Impressions of Weihsien

August 7, 1945,
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To give first the most recent impression – it is that of a friendly company. This was especially bought home to me during my recent indisposition. All kinds of folk came to see me to cheer by game or friendly talks, the many weeks I could not leave my room. For over two months I had at least two, sometimes several visitors each day – a state of affairs hardly possible under normal conditions and which makes one realise how much more has been received than one has given.

Educational facilities have been much greater than could have been imagined – classes in French, German, Chinese have given opportunities unimaginable in a busy life – drama and music have stimulated thought and emotion and above all unhoped for diversity in libraries have proved more than a compensation for the use of a well stocked private library with little leisure for reading.

The Christian fellowship has had a surprisingly catholic appeal and has gradually grown in harmony. It still leaves much to be desired in mutual appreciation of differing gifts – the closest approach to one another has come in smaller groups but the lessons learnt in these groups have not for the most part reached the general body of members – there should have been more upbuilding.

The value of Weihsien impressions will only be apparent when we have left, here also "by their fruits ye shall know them".

The greatest disappointment despite the numerous contacts between people of all classes and breeds has been the general conservative temper – theological, political, social (is it typical of exiles?) – when so many things are being shaken the kingdom that cannot be shaken should be more apparent – we only adventure for that we value. When so many idols of the market place are being overthrown there is the possibility of deeper scepticism but also the opportunity for purer worship.

London Mission Peking