Walter James Parrish

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Letters of Interest June 1945

Editor, Letters of Interest.

Dear Sir:

If you can publish this, I believe it may be used of God to give fresh determination to many of God's own children to go on for Him during these trying days, no matter where they are.

I trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as my own Savior Feb. 9, 19238 and I had been gathered with fellow believers in Petersburg, Virginia, and Matoaca, Virginia, from the above date until I was inducted into the Army Oct. 17, 1944 in Richmond, Virginia. I was sent to Fort Meade, Maryland. I left Fort Meade on Oct. 24, 1944, and was placed in the Medical Corps for basic and specialist training.

From the very moment I left Petersburg, Virginia, I talked to everyone, with whom I had the least opportunity, about the Lord Jesus Christ and I enjoyed some good opportunities. I was able to speak several times in the chapel the first few weeks in the army. I had spoken to one soldier about his soul and one day he brought me a tract. I asked him where he had received it and he told me the name of the soldier who had given it to him; so I went to meet the soldier and found Jim Sinclair from Boise, Idaho. This meeting began to unfold other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and we had the privilege many times to remember the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 18:20. These were happy times in His presence.

In Feb. 1945, news came that Camp Barkeley, Texas, was closing and all would be shipped. Finally we learned that all of us would be leaving the camp the week of Mar. 4, 1945, so on this day after remembering our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, we told each other farewell for the present and committed each other to God's care. We arrived in Camp Crowder, Missouri, Mar. 9, and found that every brother from Camp Barkeley had come here. We then received permission to use a nice room of a chapel on the post, and enjoyed a sweet remembrance the first Sunday here and each Sunday thereafter. Last Sunday, March 25, ten of us sat down together to remember our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

These have been blessed times in the presence of our Lord, and makes us thankful again and again for God revealing to us, through the Holy Spirit, His own blessed will and ways. "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

At the present time we are able to preach the gospel each Sunday evening at 7 P.M. in the chapel here and God has given help. We are now having a Bible study on Monday and Thursday nights and there are young Christians coming which we trust will be helped by these studies.

I trust this account of what God is doing for us here will help others to go on in these days and under adverse circumstances.

Yours in Christ Jesus, Pvt. Walter J. Parrish Co. A-62 Med. Tng. Bn., Med. Tng. Group Camp Crowder, Mo.

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