SCHOOLSo IT M3GHT EVEN BE fiCOD THAT YOU PRAY WE SURVflVEo
DEDICATION

June was a very big montHo

There was a frantsc couple of weeks as we


JlHiNE II

PLASTERED AND PAINTED THE BUOLDt^G AND A NUMBER OF OTHER FONOSH^UP JOBSo

WE HAD VISITORSo
DOOR TO

THE SEWOOR YoUTH GrOUP OF THE WeSTSJDE CHRSSTIIAN ChURCH IN

Springfield, Illinois, came on the Bahama StaRo

During the mornings they went

DOOR PASSJNG OUT LITERATURE CONCERNING THE CHURCHES AND THEIR PROGRAMSo

At night they presented a very nice PROGRAM IN OUR TWO MA8W CHURCHESo THEY BROUGHT OUR SUMMER ORDER OF VoBSo SUPPLIES AS WELL AS AN ABUNDANCE OF FLANNEL>

GRAPH, FILMSTRIPS, AND SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPPLIESo

IT WAS CERTAINLY A BIG WEEK AND

I AM SURE IT WAS A WEEK THE 26 YOUNG PEOPLE AND 10 SPONSORS WILL NEVER FORGETo Our people were enthused and strengthened alsOo

As IF THIS WASN^T ENOUGH FOR ONE WEEK, WE HAD OUR DED0CAT8ON SERVICE SCHEDULED

FOR Sunday, June I6o This was just two years folloring our ground-breaking CEREMONY ON JUNE 19, l966o ThAT MAY SOUND LIKE A LONG TOME, BUT NOT FOR US
WE WERE DOING ALL THE WORK OURSELVES AND DID NOT HAVE MUCH CASH AHEAD,

SiNCE

IT WAS A SLOW

jOBo

Out new building is 25 by 45 feet with an auditorium, one classroom and two
We HAVE IT ALL PAID FOR AND ABSOLUTELY WO FUNDS WERE SOLICeTED FROM THE

RESTROOMSo

CHURCHES IN THE UoSo The BUJLDING ACTUALLY COST APPROXIMATELY $5,500 THOUGH JT WOULD COST $17,000 TO HAVE IT COWSTRUCTEOo ANYWAY, WE HAD A VERY FULL HOUSE FOR
THE DEDICATIONo FOLLOWING THE SERVICE WE HAD A MEAL SERVED BY THE LADIESo THE MAIN ITEM WAS KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKENo WE BOUGHT iO BARRELS TO GO WITH ALL THE OTHER FOODo THAT EVENING OUR EVENING SERVICE WAS BROADCAST L9VE OVER THE LOCAL RADIO STATIONo WE HAD TO TAKE A LOT OF EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID ANY UNWANTED NOISESo The entire day was a BBG success and we were certainly happy to HAVE IT OVER.
after that

So IT WAS TIME TO GET READY FOR VoBoSo


FELLOW I LEFT IN HAITIo

I WAS STALL WAVING A LOT TO DO FOR THE

WE FINALLY GOT A LETTER AND AT THAT TIME HE WAS OUT OF

JAiLo

Since the mail is censored, he couldn^t dare tell any detailSo

Meanwhile

THE Bahamas were having their problems..

The Government Information Officer had

GONE to Haiti for a vacation and landed in jaoLo

Since then, there has been a lot

OF DOUBLE TALK BY THE HAITIAN OFFICIALS AND A TRIAL HAS BEEN PROMISED SHORTLYo Please remember my friend in Haiti because he is stsll in very great dangeRo I hear THAT RIGHT AFTER I LEFT THEY LONED 50 MEN UP AD SHOT 49 OF THEMo ALSO THEY CAUGHT TWO REBELS AND BEHEADED THEM AND PARADED THEM THROUGH THE STREETSo HAOTI NEEDS CHRIST<

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Ed was GETTING READY TO GO TO ANDROS FOR THE SCHOOLS THEREo

THIS IS IN THE MIDDLE

OF SELLING OFF ALL HIS HOUSEHOLD GOODS IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR DEPARTURE. (SPENCERS

ARE LEAVING IN AUGUST FOR A YEAR'S FURLOUGH AND PLAN TO MOVE TO ANOROS WHEN THEY RETURN.)
The DAY FINALLY CAME TO LOAD UP EVERYTHING ON THE MAILBOATo He CALLED AND LEARNED IT WASN'T GOING THE NEXT DAYo ThEY HAD TO MAKE SOME REPAIRS,,. LATER WE LEARNED IT WAS
ONLY A ONE-DAY DELAY. ThE NEXT DAY WE LOADED UP AND WENT DOWN TO GET IN LINE AND WAIT OUT TURN WITH ALL THE LUMBER COMPANY AND CHINESE GROCERY TRUCKSo JUST AS I GOT IN LINE EVERYONE MYSTERIOUSLY LEFTo Eo WENT BACK TO SEE WHAT HAPPENEDo "ShE'S LEAKING AND THE ENGINE ROOM'S FLOODED SO WE'RE NOT LOADING ANYMORE FREIGHTj," THE MATE SAlDo THAT WAS

REALLY GREAT.

THE OWNER CAME^ THEN SOME PROFESSIONAL DOVERSo

By EVENING THEY DECIDED


So THEY WERE OFF TO

TO GO ANYWAY BECAUSE THERE WAS ALREADY TOO MUCH FREIGHT ON BOARDo ANDROS on a SINKING SHIPo THEY DID ARRIVE SAFELYo

We have received a good supply of Sunday school papers so thank you to all who
HAVE HELPED.
BUSY DAYS.

We'LL TRY TO WRITE AGAIN WHEN VoBoS. IS OVER. PrAY FOR US DURING THESE

Sherry had her tonsils out and is fine noWo

Yours in Christ,

James and Sarah Redmon

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^ CHURCH OF CHRIST
James ahb Sarah Redman PoOo Bex 1674

Nassau^ Bahamas
Auust-=I968

Dear Friends^

It's AMAziNt! We are still alive amo thankful for health even after ANOTHER eME 9r TH98E SUMMERS! NoW u'S A MATTER 0F CATCHINS UP tN THAT MULTITUDE

F THINtS THAT NAD T# 90 UNDONE DURIWS THE WEEKS OF VoBoSo

THE SpENCERS LEFT

THIS PAST WEEK AND ARE NOW IN HiH HiLL, MISSOURI, VtSBTINO Ed'S FAMILYo

THEY

PLAN TO VISIT CHURCHES AND THEN TO RETURN AND LIVE ON AnOROS ABOUT NEXT SUMMER,

Their dauohter, Connie, will be receivohq-tiER last year of hiqh school and then PLANS TO ENTER BIBLE CoLLEOEo WEWILL- CERTAINLY MISS THE SpENCERS AND I WILL

BE MAKINO FREQUENT TRIPS T AH0ROS TO KEEP THE C0N8RE0ATION 001NOo


VoBoSo

HUBERT AND

I WILL SHARE THE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL AH OTHER LABORS IN Ed'S ADSENCEo

Ed and Dona had time for two scmools on Andros before they lefTo
SMALL AND THE OTHER AVERAOED ABOUT lOOo

One was

THAT'S PRETTY OOOD FOR A STAFF OF THREE.

Meanwhile, our schools were in proqress herEo


Grove area this year to split up the crowdo

Vite held two schools in the

The Prathers wth three of our

SUMMER WORKERS HAD A SCHOOL THAT AVERAOED IN THE 90'S AND A HIH OF l24o At THE SAME TIME, JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY, WE HAD OUR SCHOOL AT THE GROVE CHURCH WITH
OUR THREE YOUNO LADIESo WE WERE A BIT SHOCKED WHEN THE ATTENDANCE THE FIRST DAY WAS l63o That's just one less than our hiohest recorded attendance in any of

OUR scHooLSo We, of course, shattered the recorDo It now stands at 206o Remem ber, THAT WAS WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL CLOSE BY TO "SPLIT THE CROWDo" OUR FIRST WEEK
AVERASED 187 AND THE SECOND WEEK, I50o TME OVERALL AVERAOE WAS l68o AN OFFERINO

^2o00o By the time we oot to the Grantstown church, we were numo The school
THERE WAS OOOD AND WE HAD THE STAFF COMBINEDo SaRAH STAYED HOME WITH THE KIDS DURINO THIS SCHOOLo THE SCHOOL HAD OVER 100 A OOOD MANY DAYS AND AVERAOED IN
THE 90So We had lots of RAIN THIS SUMMER BUT NONE HINDERED OUR SCHOOLSo

WAS RECEIVED EACH DAY TO HELP ONE OF OUR OUT ISLAND CHURCHES AND IT TOTALED

My old car decided it was a OOOD time to OET SICK AND AFTER SEVERAL THINOS

I COULD FIX BY OETTINO REAL OREASY, THE CLUTCH WENT OUTo THE PART WAS FLOWN IN FROM Miami so we were only laid up a weeko More fun! Anyway, another summer
IS OVER AND WE CAN LOOK BACK AN0 THEM LOOK AHEAD TO START PLANNINO FOR NEXT YEARo
Our thanks to those who have prayed for us or who have oiven special oifts to
COVER EXTRA EXPENSESo

MISCELLANEOUS

Haiti is still in the news herEo

The oovernment Information Officer from

HERE IS ON TRIAL NOW ON SOME RIDICULOUS CHAROES FOR WHICH THEY SEEM INTENT ON

SHOOTINO HIMo

THE-FELLOW I TOOK TO HAITI IS STILL UNABLE TO RETURNo

THE SAlliTS

HERE KEEP PRAY I NO FOR HIS SAFETYo

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Sharbn Garvey; whb is preachinb in West Enb^ Granb Bahama^ visiteb here THIS UEEKo He says HE HAS A SMALL BRBUP WBRSMiPPINB THERE. Sb FAR^ HE SAYS IT IS
MBSTLY HIS OWN FAMILYo
BTHERS TB CHRISTo
One item BF HUMBRoaoEB was tellinb abbut sbentsfyinb anbther kihb bp bush this

PAUL LASSEUR IS E^IBEHTLY CBM8HB BVER FRBM ElBH MiLE RbCK

TB WBRK WITH THE HAITIAN PEOPLE^ TBOo

We PRAY GbB CAN USE THESE MEN TB LEAB

suMMERo They call it "cbnch Tavel"o Tmat^s Bahamian fbr Cbnch tbwelo It^s useb FBR CLEAN IN THE SLIME BFF YBUR HAN9S AFTER CLEANINB CBNCHS, THEY ALSB CALL IT "QREJiSY BUSH" SINCE IT CAN BE USEB TB WIPE THE BREASE BUT BF A PANo Sb WHAT
APPEARS TB THE EYE TB
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STBCKEB BRBCERY STBRE^ FREE FBR THE PICKONB.


BIFFERENCE

HUBERT CAN TESTIFY THAT YBU NAB


L9MBB

TB CUT ANY SWAMP CABBABEt

In Chri st's Service^,

J^ES AND SARAH REDMON

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST James and Sarah Redmon


P.O. Box 1674

Nassau,

Bahamas

September 1968

Dear Friends,

As I begin this letter the rain is pouring down and an area OF "DISTURBED WEATHER"
HAS BEEN HANGING OVER US FOR DAYS. lT*S HURRICANE SEASON AGAIN AND WE HAVE TO KEEP ONE EAR TUNED TO THE RADIO FOR POTENTIAL STORMS. SaRAH IS OUT IN THE BACK YARD WASHING AWYWAY
SINCE IT DOESN*T LOOK LIKE IT IS EVER GOING TO BE SUNNY AGAIN.

I HAVE BEEN TO ANDROS TWICE THIS MONTH AND, WEATHER PERMITTING, WILL GO AGAIN THIS

WEEK END.

The CONGREGATION IN NICHOLAS ToWN IS SURVIVING WITHOUT BROTHER SPENCER.


The only way to go is on the mailboat.

We GOT

THE PLANS BACK FROM THE GOVERNMENT SO THEIR BUILDING CAN BEGIN AND MM ANXIOUS TO GET IT

LAID OFF AND THE FOOTINGS STARTED.


Brother Forbes in Kemp*s Bay.

ThIS WEEK I WENT TO THE SOUTHERN END OF ANDROS TO VISIT


An airstrip is under

CONSTRUCTION AND BROTHER FORBES IS FINDING SOME PART TIME EMPLOYMENT THERE.

HE WAS OFF

while I WAS THERE SO I SAW MOST OF THE AREA.

IT COSTS $2.35 FOR A SECOND CLASS TICKET.

CARRIED A SUITCASE FULL OF SuNDAY SCHOOL PAPERS AND SUPPLIES AND A WATER JUG FULL OF ICE.

The BOAT LEFT AT 10:30 P.M. AND WE WERE THERE BY DAYBREAK. I SLEPT (?) ON THE FORWARD HATCH COVER (2x8 BOARDS). IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I REALIZED THAT I WAS COLD AND DIS
COVERED THE BOXES 1 WAS AGAINST CONTAINED FROZEN PORK LOIN. MoST OF THE MEN ON BOARD WERE CONTENT TO BE DRUNK AND STUMBLING. THE BOAT WAS SO CROWDED THAT I NEVER MADE AN ATTEMPT

TO WALK AROUND.

WE ANCHORED BETWEEN MANGROVE CAY (kEy) AND DRIGGS HILL AND THE SMALL BOATS
THERE WAS A SMALL TRACKING STATION ON THE NEARBY
I WENT ASHORE IN AN OLD RUSTY DOUBLE ENDED

BEGAN THE DAY LONG PROCESS OF UNLOADING.

ISLAND WHICH CERTAINLY LOOKED OUT OF PLACE.

LIFE BOAT FROM A CRUISE SHIPi YOU COULD SEE RIGHT THROUGH A NUMBER OF RUSTED OUT PLACES IN THE GUNNELS. LOADED WITH A HUGE PILE OF LUGGAGE AND OVER 40 PEOPLE, IT PUTT-PUTTED TO THE DOCK. On the RETURN TRIP THE BOAT WAS LOADED WITH CRABS A-ND I HAD A FIRST CLASS TICKET WHICH ENTITLED ME TO A BUNK IN ONE OF THE CABINS, THE NEXT BUNK WAS SIX INCHES ABOVE MY NOSE. I SLEPT FINE AT FIRST BUT ONCE COMETH ING WOKE ME UP AND THE BED BUGS CONTINUED THE

PROCESS.

We ARRIVED IN NASSAU AT 2:00 A.M. SO I RESTED AND SCRATCHED UNTIL DAYBREAK.

THEN

WALKED UP TO THE PRATHER^S HOUSE AND BEGGED A RIDE HOME.

The CHURCH in Kemp^s Bay has been in its building a year and the honeymoon in the COMMUNITY IS ABOUT OVER. ThE CHURCH DRIFTERS HAVE DRIFTED ON AND BROTHER FORBES IS WORKING HARD TO ESTABLISH A GOOD LASTING WORK. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING TO THEM THE ONE NIGHT I WAS THERE. ThE AdVENTISTS ARE VERY STRONG IN THAT AREA SO THERE IS REAL OPPOSITION
AND MANY PROBLEMS.

ONE LAST JOB

Early in the month I was telling Mrs. Cade about the one last job we have to complete ON OUR building IN THE GrOVE AND SHE INSISTED I PASS THE TALE ALONG. ALL WE LACK IS A matter of DIGGING OUR SEPTIC TANK. DIGGING A HOLE 5 FT. BY II FT. BY 5 FT. DEEP WOULD BE A JOB ANYWHERE BUT IN SOLID ROCK, IT'S REALLY FUN. WE HAVE TACKLED THE TASK BY SPURTS FOR

SEVERAL MONTHS NOW AND fT*S NEARLY FINISHED (l


BORROWED A JACK HAMMER WHICH WAS ELECTRIC.

HOPE.)

THE FIRST FOOT OR SO IS HARD SO WE

THEN WE WERE DOWN IN THE WATER TABLE EXCEPT AT

LOW TIDE. The rock get SOFTED as you go and now IT*S (iUITE EASY TO CHOP WITH A PICK BUT EVEN AT THE LOWEST TIDE WE NOW HAVE KNEE DEEP WATER. Wl TH EVERY SWING OF THE PICK YOU GET SOAKED. Then the shoveling must be done by hand. So we borrowed a pump. It had a diesel

ENGINE AND A TREMENDOUS 5,000 GALLON PER HOUR APPETITE; BUT IT WASN*T SELF-PRIMING.

THE

HOLE COULD BE DRAINED IN NOTHING FLAT BUT AS SOON AS SUCKED AIR, IT quIT, THEN AS THE WATER CAME POURING IN FROM ALL SIDES I WOULD SWING THE PICK MADLY UNTIL THE SPLASH WAS UNBEARABLE.
Then, with rubber gloves and a bucket, I had to squat in the cool water up to my chin and
PICK UP the loose rock and chips. I GOT A STIFF NECK FROM TRYING TO KEEP MY CHIN OUT OF

THE WATER.

By THE END OF THE DAY THE CHALKY WHITE GRIT WOULD HAVE DRIED AND CAKED ON TOP

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of my bald HEAR AND I AM SURE NO ONE RECOGNIZED ME AS I RODE ON MY SCOOTER FOR HOME.
HAVE NOW LOCATED A PUMP THAT RUNS CONTINUOUSLY SO WITH ANOTHER DAY WHEN THE TIDE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THIS "ONE LAST JOB."
EXPENSIVE!

IS LOW,

The cost of living continues to spiral here and our extra expenses this year have BEEN

HEAVY.

How LONG WE CAN SURVIVE ON OUR SALARY IS GETTING TO BE A SERIOUS QUESTION.

WE HAVE

HAD OVER $600 MEDICAL EXPENSES, A TRIP TO HaITI, CLUTCH REPLACEMENT ON THE CAR IN THE MIDDLE OF V.B.S. AMOUNTING TO $220, SHERRY*S SCHOOLING AT $65.00 A TERM AND A HOST OF OTHER THINGS.
We are not in the hold, thanks for your w.onderful help.
NOT grown a penny.

At the same time our loan fund has

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO EVEN PUY ONE LOT AND PROPERTY PRICES ARE DOUB

LING. The PROPERTY WE CHOSE 2 YEARS AGO AT $8,000 (wE HAD NO CASH THEN) JUST SOLO FOR $18,000. We JUST hope our pitiful little bit will be able to provide some way for us to
EXPAND some place.
Keep us

I CAN ONLY USE, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, WHAT I HAVE.

in your prayers as we labor here.

In Christ's servIce,

James and Sarah Redmon

Nv

3. "t.

CHURCH OF CHRIST

James and Sarah Redmon P, 0. Box 1674

Nassau,

Bahamas
1968

October

Dear Friends,

As I WRITE THIS, I am IN A* TRAILER ON ANDROS LISTENING TO THE RAIN.


I t ' s A VERY STORMY DAY AS THE FIRST COLD FRONT OF THE SEASON MOVES IN.

We won't feel much cold weather, but the pressure brings VIOLENT THUNDER,

RAIN, AND GUSTS OF WIND.


WITH THE PEOPLE, I

I SPENT THE MORNING IN NiCHOL'S ToWN VISITING

HAD PLANNED TO SPEND THE AFTERNOON WORKING AROUND THE

CHURCH LOT.

THIS EVENING, WEATHER PERMITTING, WE'LL HAVE A WORSHIP SER


We HAVE A 1952 G.M.C. PICK-UP
HOUSE TRAILER FOR
HAS AGREED TO

VICE SINCE I CANNOT STAY OVER SUNDAY.

TRUCH HERE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND AN OLD


MANAGER OF THE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY HERE

LIVING QUARTERS.

It's near the air strip but about 17 miles from Nichol's Town.

The new

LET US USE THE

TRAILER RENT FREE.


REASONABLE.

WE HAD BEEN PAYING $25.00 A MONTH, WHICH WAS CERTAINLY

BAHAMAS AiRWAYS FLIES TO AnDROS MORNING AI4D EVENING USING

D.C. 3's. The old planes frequently break down and some flights are VERY crowded BUT IT'S A BIG IMPROVEMENT OVER THE WEEKLY MAIL BOAT, I CAN

FLY ROUND TRIP FOR $8.55 SINCE I AM A PREACHER.

We ARE READY TO BEGIN

THE NEW CHURCH BUILDING BUT WITH MY SPASMODIC TRIPS, A FLU EPIDEMIC, AND
A FEW OTHER COMPLICATIONS THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY HAS NOT BEEN HELD# Pray with us that we can get under way next month.

CRABS

Occasionally I like to mention some things that are purely Bahamian.

For instance, have you ever eaten a stuffed crab?

This is a favorite among

THE FOLK HERE. I AM SPEAKING OF A VERY LARGE VARIETY OF LAND CRAB THAT LIVES IN HOLES AND MIGRATES TO THE SEA ONCE A YEAR. IN THE REAL SEASON THEY ARE

CRAWLING EVERYWHERE ON ANDROS AND THEY GROW TO OVER 10 POUNDS WITH BITERS

(pinchers) big ENOUGH TO REACH AROUND YOUR ARM OF PUNCTURE A TIRE.


CRABS WALK IN THE NIGHT SO THE PEOPLE GO ALONG THE
EACH

THE
AND A

ROAD WITH A TORCH

STICK.

There are two kinds, the white crab and the black crab.
HOUSE TO KEEP THEM

Pens are

BUILT OUT OF CHICKEN WIRE NEAR

ALIVE UNTIL THE

MAIL BOAT COMES. THEY THEY BREAK OFF ALL THE LEGS AND SEW THE BODY UP IN A STRAW BAG MADE FROM PALM TOPS. EACH PERSON INITIALS HIS BAG AND HUNDREDS OF THESE BAGS GO TO NASSAU ON THE MAILBOAT. ThiS IS THE MAIN CASH FOR MANY

OF THE OUT ISLAND FOLK,

LAST MONTH CRABS WERE BRINGING $5.00 A DOZEN IN

Nassau. People will pay so much for them because it reminds them of home. The easiest way to fix them is to simply boil them in water and crack them OPEN AND EAT. I VISITED ONE FELLOW WHO KEPT HIS CRABS UNTIL THE SEASON

WAS OVER, THEN SOLD THEM AT A BETTER PRICE.


RED POUND BAGS TO COOK FOR HIS BLACK CRABS.

He BOUGHT GRITS IN ONE HUND


AS I WAS LEANING ON THE PEN

OF WHITE CRABS, I TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY WERE EATING. ASKED HIM AND HE SAID POISON WOOD BERRIES. BOY, DID I JUMPi
TO POISON WOOD IS THE SAME AS WITH POISON IVY IN THE STATES.

FINALLY I My REACTION
MY FRIEND

Mov 9, '68
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Nonprofit Orq.

555 N.

Columbia Street

U.S. POSTAGE

Milledgeville^ Georgia
FOR

3l06i

PAID

Milledgeville, Ga.
Permit t18

Missionaries James and Sarah Redmon

P.O. Bjk 1674, Nassau, Bahamas

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED


TO

OZARK BIBLE COLLEGE


nil HAIN

JOPLIN, MO.

64801

HAS made

enough

MONEY

FROM

CRABS

AND

OTHER

SUCH

ENTERPRISES TO

AFFORD

NICE DIESEL GENERATOR TO RUN HIS ELECTRIC LIGHTS, FREEZER AND REFRIG ERATOR, DoN^T laugh! I THINK HE IS SELLING HIS CRABS NOW AND WILL BUY
A NEW PICK-UP TRUCK.

MEMORY

VERSES

Some time ago I decided to encourage my congregation to memorize Bible verses as a part of our mid-week service. I have never been so

SURPRISED at anything IN ALL MY LIFE.

INSTEAD OF QUOTING JOHN 3:16 AND

THE-23rd Psalm, many of them really went to work.

They ^uote Psalms

and

FROM to TO 30 verses OF CHAPTERS IN THE GOSPELS AND ROMANS. COMPETITION IS KEEN AND THEY JUST KEEP GOING BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A JOY TO PUT GOD*S Word in their hearts.

In Christ*s Service,

James and Sarah Redmon

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the church of CHRIST James and Sarah Redmon


P- 0. Box 1674 f^JAssAUj Bahamas

NOVEMBERDECEMBER

' Erienos,

TH HAVE ULCERS,

TOO EARLY FOR THEM SO THEY CRY AND FUsflNrBC Cf

^E GOfNG). The fourth time i had to leave Sarah aL AFREEZE PLUG BLOWN OtlT. ChECK ,N T^rfs ^0 rWENTY MINUTES WAITING FOR THE AIRLINE PERSolfJ^ t 'N, IT^S TIME TO CALL THE F^GhI lllT
the old DC 3 WON'T START AND YOU HaCe to rnL^
I WFHT AMC-

Three out of four TmE^wE have a

By 6:30 WE HAVE TO na^M t

DRESSED, SaRAH AND

CHILDREN OUT OF BED.

^"'^DREN STUCK AT THE AIRPORT


^ RARELy),
THERE^S NO LIGHTS OVER THERE

^useless so have to fix them,

^'ve to the

mechanics work IT over

T WAS PAST THE DEADLINE FOR DAY TIME FL)rMT<i

WHEN THEY FINALLY

GOT ASU 8ST (TUTe'^A^RCRAFT^R ^

'NSIDE to wait 3 or 4 HOURS WHILE

!GHT WAS FINALLY CANCELLED AT

?HLGTTHTH^:L"r.s:o:E^r^
T " ' '''' '' That was 1:30 TJ.

Voro^tN:^"
staved

qfItI T passengers signed on but WHEN THE PLANE ARRIVED, THERE WERE M .J!' way up the FIRST steps SHALL defying N, AND TICKET AGENT. THE OLD SCRIPTURE their WAS TRUE..."THE BE STEWARDESS, LAST," AND
Nothing is really simple here.

JOT BUMPED!

: HAD THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY THE END OF NOVEMBER; I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET JPPLIES OVER SO WE CAN GET STARTED SINCE EVERYTHING HAS to BE SHIPPED ON THE MAILaOAT. :S ONES A WEEK AND YOU HAVE TO BE A PROPHET WITH A "FAMILIAR SPIRIT" TO KNOW WHEN IT

10.

FROM THE TIME i HAVE STARTED SENDING THINGS OVER, THEY HAVE HAD TROUBLE. FiRST,
AFTER MISSING ANOTHER RUN, THEY SENT
I DIDN'T HAVE

JAT WAS IN DRY DOCK AND MISSED A RUN. t ONLY MANAGED TO GET A FEW THINGS ON, THE NG SUPPLY COMPANY MISSED MY ORDER, THE BOAT HAD A NEW CAPTAIN AND HE RAN AGROUND
I GOT A FEW MORE THINGS ON THAT ONE.

IG THE SHAFT SO THE BOAT HAD TO BE TOWED BACK,

5TITUTE BOAT ONLY HALF THE SIZE.

ICE TO GET MUCH READY FOR THE NEXT TRIP. WHEN SHE CAME BACK, THEY HAD MOTOR TROUBLE :RE LAID UP AGAIN. AnD SO IT GOES. THE LODGE BUILDING WE HAVE USED TO MEET IN HAS

'ERY NICE BUT EVIDENTLY THE HEAD OF THE LODGE ISN'T IN FAVOR OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE .NGED THE LOCK AND DISAPPEARED WITH THE ONLY KEY. As A RESULT O'F THIS WE HAVE SENT iENCHES OVER FROM THE GrOVE CHURCH AND I WILL RIG A FRAME AND LIGHTS SO WE CAN HAVE

AS CHURCH RIGHT ON' OUR PROPERTY.

Do PRAY FOR THIS TINY GROUP AS WE STRUGGLE TO GET


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(AY.

AH;S FAMILY PROUGHT HER AND THE CHILDREN HOME FOR THANKSGIVING. ThEY HAVE RETURNED AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO ,MY PARENTS VISITING US FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. So
NEXT YEAR WE'LL SAY "GOOD-BYe."

IN CHRI ST,

Jim AND Sarah Redmon

5 N. COLUMBIA 5i.

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