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“’Tis not good for the Christians health

To hustle the Asian Brown

For the Christian riles and the Asian smiles

And he wear-eth the Christian down

And the end of the fight is a tombstone white

With the name of the late deceased,

And the epitaph drear – a fool lies here,

Who tried to hustle the East.”

…Rudyard Kipling


By Arlen Gary Ewing

Edited by Jeff T. Ewing

copyright 2012

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Dedicated to

The Ewing family of Oenaville, TX

and to the memory of Gary, Adrianne, Bill and Nanny

Chapter one

As Cathay Pacific Flight 691 circled above Tan Son Nhut airport, Chuck Willcott glanced down at the lighted city below. From this vantage point, the city seemed a jumble of streets, cars and awkwardly lit buildings. A view from the air quite similar to many cities back in the states, he thought to himself. A few moments later, as the wheels touched, Chuck found himself squinting through the tiny window, trying to get a glimpse of this “Third World” country he had been sent to help. All he saw was darkness, a few flickering lights, and what seemed to be a lot of confusion as ground crews yelled and pointed to each other going about their jobs. Exiting down the steep ladder to the tarmac, the humidity hit him like a wall. Walking through the muggy, warm air toward the terminal, he briefly thought to himself, “Oh my, what have I gotten myself into?” The thought was fleeting, as he knew his mission was much more important than his personal comforts. Bringing the word of the Lord and helping to educate so many in such an impoverished state, was a calling he felt deep in his heart and he knew he could make a difference if given the chance. This was his chance.

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