January 31, 1932

Dearly beloved brother and sister-in-law, Jacob and Sophie and children and daughter-in- law.

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ be merciful to you and grant you peace, now and for all eternity.

Dear Brother, here is a letter from sister Mariliß Ring in Russia (her husband, brother-in-law David, died on September 21) that I was asked to send you. She is asking for help -- she's on the brink of starvation like in 1921. Dear brother, if you want to learn what it means to be Christian then let me tell you how the Bosheviks are living in Russia. They are the forerunners for the Antichrist like it says in the Bible, and their leader will come after them. Look for love, that is different than papal offices [?? unclear]. As it is revealed in the Bible see John 13:17. They are destroying anything that even smells of Christianity.

As far as we are concerned we are all, thank the Lord, very healthy and wish the same to you with all our hearts. The weather has been bad as we haven't had much snow yet. It hasn't been cold until yesterday and today is quite cold, -20 degrees. The crop (this year) wasn't all that awful. The potato crop was very good but everything is so cheap it wasn't worth much. Potatoes are 35 [unclear - kopecks or cents?] per hundred [illegible]. Butter is 31 [kopecks or cents?] a pound. But we shouldn't complain. At least we have enough to eat this time, thank the Lord. If you still feel enough brotherly love toward us, you can write us. And so warmest regards from all of us to everyone at your house, friends and acquaintances.

We remain your loving brother and brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

David and Elisabeth Reichel
Bruce, Wisconsin