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  THE TIBETAN MISSIONARY EDGARNICHOLS RETURNS A large part of the citizenry of Batang Valleyassembled at the hot spring a couple of miles above the town, on themorning of March 20, 1946,tobidfarewellto their be loved teacherand evangelist,who after nearly eight years among them,   was returning for a furloughin the homeland. Thoughmanytears were shed at parting, he did not leave them comfortless;for the nurse, Miss GladysSchwake,evangelist Joseph  Wang, andotherfaithful Christians are there tocontinuethe ministry of the Gospel inwordandexample, andthey have theassuranceof his ãown purposeto return, Godwilling, after furlough. Afterthree weeks of caravan travel hereached Kangting, where hehad hoped to find the motor ror.d open, but instead, had to getcarriers forfourdaysto Ya-Gan, wherehe and hiscompanionswere among the ãoverload of passengerswho obtainedtrucktransportation to Chengtu,-— at a price. At Chungking, May11, he wrote,  The day after my arrivalhere I went to the American Consulto get my passport renewed and to ask about transportation by the A.T.C. As the army is todiscontinue that service shortly, andcan notcarry all applicantswhosepetitionshave already been received, theywould not evenacceptmyapplication. I wentovertothe ChineseNational AviationCorporation, and was asked to wait five weeks.Board here is $4,500.00 National currency, per day Perhaps my appearance counted against me for I was sweating in my old woolens. I had found a second handsuit forsale, but as it waspriced at $200,000. ($100.00. in good Americanmoney) I decided tofollow the advice ofmy Scotch friend   the China Inland Mission who said,  Don't buyhere,prices are terrible. In this Dilemma, I wentagain to the Consul andprevaileduponhimto make out anapplication for me, and whilethere, decidedtocallonChaplainHalnes, a friend of myfriend, theafore mentioned Scotchman.When I introduced my selfhe said,  0, you'rethe chap from Batang He was having tea with a guestto whom he said,  Dr. Ainsley, meet Mr. Nichols, Just downfrom Ba tang Areyou, asked Dr.Ainsley,  the Mr. Nichols who sent his family home a few yearsago? Yes. (Continued on page 2) September, 1946 NICHOLS FAMILY KE-rXlTED FAREWELL After manyd;scoui\igiugdelays andmonths ofwaiting. I am now actuallyon my wayto the Tibetan Border.Thiswill be my last message to you before I leave America. I sailedfromSanFranciscoSun day, July 28th,on the M S Rose- ville, a Norwegian Freighter. My cabin-mate is a youngwoman my ownage, of the China Inland Mis sion, whohas spent one term of over eight years in China. Our interests are much thesameand we enjoyeach other's company.Food and ac commodations are excellent. We arrived inSan Pedro July 29th and are scheduled to sailtoday. July Slst, if we are not further de layed. Fromhere wego direct (o. Shanghai, takingaboutthree weeks. TheLord is leadingandwill cou-. tinue to do so, as I journey onward   towardBatang, where Miss Schwalei anxiouslyawaitsmy arrival. T)ie; Backs arecontinuingtheir effortsto secure a passport,supplies andboxes topack them in,and passageto China. Pray much for themand do all you can to help them, for they are greatly needed on the field. Your prayersand supportare deeplyappreciated and I am sure the Lord will blessyouas you serve Him in this way. —MelbaPalmer. MOZONE'SPASSING Werecentlyreceivedword from Kangtingthat Mozone, one of our faithful Christians, has passed away. It was a shocktoall ofus, but our sorrowwas tempered with joy, for weknow that evenhis death was a witness for hisLord. —Marguerite Bare. BACKSGRANTED PASSPORT Lllis Backstopped with us Sep tember 2nd after bringing the final message at the Southwestern Conven tion. He hashis long-delayed pass portand is making a final tour to rulfill hisappointments,and then will attendto matters of passage and freight shipment. The travel fund is short,butthere should beno diffi cultythere,when the loyal brethren know he is ready.They already know the urgent need outthere on the Border, and I think theyknowhow to pray.—Mrs. N. H. Bare. Na-wha.Mrs. Joseph Wang, has been indelicate health;thealtitudehere seems to be hard on herheart,but it is hopedshe will soonmakean adjustment to local conditions. Given reasonablehealth,she will prove a valuableaddition to the missionpersonnel.—LoisBare. BA WANGHANG BAPTIZED My precious student, Ba-Wang- I-Iang was baptized on Sunday, June 16th. It certainly was a precious ex perienceforusall.He left us June19th to return to his home province, which Is Hopei. He will keep in touchwithmeashetravels. He stillhas a father living andwants to get back to seehim once more. Thenhe wants togo into somespecial Christian work. When he getshomehe wants totell his people moreabout the gospel. Pray muchfor myladdie.Inthis man'sland such a decisionis not easy. There willprobably be plenty of ridicule forhim but I amconvinced that heknows where toseek his wisdom and strength for the fray. —GladysSchwake.  2 THETIBETAN MISSIONARY IssuedQuarterly Editor—-Miss Melba Palmer,Batang, Sikang, West China.Associate Editor-—-Mrs. Arthur H. Schaal, 6709 Plymouth Ave., Uni versity City 14, Missouri. Missionaries—MissGladysF.Sch Wake, R. N. and Miss Melba Palm ed Batang, Sikang West China. Missionarieson Furlough—^Mr. and . Mrs. Edgar Nichols,4902 Pratt St. Omaha, 4 Nebraska. Former Missionaries—^Dr. and Mrs. Norton H. Bare, Box451 Abilene Texas. FprwardinjgSecretary—Mrs. Arthur I?. Schaal. Mi^ionaiyRecruits—Mr.andMrs. EllisR. Back 6 5 Vernon Avenue Venice California. : AT ELK MOUNTAIN A happyreunion occurred at Elk Mountain; Christian ServiceCamp when Mrs.^ Bare andthe girls found themselves fellow cainpsrs withthe Newlands. The twofamilies had journeyed across Chihi together in 1934, hadlabored-togetheronthe TibetanBorder from1934   1939, and the. Newlands wereoften named in the prayers of the Bares during the d^urk days of the SantoTomas ãlmp^;iSonment.  God is unto us a God of deliverance, and unto Jehovah, the Lord,belongeth escapefromdeath. Psalm68:20. ã—^Mrs. N. H.Bare. FOOD PROBLEMS Ourspring came soearly this year that the frosttookmost of our fruitand nuts. I am so sorry because of newrecruits coming outand withchildren who shouldhavefruit.Well, the Lord knows allthesethings. Hehas called and sent and willenableover the difficulties. I amhopingmy tomatoes will thrive because theyare good sub stitutes. I had to buymany seeds thisyearand came nearly not having anycarrots.Wesubsistoncarrotsand cabbage inthe winter. I am reallytired of both. Just nowwe eat spinach daily. I haveplanted a few parsnips andhave some lettuce coming up now, for which I am thankful. I believe theLord isschoolingme a bit,for I am the typewhoenjoys varieties in food. Monotonous eating soon bringsmeto the end of my appetite. My eveningmeal these dayscon sists of bread and milk.Mornings I have a cereal or eggs, at noon eggs, spinachandbread. We have ex hausted potatoeslongago and can not havefresh ones formonths. This year my garden crop isverypoor so far as potatoes are con cerned.—Gladys Schwake. TlfJB TinKTAN MISSIONARY EVANGELISTIC RESULTS We are sorrytoreport no baptisms in 1945. We could perhaps have had a few but we find it paysto wait on tlie Lord andlet them show us whether they mean business.Wehaveseenso much of the hypocrisy ofsome in former years that we may beovercareful, but we wantthem to realize the importanceof sincerity. The mental development ofthese people Is very slow.Now for the number of Christians in ourlittle group. I think in all we numberabout thirty-five. A fewcome who werebaptizedbiit their lives belie their testimony, so I am givingonly those wko reallyhave tried to obey :the Lord.The Sunday School is much better attended now than whenwe first got it started after our arrival. We nowaverage aboutforty in normal attendance and at holidaytime close to onehundred.TherewasnoSun day School when we arrived and only onemeeting a week on Sunday. We now have meetings on Mon day,Wednesday, andFriday nights and Saturday, is our prayernight for special matters. Josephwas teaching a Bible class on Tuesdays andThursdays but his healthhasnot beensogood for a time ^o for two weeksnow hehashad no classes thosenights.Thisyoung man ndeds theearnest prayers, of our people. He is deeply spiritualandthe devil is trying himinall possible ways. This past year we have been hav ^ ing unexpected opportunitieswith the school children while-they are patientsherein myhome.Several of thenormal school boys are greatlyinterested. Prayfortheseas they needmuchprayer.The schools are manned by teachers who drinkandcarry on inanything but a whole some atmosphere. We are hoping that when the Lord grants usthe building of our Christian village later, we mayhave a school for our Christianchildren andget them out of that environ ment. Brother Shao's oldest boy at tendsNormal hereand such a change in a boy in one year I have never seen. He is runningwith an impudent set of boys and I am sick at heart tonote that he no longer attends Sunday School and churchregularly.—Gladys Schwake.On June 9 th,my husband fell through a glass door, cutting his leftarm very badly. It will be some time yet beforewecan know wheth^ er he will regainthe complete use ofhis fingers; as the nerveswere severed andhad tobe tied. Wewish to thankour many friends who in terceded for him in prayer and who sent himso many nice cards. —^Mrs. Arthur H. Schaal. THESCRIPTURESSPEAK  But withme it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man'sjudgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I knownothingagainst myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth meis the Lord. I Cor. 4:3,4. Should I be judged of men I fear thejudgment. For God aloneknows what my heart contains, And God alone hasledme every moment : Sometimes in paths stillshunnedbymen's sinall brains. EDGARNICHOLS RETURNS (Continuedfrompage 1)  Well how inthe worlddid you getoutof there? I rode a horse. Overseventeen   thousandfoot passes? Yes, without the leastdistress .  Praise God, hesaid Wonder ful, wonderfull Thenhe toldChaplain Hainesmy story for hehadmet my family at Ya-an, andhad beenimpressed by theirfaithand courage.Upon thisturn of my fortunes ChaplainHaines suppliedme with a good light-weight suit,shirts, ties, andother essential items anoutfit that wouldhave cost the equivalentof  2p0.00 herein Chungking. Thenhetookmeback to the A.T.C. and secured their promisetogive me a place on thenext plane. The numerous other instances of God's gracious andtimely provision for me would fill pages. I acknow ledge them gratefully, but mustnot dwellupon themlest I drawatten tion to the provision, rather than toHim whoprovides. On June 2nd, he reached San Francisco, learned that Miss Palmerhad not yet sailed,called his family in Omaha andstarted home via Eugene,Oregon, where Miss. Palmer and he exchanged rej^orts on the status of the work each had left, and onthe fields to whichthey, re spectfully, were going.Mr.Nichols wasjoyfully reunitedwithhis family in their home at Omaha, June 8,1946, a reunion of which he says,  I delightedmyself in the Lord, and He has given me the desires of myheart, I committedmy way unto Him, and trusted .and he hasbrought it topass. —^Lois Bare.  THE TIBETAN MISSIONARY Pa{;e S JUN OR 1SS10NARY MY TRIP OUT OF TIBET »(0rDiary of aa Eleven Year Old) by MARGUERITEBARE(Continuedfrom Dec. '45 issue) July 10,1939. Todayhasbeen a u-ather sad day. I miss Mamaso much T hardly know whatto do. I missall ithe others too, butthe Nichols are -Teal kind tome. We leftXham Di this morning ^t abouteight o'clock. I cried until -1 couldn't cry any more. Daddy's face gotall red except that around ãhis lips it got real white. The boys didn'tcry but they lookedsosad that I had to cry harder. Men and  boys usually don't cryaboutsuch things,but I think that often they  feel worse than we who do cry. I have a lovely horse. It likes to igallop, and it andDorothy'shorse are friends. That's a good thing be cause we get to talk more. Phyllis'liorseis too wild for her, and so ahe is going to trade for a gentler liorse. I wouldn't trade if I were she Decause I thinkit'smore fun to have a wild horse. We saw lots and lotsofprairie dogs today. We tried-to countthem, but they were'way too many: for that. -. Thisplace is Mbong- Ding, the place Mama used to talk about. It'shind of cold here, but there is lovely scenery.The Nichols and I are stay ing at this house. It isquite close to the river. Aunt Gladys andAunt Melba are staying at a house across the road and up a ways. We are a littlebit crowded (seven in one Toom), but it doesn't matter be causeIt's only for one night. Wehad quite a bit of fun this ãafternoon. The Nichols are cheering me up a lot. Wewent down to the river andjumped from stone to stone till we gotto a pretty little Islandwith lots of flowers and grass, and played wewere stranded on a desert island.Dorothy and I selected a spot on whichwewouldbuild a shelter,and Phyllis and Lois went out hunting. After a while they came back. Lois was supportingPhyllis whowaspretendingshewas half drowned, but reallyshe had slipped and gotten her foot all wet. Aunt  Mabel said thatif things like that  Were going to happen,we had better  not play.Uncle Edgar said hewanted  to go to . see the Tibetan mill. John did, too, and-SO wejumped off ourIslandand fromstoneto stone, and I slipped on onestone but caught  myself just in time.Wecameback liereafter looking at the mill.Doro-  thy wants me to go with her to see Aunt Gladys and Aunt Melba, and I'm tiredof writing. Fifteen days oftravel omitted. July 26, 1939.Well, we flnally gotaway fromDraw-chu-caw and arestill at Leh-ding. I had chills lastnightand Aunt Gladys said I tossed and groanedall night. It was just aboutone o'clock when we got here, andAunt ã Gladys keptaskingme how I felt and I said,  all right, but I've had a headacheall daybecause I havemalaria again. I didn't feel like eating, and so she came over to meand said,  Honey child, your eyes don't look right. Has all that interpretingmade yousick? I said no, I was all right, because I didn'twant to be a burdenon their hands. Just then Aleh came inandsaidthe loads had come andwhere didwe want our beds put. Aunt Gladys told me, and I told him, andthenhe said,  Huh na-ndu rih, (You are sick) and I said, Dzeen maU Iho. (Don't mention it). Aunt Gladys asked me whathe said. I didn't want to tellher,and so looked reproachfully at hiin, and heshook hishead, , pointed at me, and put his hand to foi-ehead. She said,  There,. Margy, even he. couldsee it. I,knew youweresick. She took my temperature, and had-Aleh put upmy bed, but  the beddingwas ..drenched from last nightstorreutg so she: wrapped me in her: coat.- WhenI began, having chills againshe fllled herhotwater bottle and gave it tome andhad me takean aspirln-phenacetin tablet. Aleh hung up the oil sheetsforcurtainsaround me, and I wentto sleep. I dreamed that we wereback at Tsakalo, and I was inbed in Mama's room, like I used to be, and that a whole bunch of Tibetanmen burst intothe room and said I had to go at once and be their Interpreter That wokemeup, andAunt Gladyswasrubbingmyforehead softly, and I wascrying as if my heart wasbroken. I tried to stopwhen I wokeup and realized what a baby 1 was being, but Aunt Oladys toldme to cryas hardas I pleased because I couid cryfor herandAunt Melba because theywere homesick for their mothers, too. She said that before I wokeup they heardmesay  Oh, Mama, please don't let them take me away, and that reminded themofwhenthey lefttheir mothers. AuntG^dys says if I don't stop writing in this, she will thke it awayfrom me, and Aleh hasbrought me some hot tea. July 27, 1939. Today, for the flrst timein seven years I sawmy birth place, but better yet, I saw the Nichols againfor the flrst time in a week Thefour cousinscame out quite far to meet us, and when Aunt Gladys sawthem,she said. Now I guess our Margywillsmile again and I did, and. Oh, I'm sohappy It would beperfectif Mama andthe familywere here now I had togo to bedassoon as we gothere because I still have a fever. Aunt Gladyssays I mustn't write in this, very long. (Continued on page 4) SEPARATION(Written at Lham-di, July, 1939,soon afterthe departure of Margueritewith the new missionaries, forBatang. Due to flood and robbery this flve day trip tookseventeen days). I have,let my Marguerite be taken from me, Five days journey wearisome and Slow, Five days and a river,with no bridge across the river. On the bandit-^ridden road 1. let her go.  ã I have sent mylittle girl thehard way from me, 'That shemaybe a blessing, and be blest,God'spresence canannul the dread fuldistance, - ã h wayHeghldes us in, is alwdys best. These things I know, and knowing,sent her froinme. But knowledge does not healthe aching heart; I want to see her grow, to touchher, teachher.Five days maymeanmonths,may mean yearsapart. I've sent myMarguerite at (3rod s clear bidding. For all my hurt mayHe havepraiseand song. MayGodforgive my tears and bless my daughter. The while I cry, **0h Lordof Hosts,how long? Howlong? Thetime Is inHis holy keeping. But pray for us that wemayfaithful be, ãTsakalo liesbehind, Gartok is wait- Ing, Todaywe preach the Goispel in Lham-di. Perhaps our road goes onthrough darker dangers,   Throughhardships greaterthan the child could bear. He guides and wewill trust His tender mercy.But, oh Beloved, rememberus in prayer —^Lois Nichols Bare.  Page 4 My Dear Teacher, Iam sorry to troubleyoufor you are sobusy.Youdo not evenfind a few minutesrest. You are always withyourpatientslooking after them andtrying to improve their bodies. You try torelieve their wearyminds too. This ailment of mine has given youmuchconcern too.  e ai e verygrateful for your help. Duringthis twoweeks of mystay inyourhomeIhavebeenwantingtotellyousomeofmythoughts.The difference in our language andyour verybusylifehavemadethisabit awkward soI amwriting downmy thoughtsforyou.IfonlymyEnglish were better I might be ableto say what I think.Some people here do not even understand my northern Chinese. I amfearful to have some one to interpret forme lest they do not convey the true meaningofmy wordsto you. I toldYosa lastnight that when I wanted to talk to youpersonally I would tell you in myownway Ido understand a littleTibetan but it isso limited that I fear to make requestslestIseemtocommand, the latter beingveryimpolite toa Chinese. Like as not it would not matter toyouto have an errorbut I would dislike that very much.I -havenotbeenhappyinthissitua tion. Now that my twoweeks in your home are upI shouldlike to write you. MydearteacherIammuchlike .a she^ havinggoneastray. In times pastIhavebeen walking indark ness. Throughyour guidance I was taughttotrusttheHeavenlyleather forprotection.Thisgaveme the opendoor,ChristJesus,frombe hind whichshines a light forme to guidemeto glory. I have the happy feeling that comesinpossessingafamily.I esteem the Church as my family, theLord Jesus asmy Father,andthe missionasmy mother.Though I have grown asoldas I am I havenever experienced the love of a mother. I am now enjoying the love of Jesus andyourmotherly kindness. I am at a losstoshow you my gratltude. I amnot given toflattery but speakfrommyheart.Your kindness has made an impressionupon me 1 have finallydecidedtobecome a Christian. There willbesomewho willprobably despise mefor they will think that I havesome otherpur pose in mind. I maybepoor in this THE TIBETAN MISSIONAHY6709 Plymouth AvehueUniversityCity14,Missouri THE TIBETAN MISSIONARY world's good but I still holdmy ambitions high. In many lives pov ertyhas been the roadto success. Takeforinstance Columbus, Frank lin, Yo-fe, who werepoor intheir youth but became successful inlater life. Inour lives Godgives twothings. First the material things, thenthe hope of eternal things. I am now lookingto God tohelp meto grow spiritually,mentally andin mywork. I hopetohelpmy countryandthe worldingeneral. I have faith in thestatement in Heb. 2:1. My faith therefore must grow. In Rom. 8:25 it tellsmeto have patienceto wait for it. I will waitpatiently upon God. I am not lookingfor the comfort of material things. My one desire is toget rid of this sin which I know to be withinmyheart. My life is an openbookbeforeyou and my God. I have hidden nothing. You recall that I wasvery frank with you about myself and mypast. I would like to see others stirred up inlikemanner. May the wholeworld come toseeJesus, ismy prayer. Everyoneshouldhave a re ligionand particularly Christianity. We know that religion is vital to mankind. I recall havingheard a story at onetime about a polar bear. Thisbear was riding oh an icb-berg not Tisajizlng thatthe ice-bergwas afloat in a warmcurrent with its base melting ^ast. Suddenly the ice-bergsank carrying with it the polar bear. Thiscanhave a spiritual application. Somepeople not having a sure re ligiousfoundationsoon find them selves in the bear spredicament spiritually.How terriblethis would be. There are still so many people however, in just the place that the polarbear was and do not seem torealizeit. They are like the polar bear, lost. Though I have a weak body and a rather simple mindstill I have a feeling that someday I should like to preachthe gospel, thus helping these that are still seeminglyasleep Lest theirs be the fate of the polar bear. I am so young and besides I have so little knowledge, how shall such as I preach. I hope some day to be able to put all other things aside and go and preach the gospel I believe I have a suitable natureforthis work. Though I am a man stillinmyemotions I amof a wo man s nature. Some say that weeping easilybelongsto a woman's nature; and I am soinclined. I can shed tears even whenreading a touching story. Walking throughthestreets seeingthesebeggars and other deri- lects of life I am moved to tears   timesfor their misfortunes. I can only offer themcomfort as I am in somewhat the same state myself.My dearteacher I stand before- you tonightspeaking so manywords I amafraid I will tire you. I hope- youwillforgiveme as I am only a student. I cannot say more at thia- time. My candle burns low, so I must goto bed.May God bewith you in your busylifeforHim. Yourstudent BaWang Hang. Thepostal serviceisimproving, letters are coming through inrea~ sonabletime, and meanmore than ever.Some of our correspondents do- not realize that postage on an air mail letter isseventy cents a half ounce, but that a slow letter can. come for five centsfor thefirst ounce andthreecentsmore for an. additionalounce. I am even receiv ingTHE CHRISTIANDIGEST now, and Oh what a treat it is It sug gests Bibleconferences at home — how I yearn forthem —Gladys Schwake. (Continuedfrompage 3) I had to tids withAleh all day because Aunt Gladys didn'tthink I had enough strength to stay on a horse.Aleh toldme I could lean back onhim and go to sleep if I wanted to. At first I didn't, but pretty soon I did, and hewrapped hisrobe around metokeep mo warm. When I wokeup, he was smilingdown at me and toldme that I was pretty when I wasasleep. Wewereclimbing thelast pass beforeBatang, andhe showed me the place where Dr. Shelton was whenhewasshot.There was a rock there that is to be engraved some dayfor a monumenttohim. Further up he showed me where the robberswerehidingwhenthey shot Dr.. Shelton. Aunt Gladys is a wonderful nurse, and now I think I ll be a nurse. I don t think I ll writein this any more, because I'm out ofTibet, now, but some day I'm going to write  MY TRIP BACKTO TIBET, and it will be much better. Sec. 562, P. L.   R.


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