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success on the cooperation of many people, including our New York committee, the American Colony Charities Association. To gether we raise the funds for the Children's Hospital, the Outpatient Clinic, and the Child Welfare Center. The last of these probably will have the greatest effect on the future of Jerusalem. Here mothers are educated in modern scien tific methods of child care. Women, bringing their children with them, paid us more than 60,000 visits in 1963. Some day, with the help of our friends, we hope to build a larger hospi tal. We are now negotiating for a suitable site. The descendants of some of our first pa tients now come to us, sometimes brought by grandmothers who had come to us as young mothers many years ago. One grandmother produced a strange se quel to the stealing incident of the Moslem girls' school. A wizened, toothless old woman, leading a tiny child, peered up into my face as I came into the waiting room. "Surely," she said, "it's Sitt Afifi!" crossed on His way to (ethsemane. I did not recognize her, so she told me she was the girl who had stolen from the lockers. She turned to the mothers and their children waiting for treatment. "Listen," she commanded, "and I will tell you a story." And she recounted in detail the whole incident. Dramatically she con cluded: "And it was she," pointing to me, "she who asked forgiveness of me-who was the offender." Then she delivered a solemn homily on the wickedness of stealing. As she talked and gestured, with the Arab flair for storytelling, the years rolled back and I saw myself again as I was then-an inexperienced, impetuous girl of 18. I thought of all that had passed between then and now; of how our work had built up from its small beginnings. I have seen three wars here, known many bitter setbacks, but also much joy through out the years in work that I have loved, and which I pray has been of service to humanity, in this compllex but eternally fascinating Holy Land, my home. T'I'l 1H N 1) Governor of Amman, Jordan's capital, Abd-al-Majid al Adwan entertains Mrs. \ester in his home. Like many long time Arab friends, he respectfully calls the author mother.