Continued Letters Home

0From Previous Letter No. 105 Dated 12/30/1960

Received two of your letters, one just now.  So happy to know that you spent a meaningful Christmas holiday, busy but led by the Lord. . .Having returned to College, praise the Lord I have regained my appetite—hungry all the time for something to eat.  This is a change from my holiday at the camp, where it was very cold and very little sleep; and I threw up after breakfast.  Since I got back I have recovered—staying in a warm and cozy room and eating food I have always liked, even snacks from my home that you sent, and making me gain weight again.  Please pray for the Lord to give me strength for the coming days of exams, from that I may be able to pass.  I still have a paper due this week for English Literature and another essay due next week for Education. I needed time to work on my papers and have not yet started to prepare for all my exams scheduled to start next Thursday, from 19th to 23rd, followed by registration the next day.  Classes for the new semester will start immediately and no more holidays; I regret that I did not study during my vacation and would not have ended up so busy—only the Lord could help me now, to do one thing at a time.  Does Mama still need medicine for her corns on her foot?

            Mrs. Helen Liu will be back in Taipei in January; she was very nice to me and cared for me during the Retreat.  I was going to ask her to bring some gifts for you, and I realized this would not be appropriate to ask someone who serves the Lord as a missionary—and I could send a package instead.  I wonder if you have received my package sent previously—it was sent at the same time I mailed my cards.  I have received your package, without damage, consisting of a rayon jacket and other items.  Mrs. Hensel’s present remains here as I cannot take it to her at this time, without someone giving me a ride.  So happy to hear that Florence is not here in America; I can’t wait to see her and

pray for the salvation of her family—as she used to attend church services and was seeking to know the Lord.  I heard what my classmates, who came back from New York City, were saying about their experiences—it was not difficult to find jobs but not easy to do jobs requiring physical strength: a salesgirl needs to be standing for eight hours or a waitress delivering orders.  Each got paid $1.25 each hour, but after deducting traveling expenses, they only take home two or three hundred dollars.  I will write more later.  Abundant Blessings & May God keep you in good health.                Daughter Min-yen 01/09/61              

                                                                 Letter No. 108 Dated 01/14/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Today is Saturday but we have class—to make up for the classes we missed when Christmas vacation started earlier.  So happy to receive your letter dated 01/10—God really loves in that even though apart, we can still write each other, to know that all is well.  So glad that my package was received, and I hope everything fits; but the medicine for Mama’s feet (corns) was not yet included; please write the name again for me to buy it for my next package, also anything I can get for Daddy. I know Mama’s birthday is coming up soon, but please tell me the exact date.  Praise the Lord for getting through another week: every morning I have my devotion, and the Lord heard my requests and blessed me giving me peace and joy all through the day—so that in every challenging situation, to be an overcomer through Him Who strengthened me.  I praise Him for life and having led me to the home away from home.  It might seem strange, but I believe the Lord must have heard my prayers:  as I seek first the Kingdom of God, He provided all my needs. I love the food they serve at the Dining Hall, including fried chicken, my favorite. 

The Lord provided another new outfit for me—sent by the mother of a friend, who took me to stay at her home during Thanksgiving holidays. I received a new outfit:  a blouse with white collars and a black skirt, adding a written standing invitation to visit her home.

            I give God all the glory and pray His blessings for our family forever.  On the last week of the semester, I was very busy, but my health is good, and I was able to cope with each problem.  Our exams start next Thursday, from 19th to 22nd.  I must take an exam for every course except English Literature.  Please do remember to pray every day for me—since I still need to register for the next semester.  I know nothing else to do except to pray that the Lord will provide what I need.  I understand it is very hard for you and not expect anyone to help except the Lord.  Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, and he shall not be moved.  Daddy gave me good instructions:  to strive to grow in wisdom and in statute, in favor with God and men. I plan to move to a single room next semester, as my neighbors are too noisy—usually talking until past midnight.  Most of older students prefer single rooms, and what is your opinion please?  The BSU has elected a new officer, Annie Chang, to replace me as the Foreign Student Representative.  This means I would have more time to study; I wish I had spent more time on my studies to be getting better grades, and not just passing. I will try to find the information about immigration, and I pray that the Lord will answer our prayer to be reunited soon.  I ask that Mama please slow down and not be too exhausted in your daily work. 

Emmanuel!                                      Daughter Min-yen 01/14/61

                                                                                    Letter No. 109 Dated 01/24/1961

Daddy & Mama:

This morning I had my last final exam, in Typing class, and I feel a great relief.  I had a few challenging days and was unable to write you.  Praise the Lord I received your check, but I did not have a chance to deposit it and just wait to see what I must pay when I register.  I really don’t know how to thank you for your love and sacrifice.  I only hope that I can repay you in the future and will strive to do better in my studies—not all C’s.  I don’t know what happened, but perhaps due to lack of practice, I was nervous about taking the final exam in Swimming—thank God I passed.  This afternoon I spoke with Miss Capt, my advisor, a kind old lady with a loving heart.  This is her last semester as my advisor and starting next year my advisor will be the head of the department I select as my major.  I decided to bring a gift and took the scarf, not yet given to Mrs. Hensel, with me.  She told me she liked it because it was from me.  After our discussion, I decided to major in Secondary Education, to be a teacher for high school students.  When she asked me what subjects, I told her English and Business.  I realized that I really wanted to major in Sociology, but the Lord stopped me; I just missed by a few points and ended up with a C for the course.  I would be better off majoring in Education and pursue my interest in Sociology after I graduate.  I trust that the Lord blesses my desire to serve Him and can use me in whatever I do.  There is another problem:  even   teach in secondary schools.  Since these certificated are awarded to American citizens only, Miss Capt will ask some people to let me know tomorrow.  I was thinking that after I receive my BA in English, I can teach in private schools.  For my minor, I selected Business, and already signed up for Typing and Shorthand classes. . .Besides teaching, I prefer an office job.  I have a burden in my heart, since it is by grace that I was able to come to college, that I will give my life to do His service—that is why I thought about majoring in Sociology.  But I realize that God hath ten thousand ways to make a way for me; and He knows the best. . .. After I complete my registration, I write you about it. 

Emmanuel!                                                                                      Daughter Helen 1/24/61

                                                            Letter No. 110 Dated 01/31/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Right now, it is Tuesday afternoon and I have a PE class soon, but due to many things that I needed to tell you, I decided to write this letter. . .. As I mentioned to you about moving to a single room this year, I did not realize that the expense would be an increased amount—something I must rely on donations.  Since people are giving sacrificially for my needs, I should not be choosing what I like to have.  I decided not to move and just remain in my room, despite that fact that Bobo has moved to another room.  Then I was told about someone who is going to be my new suite-mate.  She is from Japan and is sponsored by a retired missionary who worked with students in Tokyo for many years. 

Nanako Yakotaki is now staying in Bobo’s room, and we are suite-mates.  This is an answer to my prayer, and I can have a chance to share the gospel with someone.  She does not speak English well, but is very polite in her manner.  I realized that this will not be easy, but I believe the Lord gave me this calli.ng to be a witness to her.  She has been attending church with me on Sundays.

Let me tell you now what courses I am taking this semester:  Educational Psychology; English Literature; Marriage and the Family; Algebra and Trigonometry, Badminton, and Fine Arts—totaling 16 credits.  I considered having a double minor in Religion, and then I would be able to go to the seminary and study to be God’s servant.  The Lord knows the future, and He will lead me.  So nice to know that Mama is now staying home more to study English, because you can be drawn closer to the Lord this way.  Since I have been in the States for a while, I have observed that people here are very trusting. When someone believes in you, you are more likely to act as expected. . .. My advice to Mama is to show your workers that you have confidence in them, and they will do as expected. . . I have learned that I need to stop being suspicious of people’s motives, but to show loving kindness without ceasing—as God’s Word in I Cor. 13.  As a result of practicing love without ceasing, I find lasting joy and peace in my heart. Emmanuel, Daughter Min-yen 01/31/61

                                                                 Letter No. 113 Dated 02/06/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Received your letter dated 01/23, and so happy to know that you have been getting some news from Mrs. Helen Liu regarding my life as a college student. Truly the Lord hath provided all my needs—so much more than I even dreamed of.  Whenever I feel needy and even desperate, He sent help through His “messengers” to save and protect me.  My heart is anxious to seek and find what is His will for my life and how I am doing in His sight.  The Lord must have heard my prayer, as we are having a Focus Week schedule at the College.  Instead of having classes, we must follow a schedule consisting of:  worship services each morning and evening, speakers teaching classes, and discussion sessions in the afternoon—all led by pastors, teachers, and students sent by the Southern Baptist Convention.  The theme of the week is found in Proverbs 3:5-7:  In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him.  I trust that the Lord will use this time to move hearts of students to focus on following Jesus.  I was remembering the words of a hymn we were singing: “God has a plan for every creation, a place for every star to shine.  Let God and let God have His wonderful way…” I truly felt that as God hath a place for everyone, it is for me too. I dedicate my life to live for Christ and starting now this is the time for preparation.  As I felt this way, the Lord began to use many lessons to teach me:  first, my faith hath grown in that I no longer nurture my doubts and my trust in others has increased—giving me inner peace and joy and my teachers and classmates seem to be nicer to me.  Second, I learned and still need to learn how to be a channel of God’s love to others.  Thirdly, I must learn to have the mind of Christ. “Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report . . . think on these things (Philippians 4:8).  I am healthy and no disease or illness.  Sometimes, when I got up too late for breakfast, Nana always brings me something to eat.  We are getting along very well.  Last night, a Sunday evening, we were at Annie Chang’s for Chinese food, and the four of us bought a chicken to cook with soy sauce—so good!  Today is the beginning of a new week, and I just wish this time will linger for me to remember as meaningful time.  It was getting colder, and at about 5 p.m. I began to see some snow flakes from my window.  Everyone was shouting: “Snow”, and as we walked to the Dining Room, snow was falling on our coats.  I seem to be lost in my thoughts, recalling the time when we had snow on my tenth birthday. . .. How I wish you were here to see the snow!  I am wearing two sweaters, winter coat, and warm socks.  Since we have heat in our rooms, I don’t need to dress warm. . .. More about the snowy scene next time. Emmanuel! Wishing you Joy and Peace, Daughter Min-yen 02/06/61

                                                                        Letter No. 114 Dated 02/14/1961

Daddy & Mama:

It has been only a week since I wrote, but it seems a long time to me—I could not still be talking with you in person, but I am thankful that I can only write a letter.  I have many questions to ask you, but first let me say that I am in good health and sleeping well every night.  Spring has arrived and making it very beautiful on the campus; some of us like to take a walk in the afternoon.  My classes are settled and in progress for the new semester—more about it later.  First, I need to discuss more crucial issues including:  my passport is due for an extension—and I need to get an extension at the beginning of March.  Do I need to get another letter from Mr. Kessler?  I could also go to Houston and get an extension.  If Mr. Kessler helps me to get my visa extended, then I can travel to San Antonio and visit the American Immigration Office for an extension of my passport.  I can also inquire about the procedure how to apply for citizenship. Please advise.  Second, about my summer job:  I have discussed this with some people who did this last summer.  They told me there are jobs available, but I just need to find it.  I would qualify for an office job if I can type 50 words a minute, or I could be a waitress. . ..I trust if the Lord leads me, then I can surely find a job.  I can get a bus ticket costing $50.00, and then I pay $12.00 to stay per week.  Another student (from Jin Ai Baptist Church and just graduated) told me she can share a room with me until she found a job.  New York City is big and very busy metropolis, but the Lord looks after the safety of His children.  Annie gave us a testimony: she was returning home one evening with a friend, and they got lost, not knowing which stop to get off.  Suddenly she heard a kind old man telling her to get off at the stop, and she was able to get home.  I trust that the Lord is with His children He loves, and I pray about it and ask also for your advice.  Today is Valentine’s Day, and in the evening, we have a ceremony to install new officers.  Our theme this year is based the love chapter found in I Cor. 13, as every old officer will pass to the new officer her mantle with a few words of encouragement.  I shared with Annie about the need for peace and love—as she works to help international students adjust to life on the campus.  As Mrs. Tyson sang the words of the Lord’s Prayer, we all joined hands—and this was the end of the ceremony.  Remember I told you, in my last letter, about the Focus Week? I have been blessed during these five days, more than I ever expected.  Every message I was hearing, just seems the Lord was speaking to me—answering my questions and reminding what I was neglecting.  I was especially helped by one speaker on the problem of self-complacency—not willing to leave childish things and grow deeper in spiritual maturity.  I found myself living either in the past or the future and not facing the present. It seems that I need to use this time I have to be studying and getting better grades.  I ask the Lord to cleanse me from every sin and set me free, and then send me to be His witness.                      

The Lord has given me go much and entrusted me to be His witness—I dedicate my life to live for Him.  Emmanuel & Rejoice Always, Daughter Min-yen   02/14/61                      

                                                                        Letter No. 116 Dated 02/28/1961

Daddy & Mama:

So glad to have received your letter dated 02/20 with the good news about our reunion.  Mr. Chan is coming to America, and you have begun to work on your application now.  I pray that the Lord help our family to be together soon.  This is Mama’s birthday, and I hope you received my card sent expressing how I missed you and think about you often.  I know you will have a very happy birthday–my prayer for God to bless you with the best year of your life in the days ahead. . .. The Lord called you to be a missionary—a witness unto the ends of the earth.  Only you know what a responsibility you have–to take up your cross and follow.  It is also a challenge as the prince of the world would be setting traps for your defeat.  More important, it is a call to experience the presence of the Lord giving joy and hope.  The world is your mission field:  wherever you go, you will be the light of the world; whatever people you are with, you may do the work of saving souls.  I want to let you know how I feel when people express their admiration in response to hearing me say about my mother being a missionary.  Everyone who loves the Lord knows the cost of such a life as a missionary and pray for God to give you strength.  Only the Lord knows best, and He will bless His faithful servant—preparing for him a crown in heaven.  On your birthday, Mama, I ask the Lord to help you rededicate yourself to follow the call to be a missionary, taking up the Cross, and continue to fight the good fight.  Because He loves you and calls you, He will bless your ministry.  Remember that I will be praying for you, Daddy, and all in our family.  Because God loves us, He will bless us and grant our requests.

It has been several weeks since the semester started, and I have begun to understand what I study in each course. I decided that the Marriage and the Family course is too hard for me, and I changed it to New Testament Literature—as I am interested on the topic and already got “A” on a test. . .. By my third year in College, I must decide what I want to be my Major and Minor.  Daddy asked about when I need to renew my passport. . .. Since I will be in Houston from April 1 to 7 visiting Mrs. JoIly, I can visit the Chinese Embassy to renew my passport—if I can get a letter from Mr. Kessler. . .. About my summer job, do you suppose it will be a good idea to follow the suggestion from Mr. Choy and attend the conference for Chinese students? Another way is to apply for a waitress job in New York City—a sister from Jen Ai Baptist Church, Lillian Tsang, gave me an address to contact. . .. Have you heard from Grandma?  I miss and did not write her, but I have written a letter to Florence; she probably is studying at a larger university.  Must stop now and waiting to hear from you giving me advice.  Wishing you joy and Emmanuel, Daughter Min-yen 2/18/61

                                                                                    Letter No. 117 Dated 03/06/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Received your letter dated 01/27 to know that you are now preparing to celebrate Mama’s birthday.  Did you receive a birthday card I sent a month ago via sea-mail?  I included a photo taken after a Bible Study class and just hoping you receive it soon.  I thank God for giving me loving parents, and your good advice I follow, more than advice from anyone else.  I will remember your instructions, and after prayer, to make my decision.  The Lord leads me by His own hand everyday…and He is my way and my guide.  What Daddy reminded me about going to New York is that I need to find a place to live first:  I would not be thinking about going to a strange place and trusting a stranger like Mr. Choy.  But I would put this matter into God’s hands—some students going to New York City are willing to help me find a place to live, but I would have to find my own job. I also remember others in New York including Shirley Sun (the one who reminded that I owe her 50 cents), and Rose Ching; Kathy Hsu in D.C., and Jennifer in Georgia—I can find out about jobs from them.  I will have a chance to practice typing and shorthand during the holidays–so I can at least type 50 words a minute and get a job.  If I try hard, I can do this.  What I like most is what Mama said about my question: and I trust I can do this.  What I learned from Focus Week is that according to the measure of our faith, I can receive His blessings.  Whatever I am not certain could help me:  I need to pray before accepting it.  Basically, I understand that I need to live in the present, the past is gone; but I still have today to concentrate on my studies–for His glory.  Very soon you are going to receive my report card, and I already know about what I got:  except for one B in English, all C’s in others.  Since we are a small college, the grading system is less lenient than larger schools:  93-100—A, 87-92–B, 78-86—C, and 70-78—D.  Most students get Cs… .my problems are not preparing ahead of time and poor concentration.  Thankfully my course on Education has a few lessons on the topic of how to study, and I can benefit from it.  I trust that if I make efforts to achieve, that the Lord will give me strength from above to be getting better grades this semester.  Please pray for me.  I received a letter from Aunt Nancy to learn that everyone is doing okay, and I did not reply yet.  Is Grandma’s health still okay?  I will write soon.  Some Chinese students coming to our class are not yet saved, and I can only pray for this weekly Chinese Bible Class.  Lord willing, we continue to share the gospel message with all who come to seek the Lord’s blessings.  Received a letter from Edward Chan sent from New Jersey, and I need to answer immediately.  Wishing you joy and peace, Daughter Min-yen 03/06/1961             

                                                                        Letter No. 118 Dated 03.14.1961

Daddy & Mama:

I received your letter dated 03/08, and I wrote to Mr. Kessler today. . . I have already spoken to Bobo, and she told me that for my visa to be extended, my passport must be extended until six months after the new extension.  Although my passport expires in November, I need to have it extended to next November.  Bobo promised to help me in April with my visa due to expire in May—after I visit the Chinese Embassy in Houston during Spring break for my passport extension. I wrote to Mrs. Jolly (the family I stayed with my first Christmas and my best holiday), and I asked to stay with her family for the spring holiday.  She wrote me to let me know her willingness to help: “About your job for summer, we’ll do all we can to help”.  … Before I go to Houston, I plan to attend an International Students’ Retreat with Kathy Garrett (the classmate who introduced me to Mrs. Jolly) and several other Chinese students.  We will travel to Palestine and stay for two days, from March 31 to April 2—total cost $4.50.  The reason why I am going is because the ticket costs $6.00 to travel by myself from Belton to Houston.  Then I also would like to hear some messages from speakers–some of them were speakers at Chapel; and some others attending include Nana, Annie Chang, and Rachel Chang.  After the retreat, I can get a ride with Cathy taking me to Mrs. Jolly’s home to stay until I go back to school.  My summer vacation starts after the beginning of June, and I am not sure when it ends.  I will keep you informed.

            Spring has arrived:  the campus is turning green and the air is fresh, as I walk to my classes feeling blessed; despite having tests these two weeks, I have peace knowing that if I just do what I can, I can pass.  I suppose I have grown up so that I am not bothered by some little trials of life.  I often recall Paul’s words: “Patient in tribulation, rejoicing in hope, and pray without ceasing” (Romans 12: 12).  The Lord really loves me, and I trust your advice (as I know so little) and what my circumstances require my adjustment.  Please pray that the Lord will lead me in the path of righteousne and may glory be to God!  Wishing you joy and peace!                  Daughter Min-yen 03/14/61   

                                                                        Letter No. 119 Dated 03/20/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Time passes so fast that one week after another has already gone by, and in two weeks my Easter break begins.  I still have an exam in Religion and a test in English—as well as preparations to be made.  Hoping I can do everything well, and I trust God’s grace is sufficient for me. . .Last Saturday I had an opportunity to attend a BSU banquet at Texas A & M University, with my suite-mate Nana and several others.  We left in the afternoon for the ninety miles ride to this university for the study of courses in agriculture and mechanics.  We were looking at a big campus in Spring, and it was covered by green grass.  We stopped to view the many buildings before we rested at the BSU Building.  The program began at 6:30 pm.  After dinner, the program began with introductions to council members—each one speaking for himself.  Then someone from our school sang followed by another speaker with the keynote message.  It reminds me of the BSU banquet at our campus not long ago.  We met a few Chinese students, and they took us all the way back to campus—after we had a good time.  Now let me tell you about my plans for the spring break:  I decided to leave on April 1st with others for Palestine to attend the International Students Retreat.  Mrs. Hyden, our BSU advisor, will take us there.  We will attend spend Sunday, April 2, at the retreat; and Cathy Garrett will give me a ride to Mrs. Jolly’s house afterward.  During the week I stay there, I need to renew my passport and find my summer job.  Please do pray for me and advise. . . I need wisdom from God to overcome all my difficulties.  I heard about the possibilities of looking for a summer job in Houston, but Annie Chang and others are going to New York City.  I try to look for something here, and Mrs. Jolly said she would help.  I trust the Lord heard our prayers and hath prepared something for me.  I need to decide early and not to be rushed.  My address for the holidays is:  c/o Mrs. W. F. Jolly, 2012 Second Street, Galena Park, Texas.  If you write me after March 24, please use this address.  I received a letter from Rev. Hunker with news from churches in Taipei, and a photo of the ground-breaking ceremony for a new Religious Education Building at Amoy Street Baptist Church.  I miss this my home church and pray for its ministry often.  Is Mama very busy with your ministry serving the Lord?  The Lord will certainly use you for His Kingdom’s work.  Blessings!                                                                                                     Daughter Min-yen 03/21//61 

                                                                        Letter No. 120 – Dated 03/26/1961

Daddy & Mama:

When you receive this letter, please don’t worry, as what I am about to tell you is some concerns that came up; but I have peace in my heart and in good health.  Last week I received a bill from our business office asking for a payment of $325.00.  Though confronted with this trial, without a clue how to handle it, I have peace in my heart that is there to stay.  I decided to go see Dr. Tyson the next day—he was very nice and before I could tell him about the amount, he said $100.00 and that rest would be up to me but will help if not paid.  When I told him that I will nthat this is a great trial, but I trust the nothing is too hard for the Lord–as He hath made the way for me to come here and hath provided all my needs; I just must live by faith to receive His blessings.

              I received your letter dated 03/20 this morning—to read Daddy’s advice letting me know what I should do.  I already received a letter from Mr. Kessler. . .but the date is from November 1961, to November 1962; and I need write him to have this changed to November 1963, tomorrow morning.  He stated that I was a translator: “Since she is in training to become even more useful to this enterprise in the production departments, she will be . . . affiliated with this company for an indefinite period of time.”  I hope I may have a chance to do some translation for him, and I may gain some experience.  I just translated an article for my friends back at my home church, and I hope they liked it.  Now let me tell you about my plans for the Spring break:  I will attend a retreat for international students, from April 1 to April 2, and then visit Mrs. Jolly’s home staying until April 9, where I can do necessary tasks—my passport and my plans for the summer.  I hope to be able to visit the Chinese church to ask about the possibility of getting an office job, and I might be getting some ideas from some students who are from Houston and discuss with Mrs. Jolly. . . Please pray that God will make a way for me.

Abundant Blessings!               Daughter Min-yen 03/26/61

                                                                        Letter No. 121 Dated 04/01/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Already very late but I need to finish writing you before I go away for my spring break about some progress.  1.  Mr. Kessler has already sent me another letter with the date changed and advised me about other things.  As I was thanking him, he told me that he did this in the spirit of Christian love.  I thank the Lord sending me this kind person to help me.  2.  I received a letter from Mr. Ma, who works at the New York Chinese Consulate, and enclosed was his business card with these words written on it: “This is the daughter of my class-mate coming to get an extension for her visa; and if not against any rules, please do a favor and process without delay”.  I just realized that Mr. S. T. Ma was same person who processed my extension previously when I visited the consulate’s office. . .3.  I have asked several persons about my summer job including Miss Capt, my advisor, and she told me to ask other faculty members.  I need to find out where to stay and ask Mrs. Jolly or Cathy Garrett. . . I have faith that the Lord is helping to train me to grow into spiritual maturity and be a useful servant.  Happy Easter & Blessings!

                                                                                                                                    Daughter Min-yen 04/01/61           

                                                                        Letter             No. 122 Dated 04/06/1961

Daddy & Mama:

I was at the home of Jollys yesterday when I received your letter—making me very happy.  When I showed Mrs. Jolly to read your greetings, she was very happy.  Now you won’t believe what I did yesterday during lunch—I bravely suggested that I will cook a Chinese Fried Rice dish.  Mrs. Jolly agreed and gave me what l needed as ingredients:  rice, a can of green peas, diced ham meat, and onions.  I first cooked the rice, fried the ham and onions, added rice and eggs, and added peas.  It came out as a colorful plate and delicious to all, and Mrs. Jolly asked me to cook the same dish to be taken to her daughter’s home.  I cannot believe that the only dish I learned to do at home was now used for my stay to be welcomed by my host family.  Now let me tell you about two important matters:  1.  My passport  has been extended to November 3, 1962.  After Mrs. Jolly drove me to the Chinese Consulate, I asked to see Mr. Chao and handed him the business card from Mr. Ma.  He read the card and very politely told me to complete two forms for application.  On the line asking for my occupation, I wrote down “student and translator”.  He did not ask to see my letter of employment and handed it back to me stating that it was okay.  I told him I am a student now, and he quickly completed my extension, and I just paid the fee of $1.25.  Thank God He honored my faith and I did not lie about anything.  I trust that the Lord’s hand is leading me and that He will never leave me or forsake me.  I pray that He will be each of us and for our reunion to be together soon.  2.  About my summer job:  Mrs. Jolly has been asking her friends about this matter, but nothing definite has come up.  Thank God for opening another possibility in that my suite-mate Nana is staying at the home of a retired missionary who served in Japan for the past forty years, and she asked me to visit for two days—to meet some Chinese and Japanese families.  After I got my passport extension, Mrs. Jolly drove me to Miss Lancaster’s home to stay until Saturday evening.  Last night, Miss Lancaster, Nana, and I attended a prayer meeting at the Chinese Baptist Church in Houston.  She was hoping I would be able to meet some Chinese people.  I met the Chinese pastor and some church members; and Mr. and Mrs. Wong, church members, invited us to have a meal at their house.  Another lady, who is the Church Secretary, asked me to stay at her place Friday, and she can help me look for a job.  Another couple got my address, and they will let me know if the grocery store needs a helper.  I look to the Lord to make a way for me.  Mrs. Jolly suggested that I stay at the YWCA, and I realized I cannot be asking to stay with her.  I think the best way is to discuss this with Miss Lancaster, as she has a loving heart for young students.  I could also ask during my visit to the Wong’s house.  Miss Lancaster has many friends, and she could probably help me; just as I met Mrs. Holloway last summer, the Lord has led me to meet Miss Lancaster. . .. I return to the campus Sunday afternoon and will write you about everything. Blessings, Daughter Min-yen 04/06/61                 

                                                                        Letter No. 123 Dated 04/10/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Praise God for leading back to the campus yesterday afternoon—even though I needed to ride a bus, with another student, and pay about $5.00 for a ticket.  I was glad to be back and received several letters from friends.  Annie Chang prepared some Chinese dishes and invited me to share the meal with others.  We joyfully talked about our experiences during the past week, and I was thinking how the Lord was faithful to His children who trust in Him:  1. After spending one day and night at the International Students’ Retreat, we rode on a bus chartered by the University of Houston to arrive at Houston.  Mrs. Garrett, Cathy’s mother, picked us up and drove me to Mrs. Jolly’s house. 2. I stayed until Wednesday and then visited Miss Lancaster’s home, where Nana was staying.  We attended a prayer meeting at a Chinese Baptist Church in the same evening. 3. Nana and I spent one day at the home of a wealthy Japanese family—to be guests of a banquet with two young men who work at the Japanese Consulate’s Office.  4. On Saturday I returned to the Jolly’s home and stayed until Sunday.  I made up some plans for the summer and need to discuss it with you:  1. Miss Viola Chan has promised to help me find a job.  2. The Japanese couple want to help and invited me to stay at their home.  3. Miss Lancaster is willing to help me.  4. Since the Jolly’s home is too far away from the city, there is a possibility to stay at the YWCA.  5. Viola drove me down to Texas Employment agency for me to take a test. Even though I had a score of 54 words per minute, my interviewer told me I needed to go again after my vacation starts. . . I trust God’s faithfulness to prepare something for me—just the right job I need—if we ask in prayer.  Another problem is paying my expenses to study here. . . I never experienced such a problem before in my life, and I would be learning to grow with each victory.  “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you” (I Peter).  I received sometime ago a letter from Rev. Hunker letting me know about a new building for Christian Education, and I wanted to give a donation and sent my tithe money $5.00 to the Church.  I also hope to translate an article “Transformed By our Thoughts” for a newsletter.  This was written by one of my teachers, and I was inspired and believe other young people should read it– I hope to send it to Mama first and then to the others.  I was happy to have received both of your letters sent to the Jolly’s home.    Blessings!      Daughter Min-yen 04/10/61

                                                                        Letter No. 124 Dated 04/17/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Praise the Lord I received your letter this Sunday–as I started to worry when I did not get a letter after a week has passed after I returned—letting me know everything is fine and you are well.  Glad to learn that Mr. Chan will be in the States soon, and it makes me have hope for our reunion.  If there is anything I can do or some information I can get to help, please let me know.  I realize that you need all the money for travel expense, and I should not be expecting you to help, but I need to explain my problem and ask for advice.  Because of my lack of faith, I have been speaking with Dr. Tyson more times than needed, and he is fed up with me.  I don’t know what the next step is, and I wonder if Daddy can, from your experience, have some suggestions.  I however have faith and know that His grace is enough for me.  Now I no longer ask that all my problems will disappear, but, rather, that I might have the wisdom to handle each problem.  Your advice is valuable to me, and I would also pray asking God what to do. . . I have been invited to join a national honorary English fraternity; there were only eight persons selected, and I was one of them.  Dr. Vann, our English teacher, recommended me, and he wants to publish my writing about how I grew up in China on the “Baylorian” Magazine—I will send you a copy. 

            As summer vacation will be starting in less than two months, I really don’t know how to start applying for jobs.  It is not easy to find jobs in Houston, and one student told me she went there last summer and did not find a job—even after she stayed for a long time.  If I go to New York, I could probably find a job, but the traveling expense is too much. . .I pray trusting Lord will lead me. Blessings, Min-yen 04/17/61

                                                                                    Letter No. 125 Dated 04/23/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Thank God for another week passed and I have received your letter two days ago.  Many things are on my mind, and I need to make decision and set up plans of action. . .I trust in God’s mighty power to resolve my problems.  Every morning I think about my day and try my best to follow in the path of righteousness.  My faith is not great, and I go through the day often with doubts and fears.  When I was a child with hurdles at home, you were there to help, but now I need to be all on my own.  1. I decided not to see Dr. Tyson to ask for help—as he is trying to get donations for a new building and may not want to be bothered; but I hope to speak to Miss Burnham and let her know I plan to go to Houston this summer.  I may be able to ask for her to allow me to pay my bill from my income during the summer.  I have already completed a form to apply for a scholarship for the next year, and all I need to do now is to find a summer job.  2. About my summer job – I need to find a place to stay first–already sent a letter to Mrs. Jolly about it; Nana told me about how I can rent an apartment for $4.00 – $5.00 a week (I can concentrate on looking for a job staying by myself and what do you think?); I plan to write three others I met in Houston.  One thing I can be certain is that I will have people helping me once I get to Houston.  Do you suppose I could ask at the Chinese Embassy about a job? 

I was able to give myself a permanent Saturday with Annie’s help.  I felt so much relief and everyone commented that I look better with short hair.  I have two colored photos taken in San Antonio to send to you in my next letter.  Please tell me if you have a letter from Grandma.  My passport has been sent to San Antonio for renewal, and I should get it back soon. 

Do you remember I told you about applying to go on a tour to countries in the East as a member of a choir?  One of our students has been selected to be among the sixteen members, and she has asked me if there is anything, I needed her to bring to you—since she knows you live in Taipei.  I just thought you might invite her to our home and show her around.  She is a nice young lady with God’s love in her heart, and she can tell you more about my life here. . . I also going to write Rev. Hunker about this group of young people—they have God’s love in their hearts, and we need to show love and hospitality.  Hope to hear from you and please give me advice.  Emmanuel & Blessings!  04/23/1961                 

                                                                                    Letter No. 126 Dated 05/03/1961

Daddy & Mama:

I really thank God for His grace—whenever I would start to be anxious, I have learned to trust and go to Him in prayer.  This morning I received your certified letter with a check for $50.00 – it makes me feel joy and appreciate your love for me; and I hope I would not need to use it to pay my bill but for my summer vacation.  I pray and hope that my bill will be paid, and that Dr. Tyson once again helps me…  Mama’s words gave me encouragement knowing that so far, the Lord hath blessed me and brought me here, and He will lead me to victory.  What Daddy said I can follow, trusting that He will send help through Dr. Tyson.  One thing I can be thankful now is that my visa has been extended to stay until May 1962. I got it back from the Immigration Office and was not asked to have finger-prints, like last time.  I will let you know what I plan for getting a summer job:  1.  I want to look for an apartment and not stay at anyone’s residence—fearing I might be a burden for them.  2. It should not be difficult to find a job—as there are two Chinese churches in Houston, and among over one thousand Chinese people, many are owners of grocery stores.  Unlike in Dallas, the Americans are friendlier and more respectful of Chinese people here.  3. What I can do is to train myself to be more admirable. . .so people can see my demeanor and want to hire me. I lack experience in socializing and often too timid to speak up—people cannot see my good heart.  I am thankful to have an opportunity to be learning and trust that the Lord will lead me to walk in the path of righteousness for His glory.  One important favor to ask is about the arrival of my classmate (selected as a representative for BSU)  in Taipei—that you welcome her to stay at our home a day or two, so that she can tell you more about my surroundings.  If not possible, then maybe Daddy can take her to have a meal at your lunch room at the ICA Building and show her around. . . The dates for this tour of the choir is from July 11 – 15, arriving at 4 pm at the airport on CAT airline.  I met a Japanese student at the Retreat, and she is also a member of the choir.    The name of my friend is Rosanne Nicholson, and the Japanese student’s name is Yoshiko; and they both would love to meet you in the short time they have in Taipei.  You may ask them to bring back if there is anything for me.  Blessings!      Daughter Min-yen 05/03/1961                    

                                                                                    Letter No. 127 Dated 05/12/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Not received any letters but trust that you are doing fine and staying in good health by God’s protection.  The same with me here as I go about my schedule every day. . .This afternoon, just as I was about to take my nap, my eyes fell upon an article entitled: The Importance of Being Diligent, and I realized I have been lazy and always seeking to get food and rest.  How can I serve the Lord this way; and I have been seeking to find God’s plan for my life—not realizing that before I do anything, I need to discipline myself by seeking first His Kingdom and then “all these things will be added unto thee” (Matt. 6:33) . . . About my summer job:  I have been trying my best to make plans:  Miss Viola Chan, a secretary for the Chinese Church, wrote to let me know about rooms at the at the Salvation Army Residence Hall—cheaper than YWCA: a double room and two meals daily costing $12.50 a week.  I plan to go there since Mrs. Jolly and Miss Lancaster did not mention about me staying at their houses.  If I have a place to stay, then they are willing to help me find a job. . .Viola told me that not to work at grocery stores, since the hours are long, and the pay is low.  I am hoping to find either an office job or be a sales lady—believing this is an experience for me to know God’s faithfulness. . .My help is to be from the Lord and not from anyone else.  I trust my own judgment, listen to Daddy’s good advice, and learn about God’s Word from Mama.  These few days I need to have plenty of rest, excuse myself from attending activities, and concentrate on my studies—to do good on my finals for the glory of God.  My exam schedule is as follows:  Wednesday, 05/24 – Math; Thursday, 05/25 – Education; Saturday, 05/27 – Literature; Monday 05/29 – English (morning) and Physical Education (afternoon); and vacation starts on 05/30.  I hope to find a ride for Nana and me to go to Houston, and Viola will pick me up to stay at the Salvation Army for two weeks.  I can bring $50.00, and my bill for school I trust will be taken care of—as I keep the faith. (Proverbs 3: 5 – 6) Blessings, Daughter Min-yen 05/12/61       

                                                                                  Letter No. 128 Dated 05/21/1961

Daddy & Mama:

I was worried and prayed for you because I have not received your letter for a whole week.  I have just experienced God’s deliverance from evil:  as the time drew near to the end of semester, I have not yet paid my bill.  I did read notices posted reminding us that all bills need to be paid before a permit to take exams will be issued.  I could only go to the Lord and earnestly pray; after prayer, I decided to go to Dr. Tyson—by God’s strength in my weakness and fear I was not welcome.  On Thursday I decided to go—remembering what Proverbs says about the heart of the King is in God’s hands.  As I entered his office, with fear and hesitation, the Lord already prepared his heart for my request.  He asked me how much I still need, and I told him truthfully that it was $325.00.  He smiled and asked where I plan to go for the summer.  I told him I was going to work.  He also asked if I would like to graduate from this college, and I said I hope so.  He then said he will discuss this with Miss Burnham and let me know in three or four days.  I don’t know how much I would need to pay, but I believe my help comes from the Lord—since all man are His instruments—and He will direct my path. 

            On the same day, I happened to read another notice posted requesting all students to pay their bills on this day.  I have already confronted my problem and went to see the President.  A few hours later, as I walked back to my dorm after my class, I saw a snake on the ground, I was frightened; but I was with another classmate, and we walked quickly back to the dorm.  I realized, in my heart, the Lord helped me pass through another trial.  Let us praise the Lord together!

            About my summer job, the Lord prepared a servant of His to help me.  I have been corresponding with her, and she has found a place for me to stay at the Salvation Army Women’s Residence.  I finish my exams on 29th, pack my things on 30th, and leave the next day to take a bus to her home—to stay for three days before I moved to the Residence.  It costs $12.50 a week prepaid, and two meals included.  With what I got, $50.00, I can stay for one or two weeks.  Please don’t be worried—as Viola has some places for me to apply Texas Employment Agency, Southwestern Bank, and a hospital– for interviews and perhaps be tested again in typing and shorthand.  Please pray as I know that only the Lord can really help me. . . I believe I can do better with friends close by, and it is better than going to New York to look for a job.  Please write me here before school is out.  Blessings! Joy and peace, Daughter Min-yen                            05/21/1961

PS:  Address in Houston – Miss Helen Shao, c/o Miss Viola Chan, 2103 Huldy, Houston 19, Texas

                                                                                    Summer 1961

                                                                        Letter No. 129 Dated 05/30/1961

Daddy & Mama:

So glad to receive your letter dated 05/22, letter me know that you had a cold but now recovered. I thank the Lord for His guidance watching over us at two different locations. As we depend solely on the Lord, He will make a way for us and guide our steps.  Last week before I could take my exams, I had to resolve the problem of paying my bill.  When I went to see Dr. Tyson Tuesday, he told me that he can help me pay $200.00, and the rest would have to be a loan—given by the Business Office.  I went to see Miss Burnham to get an application, and she told me I needed to have a guarantor’s name, and to pay back the loan by August 23.  I did not know who I can ask, but then I thought of Miss Lancaster.  I was relieved when Miss Burnham told me they will not contact anyone if I paid it back on time.  …I was able to get my permit just thirty minutes before my exam.  But God’s help has been timely—lifting me up from my helpless state.  I have gained a lesson learning to trust Him for my future problems—as I trust in Him more each day, knowing He He will be with me.

            Nana and I were able to get a ride from another student to go to Houston, and we will spend one night at the farm of an old Japanese couple; and Viola will come to pick me up to stay at her home for three days—before I move into a residence.  I have $40.00 left and enough to stay for three weeks; and I hope to find a job.  Please do pray for me and write me often.

            I start looking for a job tomorrow:  I plan to call some friends I met previously who live in Houston and ask if they know of any opportunities; I will visit the Bank and the Employment Agency.  I prefer an office job, but would also be willing to take any jobs, even if it is to be a waitress—if I can have a job.  Despite the difficulty to achieve this goal, I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to help me. Please give me your good opinions.  About my clothing’s for the summer:  I only have a few outfits left and have grown for the rest to fit.  If it is not too much trouble, maybe Mama can make me two new dresses.  I can go to the dress shops here, but it costs $3 or $4—and I did not want to spend the money.  I want to look nice if I work at an office, and for my interview, I try to mend one I have now. 

            I plan to start searching newspapers for a job after I move into a residence.  Since I am not good at directions, I hope Viola will help me.  “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 1:1).  When a person is in a difficult situation, God’s presence is what is needed.  All I have got is my faith, and the Almighty Lord can change my problems into blessings.  Emmanuel & Blessings of good health.  Daughter Min-yen 05/30/1961

                                                                        Letter No. 130 Dated 06/08/1961

Daddy & Mama:

            First let me wish Daddy a Happy Birthday – may the Lord grant you your wishes in this new year.  God really loves us very much—as He answers our prayers leading us to lie down in green pastures. 

            About my summer job, I have decided to accept an opportunity to stay at the home of a Chinese family—to help take care of two boys, ages 9 and 13.  I made this decision after I tried but did no find any other jobs.  I believe this is God’s guidance to walk this way.  Miss Viola Chan had this in mind when she was helping me to come here.  I went with here everywhere these past few days, visiting church members and sharing meals at their homes.  Viola is a lady who has given her life to serve the Lord, and she is young at her heart even in her thirties. I get along very well with her.  Her work is about the same as Mama’s ministry—leading others to Christ.  There are over three thousand Chinese families here in Houston, and she is welcomed by each family on her visits.  I believe the Lord prepared His servant to extend me hospitality and help me get this job—while many others are still waiting as they even put ads on newspapers. I stay here until next Monday or Tuesday, then Mrs. Young will pick me up to go to her house.  She must go to Hong Kong for some important business, and my job is to take care of the two boys for the summer. . .From my experience earned last summer, I should have no problem handling this job.  Wherever God hath led me to, I believe it’s the best way.

            My purpose and goal for the summer includes trying to get to know some Chinese families here—for the purpose of helping you to come here.  Viola know a lot of people here, and yesterday she received a phone calls from a company requesting to hire some technicians.  Maybe she could help Daddy get a job—if there is one that requires your qualifications. . . …We can pray about this . . .. I also asked about seminaries for Mama to study, and she told me about Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and I will help you to apply.  I heard about Mrs. Culpepper coming here, and I hope to meet her.  Mr. & Mrs. Yang invited Viola and I to dinner tonight.  I need to lean on the Lord, watch what I do and say—in order that I may glorify His name.  Emmanuel!  Wishing you good health & joyful hearts, Daughter Min-yen 06/08/61

My address for summer:  c/o Mrs. Ark Young, 808 English, Houston 22, Texas, U.S.A.           

                                                                        Letter No. 131 Dated 06/13/1961

Daddy & Mama:

I left Viola’s home yesterday to move into the home of Mrs. Young.  But before I left, I received your letter to know about your concern for me for not having heard from me.  It was the week of our finals, and I even skipped a few meals; and I did not write you for seven or eight days.  But I did send two letters after I got to Houston–including a birthday card for Daddy—that you should have received by now.  I try to write more frequently so you don’t worry about me.  Mrs. Young came yesterday afternoon to take me home—a medium-sized building with two bed-rooms, a living room, and a kitchen.  They have air-conditioning, and it is very comfortable to be inside on days of high temperature outside.  Their two children, ages 9 and 13 are a little naughty but lovable.  I sleep in their room, and I have a bed and a closet (to put my belongings). Mrs. Young is very polite and did not set up any requirements for me.  After telling to do I think is needed, she said that she is leaving this week to stay in Hong Kong for two months.  My job is to take care of her children and the house until she returns.  I give thanks to the Lord for preparing a nice and cool place for me to spend the summer, but I know I need to be learning how to get along with and be preparing myself to be a teacher in the future.  I hope to do some work of translating writings from/to Chinese or English.  I also hope them some Chinese language and history.  I read in my devotion last night about Peter’s call: after he answered the Lord’s question saying:  “Lord, you know that I love you, the Lord commanded him saying:  “Feed my sheep”.  I will do my best to help these two little lambs and help bring them closer to the Shepherd.  Please pray that the Lord give l

            I have made quite a few friends at the Chinese Church in Houston, and Viola has been speaking highly of me before her friends.  By God’s grace and His presence, everyone seems to like me including the Pastor, deacons, congregation, and young people.  After service on Sunday evening, I got to play the piano for them—just can hardly believe that what little I learned can be use. Viola is well respected and liked by everyone, and I gained respect being her friend.  I help teach two classes training youth for Christian living.  I feel joyful when I can be at Church, and I am no lonely with these people around.  You need not worry about me, as the Lord already been leading me to a land where I may dwell safely; and I trust that the Lord will continue to guide me until we are reunited again.  Viola is someone sent by God to assist me, and I have given her a handbag with embroidery, but this is not good enough. I hope you can help to get her another gift—she spoke about her wish to have a jacket with Mandarin collar, asking me how much it might cost.  She would like to have a short coat and two long skirts in the same color. . .Please let me know in your next letter.  Must stop now as I need to give this to Mr. Young to be mailed.  On Wednesday, Miss Lancaster invited me to spend the night at her house.  Emmanuel!  Daughter Min-yen 06/13/1961  

                                                            Letter No.132 Dated o6/19/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Got up to cook for the two boys. . .On Sundays I bring them to Church with me.  Thank God for this opportunity to rest and recuperate at a home this summer—so much better than anywhere else.  I also have a chance for serving in the Church:  play the piano for the evening worship service.  Last Sunday I spoke, in Cantonese, sharing about how the Lord saved our family and sharing Mama’s testimony about how she became a Christian and was called to be a missionary.  They were able to accept my sharing, and I pray to be a good witness for the Lord’s glory. Those who trust in the Lord, will not be put to shame. Please pray for me.  Viola has told Mrs. Young about my situation—that I need to pay for my college education, and I was paid $15.00 for last week even though she has still has not left for Hong Kong.  Starting this week, I will be paid the full amount of $30.00.  Mrs. Young will stay in Hong Kong for two months, and after she returns, I can remain here or move out to have another job.  I hope to earn $300.00 this summer.  Viola gave me your letter (sent to her address), and I was relieved from worrying.  I know that you had a slight cold and please take care (you have just recovered) by resting and eating nutritious food. I can eat well as Mrs. Young cooks with the best ingredients for the boys to stay healthy.  Mr. Young does not eat at home, and he is a very honest man.  Compared with Dr. Teng, he is more friendly and allows me to have my way to do my job.  Mrs. Young will leave early next week for Hong Kong.

There are many Chinese people in Houston, and the Chinese Church has three hundred members, and they are preparing to move to a new building.  Since I was led by God, I have a chance to serve, and I teach on Sunday evenings a class of four or five teenagers.  The pastor, who lives near me, gives me a ride to Church.  I hope, after a while, to ask him about how I can get permanent residence status in order to apply for your coming to this country.  Let me know if Daddy has any ideas or plans.  I asked Viola and got the address of the seminary:  Seminary Hill, Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; and all though there are a few other seminaries, this one is closer to my school.  We can ask about others, and Mama can talk to Mrs. Culpepper about it.  It seems most Americans are willing to help—so we don’t need to be afraid and it will do no harm to ask.  Does Mama agree? My friend Roseanne Nicholson is coming to Taipei.  I am so glad that you are willing to show her hospitality.  There is another girl I met, Yoshiko from Japan, for you to invite.  They have a place to stay, but you can take them out to an authentic Chinese meal.  Also, they will have a busy schedule, and you need to ask about when they are available.  Rosanne has a photo of me with her, and she can show it to you.  I remain in good health– enjoy my meals and sleep well; and I thank God for leading me to green pastures.  Please, don’t worry about me.  Emmanuel!  Daughter Min-yen                    06/19/1961                    

                                                                        Letter No. 133 Dated 06/28/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Mrs. Young left this morning at 6 a.m. to travel by airplane to Hong Kong.  I now have the responsibility of teaching two boys and taking care of household duties.  As you suggested, I have set up my schedule as follows:  7:30 to 8:00 a.m. – getting up and fixing breakfast (consisting of bacon or sausage, eggs, toast, juice, and milk); watch TV after breakfast for 15 minutes; from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. teaching Chinese; go outside to play for the boys and do laundry for me; lunch at noon (prepare sandwiches, open cans for soups to save time); from 1:00 to 4:00 pm is free time, and I can write letters and read magazines (Life, Look, and newspapers); from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, I give them some assignments (writing or drawing); then I start to prepare the most important meal of the day (rice, stir fry vegetables—green beans from the garden, and steak or chicken baked in the oven); please give me some ideas about dishes I can prepare.  After dinner, we relax and watch some educational programs on TV; I do iron and finish other duties.  At 10.00 pm, after we have our baths, we read the Bible before going to bed 10:15.  This is my tentative daily schedule, subject to change when I go to the grocery stores, swimming at YMCA on Fridays, or go to Church Sundays.  Praise God, as He hath prepared such an easy job for me; but I need to do a good job.  As I have prayed about our reunion, the Lord has opened a door for you—as I got to know Viola, the Pastor, and many other believers– to ask about your plans to come here and for Mama to do ministry. When Viola can see my good works, she is likely to be willing to help us. I thank the Lord for preparing this opportunity to be someone like her, and I trust this is God’s plan:  as my strength is too small—as I have not died to self. . . I just strive to follow step by step, until I have been crucified with Him; and I live, not for myself but for Christ.  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).  I need to ask God to take away my selfishness, unbelief, and then the Holy Spirit can dwell in my heart and I can do all things through Christ’s strength.  “. .for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced, that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day” (Galatians 2:20). . . So glad to receive two of your letters; I need not be concerned but just to remind you to take care of yourselves in this hot summer:  careful drinking and eating nothing spoiled and keep food in the refrigerator.  I am staying at a house with air-conditioning and a big refrigerator; so please don’t worry about me—for the Lord hath given me more than I could ever ask or hope for.  Since I seldom need to go out, I have enough outfits to wear; I just hope to buy a new winter coat and a robe. . .. I would like to have two long-sleeve blouses and a skirt.  Emmanuel!  Blessings of joy and peace!     Daughter Min-yen    06/28/1961

Letter No. 134 Dated 07/08/1961

Daddy & Mama:

You must be waiting for my letter—as this morning my letter was returned to add postage—and I hope this one will reach you soon. Praise God I am happy here every day and feeling good.  My daily work schedule is not strenuous, and I am content.  Compared to my job last summer, Mr. Young is very humble and respects my ways of teaching his children.  Especially when I go to Church, a few Christians accept me as their friend and ask me to play the piano often.  I have learned how to play almost every song in the hymnal, and I will be the speaker this week for a class.  I trust this is going to be a meaningful summer for me. What Daddy wants me to do I will try to follow.  When Viola comes back, I can have a chance to ask her.  What I understand now about how one can be qualified as a permanent resident is either by adoption or marriage.  Since neither way is acceptable for me, I need to search for other ways.  The day before yesterday, we had a celebration for the Independence Day; and I was at a picnic with people from the Chinese Church.  I met two people, Mrs. Wu and Mr. Chao, from the Chinese Embassy.  Viola knows them, and maybe I can get to be acquainted with them. . .I miss my family and trust that the Lord will answer my prayers for our reunion. 

As Mama will be going to the annual Retreat at the Grass Mountains, I hope you have a time to rest and that both of you have a vacation.  If Daddy wants me to get a tennis racket here, just let me know and I can get it for you.  I seldom go out . . and I have enough clothes to wear at home—saving a few nice outfits to wear to Church, receiving complements from others.  I can wear my white flats and heels, but I need to have two pairs of shoes (brown and black) when I go back to school.    Emmanuel!          Daughter Min-yen 07/08/1961

                                                                                    Letter No. 135 Dated 07/14/1961

Daddy & Mama:

It’s already Thursday, and two more days until the week is over; time passes quickly when I feel happy at home.  Last Saturday, Mr. Young took the boys out, and I spent the afternoon alone; if he does it again this week and I can have a day off, I hope to have a chance to visit my friends:  Mrs. Lancaster invited me to visit, and maybe I’ll meet Nana there.  Not sure if I ever mentioned this friend:  she comes from a prominent Japanese family in Tokyo, and we quickly became friends—God’s provision.  I have shared my testimony with her a few times, and she has accepted Jesus as her personal Savior—making us sisters in Christ.  She was very helpful when I needed to find a summer job, and she introduced me to her Japanese friends.  I will later explain to you more about her family; we are going to be suite-mates again next year.  I need to ask Daddy what to do about these things:  1.  I hope to pay back to school my loan for $125.00, after I have earned this amount this month.  Do I ask Viola to write a check for this amount and send it to Miss Burnham, or do I need to visit the school and bring the cash?  2. I need to think about my expenses for next year:  So far and for two years, I have depended on scholarships, but is it time to find a way to earn money and pay by myself. I have submitted my application to continue to receive scholarships, but I don’t know if it has been approved.  3.  Regarding the check I received from you for $50.00, I already cashed it and used the money.  Not sure if I told you about it.  A letter from Florence has been received, and she was letting me know that she is staying at a friend’s home, located in California, and she could not find a job.  She mentioned about wanting to change to study in a different school, and I wrote back explaining about God’s love and how she can be saved.  We need to pray for this one in our family to find salvation. . .. Nana is back from summer school, and she called me about coming to visit me tomorrow—may with Miss Lancaster.  Only problem is that Lee, the younger child, is not feeling well, but I can invite them if he recovers. When my friends arrive in Taipei, please give them a welcome and extend your hospitality.  I have already heard some good reports about the fruitful results from the choir’s tour in many places. They shared their testimonies and were invited by numerous places with significant numbers in audiences. 

I hope you can send me a package to Houston for me with things needed: a short jacket for Viola, a book of popular Chinese songs for someone at the Church, a can of fried meat, a pair of shoes for me, and if possible, a blouse with mandarin collars. Not sure if you can do all this, but I will write again about this request next time.  Thanks!  Emmanuel!

Daughter Min-yen 07/14/1961                                   

                                                Letter No. 136 Dated 07/20/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Received your letter yesterday and what a relief, since I did not hear from you for many days and probably because you did not get my letter.  Many things need to be done and I am unable to concentrate when I am writing a letter.  But I believe, if I lean on the Lord, everything can fall into place.  1.  I need to think about how I can handle the two children as it is very difficult to make them listen.  I must find ways to earn respect and listen to my explanations.  Also, their grandparents call every day to invite them over to eat; and I must avoid making any mistakes.  When Nana came last Saturday, I invited her to eat and afterwards we went out.  I later realized this was not right, and despite Mr. Young’s approval, the children and their grandmother were complaining.  In order to do a good job, I must avoid going out—please pray about this.  I believe God loves me and will help me not to make mistakes.  I know a lot of people are watching my every move, and I must be careful that I still glorify His name.  2. I wasn’t going to mention it, but several young people at Church are asking me to go out with them, and I have been telling them I have to work and no time to go out.  I met this one honorary student at Rice University at the picnic on July 4th, and I went out with him once; he calls me often and I don’t know how to say no; although he is educated and has experience in social life, I did not consent to go out because he is not a Christian.  Most of the others, though they are from Church, I have no interest to date any of them.  I am still in college, and I have plans to do something meaningful for the good of mankind.  I might be interested to have some friends, and I thank God for leading me to this place and for the opportunity to meet some nice young men—widening my horizon and giving me joy.  3.  Viola and I are going to visit my school; I plan to deposit the money I earned, about $100.00, at the bank.  I can write a check and bring it to pay back my loan; I can also visit Nana and some friends and visit Viola’s friends in Waco. It also happens to be Nana’s birthday, and I asked viola to buy her a book from the Christian bookstore.  I need to get two books for the children, and hopefully they will listen to me.  After I do these things, then I can start saving money for next semester—trusting the Lord’s help is even more than what the eye can see.  When I left to go to Houston, all I had was faith, and I trusted the Lord to make a way for me.  Because I had faith, the Lord led me to this job.  I thank and praise the Lord for His love.  Please pray that I will do a good job for the Lord’s sake and be a witness of His faithfulness!  Blessings!  Daughter Min-yen        07/20/1961

                                                                        Letter No. 137 Dated 07/24/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Received your letter to know that you were anxiously waiting to hear from me.  I have been selfish spending all my time doing my own things, but I will try from now on to reply immediately after each letter.  I pray every night for our reunion, and the Lord is starting to make a way.  Viola is taking me to College for a visit, and she is driving—giving me a chance to ask her questions I have for about immigration.  We had visitors yesterday at Church, Miss China and Consulate Wu and his wife.  He seemed to remember me from the last time I was at the consulate for an extension of my visa, but I did not have the courage of speak to him.  Mr. Wu is being transferred to Hawaii, and there will be a new person at the office.  Viola knows him, and I hope to have a chance to pay a visit to his home. . .. Tomorrow at school and after I submit payment for my loan, I hope to see Mrs. White, the President’s secretary.  I need to be starting early to plan—as I don’t know how the Lord is going to provide for me—and can do little.  After I pay back the amount of $130.00, I still have $30.00 left to be deposited at the bank in Belton. I will be paid soon for what I need—just stamps and two books for the boys, may be a coat. . .. Mr. Kessler asked me to work as a translator, and I did not accept his offer.  If I major in English, maybe I could be qualified for this kind of work.  What do you think?  I have faith to know that if we pray to God, and then (do what we can to help ourselves), our lives will be changed from weakness to strength.  I was lost and had nothing good in me, but the Lord called me to be trained into a vessel fit for His honor.  He has a plan for each of our lives, we will do good to pray without ceasing and wait for His timing—praising Him everyday for His love.  Emmanuel!        Daughter Min-yen 07/24/1961                 

                                                                                    Letter No. 138 Dated 07/27/1961

Daddy & Mama:

Praise God I am back safely after visiting my school yesterday.  I was able to accomplish all my plans and got back at 10:30 p.m.  I received your letter giving me joy and hope.  God’s great love has moved and compelled me to give my body and heart to live for Him.  Viola picked me up at 9:30 yesterday morning, and we brought the boys to their grand-parents’ to stay for the day.  Then we started our trip to Belton—it was a beautiful day and the sun was shining as we chatted all the way.  I had many questions about things I cannot resolve by myself, and she helped me to find solutions.  It was about 1 p.m. when we arrived at Temple, and we went to a Chinese Restaurant for lunch.  Since Viola knows the owner, we were treated with a free lunch.  After lunch we drove to Belton, and I visited my bank to deposit a total of $155.00 on my account.  I was able to find Miss Burnham at the Business Office and gave back the amount of my loan plus interest–$125.33.  Next, I went to see Mrs. White, and her position has changed from a secretary to an administrative assistant. 

            When I requested to apply for a part-time job, she mentioned about the fact that no foreign student can work.  But she also asked me why I wanted to work, and after learning that I was only able to pay $200.00, she gave me an application to apply for a scholarship for the difference.  This was I am only responsible for $200.00 next year, and everything else will be taken care of by the scholarship.  The Lord hath given me more than I could ever think possible, and my faith is too small not knowing the Almighty God. . ..In your letter I read the first sentence stating what God promised will be accomplished.  When I visited Nana, she was touched by my love bringing her a birthday gift.  We left Belton for Waco to visit Viola’s friends who are missionaries. We rushed back to pick up the boys and arrived home at 11 p.m.  I give all the glory to God for this day as He led me by His own hand to bring success.

So happy to know that you are planning to send a package, including a jacket for Viola. . ..I know that you were there to meet Rosanne and Yoshiko, and they will let me know how you are doing.  Your gifts are better than inviting them to a meal, and they will feel welcomed by the Chinese people.  Emmanuel!  Daughter Min-yen  07/27/1961

                                                                        Letter No. 139 Dated 07/31/1961

Hi

 Letter Dated 01/23/1962 Daddy & 

Mama: I am so glad to have received your letter during my exams bringing good news. I am glad to learn that Mr. Chen has arrived in America, and I hope he can assist me as I plan my future after graduation. I just finished my exams, and I registered this morning for my classes in the new year. Tomorrow I have a holiday, and then classes will begin. I was very fearful during my exams, and I did not do too well. I am not sure if I passed Accounting, and three out of ten students dropped the course. The problem, I believe, is in my wrong selection of some courses: I did not need to take Accounting and Physics, and I end up with a lower grade average. After considering and learning from what I did wrong last year, I have selected 19 credits consisting of six courses including three for English (Shakespeare, Modern Poetry, and Modern Drama) two for Sociology (Research Methods and Family and Child Welfare), and Chemistry. My plan is to obtain a C+ grade, in order to apply for a graduate school. … The two courses I chose for English are very popular for English majors. I will be graduating in May with a major in Sociology and a minor in English. But if Dr. Tyson is going to help me, I hope to stay for summer school to be taking two more courses—for a double major in Sociology and English. After summer school, I can go to Dallas and look for a job to work for a Children’s Home. This can be some experience for me in the field of Social Work. Also, the Director of BSU used to work there, and she might be able to recommend me. I hope to work for half a year in order to repay what I owed for summer school. After this I hope to go to a college in Texas to study for a M.A.—preferably at the University of Texas. Dr. Tyson is familiar with this school, and he would at least be able to give me a letter of recommendation. He would like me to be furthering my study, and I could get my master’s degree in one and half or two years. After that, I can do research work or teaching in Sociology. These are just my plans I can only imagine. I trust the Lord and He will lead me and make a way. I let you know my plans (and not anyone else) and hope you can give me some advice or your opinion—before I make any plans. Anyhow, I need to concentrate and strive to study hard. I have already ordered invitations to be sent to people for my graduation. I will send them to you as soon as I get them. I alsoy hope to notify the American Embassy that I wish to have Daddy attend my graduation, if it helps with getting a visa. Due to the expenses incurred in ordering my invitations and other fees, I don’t have money to get books for the new semester. I am waiting for my tax refund check which should have been received the end of last year. I don’t know why you did not receive my package yet, as it was sent on 11/15. For the New Year, we are having a Chinese meal. Blessings! Happy New Year! Daughter Min-yen 01/23/1963

Daddy & Mama:

Letter Dated 01/30/1963 Daughter Min-yen: Received your letter dated 01/24/63 and praise the Lord giving you peace as you remain at school. Another semester has ended, and your schedule of courses for the new semester appear to be more suitable, but your chemistry course may take up a lot of time—though this is easier than Physics. If you need money to pay your expenses for graduation, write us early and let us know to take care of it so you don’t need to worry. About your plans for what happens after graduation, we have discussed it and made these suggestions: 1. We hope you could go to graduate school to get a master’s degree. 2. You should try to get a scholarship including tuition, room and board, etc. 3. If no scholarship, then you need to support yourself by working part-time. This means you will take less credits and finish in a period of a few years. I know some students from Taiwan doing the same thing, and they needed to remain at schools in order to extend their visas for staying. They needed to work and earn enough money to support their families, but they take at least one or two hours to study at schools. If they got some friends willing to help them apply for permanent residence, then they can remain in the country. That’s what two members of your mother’s church did, and we shop you can find out how you can do the same thing. 4. If you are unable to do the above 2 & 3, then you will get a temporary job to work at the office for a while before you go to a graduate school. Please find out more about how you can extend your visa, so you don’t make any mistakes. You mentioned about summer school—there is no need to remain at school after graduation unless you find it necessary for the extension of your visa. … Dr. Tyson wrote us after you delivered our gift to him, and I have not yet responded. Is there anything he can do, and you would like us to ask him? Mr. Chen is in America, and you need to write him a letter to express your gratitude for his help in the past and for the future. We hope you will dress warmly for the cold weather and take it easy in order to recover from an exhausting week of exams. We are praying earnestly every night for you—and trust that the Lord will give His best to you. Emmanuel! Blessings of joy and peace! Daddy 01/30/1963 PS: Please keep this letter for future reference Daughter Min: Praise to the Lord for His faithfulness and grace throughout the last four years for you and our family. Therefore, we are reminded we need to depend more on Him as in His presence, we can make it through every day. “Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard the things that God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor. 2:9). Right now, we don’t know what happens after you graduate, but I believe God will prepare for you what you need. His will for you now is to focus on your studies and trust in the Lord. Even though you failed to gain good grades last semester, don’t worry about it. We know that all things happened to us according to His will and work together for our good. You try to live in the present—day by day. I have a friend at my church, Miss Yin, who is now studying at the University of Texas. I understand that she must work hard with her studies in order to be getting a scholarship. She was considering how she can support herself by working part-time. Even with the minimum wage of 60 cents per hour, she cannot find any jobs. She is considering going to New York City, as there are no jobs in Texas. She already has M.A. degree. For you, I think you might want to write a letter to Mr. Chen who lives near New York City. At the same time, you can discuss with your classmates about graduate school—and even travel together. As you look to the Lord for His help, you need to spend time in prayer. We will be praying for you. You need not be anxious about the future only trust the Lord. Since I am preparing to start my work for the New Year, I will continue in my next letter. Wishing you success! Blessings! Mama 01/31/1963 Letter Dated 03/05/1963 Daddy & Mama: Just as I was about to write a letter, I received your certified letter and a check. This really helped to calm my fears quite a bit. These past few days, I was very tight on my cash—as I had to pay for a ticket to see a play (requirement for English) and order invitations for my graduation. Miss Burnham will not take any orders without $2.00. I got up early in the morning to pray and gave my problem to the Lord. What happened, almost a miracle, was that I received a letter that morning from a church with a check for $10.00. It stated that the gift was from them after hearing my testimony during my visit. This can only be the faithfulness of God…I remember visiting the church during the Christmas holidays, while I was a guest at Aline’s house in Baytown. Mrs. Bourge, Aline’s mother, told me previously about a package given by people at the Church with gifts for me including a red sweater, a stylish plaid skirt, and a black dress. When I needed some close friends to give me advice and did not seem to have anyone, the Lord hears and answers my prayers. … This was an experience for me to always trust the Lord for my needs. Now that you have sent me $60.00, I can pay my expenses during the spring break and some fees incurred for graduation. I even have money left to travel after I graduate. I just hope this is not a burden to you and that you are not working too hard. Mama should be giving up some work at the churches, I suggest. You are also preparing to some me some clothes, and I am very excited. But I don’t need to have some very fashionable dresses, just get me another blouse like the grey cotton one I carried from Taipei—as this one is too worn out. Some of the blouses I find here don’t fit me, and I just hope you can send me both short and long sleeve, one of each, in yellow and pink. I can match my blouses with a permanent-press skirt –to make up my wardrobe for both spring and summer at school. I only need, for food, two cans of dried meat; sometimes I have not time to cook my dinner, but I can take some bread from the dining hall back to eat at my room. Another item I desperately need is a box (about 20) of name cards I had ordered for my high school graduation—to be used with my invitations. Please rush this to me. This is one semester with my heaviest load, as I am taking 19 credits and hoping for a B average. It is not easy: I must skip meals, sometimes sleep six hours, and did not go to Church last Sunday. I two tests tomorrow, and each of my three English courses requires a term paper. I am beginning to understand the perils of a student, but I keep on going for the goal that is set before me—to study in a graduate school. When it snowed a few days ago, I had some photos taken outside for you to see the snow. If I need you to write to Dr. Tyson about my plans, I write let you know later. I will write to Mr. Chen soon. I still have many letters to write and must stop for now. I will try to answer your letter sooner next time. Emmanuel! Daughter Min-yen 03/05/1963. Letter Dated 04/04/1963 Daddy & Mama: From your last few letters, I learned that Mama was not well; I was very worried and prayed for you asking the Lord to take care of you. You work so hard serving the Lord, and your devotion has been seen by others and deserves their respect. From Mr. Chen’s letter, he mentioned about your service—he willingly gave his blessings and helped a family of believers. He told me that if you come to the States, you can share the Gospel with many Chinese people still without Christ. I, however, suggest that you start by taking courses at the seminary—perhaps the same one Pastor Chang attended. I was a retreat and visited this school with a beautiful campus and many students coming from foreign countries paying affordable fees and requiring knowing a little English. If you are interested to apply for this school, I would be able to write a letter to the President of the Seminary. He was here at our college to be the speaker, and you can also write a letter to Dr. Culpepper asking him to recommend you to be a student at this school. I remember someone I met, and she came from Hong Kong to study at this seminary. Her English is not good, but her classmates welcome her, and they even jokingly ask to visit her room in order to practice Cantonese. Among students in colleges and graduate schools, married women always seem to get best grades. When single students like me see one of the married women in same classes, we know we need to study harder to get a good grade and be still above average with A or B. …I needed to work very hard for a whole weekend and did end up with a B for Modern Poetry. But another student, probably in her forties, received a grade of 94. When I read her paper and compared it with mine, I see that hers is longer and includes more information, but she did not have some descriptive views I included. It seems that teachers in this school based their grading system on quantity and not quality. But I always like to write well and not just be including many reference books. …I admire how Mama can memorize a lot of information and your talent as a writer. You are such a good student, and please consider this and let me know so I can write to a seminary for an application to be air mailed to you. This way, when Daddy gets his passport, you can be getting yours too—and we will be reunited as a family. Letter Dated 04/17/1963 Daddy & Mama: Did you receive my previous letter, written in English and Chinese, yet? I have not heard from you, and today is the third day after my spring break ended. I stayed at the campus for nine days, but I paid only for seven days not included two Sundays in the amount of $14.00. I had planned to complete a few papers and study for an English vocabulary test—one of the two tests required for graduating students and including 2,000 words mostly already learned. My schedule was such that I had not free time. After classes resumed, I need to start preparing for exams in order not to be staying up cramming on the night before each exam. I end up with no good grades this way. Right now, I have barely a B average including all courses. Praise the Lord, I have selected courses that I am interested in and can be getting better grades. I look for the Lord for His help. Uncle Chen wrote me, and I wrote back to thank him asking that he continue to help Daddy with your plans. I also wrote to Mr. Larsen to thank him and to let him know that I will plan to arrive in New York City early June. I plan to visit Debbie in Washington D.C. and attend a summer retreat at Ambassadors for Christ Headquarters. If you think I should go to New York earlier, then I can cancel my plans and arrive earlier. In my last letter, I suggested that Mama apply to study at a seminary, and I mention this again. Mrs. Tyson and her father are joining a team to travel to Japan for a short-term mission tour. They will be passing Taipei where they will stay at the Grand Hotel. If you are interested, you can visit them and speak to them about your plans for Mama to study at the Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary and Daddy to find a job in the United States. There is a possibility that Mr. Ray will give you a letter of recommendation. I visited their farm one time and know that they are one of the wealthy farmers, and I also know that they love the Lord and have connections helpful for your application. It’s up to you, as I am still inexperience and just wanted to let you know about some opportunities. For an extension of my passport, I already wrote a letter to (Chinese Embassy) Houston, and I probably will have no problem. …I started to pack my clothes and found many dresses I no longer can wear. There is a large pile of clothes including ones given by my big sister. I don’t know what to do and just wondering if there are places to donate in Taipei. I can send some back home or just give them to people in villages here. Emmanuel! Daughter Min-yen 04/17/1963 Letter Dated 05/05/1963 Daddy & Mama: On this Sunday morning, I have the time to write this letter. Truly these past few weeks I was rushing to finish my reports—one has been handed in with two more to complete. I also have a weekly report to hand in for a Social Work course. When I count the days, I realize that it is only three weeks before finals; and I feel very fearful and nervous in anticipation. Adding to these concerns, I need to have a new passport. My passport has no more room after three extensions were stamped on it. For this, I’ll need to send a recent photo and pay $5.50. This means I must wait for the Chinese Embassy to send it to me before I can send it to the American immigration office for my extension. I already spoke to Miss Burnham about this, and I think she is willing to assist me. So happy to receive your package – I was busy with writing a term paper when it arrived with your gifts including a beautiful Chinese dress, a pair of red slippers, and three cans of my favorite food. I have not been to the dining hall for three days, and I am cooking some rice to eat it with some fried meat. I completed one of the three papers consisting of 4,500 words, and I still need to complete two more. I have done most of the research during my spring break, and I just need to organize my notes and complete each paper. Moreover, I still need to pass a vocabulary test and memorize 4,000 English words with roots in Greek and Latin. That means I have no time for anything else until after my exams. I am anxious about getting a B and not a C grade for a few courses. All I can do is to trust the Lord to give me strength as my day. About where I will go for the summer, I have no time to think about it. I know I will be going to New York, and it will probably cost $50.00 or $60.00 to travel including baggage. When Annie left, she paid $30.00 to ship her baggage, but she took the train. I think I can travel by bus with my baggage at no extra cost. I will probably donate some of my clothes to a church… Let me know if Daddy needs me to do anything to help him with his application for a passport. But we need to pray for the Lord to help us—knowing our efforts are in vain. I realized that as I tried with my effort and still did not get grades I hoped to get. The American people live in the present, and they pay little attention to the past and the future; just live one day at a time. This is how Christians can live with hope and be strengthened to live victorious lives. I will try to follow Daddy’s instructions and each of the four suggestions to my best ability. Blessings! Daughter Min-yen 05/05/1963 Letter Dated 05/19/1963 Daddy & Mama: So glad to receive your letter giving me the good news that Daddy can come to America soon. Praise the Lord for answering our prayers, but I hope you plan everything carefully. For my part, I will be looking for ways to help and facilitate your plans to travel and to find a job in order to remain in the States. Once you find your job, you will not need to worry about financial problems. Final exams start next week, and I went to see Miss Burnham today. She asked me to pay the balance of my bill totaling $100.00. I had to give her the two checks I received from Mr. Chen, and I only got $10.00 left. I will need $50.00 for my ticket to travel to New York, and I wonder if you can ask Mr. Chen can send it. All I can do is to stay at school and wait for the check, and then I can leave to go to New York. This is unexpected that students graduating are not eligible for a scholarship. I did receive a refund check of $80.00 from the government, but I needed to pay for my diploma and renting a gown for graduation ceremony. I also paid $35.00 for staying at the campus during my spring break. I hope I can leave right after my exams, instead remaining longer, as I want to be a good example. I can only ask that you send me the money now, and I can pay you back instead of sending it to the school. I ask Daddy to please do this immediately. About my extension—I receive my visa from the Chinese Embassy in Houston extending my stay until May,1966. My advisor has help me to write a letter to the Office of Immigration in San Antonio, Texas, and I should be receiving my passport back in two weeks. Our summer vacation begins on May,29. I can stay a few more days before summer school starts. Even though I must wait (for my passport) before leaving for New York, I have a chance to prepare for my summer. I have checked my schedule at the Bus company, and it will take forty-eight hours traveling to New York, and my bus fare is $46.00 including my luggage. Blessings! Daughter Min-yen 05/18/1963 Letter Dated 05/29/1963 , Daddy & Mama: Praise the Lord, I have finally completed four years of college! Our Baccalaureate Service was last Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Belton. Our speaker has a PhD in Religious Education, and he admonished all graduates to devote our lives serving in areas constructive to society and our neighbor. I am not sure can do this and not be concerned about pursuing my future and my American dream. We need to use our gifts in the service most beneficial to others. I started to go over my plans accordingly, but I had to stop in order to keep up with what is on my plate now. I trust the Lord to guide me in the path of righteousness. Monday was the graduation ceremony for our class of ninety students. After each of us went up to the platform to receive her diploma from Dr. Tyson with a handshake, sang the class theme song, we all turned the directions of our caps (from left to right) signifying the change from students to graduates. Some were crying but not me—perhaps due to having had many other previous departures so that in comparison I did not feel too sad. I was more concerned about that fact that I still have not receive the money I needed to travel to New York. I received your letter this morning and the check in the afternoon. I went immediately to get a ticket for the bus—to be leaving tonight at 7 p.m. from Belton, passing Memphis and Washington D.C. before arriving in New York City. Since I might stay in D.C. and visit Julie to attend her graduation, I will take the bus for the next day to go to New York City. I will write to Mr. Larsen about the time of my arrival, and I also have someone going the same way to keep me company. I left a paper box of my books in the basement and will ask someone to send it to me later. Mr. Chen told me that he cannot come to meet me due to his busy schedule, but he wrote and told me that he has asked Mr. Larsen to meet me and take me to stay at their house. I feel safe knowing I can stay at a home and pray that the Lord will open some doors for me to find a job. I don’t think it’s too difficult. I still have $20.00 left, after purchasing my ticket, to be used for traveling to Long Island and getting some food during the trip. …I will write again when I arrive in Washington D.C. and New York City. Please remember to pray for me. I am in good health but lost some weight from skipping meals and lack of sleep during exam week. I should recover quickly. Must stop now and be getting ready to leave. Blessings! Daughter Ming-yen 05/29/1963

                07/31/1961      

From left: Fan (husband of my deceased cousin; Wang and Cousin Yi, Cousin Lu Zho Chin, Helen, Cousin Lu’s family (Julia and her father), &Cousin Jin Bo at my birthday on 12/5/18

 Continued from Previous 12/03/1962 Letter Dated 12/21/1962 Daddy & Mama: I have already left school and arrived at my classmate’s house for the Christmas holiday. I was planning to attend the winter retreat in Dallas but decided that I needed time to study and to give up the idea; and, instead, come to this Christian home where I was previously. Also, there is a library where I can find reference books to read. Instead of going to Dallas, I came to a small town—in order to have a rest and start preparing for my finals early: several courses I am taking are requiring me to spend a lot of time, and the only time I can catch up is during the holiday. I am afraid that I don’t do well and forfeit my chances to be continuing in a graduate school; and this might give me the chance to catch up. I am staying with a loving Christian family, and I can be more casual and spend my time studying. I hope you are going to have a nice holiday, and I miss being home; but please write and let me know about your holiday. I will be here until January 3, and I hope to be able to visit some friends (members of churches) in Houston, but not to take away the time I need to study. On my way out of school, I stopped by Dr. & Mrs. Tyson’s home to deliver the package of a Christmas gift. He was happy to receive it and gave me a Christmas card. I also gave the two royal lamps to the Dean of the College. I am keeping other gifts, but I will give a few cans of tea to the Bourge family. Praise the Lord, and these gifts are more precious because you have selected them. I already finished several cans (almost half) of food items, helps to keep me in good health and not have any problems. I sometimes seem to feel depressed and need to trust the Lord and rely on His guidance. I pray for the Lord to open a door for me so I can concentrate on my studies and not be concerned. Please be not concerned—as whatever circumstances, the Lord’s strength is sufficient for me. I will pray about Daddy’s plan and what his is doing for the possibility of coming to America. I will pray about it asking the Lord to make a way—if it is His will. …Did you receive my package yet? May you give more love to the Lord! Daughter Min 12/21/1962 Letter Dated 01/23/1962 Daddy & Mama: I am so glad to have received your letter during my exams bringing good news. I am glad to learn that Mr. Chen has arrived in America, and I hope he can assist me as I plan my future after graduation. I just finished my exams, and I registered this morning for my classes in the new year. Tomorrow I have a holiday, and then classes will begin. I was very fearful during my exams, and I did not do too well. I am not sure if I passed Accounting, and three out of ten students dropped the course. The problem, I believe, is in my wrong selection of some courses: I did not need to take Accounting and Physics, and I end up with a lower grade average. After considering and learning from what I did wrong last year, I have selected 19 credits consisting of six courses including three for English (Shakespeare, Modern Poetry, and Modern Drama) two for Sociology (Research Methods and Family and Child Welfare), and Chemistry. My plan is to obtain a C+ grade, in order to apply for a graduate school. … The two courses I chose for English are very popular for English majors. I will be graduating in May with a major in Sociology and a minor in English. But if Dr. Tyson is going to help me, I hope to stay for summer school to be taking two more courses—for a double major in Sociology and English. After summer school, I can go to Dallas and look for a job to work for a Children’s Home. This can be some experience for me in the field of Social Work. Also, the Director of BSU used to work there, and she might be able to recommend me. I hope to work for half a year in order to repay what I owed for summer school. After this I hope to go to a college in Texas to study for a M.A.—preferably at the University of Texas. Dr. Tyson is familiar with this school, and he would at least be able to give me a letter of recommendation. He would like me to be furthering my study, and I could get my master’s degree in one and half or two years. After that, I can do research work or teaching in Sociology. These are just my plans I can only imagine. I trust the Lord and He will lead me and make a way. I let you know my plans (and not anyone else) and hope you can give me some advice or your opinion—before I make any plans. Anyhow, I need to concentrate and strive to study hard. I have already ordered invitations to be sent to people for my graduation. I will send them to you as soon as I get them. I also hope to notify the American Embassy that I wish to have Daddy attend my graduation, if it helps with getting a visa. Due to the expenses incurred in ordering my invitations and other fees, I don’t have money to get books for the new semester. I am waiting for my tax refund check which should have been received the end of last year. I don’t know why you did not receive my package yet, as it was sent on 11/15. For the New Year, we are having a Chinese meal. Blessings! Happy New Year! Daughter Min-yen 01/23/1963 Letter Dated 01/30/1963 Daughter Min-yen: Received your letter dated 01/24/63 and praise the Lord giving you peace as you remain at school. Another semester has ended, and your schedule of courses for the new semester appear to be more suitable, but your chemistry course may take up a lot of time—though this is easier than Physics. If you need money to pay your expenses for graduation, write us early and let us know to take care of it so you don’t need to worry. About your plans for what happens after graduation, we have discussed it and made these suggestions: 1. We hope you could go to graduate school to get a master’s degree. 2. You should try to get a scholarship including tuition, room and board, etc. 3. If no scholarship, then you need to support yourself by working part-time. This means you will take less credits and finish in a period of a few years. I know some students from Taiwan doing the same thing, and they needed to remain at schools in order to extend their visas for staying. They needed to work and earn enough money to support their families, but they take at least one or two hours to study at schools. If they got some friends willing to help them apply for permanent residence, then they can remain in the country. That’s what two members of your mother’s church did, and we shop you can find out how you can do the same thing. 4. If you are unable to do the above 2 & 3, then you will get a temporary job to work at the office for a while before you go to a graduate school. Please find out more about how you can extend your visa, so you don’t make any mistakes. You mentioned about summer school—there is no need to remain at school after graduation unless you find it necessary for the extension of your visa. … Dr. Tyson wrote us after you delivered our gift to him, and I have not yet responded. Is there anything he can do, and you would like us to ask him? Mr. Chen is in America, and you need to write him a letter to express your gratitude for his help in the past and for the future. We hope you will dress warmly for the cold weather and take it easy in order to recover from an exhausting week of exams. We are praying earnestly every night for you—and trust that the Lord will give His best to you. Emmanuel! Blessings of joy and peace! Daddy 01/30/1963 PS: Please keep this letter for future reference Daughter Min: Praise to the Lord for His faithfulness and grace throughout the last four years for you and our family. Therefore, we are reminded we need to depend more on Him as in His presence, we can make it through every day. “Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard the things that God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor. 2:9). Right now, we don’t know what happens after you graduate, but I believe God will prepare for you what you need. His will for you now is to focus on your studies and trust in the Lord. Even though you failed to gain good grades last semester, don’t worry about it. We know that all things happened to us according to His will and work together for our good. You try to live in the present—day by day. I have a friend at my church, Miss Yin, who is now studying at the University of Texas. I understand that she must work hard with her studies in order to be getting a scholarship. She was considering how she can support herself by working part-time. Even with the minimum wage of 60 cents per hour, she cannot find any jobs. She is considering going to New York City, as there are no jobs in Texas. She already has M.A. degree. For you, I think you might want to write a letter to Mr. Chen who lives near New York City. At the same time, you can discuss with your classmates about graduate school—and even travel together. As you look to the Lord for His help, you need to spend time in prayer. We will be praying for you. You need not be anxious about the future only trust the Lord. Since I am preparing to start my work for the New Year, I will continue in my next letter. Wishing you success! Blessings! Mama 01/31/1963 Letter Dated 03/05/1963 Daddy & Mama: Just as I was about to write a letter, I received your certified letter and a check. This really helped to calm my fears quite a bit. These past few days, I was very tight on my cash—as I had to pay for a ticket to see a play (requirement for English) and order invitations for my graduation. Miss Burnham will not take any orders without $2.00. I got up early in the morning to pray and gave my problem to the Lord. What happened, almost a miracle, was that I received a letter that morning from a church with a check for $10.00. It stated that the gift was from them after hearing my testimony during my visit. This can only be the faithfulness of God…I remember visiting the church during the Christmas holidays, while I was a guest at Aline’s house in Baytown. Mrs. Bourge, Aline’s mother, told me previously about a package given by people at the Church with gifts for me including a red sweater, a stylish plaid skirt, and a black dress. When I needed some close friends to give me advice and did not seem to have anyone, the Lord hears and answers my prayers. … This was an experience for me to always trust the Lord for my needs. Now that you have sent me $60.00, I can pay my expenses during the spring break and some fees incurred for graduation. I even have money left to travel after I graduate. I just hope this is not a burden to you and that you are not working too hard. Mama should be giving up some work at the churches, I suggest. You are also preparing to some me some clothes, and I am very excited. But I don’t need to have some very fashionable dresses, just get me another blouse like the grey cotton one I carried from Taipei—as this one is too worn out. Some of the blouses I find here don’t fit me, and I just hope you can send me both short and long sleeve, one of each, in yellow and pink. I can match my blouses with a permanent-press skirt –to make up my wardrobe for both spring and summer at school. I only need, for food, two cans of dried meat; sometimes I have not time to cook my dinner, but I can take some bread from the dining hall back to eat at my room. Another item I desperately need is a box (about 20) of name cards I had ordered for my high school graduation—to be used with my invitations. Please rush this to me. This is one semester with my heaviest load, as I am taking 19 credits and hoping for a B average. It is not easy: I must skip meals, sometimes sleep six hours, and did not go to Church last Sunday. I two tests tomorrow, and each of my three English courses requires a term paper. I am beginning to understand the perils of a student, but I keep on going for the goal that is set before me—to study in a graduate school. When it snowed a few days ago, I had some photos taken outside for you to see the snow. If I need you to write to Dr. Tyson about my plans, I write let you know later. I will write to Mr. Chen soon. I still have many letters to write and must stop for now. I will try to answer your letter sooner next time. Emmanuel! Daughter Min-yen 03/05/1963. Letter Dated 04/04/1963 Daddy & Mama: From your last few letters, I learned that Mama was not well; I was very worried and prayed for you asking the Lord to take care of you. You work so hard serving the Lord, and your devotion has been seen by others and deserves their respect. From Mr. Chen’s letter, he mentioned about your service—he willingly gave his blessings and helped a family of believers. He told me that if you come to the States, you can share the Gospel with many Chinese people still without Christ. I, however, suggest that you start by taking courses at the seminary—perhaps the same one Pastor Chang attended. I was a retreat and visited this school with a beautiful campus and many students coming from foreign countries paying affordable fees and requiring knowing a little English. If you are interested to apply for this school, I would be able to write a letter to the President of the Seminary. He was here at our college to be the speaker, and you can also write a letter to Dr. Culpepper asking him to recommend you to be a student at this school. I remember someone I met, and she came from Hong Kong to study at this seminary. Her English is not good, but her classmates welcome her, and they even jokingly ask to visit her room in order to practice Cantonese. Among students in colleges and graduate schools, married women always seem to get best grades. When single students like me see one of the married women in same classes, we know we need to study harder to get a good grade and be still above average with A or B. …I needed to work very hard for a whole weekend and did end up with a B for Modern Poetry. But another student, probably in her forties, received a grade of 94. When I read her paper and compared it with mine, I see that hers is longer and includes more information, but she did not have some descriptive views I included. It seems that teachers in this school based their grading system on quantity and not quality. But I always like to write well and not just be including many reference books. …I admire how Mama can memorize a lot of information and your talent as a writer. You are such a good student, and please consider this and let me know so I can write to a seminary for an application to be air mailed to you. This way, when Daddy gets his passport, you can be getting yours too—and we will be reunited as a family. Letter Dated 04/17/1963 Daddy & Mama: Did you receive my previous letter, written in English and Chinese, yet? I have not heard from you, and today is the third day after my spring break ended. I stayed at the campus for nine days, but I paid only for seven days not included two Sundays in the amount of $14.00. I had planned to complete a few papers and study for an English vocabulary test—one of the two tests required for graduating students and including 2,000 words mostly already learned. My schedule was such that I had not free time. After classes resumed, I need to start preparing for exams in order not to be staying up cramming on the night before each exam. I end up with no good grades this way. Right now, I have barely a B average including all courses. Praise the Lord, I have selected courses that I am interested in and can be getting better grades. I look for the Lord for His help. Uncle Chen wrote me, and I wrote back to thank him asking that he continue to help Daddy with your plans. I also wrote to Mr. Larsen to thank him and to let him know that I will plan to arrive in New York City early June. I plan to visit Debbie in Washington D.C. and attend a summer retreat at Ambassadors for Christ Headquarters. If you think I should go to New York earlier, then I can cancel my plans and arrive earlier. In my last letter, I suggested that Mama apply to study at a seminary, and I mention this again. Mrs. Tyson and her father are joining a team to travel to Japan for a short-term mission tour. They will be passing Taipei where they will stay at the Grand Hotel. If you are interested, you can visit them and speak to them about your plans for Mama to study at the Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary and Daddy to find a job in the United States. There is a possibility that Mr. Ray will give you a letter of recommendation. I visited their farm one time and know that they are one of the wealthy farmers, and I also know that they love the Lord and have connections helpful for your application. It’s up to you, as I am still inexperience and just wanted to let you know about some opportunities. For an extension of my passport, I already wrote a letter to (Chinese Embassy) Houston, and I probably will have no problem. …I started to pack my clothes and found many dresses I no longer can wear. There is a large pile of clothes including ones given by my big sister. I don’t know what to do and just wondering if there are places to donate in Taipei. I can send some back home or just give them to people in villages here. Emmanuel! Daughter Min-yen 04/17/1963 Letter Dated 05/05/1963 Daddy & Mama: On this Sunday morning, I have the time to write this letter. Truly these past few weeks I was rushing to finish my reports—one has been handed in with two more to complete. I also have a weekly report to hand in for a Social Work course. When I count the days, I realize that it is only three weeks before finals; and I feel very fearful and nervous in anticipation. Adding to these concerns, I need to have a new passport. My passport has no more room after three extensions were stamped on it. For this, I’ll need to send a recent photo and pay $5.50. This means I must wait for the Chinese Embassy to send it to me before I can send it to the American immigration office for my extension. I already spoke to Miss Burnham about this, and I think she is willing to assist me. So happy to receive your package – I was busy with writing a term paper when it arrived with your gifts including a beautiful Chinese dress, a pair of red slippers, and three cans of my favorite food. I have not been to the dining hall for three days, and I am cooking some rice to eat it with some fried meat. I completed one of the three papers consisting of 4,500 words, and I still need to complete two more. I have done most of the research during my spring break, and I just need to organize my notes and complete each paper. Moreover, I still need to pass a vocabulary test and memorize 4,000 English words with roots in Greek and Latin. That means I have no time for anything else until after my exams. I am anxious about getting a B and not a C grade for a few courses. All I can do is to trust the Lord to give me strength as my day. About where I will go for the summer, I have no time to think about it. I know I will be going to New York, and it will probably cost $50.00 or $60.00 to travel including baggage. When Annie left, she paid $30.00 to ship her baggage, but she took the train. I think I can travel by bus with my baggage at no extra cost. I will probably donate some of my clothes to a church… Let me know if Daddy needs me to do anything to help him with his application for a passport. But we need to pray for the Lord to help us—knowing our efforts are in vain. I realized that as I tried with my effort and still did not get grades I hoped to get. The American people live in the present, and they pay little attention to the past and the future; just live one day at a time. This is how Christians can live with hope and be strengthened to live victorious lives. I will try to follow Daddy’s instructions and each of the four suggestions to my best ability. Blessings! Daughter Min-yen 05/05/1963 Letter Dated 05/19/1963 Daddy & Mama: So glad to receive your letter giving me the good news that Daddy can come to America soon. Praise the Lord for answering our prayers, but I hope you plan everything carefully. For my part, I will be looking for ways to help and facilitate your plans to travel and to find a job in order to remain in the States. Once you find your job, you will not need to worry about financial problems. Final exams start next week, and I went to see Miss Burnham today. She asked me to pay the balance of my bill totaling $100.00. I had to give her the two checks I received from Mr. Chen, and I only got $10.00 left. I will need $50.00 for my ticket to travel to New York, and I wonder if you can ask Mr. Chen can send it. All I can do is to stay at school and wait for the check, and then I can leave to go to New York. This is unexpected that students graduating are not eligible for a scholarship. I did receive a refund check of $80.00 from the government, but I needed to pay for my diploma and renting a gown for graduation ceremony. I also paid $35.00 for staying at the campus during my spring break. I hope I can leave right after my exams, instead remaining longer, as I want to be a good example. I can only ask that you send me the money now, and I can pay you back instead of sending it to the school. I ask Daddy to please do this immediately. About my extension—I receive my visa from the Chinese Embassy in Houston extending my stay until May,1966. My advisor has help me to write a letter to the Office of Immigration in San Antonio, Texas, and I should be receiving my passport back in two weeks. Our summer vacation begins on May,29. I can stay a few more days before summer school starts. Even though I must wait (for my passport) before leaving for New York, I have a chance to prepare for my summer. I have checked my schedule at the Bus company, and it will take forty-eight hours traveling to New York, and my bus fare is $46.00 including my luggage. Blessings! Daughter Min-yen 05/18/1963 Letter Dated 05/29/1963 , Daddy & Mama: Praise the Lord, I have finally completed four years of college! Our Baccalaureate Service was last Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Belton. Our speaker has a PhD in Religious Education, and he admonished all graduates to devote our lives serving in areas constructive to society and our neighbor. I am not sure can do this and not be concerned about pursuing my future and my American dream. We need to use our gifts in the service most beneficial to others. I started to go over my plans accordingly, but I had to stop in order to keep up with what is on my plate now. I trust the Lord to guide me in the path of righteousness. Monday was the graduation ceremony for our class of ninety students. After each of us went up to the platform to receive her diploma from Dr. Tyson with a handshake, sang the class theme song, we all turned the directions of our caps (from left to right) signifying the change from students to graduates. Some were crying but not me—perhaps due to having had many other previous departures so that in comparison I did not feel too sad. I was more concerned about that fact that I still have not receive the money I needed to travel to New York. I received your letter this morning and the check in the afternoon. I went immediately to get a ticket for the bus—to be leaving tonight at 7 p.m. from Belton, passing Memphis and Washington D.C. before arriving in New York City. Since I might stay in D.C. and visit Julie to attend her graduation, I will take the bus for the next day to go to New York City. I will write to Mr. Larsen about the time of my arrival, and I also have someone going the same way to keep me company. I left a paper box of my books in the basement and will ask someone to send it to me later. Mr. Chen told me that he cannot come to meet me due to his busy schedule, but he wrote and told me that he has asked Mr. Larsen to meet me and take me to stay at their house. I feel safe knowing I can stay at a home and pray that the Lord will open some doors for me to find a job. I don’t think it’s too difficult. I still have $20.00 left, after purchasing my ticket, to be used for traveling to Long Island and getting some food during the trip. …I will write again when I arrive in Washington D.C. and New York City. Please remember to pray for me. I am in good health but lost some weight from skipping meals and lack of sleep during exam week. I should recover quickly. Must stop now and be getting ready to leave. Blessings! Daughter Ming-yen 05/29/1963



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