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Beginning with an e-mailed letter on April 28th, twenty two letters were received from young people in the far off land of Caperston. Twenty one were from a young man named Mattpaul and the last, received on December 10th, from his best friend, Huchfee.

Much has been happening in Caperston involving the teachings of a "prophet" named Chi-hay-su and the imprisonment of the writer of the first 21 letters, Mattpaul. The book, The Chest of Visions, records each of these letters, telling the story of Caperston, while reflecting on the way of life of its inhabitants. Now the story continues.

The Chest of Visions Book Two: Pathways Cross Broken Highways

January 14th

Dear Alex,

We are overjoyed to hear of your vision of heaven and seeing your friend, Kevin, and Mattpaul there. The vision gives us courage and your description is of a spectacular place.

The situation in Caperston is of developing chaos. Three days ago Mattpaul's father called me in and stated that he did not know whom he can trust. Since I was Mattpaul's friend, he believes he can trust me. He no longer trusts Zester and plans to speak to Pontos, the ruler, about putting him on trial for carelessly allowing Mattpaul to die of malnutrition. He asked me about Mattpaul's sister, Rachaeling. He knows that she has listened to Chi-hay-su speak and has been impressed. He was almost in tears and said, "Huchfee, I have lost my son. I cannot bear the thought that I will lose my daughter too. Will she also leave to follow Chihaysu?" I only responded that I did not know. I did not tell him of the message from Mattpaul. "There will be three new followers of Chihaysu. One will be unexpected and at least one will be a woman." We all wonder. Will the new follower be Rachaeling, Michaeling or Dawnling? And who will be the unanticipated follower?

There are rumors in the street about the death of Mattpaul. Some say he was assassinated. Mattpaul's father told me that I am to say nothing and that he will handle the matter. People are wondering why there has been no announcement of a funeral and the usual ceremony. Mattpaul was the respected son of the second highest official in Caperston. Usually ceremonies of someone like Mattpaul would be well-publicized but this time there has been no public announcement.

I will let you know more and I again thank you for sharing your vision of heaven with us. We are all comforted by the hope of this beautiful place.

Huchfee

Caperston in Chaos

January 16th

Alex and Tim,

We look forward to hearing from you and the events of your world. The teachings of Jesus, which you have shared, continue to encourage us in our growing faith.

There are new concerns I did not tell you about in my last letter. Last night Marcus met with us during a prayer circle at Michaeling's house. He asked us to pray for the Mountain Youth in particular. They are angry as they remember when Mattpaul spoke with them a few weeks before his death .They state that he was the only Valley Person they were sure cared about them. They have no faith in Pontos whom they blame for Mattpaul's death. Jonas was with Marcus at the mountain village and made a sketch of Marcus speaking with them. I am sending it to you. I hope you get it.

Marcus also told us of a rumor about Chihaysu. He had heard from a reliable source that Chihaysu was depressed over the death of Mattpaul and was planning a journey to an unknown desert beyond the mountain villages. Chihaysu confided that he is not sure how long he will be gone and he needs time to pray alone. They think it will be for several days.

At this time we need Chihaysu to come forward and counsel us and not to leave us for the desert. Please write. We need encouragement.

Huchfee


January 17th

Sketch by Jonas of youth at Mountain Village in Caperston received today. See below for the story...


January 20th

To my Caperston friends: I am worried about your world and I will pray for you. I have faced worrisome times but I now know that God was always with me. He will be with you too. I want to let you know that we received Jonas' sketch. He is very talented. Also - this may seem unimportant but one of our members asked about the homes of the mountain people. They have no chimneys. How do your people warm your homes without a chimney to release smoke from furnaces or from fireplaces?

I went to our youth group for the first time since Kevin's death. I was anxious but everyone was happy I returned. Laura had already told everyone that I had a special story to share. Then I told my story and my vision of heaven and of seeing both Kevin and Mattpaul being honored by Jesus himself. All the girls and even two of the boys were crying. Even our minister seemed emotional. Everyone wants to know about your story of Caperston . I will pray every night that all of you in Caperston will feel the presence of God in the challenging times you are facing.

Alex


Join the Correspondence!

If you would like to write to Huchfee of Caperston and/or to Alex of New York, it is simple. Write your thoughts in an e-mail to Timferguson@christianyouthgroup.org and your thoughts will be published in this story and probably responded to by Huchfee and/or by Alex.

January 27th

Dear Alex,

Thank you for writing. I am thankful you found your way back to your youth group.

We are glad you received the sketch Jonas made. We agree that he is very talented. While meeting at Michaeling's home, Jonas reported that Chihaysu left two days ago for the desert. It is an area that no one from Caperston has gone. He took water, a sleeping blanket and some books. That is all. Jonas also reported that Chihaysu's mother, who lives in a mountain village, is ill with the AHT disease. This is the disease Dawnling had when Chihaysu prayed and the disease went away. But Dawnling was young and Chihaysu's mother is much older. Jonas is checking on her and, if she becomes weaker, Jonas stated he would leave for the desert to find Chihaysu and report that his mother needs him. We took some time to pray with him that God will guide himif he must make this journey. Marcus offered to travel with Jonas but he wanted to go alone.

Mattpaul's father spoke to me and made me swear to tell no one in Caperston what I will now tell you. He said that he went to the ruler Pontos and discussed the callousness of Mattpau's death, reporting that making Zester a trusted "youth representative" was a mistake. He recommended that Zester be demoted. Mattpaul's father stated that Pontos did not agree. Pontos spoke to Zester and found him to be a youth with potential to be an effective leader. However, Pontos recognizes the emerging conflict and plans to give Zester a new position - to supervise the palace guard and the police force of Caperston. Zester will now report directly to Pontos himself. We are all surprised how much Pontos has elevated Zester, our classmate in school a year ago, to such a very high position in Caperston.

Mattpaul's father asked Pontos if I could replace Zester as his special "Youth representative". Pontos is considering this request. It is good to know that my best friend's father now trusts me.

You asked about the mountain people's homes without chimneys. There was a time we too needed chimneys but three generations ago our scientists discovered a way to make nuclear energy available in every home. We have a box about four times the size of our compols. It has a dial and we set it for "cool, warm or hot" depending on the weather. The box has wires that extend from it into the walls of our homes and the walls radiate warmth or coolness as needed. Don't ask me how this actually works. Mattpaul understood but, as you know, he is dead.

I look forward to hearing what is going on with your youth.

Huchfee

January 30th

Hi Huchfee and Caperston friends ...

I am Laura, Alex' friend and I am glad Alex gave me the e-mail address for the Christianyouthgroup.org site to which you have been writing. After reading all of the letters going back for so many months, I am convinced that God has called a special group of you together. You are brave and dedicated and I am not sure I could be so brave. I will pray for you.

I have one question after reading the story in the letters. You speak of Mattpaul's father all the time but you have never shared his name. He is an important man in Caperston and we are sure his name is special. Please share this with us.

We will continue to keep you all in our prayers; I look forward to your reply.

Laura

Princess Cle-as: History Rewritten

February 4th

Dear Alex and Laura,

Amazing things are happening. This is a long story and I can only forward a little at a time so it will be sent in three separate messages on three separate days.

Jonas returned with a long story to tell. He stated that he had much difficulty finding Chihaysu in the desert. After travelling all day Jonas sat down as it was getting dark. As twilight came he spotted a flickering light. He walked towards it and discovered a small campsite to the north. As he approached he realized Chihaysu was there.

They greeted each other and Jonas shared the information about Chihaysu's mother. Chihaysu was saddened. He and Jonas prayed for her. Since it was late they lay down to rest. The next morning Chihaysu stated that he felt compelled to remain one more day in the desert as he became convinced, while praying, that an important revelation was coming. He and Jonas had a quick meal and prayed for Jonas' safe return. Chihaysu gave him a written message for his mother and then Jonas left.

Jonas left and after walking for some time sat down to rest. He checked his pack for Chihaysu's message and could not find it. Since it was for his mother, Jonas returned to Chihaysu. When he came near to where Chihaysu was meditating, he stopped. Off in the distance he saw an animal coming towards Chihaysu, an animal he had never seen. It was like a large goada but with longer legs, a bushy tail and a much longer nose. Seated on its back was a tall woman with long black hair that hung to her waist. The front of her black hair was colored gold and she was able to ride this beast which was running quite quickly towards Chihaysu. It ran faster than the fastest mobile in Caperston.

Jonas told us he stopped walking and hid behind a large rock to see what was happening. The woman slowed her beast as she approached Chihaysu, then stopped and stepped off the animal. In response Chihaysu rose from his seated position.

Jonas stated that the desert was without noise so he could hear all the words of their conversation. The woman greeted Chihaysu by name and introduced herself as Cle-as. She stated that she was the princess of the kingdom of Romas, which was further east at the other side of the desert. Cle-as stated that her spies had been following the events in Caperston and had told her of a wise and handsome man who had motivated the people to end the inequality between the Valley People and the Mountain People. Cle-as stated that she was impressed. Chihaysu asked how she knew the language of Caperston so well and Cle-as responded, "It is not I who learned your language. Rather your people in Caperstan are speaking the language of Romas".

I am sending you a sketch by Jonas of Cle-as arriving on the large goada. Hope it arrives. The story will be continued in a day or two.

Huchfee


February 5th

Dear Alex and Laura,

Cle-as Tells All

Cle-as then told Chihaysu an amazing story. The Kingdom of Romas had existed for over 100 generations. About 25 generations ago a small group of Romasians asked their ruler if they could journey across the desert to find a "New World". They had been farmers working on the ruler's land for a salary and wanted a chance to own their own land. The ruler, noting that the population of Romas was rapidly growing, agreed. These people journeyed across the desert, settled in the mountains and their descendants became the mountain people of today. Four generations passed and a group of Romasian scientists with a few wealthy allies attempted to overthrow the ruler. They were defeated and condemned to die. However, an appeal was made to spare their lives as there had never been an execution in Romas. The ruler agreed and sent them across the desert on their own. Upon crossing the desert they observed there were already settlements in the mountains so they continued, settling to the southwest of Lake Gael. These criminals are the ancestors of the Valley People. So all of you, Mountain and Valley people, are ancestors of my kingdom, Romas.

Chihaysu asked her to sit. Jonas stated that he could see that Cle-as was muscular, yet slender, and very beautiful. She dressed modestly, not as you would imagine a princess would dress. What stood out was her hair. It was long, down to her waist with steaks of gold above her forehead. In the back it was clasped with a silver clip on which was attached a red star. She told Chihaysu that her father was dying and, as his only child, she was the heir to his throne. Her father wants her to wed as she cannot become queen after his death without a husband. It is the law of Romas.

Cle-as could choose any man she wished and she had heard from her spies of a wise man in Caperston and it is a wise man that she was seeking. She stated, "Now I have found my wise man and he is handsome as well as being wise. Between your wisdom and the kingdom I shall inherit, we can unite not only the Mountain People and the Valley People but all of Romas. I shall be the queen and you shall be my king." Chihaysu did not know what to say. It was clear he was impressed with Cle-as. She continued, "I know you need time to think. Let us rest." She looked at the blanket and the rock next to it on which his head rested the previous night. "Is this where you slept my dear man?" Chihaysu responded affirmatively. Cle-as continued, "Come rest your head on my lap. It is more comfortable than this hard rock". A few moments later he lay by her side, resting his head on her lap. She occasionally brushed her hand through his hair.

Still to be continued.

Huchfee

February 10th

Nothing more happened for several minutes, then Chihaysu sat up. He asked Cle-as, "My new friend, Cle-as, do you know of the God whom I serve?" Cle-as replied, "I have been waiting for you to tell me of him".

Chihaysu then shared his story: the chest of visions he received, the prayer which led to Dawnling being healed, the prayer that caused the rain to cease during the contest with the scientist and the death of Mattpaul. Cle-as listened intently. She replied, "So you feel there is a ruler named God over all of us, you, me, Caperston, Romas?"

"I do, Cle-as", Chihaysu answered.

Cle-as paused for a few seconds, then replied, "Then your God will be my God as surely as you shall be my husband." Chihaysu moved a small distance away, then asked, "Cle-as, do you know what prayer is?"

"I have heard that it is powerful", she answered. He then asked her to pray with him. He bowed his head as did she. Chihaysu asked God to hear his prayers and the prayers of "my new friend, Cle-as". He continued with his head bowed in silent prayer. Cle-as remained silent, head slightly bowed, eyes closed but restless. Jonas stated that he did not think she was actually praying. He also stated that the moment moved him and he quickly sketched them as they prayed. We are sending you his sketch.

When he finished, lifting his head, Cle-as spoke, "I must return to my country. You have asked me to pray and I have done so. Here is what I ask of you. First, you need to return to your mother. Ask people to join you to observe what you will do. Look your mother in the eye and tell her that you will pray for her and that she must believe that God will make her better. We in Romas have discovered that AHT is a disease of both the body and of the mind. If as diseased person truly believes that he or she will get better, then the mind will convince the body to fight and defeat the disease. Let the people see you take these actions so that they will follow you."

My second request is this: "believe in your heart that your God wishes you to be my king and our alliance to be the restoration of our planet. Commit yourself to work with me to make this a reality. Lastly, I ask you to pledge that you will love no one in this world more than you love me. In return, I pledge that your God will be my God, my dear Chihaysu". She stood up and he did likewise. She then stroked his cheek gently with her hand. She blew him a kiss, climbed onto her beast and rode away to the East.

Chihaysu watched as Cle-as rode away then sat down. He appeared deep in thought. So Jonas decided not to disturb him. He left him, returning to Caperston to share this surprising story. We all await Chihaysu�s return.

You asked about the name of Mattpaul's father. Mattpaul always called him "father" and I continued to do so. His actual name is Paved, pronounced "Pav-ed". I will try to use this name when corresponding in the future with you.

Huchfee

February 22th

Dear Huchfee ... just when we think the drama in Caperston cannot become more complicated, we hear of Chihaysu's encounter with Cle-as. Wow! We await your next letter with great interest.

In our world our lives are so different. We meet every two weeks as a youth group at church where we enjoy each other's company and do activities that challenge our faith. We all have a difficult time praying, particularly out loud in the group. After youth group we go back home to our lives of family, friends and school. Some are on sports teams and, when I am playing basketball, the success of the team seems to be the most important thing in my life.

All of you in Caperston are showing us that following Chihaysu's teachings and regularly taking your challenges to God in prayer are the important things. Thank you for inspiring us.

Alex


February 25th

Hi Alex ... Before I tell you of the new events in Caperston, I want to ask a question. You often refer to something called a church. What is a church? Sometimes it seems to simply be a building in which to gather and other times it seems to be a holy place. We are interested in this thing you call a church. Chihaysu returned to us and immediately went to his mother's home. He did not bring anyone with him, not even Jonas. We only know of this because he spoke with Jonas and Marcus the next day.

Chihaysu told them that his mother asked him not to pray for her. She is ready to join her husband in the House of the Dead. She asked Chihaysu to ask the authorities if this is possible. She told him that she believes in God but also believes that she should be with her husband. Chihaysu shared that this is a time of trial for him. His faith is being tested as never before and his days in the desert were revealing. He said nothing to us of Cleas and we, of course, said nothing to him. He asked us to pray for Caperston, for his mother and for himself. He stated that he left his compos at home because he did not want any interruptions during his time of meditation. We will meet again in a week and I am worried about Chihaysu. He is not the same since Mattpaul's death.

Mattpaul's father called me to his office. Pontos told him he can use me for special projects but he is withholding a decision to make me the "Youth Representative". I am sensing that Pav-ed is becoming more accepting of Chihaysu's teachings but he still refuses to believe in the God Chihaysu has spoken about.

Huchfee


February 27th

Dear Huchfee ...

We had a youth meeting last night and several of us are reading your letters. They requested that I write to you. First of all, let me talk about what a church is. Yes, it is a meeting place and it could be called a holy place. Our churches are often decorated with symbols of our faith and, when entering the building we call a church, worshippers receive the feeling of peace.

But a church can also refer to a group of believers. So just like we believers on Earth, those of you in Caperston are God's Caperston church. You do not have to have a building to be a church.

We have been talking about forgiveness at our youth meetings and how the ability to forgive releases us from anger. We learned about a group of faithful people who reached out to a wife whose husband murdered several of the children of their group. It was amazing to us how forgiving they were. It has helped us accept Kevin's death a little more.

We all look forward to hearing more of the events in Caperston.

Laura

February 27th

Hi Hutchfee...

My name is Brad and I love your story. I cannot wait to hear more of it. I trust your people will respond positively to what you have learned about your history and that the Valley People will no longer look upon the Mountain people as inferior.

I am wondering about one thing. Perhaps it is silly but I want to ask you. I just got back from skiing. It is a sport on Earth where we go down snow covered hills on long sticks about four to five times the length of our feet. These sticks, which we call skis, are securely attached to our boots we wear on our feet. It takes some time to learn to balance ourselves but now that I have learned, I have much fun going down mountains which are covered with snow. I have never heard you speak of snow. Do you have it on Caperston? It is, in essence, frozen water which comes down when the weather is cold in place of rain. It is soft and very white, very pretty when it covers the ground.

Brad

I-en Particles at edge of Universe

February 28th

Hi Brad ... It is so good to hear from you. We do not have anything on Caperston that is like snow. Perhaps it is because the weather here does not get so cold that rain becomes frozen as you describe it. It sounds wonderful and your sport - skiing - sounds like great fun. It is good to hear how our worlds are similar and yet so different.

We are learning so many new things. First Chihaysu taught us about the Unseen Ruler, called God then ... Do you remember the scientist with the Light Machine and the challenge he presented to Chihaysu - the test as to whether his machine or Chihaysu's prayers could stop the storm. (Chapter Eight of "The Chest of Visions"). The Light Machine briefly stopped the storm but then the clouds reformed and the storm worsened. Chihaysu then knelt down and prayed asking God to stop the storm. Shortly afterward the sun broke through the clouds and the storm was over.

The scientist is now reporting a special finding. He has modified his Light Machine to something he calls an I-en Machine. Instead of sending a light beam into space it is now a sensitive reader of light-type particles from outer space. He names these particles I-ens. They are microscopic. The scientist claims that there is a wall of I-en particles way out in space and he believes that these I-ens reflect light and heat back from all around the universe as if there is a wall of them around the outer portion of it. His machine is sensing these ien particles no matter which direction he points it. It is a major finding something no one in Caperston ever imagined. In just a short time we have learned about the Unseen Ruler, the origin of the Valley People and the Mountain People, ien particles and what you call snow.

I wonder how many more mysteries we will discover.

Huchfee

March 2nd

Michaelling - thank you for the video which you sent to us this morning. You ask about our understanding of the recently discovered I-en particle by a Caperston scientist. You also ask if our 'holy book" gives us information about it.

First of all, I want to congratulate your scientist for his discovery. It is significant as scientists on earth believe that the universe is expanding. If there is an I-en shield around the universe reflecting heat and light back to the center of the universe, then, even when expanding, these life sustaining particles remain and will not infinitely spread to doom the future existence of life itself.

You ask what our Bible has to say. There is no mention of I-en particles or anything like them. However, our Bible, at the very beginning, talks about a universe that was "without form" as well as being "void" and "darkness was upon it". What changed everything was the creation of "light" by God. I am not a scientist but it seems this means that light is what makes all the difference. God appears to have created an expanding universe with a shield to keep the light within the growing universe, at least the universe Caperston is a part of.

I am interested in hearing about any future discoveries by your scientist. May God guide him and all of us in the work ahead of better understanding the two worlds in which we live.

Tim


March 4th

Dear Laura and friends,

Thank you for sharing the forgiveness story and for telling us about the two types of churches. It is nice to know that we are the church of Caperston. Chihaysu met with his nine remaining followers two days ago. I showed him your recent letter and he was interested how the people were able to forgive when people were unfairly killed. He then told us that he struggles deeply with his mother's decision to be buried in the House of the Dead with his father. He has been teaching that the welfare of the soul after death, not the actual burial place, is what is important. However, after much thought and prayer, he remembers advising Mattpaul to honor his father and mother. Likewise he will respect his mother's wishes and petition Mattpaul's father, Pav-ed, to consider his mother's request even though she is a mountain woman.

We have other concerns. Marcus visited the Mountain Village where he was raised and reports that the youth are becoming increasingly agitated. They are planning to get together to walk around Lake Gael to Pontos' residence. As you know they were making posters with drawings and sayings on them, demanding to know what happened to Mattpaul. When Mattpaul was alive some of the youth doubted his sincerity. But when he died for his faith, they knew every word he stated was true. He did love the Mountain People. In death he has become their hero.

Michaeling is getting some of us together for a prayer meeting tonight.I will write back soon.

Huchfee


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March 21st

Alex and Laura,

We had our prayer meeting last night. Michaeling organized it and invited all 28 students who graduated with Mattpaul to attend. She also invited Marcus. 22 of the 28 graduates came.

Michaeling began by sharing her most vivid memory of Mattpaul - of him waving from the boat with Jonas and Levi before the storm. Her second remembrance was of kneeling by the plaque at his grave which read, "Mattpaul ... God and all those in the mansion of God ... know how faithful you have been ... and how you have brought light into our world". She stated that his faith gave her faith and she believes that he has not died in vain. She introduce Marcus as his best friend amongst Chihaysu's followers. Marcus began with great energy. "God has called us together to remember one of our friends, strong, caring and faithful. Mattpaul believed what Chihaysu is teaching and was brave enough not to compromise. May God fill each of us with similar strength. And with visions of a better and more equal Caperston".

The youth clapped and Marcus continued, "Mattpaul and I went to a mountain village and spoke at a school. The youth questioned Mattpaul's sincerity and asked, "Where is this God that you speak of? Why does he not come to speak to us himself?" Mattpaul did not know what to say but later he and I prayed for an answer. We later spoke to Chihaysu who advised, "God does not come himself because he is in the heart of every believer". Mattpaul used to say, "We believers are God's light of love in the world."

Michaeling then spoke and said that we have much to pray for. She gave everyone a candle and said, "When you pray, light your candle then speak with God. Let us see how bright the prayers to God will make this room." Fourteen of those present lit candles and prayed. Marcus then concluded. "God ... give us both determination and patience. Change may come slowly but we believe it will come because it is your will for Caperston." After he finished the lit candles were blown out, one at a time. Michaeling's candle was last. Before she blew it out Marcus stated, "Our friend Michaeling was the first youth to be baptized by Chihaysu. She will lead the Valley Youth by her gentle but determined ways. Leave your candle burning as we leave this place." She did and we all marveled at how much light came from her one candle. It brightened the room with hope and determination.

Huchfee

Dear Huchfee, Michaeling and friends,

We had our youth meeting last night and I told everyone of the events in Caperston. Our group was very interested in the prayer exercise with the candles. We will try it at our next meeting.

We are going to keep you in our prayers, not only in our youth meeting but every day at our homes. We look forward to hearing that things are improving and that the Mountain Youth and Valley Youth will find a way to work together for change.

Laura


March 25th

Hi Laura,

Chihaysu called us together to choose a new follower to replace Mattpaul. He stated that he wanted another youth to replace him but none of us were ready to accept the challenge. He knows we are believers and understands the risks a youth would take to join the group. He then decided to chose a man named Annad to join. He is married and his wife is in agreement with this special task he will take on. They reside in one of the lake houses and are quite wealthy, which allows Annad to join Chihaysu as both he and his wife Jewel work for the Caperston bank. When he is away, Jewel will be able to do his work.

Chihaysu asked Annad to watch over the funds that he and his followers have received as donations. He trusts that Annad's work at the bank gives him experiences to keep good records of funds received and expenditures made. Some of the funds were earnings made by followers taking small jobs while they went about Chihaysu's work.

We youth do not have much money but Michaeling and I have decided to ask youth to donate one denorite each at our meetings. These will be given to Chihaysu. Since I have one of the better paying jobs amongst youth, I will give two denorites each time we meet.

I told Chihaysu that your group is praying for us, particularly that the anger of the Mountain Youth will subside. Chihaysu then told another story of the man Jesus. At his execution, when he was dying, even though he did nothing wrong, he asked God to "forgive them for they do not know what they are doing". Chihaysu states that we must remember the sacrifice Jesus made for people on earth as well as Mattpaul's sacrifice in Caperston but we also must tell the story of forgiveness to the Mountain Youth.

Huchfee


April 7th

Hi all,

Laura has been sharing with you so it is now my turn. I have had no more dreams or visions of heaven but I feel in my heart the presence of Kevin's friendship. I also remember wishing to be in Caperston and be a follower of Chihaysu but I now realize there is work to be done here on earth. I will return to the soup kitchen in New York City with the youth group for the first time since Kevin's death.

For now my heart is in two worlds.

Alex


Massacre on the Broken Highway

April 7th

Alex and Laura,

You will not believe what is now happening in Caperston. There was a rumor that the Mountain Youth were going to march around Lake Gael and Jonas went to investigate along with myself. There were fifty or sixty of the Mountain Youth - both young men and young women. They were carrying the signs asking for justice for Mattpaul and got halfway around the lake when soldiers, sent by the Ruler and under the command of our old classmate Zester, met them. The soldiers had long, metal spears and made a line across the road where the youth were walking. There were thirty soldiers but they were all men and heavily armed. The Mountain Youth had no weapons.

Zester stepped forward and told the youth that the Ruler Pontos was not interested in talking to them and they should return home. He said you do not belong in the village of the Valley People and you are not respected enough to gain an audience with Pontos. The youth shouted back, "We want the Ruler. We want the Ruler." One of the leaders stepped towards Zester, "If we cannot go to his home, tell him to come here. We want to speak to him not you". Zester was getting angry and replied, "You will talk to me and my message is clear - go home, now, where you belong - every one of you." The Mountain Youth responded, raising their voices, 'Pontos, yes; Zester, no; Pontos, yes; Zester, no."

Now Zester was furious. He pulled out a long knife and stated, "You will leave now or risk the consequences". The response became louder, "Pontos, yes; Zester, no." Suddenly and without warning Zester called out, "Charge", leading the attack. The Mountain Youth had no weapons and began to run but the soldiers did not stop. The soldiers caught those who were not fast runners and began spearing them. We were told that ten youth were wounded and fifteen were killed. Seven of those killed were girls and Zester was seen stabbing two of the girls. When Pontos heard of the massacre, he asked Pav-ed to see him. He told Pav-ed he was not feeling well and asked Pav-ed to speak with Zester to find out what happened.

Pav-ed spoke to Zester who attempted to blame the Mountain Youth for instigating the attack with their words. Pav-ed responded, "Words are just words. The soldiers should have simply blocked the road and the Mountain Youth would have no choice but to leave".

If the Mountain Youth were angry before, now they are ready to explode. They said they will make wooden spears with sharp points and the next time they march to Pontos' home, they will come in secret, in the middle of the night through an uninhabited area known as Stone Woods (see figure in book on page 26). There is a new banner up in a Mountain Village with on large word on it, written in red. It is the word "Revenge". Chihaysu is asking us to pray for peace. He is sending Marcus and Jonas to speak with them.

Please pray with us.

Huchfee


April 9th

Dear earth friends,

I usually don't tile my letters but today I want to. This letter is called "Pathway Cross Broken Highway".

Marcus reported that he and four other Mountain Youth met with Chihaysu after the attack on the Mountain Youth led by Zester. The Mountain Youth cannot be more angrier and want revenge - now. Chihaysu stated that something must happen now but not revenge. He stated that the Mountain Youth can build a memorial in the middle of the road where their friends were killed. It should be a big enough memorial that it will prohibit any easy access on the road by Zester and his soldiers again. The blockage can be built soon and later memorial stones with each deceased youth's name engraved on a stone can be added .

One of the youth stated that there were some large boulders that can be easily rolled into and across the road so that there will be no easy access to the Mountain villages again. Another youth asked, "How do we get to the Valley village when we have to without the highway?" Chihaysu replied: "You do not want to travel on this Highway, broken by the murder of Mountain Youth again. Rather there is a pathway that leads to Lake Gale. I take it all the time. It is quiet, peaceful and I feel the presence of God when I walk down that pathway to Lake Gale. Walk to the old highway. Just a few steps beyond it is a path. Cross the highway then turn right and follow the path. It takes you to Lake Gale. Make a left at the lake and walk around it. You will see a small opening ahead. It has some flat stones to sit and rest on."

He continued, "After resting you will see another path, this one much shorter than the one you just traveled that will take you to the street that faces the House of the Dead. Across from there is the market you have been used to making purchases at. Until we come up with a name for the path let's simply call it "Pathway cross Broken Highway".

Marcus asked if any youth from the valley would join the Mountain Youth and several of us agreed. Work on the Memorial begins tomorrow.

Huchfee

April 11th

Dear all,

Seven of we Valley Youth joined ten Mountain Youth and it did take long to roll thirty large boulders across the highway. A tree limb was placed if the center propped up by three of the stones . On it was a sign ... "We remember". Marcus told us that already work is being done on the memorial stones. When we were done and ready to leave, Chihaysu appeared. He congratulated us for our accomplishment then said, "It is more than a new physical path we have been directed to today. Everyone will face a broken highway or two sometime in life. When these times come we must all seek a new pathway - a simple answer based on the guidance of God's Spirit."

Huchfee

April 16th

Hi Huchfee,

I went to the Soup Kitchen in New York City for the first time since Kevin's death. There were many children there and Laura and I were asked to take them aside to share some Bible stories while their parents stood on a line, waiting for food. It was a nice day with almost 400 people on the line.

Laura and I took the children to a nearby park. Laura knows the Bible stories much better than I and told them of the family of Joseph. His brothers were jealous of him and sold him to slave traders. Many years past and there was a famine in their land. They had to walk for many days to another country and beg for food. It was a large country like Romas is to your own country. The brothers asked for food and had no idea that the official they were speaking to was their brother whom they had sold into slavery a generation before. The brother forgave them and gave them food and the family was once again together. The children loved the story and I saw one boy, resting on a crutch, holding a comic book. I asked him what his injury was and he said,"My ankle. It's not too bad. Pastor at the Soup Kitchen gave me this crutch." I asked him about the comic book and he showed me. It was called, "Forbidden universe". I told him that I did not know of the forbidden universe but I knew of a wonderful other universe, the universe of Caperston. I started telling him your story and he was very interested. Then his mother came and, after listening to me finish, she asked "Where is this place called Caperston?" I relied, "in another universe".

His mother responded, "My son already imagines too many things. Did you see his comic book? I don't want you filling his head with fantasies from another world. There are too many problems right here." She then called her son, "Matthew Paul, we have to find a place to sleep tonight." She looked at Laura and myself and said, "Yes, we are homeless."

We will pray for you in Caperston. Please pray for Matthew Paul and his mother on earth.

Alex


May 1st

Alex,

Thank you for sharing your story of the homeless in your world. We in Caperston cannot imagine 400 hungry people as there are only 400 Valley People and 500 Mountain People in all of Caperston. Your world is such a bigger world. As I said in my last letter Chihaysu sent Marcus and Jonas to speak to the Mountain Youth to tell them there is a better way to solve their problems with Pontos than by fighting. They were met by Dustin, who, you will remember, shared his sandwiches with others at Chihaysu's Speech on the Mountain. (See chapter 7 of "The Chest of Visions")

When Marcus and Jonas arrived they realized that the demand for revenge was stronger than anyone imagined. He sent a message to me on his compol and I advised Pav-ed, who was also very concerned. Pav-ed asked me to take him to the mountain village under cover so that he could observe the situation for himself. We were told, a few day's later by Dustin's sister Angeling that Marcus spoke passionately about Chihaysu's message of trying to reconcile differences with Pontos, Zester and the powers of Caperston. Most of the Mountain Youth were not interested. Marcus tried a different approach pointing out that the wooden spears, though sharpened, were no match for the metal weapons of the police. If the youth initiate a fight, it will give Pontos and Zester an excuse to attack and kill them. Dustin joined Marcus - I am one of you, a Mountain Youth as is Marcus, and I must agree with him that fighting will make things much worse.

There is now a rumor that Zester suggested to Pontos to take every male mountain child and place them in an early age school house and then raise them to believe Mountain Children are inferior to Valley children. Once they are four feet tall, they can be returned to their parents. It is a rumor, of course, but Pontos does seem frightened by the determination of the Mountain youth.

After speaking Marcus and Jonas went on their way but Dustin kept encouraging the Mountain Youth to be cautious and resolve their problems by talking one with those representing Pontos.

Huchfee


Martyrdom in Caperston

May 5th

Alex and Laura,

Every time I look at the night sky I wonder ... where are you, people of earth? Let me tell you the bad news from Caperston. I was asked to go with Pav-ed to the Mountain village and we asked Jonas to join us. What we observed as we approached the village was at first disheartening but then became painful.

Dustin was approached by two Mountain Youth as he was speaking with several others. Jonas ran ahead as the confrontation began and Pav-ed who was older and I were behind. Soon he was close enough to not only see but clearly hear what was being said. He heard the approaching youth ask the crowd that was gathered , "Who do you have faith in - the unseen, unknown God of this coward (pointing to Dustin)or those of us with the courage to fight?"

All the youth cried out, "we have faith in no God, but ourselves; we must fight!"

Another leader among the Mountain Youth called out, "Then we will banish this traitor from our Mountain home. Go, traitor," and he gave him a shove. "Go live with your wretched Valley People". He gave him a second shove and Dustin fell. Then he kicked him on his side. Suddenly other Mountain Youth ran towards Dustin. They kicked him and he attempted to get up. For an instance he did then knelt down in prayer, calling out, "God, protect Caperston and its people and forgive my mountain brothers. They do not understand the actions they are taking."

Pav-ed and I had now arrived and in the distance they could see Dustin's sister running towards the crowd. A husky Mountain Youth then picked up a large boulder and approached Dustin from behind as he was kneeling in prayer. He dropped the boulder on his head, crushing it and Dustin lay, still on the ground. His sister Angeling arrived and was soon joined by Marcus' sister Dawnling and a short time later, Marcus. Angeling collapsed in tears holding her brother in her arms. Dawnling cried out, "How could you do this to my and your dear friend Dustin. Don't you remember how you were all fed because he shared his lunch with you at the meeting with Chihaysu?"

The two leaders and the youth that hurled the boulder quietly left and the other youth became remorseful. They cried out, "We did not know what we were doing and now more blood of Mountain Youth has been shed." Jonas and Pav-ed were amazed at the influence Dawnling had over the Mountain Youth as their anger turned to repentance. When Jonas reported to Pav-ed what happened earlier, Pav-ed stated that he hopes there is a way to work with Dawnling and even Chihaysu to bring about peace. He has a meeting scheduled with Chihaysu regarding Chihaysu's mother's desire to be buried in the House of the Dead. He asked me to be present for the meeting.

Huchfee

May 11th

Hi Huchfee - I want to be respectful but must share my doubts. Your story is compelling and it is so similar to things that happened 2,000 years ago here on earth. For example Dustin's death is similar to that of a young man Stephen in a book of our Bible , The Acts. Stephen's death is observed in the background by a man Saul whose name is changed to Paul soon after. Dustin's assassination is observed by your Pav-ed who makes me think of Saul/Paul as both men represent the powers to be. Pav-ed represents the political powers of Caperston and Saul, to soon become Paul,represents the religious powers of his time.

But here is my problem and again, I wish I did not wonder but .... are you truly real? Are you from another universe or somewhere here on Earth telling a most interesting story?

Darren

May 21st

Darrin - thank you for writing and telling us of the man Stephen and the man Saul/Paul. We would like to learn more about them.

We understand how you must wonder about us. Sounds a little crazy, I guess, hearing from people in a different universe. Sometimes I wonder if your communication with us is also real. All I know is that the messages from Laura and Alex, supposedly from Earth, have given us all comfort, knowledge and courage.

Let me update you on the happenings in Caperston. After observing the death of Dustin, Pav-ed invited me to join him when he met with Chihaysu at Chihaysu's request. Also present at the meeting was the teacher who had expressed doubts about Chihaysu (see pages 71-73 in The Chest of Visions) and the young man, who considered leaving his home to follow Chihaysu, but decided he could not give up the comforts of that home to commit to being his follower (see pages 76-77 in The Chest of Visions).

Pav-ed began by describing all he had learned from his own observations and those of Jonas. He advised that, if the Mountain Youth were angry before, they are ready to explode. They have said they will make wooden spears and the next time they come to the home of Pontos, they will come in secret. There is a new banner up in the mountain village with one word, in red, on it. The word, in capital letters, is "REVENGE".

Chihaysu replied, "I have taught my followers to respect the rulers of Caperston including yourself, Pav-ed. But God has sent His Spirit to fill our hearts like the hearts of Dustin and Dawnling. If Caperston's rulers give directives that conflict with God's laws, we will obey the guidelines of our God." The teacher ridiculed Chihaysu, " Where is this God you talk about? Where was he when Justin was killed?" Chihaysu replied, "Pav-ed, your son Mattpaul was asked the same question and he replied that God is in the hearts of all who believe. Where do you think Dustin found the strength to stand up for his belief?" The young man then spoke out, "Pav-ed, it is wise to listen to what Chihaysu is saying. If this God is within him and his followers, then we should respect this. If this God is simply something of their imagination, then the things being taught will soon become past memories." Pav-ed thought for a moment then replied that he liked the young man's logic. He will wait to see the outcome of Chihaysu's teachings. He then listened to Chihaysu's request on behalf of his mother, that upon her death she be buried with her husband in the House of the Dead. Pav-ed stated that he would grant her wish.

Chihaysu left the meeting and visited his mother, who was very happy to hear the news, stating that knowing she would be buried with her husband is a great relief to her. She then stated, "I am not ready to die as I want to see you through your ministry." Within one day she began to recover from the AHD disease and Chihaysu now seems re-energized. Tomorrow he will visit the Mountain Village where Dustin was killed.

Huchfee


May 23rd

Hi Huchfee - Thank you for writing. You make a good point.Why would you not wonder about our communication to you. I guess we both have to take by faith that we are all real individuals in, yes, different universes. In our world we would say, "Awesome!!".

You ask about the man Saul whose name became Paul. Saul opposed Jesus' followers. Then he had a conversion experience and became the greatest missionary of Jesus' teachings. He observed the stoning of a young man named Stephen who refused to give up his belief in Jesus, similar to Dustin firmly standing up for his belief in God. Saul observed this event just like Pav-ed observed the death of Justin. It makes me think.

I will keep you in my prayers.

Darren



June Letters

June 2nd

Dear Huchfee and friends,

We are and will continue to pray for you. One of our members, Jim, says he feels motivated to write a song for all of you and, of course, for our youth group. But it is mostly for Caperston. We hope to hear it at our next meeting.

Laura

June 4th

Dear Laura,

We look forward to reading the lyrics of Jim's song. More is happening in Caperston.

As I last stated, Chihaysu visited the Mountain Village but, because of what happened to Dustin, precautions were taken. He met with the repentant youth and their parents at the town center. No one was allowed in and guards were placed at both doors. The youth and their parents were very repentant and Chihaysu told them the words of the man Jesus on the cross, "forgive them because they do not know what they are doing". One of the youth stated that Dustin, just before he was hit with the fatal boulder, prayed the same prayer.

The youth were very upset, particularly Dawnling who only appeared after the event took place. Chihaysu assured Dawnling that Dustin was in God's House and probably playing kickuml and that very moment with Mattpaul and Kevin. The youth overheard this and stated that they wanted to arrange a memorial kickuml game for Dustin. However, instead of being a competiton they want to mix the mountain youth and valley youth with half of each group being on each team. Chihaysu suggested that Dawnling contact Michaeling to arrange such a game.

I must state that the community center can become quite hot and, to air it out, a panel was built in the roof to be opened and release the hot air. It, as other buildings in the Mountain Village, does not have electricity. While Chihaysu was speaking, four men came, carrying a friend on a stretcher.

They asked to see Chihaysu and for him to assist with praying for their friend. They were advised that the meeting was for the youth and their parents and they would have to wait to see him another day. The men were determined. They climbed on top of the roof and lowered him through the open panel with ropes. When Chihaysu saw this he asked the man what he wanted. The man was very tired and could barely open his eyes. He was able to say that he had the AHT disease for many days and each day he was feeling weaker and weaker. He then said, "Chihaysu, you are a prophet of prayer. Help me pray for my healing." Chihaysu replied, "Your healing has already begun because of the faith of your friends and yourself. He turned to the youth and asked them to pray for the man's healing. After the meeting was over the four friends were surprised that they did not have to carry him home and, though still feeling weak, he was able to walk on his own. We have been told that two days later he was resuming his job as a fisherman in Lake Gael.

Chihaysu reminded us that sincere prayer is powerful and should be part of our everyday routine.

Huchfee

June 6th

Dear Huchfee,

Thank you for sharing your story of prayer. I have been thinking of the young man Laura and I were speaking to at the Soup Kitchen. He seemed so interested. We need to have the faith of the four men in Caperston and we need to pray every day for this young man's health and welfare.

Alex


Caperston in Conflict

Please read below for the details of the story and learn what happened to Zester, Pav-ed and the Mountain Youth?

June 11th

Hey Alex,

It was good to hear from you and we hope that you will soon meet the child with the comic book again. Here in Caperston things are really changing. Pontos, upon hearing of the death of Dustin, is now convinced that he must take a strong controlling stand against the Mountain Youth. He ordered Pav-ed and Zester to travel across Lake Gael with soldiers to arrest the leaders of the Mountain Youth and the youth who hurled the rock which killed Dustin. Pav-ed asked me to accompany him as an observer.

While on the boat there was a time that the soldiers were downstairs eating. Only Pav-ed and Zester were on the deck of the boat. I was just coming up the stairs to the deck. At the bottom of the stairs I heard Pav-ed advise Zester that they must think carefully how to enforce Pontos' order to make the arrests. Zester's response was to take a strong stand, demand the three youth be brought forward and, with the soldiers present, threaten to arrest anyone else who did not cooperate. Pav-ed asked him to rethink this strategy and Zester became angry. "You weak, old man", he responded, "what good are you?" I had, by now just arrived on the deck in the back of the boat. Zester pointed his finger at Pav-ed chest and repeated, "You weak old man" then, suddenly,calling out, " You are useless to all our efforts to regain control", pushed him backwards over the side of the boat. He was unaware that I witnessed what he had done.

It was just about dark and Zester walked downstairs and stated that Pav-ed was staggering about the boat and seemed confused. The boat rocked to one side and Pav-ed accidentally fell overboard. The soldiers all left their meals and ran upstairs but it was now dark and Pav-ed could not be seen. One of the soldiers mentioned that Pav-ed had expressed to him earlier in the day that he could not swim and that he hoped their journey would be smooth and without incident.

We are attaching a drawing from Jonas. He was not on the boat but when I described Zester lecturing Pav-ed , he drew the scene perfectly - just as it was. He is an amazing artist.

When we arrived at the Mountain Village, I departed as Zester took the soldiers to make the requested arrests. I encountered a friend of Chihaysu who took me to his mother's house and I am happy to report that she feels healthy again. I do not know whom I can speak to about what I observed. Pontos has full confidence in Zester and would not believe me if I described what I observed on that ship's deck.

Huchfee

June 22nd

Hi Huchfee,

I described the recent events in Caperston to our youth. Our friend Jim completed his song and, after hearing the latest from your world, stated he would write a new verse or two for our next meeting. All of our youth members wanted me to send you the lyrics. Sorry, we do not have the means of forwarding the melody.

The song is about Jesus and has several verses so I will today just send the chorus which reads:

Praise him ... praise the Lord our God

Listen to him ... his message is filled with truth

Follow him in everything you say and do ... praise the Lord, our God

Laura

July Letters

July 4th

Laura and Alex ...

Thank you for thinking of us and praying for us. Something wonderful has happened here in Caperston amidst all the bad news I have been reporting. We have learned that Pav-ed did not die in Lake Gael. Only Chihaysu's followers know as, if Zester found out, he would certainly try to kill him to hide what he did to him. Pav-ed clearly knows too much.

Pav-ed did fall into Lake Gael and was stunned when hitting the water. He found his eyes swelling from a reaction to the minerals in the water. Fortunately a large piece of driftwood floated by. And he was able to hold on. He was in the water for a long time and his eyes continued to swell and eventually were swollen shut leaving him blind. He could see nothing And remained in the water throughout the night, hanging on to the driftwood and becoming increasingly tired. At one point, convinced that he would die, he called out, "God of my son Mattpaul, if you are there, let me see my son one last time before I die."

Suddenly he had a vision... of Mattpaul, who stated, "I am well father, in heaven. Will you now believe? Believe father. God has called you to be the new surprise follower of Chihaysu. Believe and you will be saved." Pav-ed called out, "My son ... I believe". Just then a Mountain man, out early in the morning to fish, appeared. He stated, just as in Chihaysu's story (chapter one of The Chest of Visions), "My friend, you are more important than any fish I may catch today". He rowed him ashore and brought him to Dawnling, who comforted him and tried to relieve the pain in his eyes, still swollen shut.

Dawnling was not successful so she brought him to Chihaysu. Pav-ed stated, "My teacher, I have seen a vision of my son, Mattpaul, who sent me to you. I wish to be baptized as I do believe". Chihaysu took water , dropped it on his head, washed his eyes and the burning stopped. "I baptize you into the group of believers in God. Your name shall no longer be Pav-ed. It will be Sav-ed for you have been saved by your vision of your son to understand the true ruler, God, of this world."

People around Chihaysu wondered how he could be so accommodating to someone, who had once opposed him so strongly. Chihaysu replied - when someone becomes a believer, they also become a new person. He needs someone to replace Dustin as a follower and asked everyone to welcome his new follower, Sav-ed.

And we have more good news. The Memorial Kickuml Game (in honor of Mountain Youth, Dustin and Valley Youth, Mattpaul) will be held in three days. Michaeling will be the captain of one team and Dawnling will lead the other. All participants agreed to play on mixed teams. I will share with you the results after the game is held.

Huchfee

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July 14th

Huchfee - it is wonderful to hear that Pav-ed is alive and that he his vision of Mattpaul has opened his eyes to the things of God. This is a happy event. I must report a sad event here on earth. Do you remember the young boy who we met at the soup kitchen? The boy who showed interest in comic books and the story of your world? Alex and I were so enthusiastic about seeing him again when we arrived at the soup kitchen last Saturday. We saw his mother but not her son, Matthew Paul. When she passed by for her meal, I asked her about him. She hung her head and kept walking.

We had a good turnout of volunteers so I got permission to follow her to a bench where she was eating. I sat down and, at first, she said little. I stated that I did not want to be nosy but we were looking forward to seeing Matthew Paul. A tear came to her eye and softly, almostin a whisper, she stated, "He is not with me".

"What happened?" I asked and his mother told a very sad story. They were homeless and they met a man who said he had a place for them to stay. They moved in and all seemed well for a week or two until the man asked for "favors". At first they were simple requests but, as time went by, they became more risky. One day she was asked to pick up a package for him, not at the post office, but at a friend's house. She did so and, when walking out, the police arrested her. The package was filled with a drug we call heroin. It is a dangerous, illegal and expensive drug.

When she was brought to the police station she tried to explain but the police were not interested. They asked about her family and she told them about Matthew Paul. They stated that they would send someone called a social worker to visit him, and take him to a safe place to live. This they did. Everything happened three weeks ago and she saw him once last week. He told her he wants to come home and his mother reported, "We have no home".

I asked her what her name was and she said, "Julia". I told her it was a pretty name and I hoped that Matthew Paul would soon be returned to her and that we would see him the next time we worked at the Soup Kitchen. Julia stated that she had a court hearing in a week bu,t until she found a safe place to live, she was afraid that Matthew Paul would be left in what is called a foster home. We all need to pray for Julia and Matthew Paul.

Laura

August 4th

Laura and Alex ...

Laura Laura and all ... I can't write for long and I know it has been sometime since you have heard from me. With Pav-ed alive, many changes are happening and I will share them with you soon.. First I have to say that I told Michaeling of Matthew Paul's fate. She prays every day and promised to do so for Matthew Paul and Julia. We do not have things like "foster homes" in Caperston. Exactly what are they?

Now I have to tell you of the kickuml game. It was very close, a six to five score. I played on Dawnling's team and Marcus played on Michaeling's team. That way we mixed the teams with both Mountain Youth and Valley Youth. Guess who scored the winning goal? It was Mattpaul's sister Rachaeling as Dawnling's team was the winner. It seemed just right that the winning goal in a game honoring Mattpaul and Dustin would be scored by Mattpaul's sister.

Everyone, except for Pontos and Zester came out to watch the game and cheer us on. One of my best days ever in Caperston.

I will write soon with an update.

Huchfee


August 8th

Hi Huchfee and friends, Your story gets more and more interesting and we are really happy to hear of the kickuml game. Yes, it is special that Mattpaul's sister scored the winning goal at his memorial. Sometimes I wonder if God intervened to make it happen. Jim finished his song - with two verses for all of you and we would like to share it.

Praise him, praise the Lord, our God

Listen to him, his message is filled with truth

Follow him in everything you say and do ... Praise the Lord, our God

In Caperstan ... a man came to tell the truth

Mattpaul believed ... and followed him

But his father did not ... agree with his son

Mattpaul's death and vision ... convinced him

So we must pray ... though it seems strange

Chihaysu taught us that God ... listens

Mountain and Valley youth ... will become one

Mattpaul's death and vision convinced them

Praise him, praise the Lord, our God

Listen to him, his message is filled with truth

Follow him in everything you say and do ... Praise the Lord, our God

To answer your question a foster home is a family that takes in a child who has nowhere else to live. This way he is with a family who loves he or she and provides for their needs. Most foster families have children of their own and foster children.We have no new news on Julia and Matthew Paul yet but when Julia gets a safe home for Matthew Paul he will be able to return and live with his mother who gave birth to him.

We will never forget the challenges you are facing and we hope this song is encouraging.

Alex


August 11th

Dear friends from Earth,

With Pav-ed (now Sav-ed) gone, I returned to the job I held after I completed school. I make less money but that is all right as I cannot work for Pontos or Zester. Michaeling organized another prayer meeting and, after the success of the kickuml game, several Mountain Youth attended. I shared Jim's song about Caperston with everyone, reading it as a poem as we do not know the melody. Rachaeling stated that she would work on writing a tune for the lyrics. She is a very good musician.

I was careful not to share with those present the fact that Sav-ed is still alive. Only Michaeling and Rachaeling know. Rachaeling told her mother and she agrees that this good news must remain a secret.

Our prayer meeting went well and we prayed about many things. It started with a hope that Matthew Paul and Julia from Earth would feel the sense of the presence of God and that Julia would find a home so that Matthew Paul could return to her. Then we prayed that the uprising between the Mountain Youth against the Valley People will find a peaceful resolution. Those responsible for Dustin's death were arrested by Zester are in jail. We understand the frustrations that exist and we all (even the mountain youth who were present) agree that it is no excuse to murder, particularly someone like Dustin who was trying to calm the anger of his fellow Mountain Youth. It is difficult to be a believer in Caperston.

Michaeling was so wise. Whenever we got confused or upset, she said, "Let's pray". Everyone present joined in and many reminded us that Dustin was praying when he was killed. We completed our meeting by repeating the chorus of the "Praise Him" song, leaving with the words of the song on our hearts: Praise him, praise the Lord, our God ... Listen to him, his message is filled with truth ... Follow him in everything you say and do � Praise the Lord, our God

In two days Michaeling and I will visit Chihaysu and, hopefully, Sav-ed as it will be my day off from work.

Huchfee


August 14th

Huchfee - I am starting to believe something unusual and special is happening. Your story of Pav-ed becoming Sav-ed is so similar to the story of the greatest of all Christian missionaries Paul. He was blinded by a bright light and Pav-ed is blinded by the minerals in the water. Paul was known as Saul and has a vision of Jesus. Pav-ed has a vision of his son Mattpaul and takes the new name, Sav-ed. I just got the Chest of Visions book and began reading - the thing about parallel universes is coming more and more real. I am glad I met you and discovered the book. Keep safe and keep in touch.

Darren


August 17th

Darren, Laura and Alex ...

I wish we could get a copy of that book but, as good as our compol can be, it can only receive a message not an actual book. And our messages sometimes come jumbled and they are like a puzzle to straighten out - fortunately a relatively easy puzzle.

When I last wrote I advised that on my day off Michaeling and I would be visiting with Chihaysu and hopefully Sav-ed. We did not see Sav-ed but learned that Cle-as from Romas had requested a visit from Chihaysu. Chihaysu asked one of his new followers Ammed , who had become treasurer of the group, for funds to provide for needed provisions to travel to Romas. Ammed then made an admission: he and his wife, Jewel, had borrowed some of the funds raised for a repair to their house. He stated that he intended to repay the funds in the future. But did not presently have them.

Ammed was very remorseful and sad for the decision he and his wife made. He asked Chihaysu to forgive him and promised to do extra work top repay the debt. He suddenly felt very tired and collapsed. He was assisted to a bed and Chihaysu stated that he appeared to have the AHT disease that his mother had. The next day Chihaysu summoned Ammed's wife, Jewel, and confronted her about using the funds for their home repair. Jewel denied the usage of the funds not once , not twice but three times. After the third lie Jewel was taken to see her husband, who had been asleep for more than a day. She tried to wake him , calling out, "Ammed, tell them we did not take any money". Ammed did not respond and suddenly Jewel had a seizure, collapsed and stopped breathing. Chihaysu tried to revive her but is unable to do so. An inspection of our treasury shows that there are only three denorites left when there was fifty at one time. Two of the remaining three denorites will be used to purchase a line in the Book of the Dead for Jewel who will be buried in the pit with criminals. Chihaysu reminded us that Ammed was repentant and, though he did steal the money, the man Jesus from Earth taught us all to be forgiving. He asks everyone to pray that Ammed will overcome the AHT disease.

We leared that a day later Ammed woke up from his sleep and advised his intention to work to repay the treasury at three denorites per week. Chihaysu states that this is fair and that Ammed must wait until he is fully recovered before beginning the extra work he will do to earn the money to repay the debt. We also learned that Jonas and Sav-ed volunteered to visit Cle-as in Romas. Sav-ed will visit his wife, in secret, and ask her for provisions for their journey so that no funds are needed from the treasury. Chihaysu asks that the journey be next week as he wishes time to spend in prayer with Sav-ed to prepare him for the journey and to understand how to reply to Cle-as as the reason for her inquiry is unknown.

After spending seven days with Sav-ed, Chihaysu called all of his followers together. Marcus had told him of all the prayer meetings Michaling had scheduled especially when emotions were on the rise and he asked Michaeling to join Sav-ed as his two new followers. Now Mattpaul's prediction in Alex's dream (page 106) has been fulfilled. Mattpaul stated that new followers of Chihaysu would include a female (Michaeling) and someone no one would suspect (Sav-ed). A candle lighting ceremony similar to those led by Michaeling was held and it was a very joyful evening. Sav-ed and Jonas leave for Romas tomorrow.

Since Alex's dream and its predictions have come to be, we are all encouraged - yes, there is a heaven and they play kickuml there. And in heaven, they do not keep score.

Huchfee.

August 22nd

Laura, Alex and Darren - I am so upset. I need your prayers more than ever. Rachaeling told me yesterday that she received a notice from the ruler Pontos that Zester has requested him to issue an announcement decreeing that Rachaeling marry Zester and be his wife. The note states that Pontos feels Zester is a fine young man and Rachaeling should be happy he is interested in her.

Rachaeling states that she will not marry Zester but does not know what to do. I am so foolish. I love Rachaeling but I never told her. I was afraid she would reject me.

In our world people can get married in two ways: ask the mother of the girl to be married for permission to marry her or, if the mother rejects the suitor, ask the ruler. Zester approached her mother a few days ago, who spoke to Rachaeling. Rachaelling told her mother she was not interested in Zester's offer so her mother declined giving consent. But Zester feels he is better than everyone else so he went to Pontos.

It is rare that the Ruler will enforce a marriage request, when the mother of the bride-to-be refuses consent. Usually consent by the Ruler is given because the mother of the potential bride is deceased. But Pontos holds Zester in such high esteem that he has set a date for their marriage and it is 60 days away. Rachaeling and I are very, very upset. I finally told her about my feelings and she cried for a long time. I will see Chihaysu tomorrow to ask him what we can do. I wish Rachaeling's father, Sav-ed, was here but he and Jonas left on their journey to Romas three days ago.

Huchfee


August 28th

Dear Huchfee ... we are speechless. Here on earth marriage is a union set when both partners are willing to marry. At the marriage ceremony husband and wife exchange their vows willfully. There was a time in the past when marriages were arranged by parents and there are some cultures that still do this today but most do not and certainly not in America where Alex, Darren and I live.

We will pray that Pontos will change his decree or Zester will change his mind realizing that marrying someone who does not want you for a husband will not be a happy marriage.

Laura

September 1st

Laura and Alex ...

To all our friends on Earth ... Rachaeling and I thank you all so much for caring. We wish Caperston was more like earth in regards to marriage choices. Men and women should be able to choose each other and not be subject to marriage decrees from the Ruler.

However, there is some hope as I did not tell you one thing in my last letter. When the Ruler makes a marriage decree in Caperston it is for 60 days. If the marriage does not occur on the set day (within 60 days) then the decree no longer exists. Marcus came to me with an idea.

We met with Chihaysu and others of his followers. Chihaysu called for an hour long prayer asking God to intervene. He stated that tomorrow he will visit with Pontos and state his opposition to Pontos'action. He will argue that marriage is only successful when God has blessed a mutually desired union. Rachaeling and I felt better that he will speak out against this order of Pontos.

First I must tell you more about the place North Woods I have referred to at times. North Woods is an area where a beast known as a Hugapod lives. Very few people have seen one but those who have state that there is a group of about twenty or so Hugapods living in North Woods. They are said to look like humans but are covered with hair and have small tails. The group of Hugapods has adults and children in it but it is not known if there are Hugapod families or if there is just one big group. Jonas states that he and his friend Andrew saw two Hugapods while travelling through North Woods when we were in the cold season. He said that they appear to have poor eyesight and he saw them constantly leaning over to smell the ground. Then they would stop smelling and start digging. When successful, they would find a small animal we call a mose about the size of my hand. Once found, the mose had no chance as hugapods are huge - twice the size of people - and this is how they were so named. They are also said to be very strong and Jonas saw one of them pulling out a mid-sized tree with his hands. Under the tree's roots were two more moses. He picked up one mose and immediately ate it even though it was alive. The other mose he took with him down a path in the woods.

Because of these sightings of Hugapods our people stay away from North Woods except to occasionally pass through as Jonas did - very quickly and only in groups. Marcus says because of this, North Woods would be a perfect hiding place for Rachaelling - until the date of the planned wedding has passed. Even Zester and the soldiers would not look around North Woods for her.

Marcus stated that one of his friends told him that he knew of a cave in North Woods. It was deep but with a small entrance - big enough for people to enter but much too small for adult Hugapods. Since it is deep, it is cool near its back and food could easily be stored there. The entrance to the cave is surrounded by very tall trees with bluish bark. We call them bluewood trees. It is a perfect hiding place. Marcus and his friends think it will take about ten days to get it ready and, with the wedding date scheduled for about fifty days from today, there is time to get the cave ready and to move two large rocks across the entrance to further protect it from any Hugapods who might come. My job in these ten days is to speak to Rachaeling and plan with her. I will also speak with Jonas when he comes home with Sav-ed from Romas. He is an adventuresome man who has been to North Woods and would assist me in bring Rachaeling to Marcus and his friends. Marcus stated that no one could stay with Rachaeling for more than a few days as it would look suspicious. However, he has three friends and they would all take turns staying with Rachaeling so that she never was alone. I stated that I would like to be part of the group staying with her.

Please pray for us - this could be dangerous but it is necessary.

Huchfee


September 9th

Dear Huchfee - we are all thinking of everything that is happening in Caperston and praying for you. You have beasts called hugapods that only a few people have seen. It sounds very dangerous and so many have already died in Caperston.

We have our own challenge as you know of our friend Matthew Paul, who is placed in foster care. His mother was seen by our pastor and the pastor overseeing the Soup Kitchen where we met Matthew Paul. The mother advises that she has done everything required of her except to find a permanent place to live with room for Matthew Paul. It is difficult to find safe places to live unless you have a good job and his mother is trying but has very little income.

She said she has to be in court next week (the 19th) and hopes someone can help so that a good report can be given to the judge. Our pastor said he will ask people attending church this Sunday if they can help or know someone to help. We have many things to pray for.

Laura


September 11th

A Special Love

Hi Laura - Chihaysu went to the center of town, in front of the House of the Dead and stated that he had an announcement to make. Several people came to listen and this is the first time he has given a speech in front of the House of the Dead. Ahmed, Michaeling and I were present and Chihaysu was very clear in the message he was sharing.

Chihaysu began by stating that love is a special emotion that comes from God and brings people together. There are different types of love. One type is the Godly love we all feel for each other. This Godly love inspires us to work for the good of all people in Caperston because God cares about all people.

Then Chihaysu stated that God created a special love - that unique feeling that a man has for a woman and a woman has for a man. This love is jointly shared and jointly chosen, ultimately leading to the lifetime commitment of marriage, a commitment through good times and trying times through times of illness and times of health. Only the couple can make this choice. While it is respectful for the suitor to ask the mother of the bride-to-be for her permission, this should be done after asking the bride-to-be of her interest. Pontos may be the Ruler but he cannot overturn God's creation of a union based upon a jointly shared love of man for woman and woman for man. Chihaysu stated, "Pontos, if you have any respect for God's creation, you will take back you decree approving Lester's request to take Rachaeling in marriage".

We were astounded that Chuihaysu spoke so boldly and worried about the crowd's response. At first there was silence. Then an elderly man, whom we did not know, began to clap. We joined in and soon everyone was clapping and calling out, "Bravo, tell Pontos to rescind the decree". I walked over to the man who began the demonstration. He told me his name was Timus and he had been listening o Chihaysu for a long time. "A wise man", Timus concluded, "a wise man. I expect Pontos to arrest him now". Look I recorded Chihaysu's entire speech on my compol and I know how to broadcast it to everyone - even people in Romas".

Huchfee

September 13th

Laura and Alex ... more prayers are needed. Pontos sent Zester to arrest Chihaysu for speaking out against him. We are told that he also arrested the man Timus for being the first in the crowd to clap for Chihaysu's speech. Pontos declared, "I am the ruler and there is no God to set rules that challenge my rules". With Chihaysu arrested, we need Sav-ed more than ever. There are now 35 days to the marriage of Zester and Rachaeling. We await Marcus' completion of the camp and the return of Sav-ed from Romas. Help!!

Huchfee


September 14th

Hi Huchfee - more problems for all of you and more problems for Matthew Paul and his mother Julia. You have thirty five days before the proposed wedding but Matthew Paul and Julia only have three days before the court hearing. Our pastor sent a letter to all church members asking if someone had an affordable place to stay. He then announced this need in church last Sunday. Alex and I were so worried that we stopped by the church to speak with him after school today. No one, not one person, responded. We have a fairly large church with almost 200 people in church on Sunday and 400 got the letter. No one can help! We youth would like to help but have no property and do not have much money. We are so disappointed. Someone should be able to help but no one but Alex, myself, andtwo other youth group friends seem to be interested.

"What will happen?" we asked. Our pastor stated that he did not know but he will go to court with Julia even though she is not a member of our church. This gives us some hope even when pastor told us the only program with affordable housing has a five year wait list. Five years! Matthew Paul will be 14. He and Julia cannot wait that long.

Laura

September 15th

Hi... We are so happy that Sav-ed and Jonas returned from Romas.The journey took three days but Sav-ed feels it was worthwhile. He advised us that Cle-as' father, King Fector, was interested in their account of a ruler over all - both Romas, the Valley citizens and Mountain people. Cle-as was disappointed that Chihaysu could not come. King Fector stated that Cle-as can only love Chihaysu and she will marry no one else. This creates a problem as the laws of Romas require the King or Queen to be married.

Sav-ed promised to discuss the matter with Chihaysu. King Fector stated that he may worship the God of Chihaysu if Cle-as and Chihaysu were married and he would, at their marriage, declare Chihaysu's God to be the God of Romas. Sav-ed stated that he cannot make any promises and the King replied that he is almost persuaded to believe. Cle-as joined Sav-ed in telling her father that she felt the presence of God when Chihaysu and she met in the desert sometime ago. The King looked at Cleas and said, "My daughter I want to believe but I have worked his whole life to have a prominent place in the House of the Dead. Would I have to give it up to become a believer?" Sav-ed stated that this was another question for Chihaysu.

Sav-ed was told of Chihaysu's arrest and his daughter's planned escape to North Woods. He ordered Jonas to stay behind and assist Rachaeling to go to North Woods. We are all concerned about the recently seen hugapods. They are over eight feet tall and the suspicion is they will protect their territory. An experienced leader to bring Rachaeling safely to the campMarcus is building is essential.

Sav-ed stated that he cannot reveal himself to anyone but we followers so he asked me to attempt to speak with Chihaysu about the questions of King Fector. I will not be able to do so for a few days. Sav-ed states he will wait one day in hopes that I can see Chihaysu but needs to return to Romas to advise of Chihaysyu's arrest. He advises that he trusts all of us, with the help of Jonas, will be able to protect his daughter Rachaeling when the day of her escape arrives.

Ammed took some money from the treasury to purchase needed supplies for Sav-ed to return journey to Romas. We will keep you aware of all that transpires. Wow!!

Huchfee.


September 17th

Huchfee - I know I do not write as often as Laura and Alex but I always read your letters. I trust that you don't mind that I shared them with two friends who keep asking about the updates I receive. They want to write but we decided I will be the only one from our group writing.

So it seems many things are soon to happen in Caperston. Hope you find a way to see Chihaysu soon. The situation in North Woods seems scary with those hugapods. We all are waiting to hear Chihaysu's response to Princess Cle-as.

Darren


September 19th

Huchfee - our pastor went to court yesterday with Julia. It was disappointing. Julia still has no place to live except for city shelters. The judge stated that he had a good report about Julia's visit with Matthew Paul and that it went very well. However, he cannot send Matthew Paul home with Julia until she finds a permanent place to live.

The judge wanted to know what efforts Julia is making to find a home and she is so depressed with her circumstances that she said nothing. The judge declared six more months for Matthew Paul to live with his foster parents. The one good thing - our pastor met the foster parents and they seem "very nice".

Laura

September 23rd

... The Escape Plan

Laura - it is very sad that Matthew Paul cannot be with his mother. We brought it up at a candle prayer meeting at Michaeling's house. We try to have a prayer meeting every ten to fifteen days. As I stated sometime ago, some small amounts of money are collected at the prayer meetings and Michaeling provided me with six denare, half of the funds collected. The reason is to buy some food and supplies for Rachaeling's escape to North Woods.

Tonight is the night. Marcus stated the camp in North Woods is completed and should be a safe place to stay. Jonas and I will bring Rachaeling to the camp, meeting Rachaeling in back of the House of the Dead in the middle of the night.

When we enter North Woods we will meet Marcus and two friends. They know the path even at night. With the poor eyesight the Hugapods have, we expect to travel safety with the minimum light that our compuls can provide. I have advised Rachaeling and she states she is ready to go. She is very brave - showing no fear or worry.

Nevertheless, much of our prayer time was for Rachaeling and that God might continue to give her courage. We ended our prayer meeting with a second prayer for Matthew Paul and his mother.

I tried to find a way to see Chihaysu but he is not allowed any visitors at this time. Timus is allowed one visitor a day so I will try to see him after work soon.

Huchfee


October 1st

To our friends from Earth ... I was able to see Timus in the jail yesterday but only for a short time as the jailers are under orders from Zester to limit visitation with Timus and not to allow visits with Chihaysu.

Timus reports that Chihaysu's spirits are up as he has been speaking with the Mountain Youth leaders responsible for the death of Dustin. Chihaysu told them why Dustin felt so strongly about his faith. The youth state that they wish they had not acted without thinking when Dustin was killed. They asked if God and Chhihaysu can forgive them even for something as horrible as murder. Chihaysu says if they are truly repentant in their hearts, then he God and even Dustin in heaven will forgive them. He taught them the "Praise Him" song from earth. This has pleased Chihaysu greatly.

Timus stated that everyone, Chihaysu, the two Mountaun Youth and he, pray for us everyday. He asked about Rachaeling and I advised that she is safe with about 20 more days until Pontos' marriage decree becomes void.

Zester returned from exploring the mountain villages and is quite unhappy. He told my friend that he must find Rachaeling. He stated that only he knows that Pontos has been ill for a while. He is old and Zester feels that he does not have long to live - perhaps a 100 or so days.

Zester stated that if Rachaeling and he were married he would be viewed favorably by not only Pontos but by all of the people who loved Mattpaul and Sav-ed, as he would be married into their family. He feels this would give him an excellent chance to be appointed the next Ruler. He told my friend, "Rachaeling is kinda of thin for me but I chose her, not because I love her, but for the power this marriage will bring me. Once ruler, I can be with whoever I want." I cannot describe how furious I am with Zester.

Huchfee

October 4th

To all ... I have some good news. I spoke to my pastor at church and told him about Julia and Matthew Paul. He is speaking to a friend who knows someone who oversees government sponsored housing. He hopes that his contact will speed up the process for Julia to find a safe place to live.

Darren

October 8th

Dear Darren and Laura ... We have eleven days to keep Rachaeling hidden. She has been away for some time and Jonas and I will be going this evening to give Marcus a break as he needs to return home.

I tried to see Chihaysu yesterday but was not allowed to see him or Timus. Zester spoke with my friend and suggested going into North Woods to look for Rachaeling and my friend told him of the Hugapod sightings. My friend advised ... "If she was there the Hugapods must have her. I was told there was a herd of thirty to forty Hugapods, each twice our size. How will you overcome them". Zester replied that he will see if one of our inventors finished his creation of a new weapon. It is supposed to send a beam of light at an enemy and, if hit in the head, leaves them disoriented. Zester will consult with the scientist and then decide when and with what weapons to go to North Woods.

Now we need a new plan to protect Rachaeling. Pray for us, please.

Huchfee

October 10th

To all ... I have to tell you what happened when we went to Rachaeling's hiding place. Jonas knew the way and as we approached we heard drums beating. When we were on a small hill a short distance from the cave I couldn't believe what we saw.

There they were - eight of them including two small Hugapod children. Though children, they are still bigger than anyone in Caperston. The Hugapods made a semi-circle in front of the cave and began dancing. As the dance progressed occasionally an adult Hugapod stepped towards the cave entrance and made a gesture with his hand as if saying, " Come out". While they danced the two child Hugapods were beating on a large empty nut shell which vibrates as they dance. Marcus seemed interested but Rachaeling was terrified. The dancing stopped and the largest of the Hugapods approached the entrance . He stopped, gestured with his hands and said in a deep voice "Come out". Marcus looked shocked but comes out. He must have questioned as we did ... Hugapods can talk?

"Friend?" the Hugapod said.

"Yes", Marcus replied.

"Hiding?"

"Yes"

"We will protect" the Hugapod leader promised. Rachaeling then came out and the dancing began again. Jonas has pulled is sketch pad out and he is quickly sketching the scene.

Rachaeling joined the dancing and Marcus followed. Jonas was still working on his sketch when the Hugapods left. I am sending it to you.

Pontos's decree that Rachaeling wed will be up soon but we cannot take any chance she will be found by Zester. We talked about an alternate plan and Marcus suggested Chihaysu's mother. He will speak to her and return to advise. We felt the Hugapods would keep their word and protect us - at least for a little while. Jonas is remaining with Rachaeling and Marcus and I left - Marcus to see Chihaysu's mother and myself to discover what Zester's plans are and whether he will have the "light guns" he was hoping to get. I waited for Jonas to complete his drawing then left.

Forgive me for only thinking of ourselves here in Caperston. We do continue to pray for Julia and Matthew Paul ... that they will soon be reunited in a home of their own.

Huchfee


October 12th

Dear Huchfee - we are happy to hear that the Hugapods were not the fearsome creatures everyone assumed them to be but are actually friendly. We, like you are counting the days until the sixty day decree is up and it is only a few more days.

We have some good news and bad news. First the good news. Matthew Paul's foster parents visited our church with Matthew Paul. We were all so happy to see him and after the services we went out to lunch. Matthew Paul said that his foster parents have a computer at home and said he is following your story. He wants to join in and we told him - just send an e-mail to Tim at the website. So don't be surprised if you hear from him.

Now the not so good news - our pastor spoke with the minister at Darren's church. Their church is almost 80 miles away. On earth 80 miles will take quite some time to travel. Darren's minister stated that Julia is on a waiting list for a home. His church member, who knows someone on the affordable housing committee, states his friend was able to move Julia towards the top of the list but not to the top. Unless some new homes become available Julia may have to wait a year or more for some place for Matthew Paul and herself. Be sure to know that you are in our prayers.

Laura


October 14th

Dear Laura,

Ammed has been working hard to make money and repay the funds he stole. However, while working hard he has ignored his health. A lump appeared on his abdomen but he was so concerned with working that he did not go to the doctor. Now he has learned that it is life threatening and a very risky surgery is his only chance at survival. Even if he does so, his chances are small and he could die in surgery. Two days after seeing the doctor two new lumps appeared.

We met with Ammed and prayed for him - that he would make a good choice. After our prayers he stated that he felt at peace and will not have the surgery. He hopes to speak to Chihaysu and we are told that Zester will allow this tomorrow. He may not be aware that Ammed became an official follower of Chihaysu. We are all very sad. Ammed is a very good man.

I also learned from a friend that Zester is going to take some "light guns" and experiment with them. He says Hugapods would make good targets. He stated that are large in body, slow and easy to shoot at. We will warn them and have to move Rachaeling soon.

Huchfee


October 19th

Matthew Paul: you ask an interesting question. We know there are many similarities between Earth and Caperston but there are differences. Caperston is a smaller planet and mush closer to their smaller sun. So one year on earth is fifty years on Caperston. That is why they count their lineage in generations not years. However, the speed their planet revolves would determine the length of their day.

For instance, if their planet revolves slower than earth than their day would be longer than an earth day of twenty four hours. Their days seem similar to ours but I have never inquired how long they actually are. So I will ask Huchfee how many days are left until the sixty days are up and compare their date to our expected date of October 24th. Very good question, Matthew Paul.

Tim


Huchfee - how many days to go to the end of Pontos' decree?

Thanks, Tim

October 21st Prison Songs of Joy and Redemption

Hi Tim - we have 7 more days to go so I assume our days are a little longer than yours.

Let me give you an update as another amazing event has happened in Caperston. Ammed did get a chance to see Chihaysu and Timus. Two days later Timus was released from jail and told us what happened.

Timus reported that Ammed told Chihaysu "My life has been fulfilled by being chosen as your follower. The doctor says I have 40 days to live and already I hug my child, even though he is grown, a little more often; I have spoken to those who have hurt me and told them 'I forgive you'. I look at the sunset and recognize it is more beautiful than ever and I hear the birds singing a truly sweet song. I realize, as I have never realized, what a beautiful gift each day brings." Chihaysu responded that Ammed is seeing a little bit of heaven while remaining on earth. He told Ammed - as you have forgiven those who have hurt you so we forgive you for what you and your wife took. Then he gave Ammed a long hug. At that moment there was a shaking of the building they were imprisoned in. The shaking came and went then came again for about three or four minutes. It got stronger and, after one of the more intense events, the prison door broke open. The Mountain Youth, who were also imprisoned, told Chihaysu, "Come ... we can escape. You can stay in one of our mountain homes". Chihaysu said that he was staying and began singing the Praise Him song you shared with us. Timus joined in as did Ammed. Surprisingly, the Mountain Youth returned to their cell and joined in. When the shaking stopped, the jailor, who was responsible for Chihaysu and all others, returned and could not believe that everyone remained. He escorted Ammed out and returned to the cell. "Why didn't you leave?" he asked. Chihaysu replied, "We stayed for you."

"What do you mean?" he replied.

"We want you to know that we have faith in the Ruler you cannot see called 'God' and we want you to understand".

The guard replied, "I want to believe. What must I do?"

Chihaysu instructed, "Go tell your family and friends of what you have observed. When you do, you will feel the presence of God in your heart." The jailor agreed to do so, then closed the cell door.

When Timus told us the story we were amazed at the courage of all who remained when they could have escaped. We decided to also trust God and we will leave Rachaeling in her cave with the protection of the hugapods.

Huchfee

October 29th

Dear Huchfee: we have no new news about Matthew-Paul except that we now know he is safe with his foster family.

As far as events in Caperston are concerned, the days of the decree must be up and Rachaelling is now safe. Will she return home? How is Ammed doing?

At our youth meeting our leader presented to us an interesting challenge. We live in parallel universes and, although there are some differences, there is much similarity between Caperston/Romas and Earth.

The story from Caperston has some real similarities to the events on Earth 2,000 years (80 generations) ago. One example was the time Chihaysu spent in the desert with Cle-as (see February letters) and the time our Jesus spent in the desert and was tempted by the devil, an evil spirit/being on Earth. Our youth leader challenged us to describe the similarities and differences of these events for our next meeting and to find at least one more event that happened in Caperston that is parallel to an event in our Holy Book, the Bible. To make it interesting we will have a contest - boys against girls! I am looking forward to our next meeting.

Laura


November 6th

Michaeling asked me if she could visit with Rachaeling. After our meeting with the Hugapods, I felt she would be safe but could not go alone. I cannot get off work and it is important that I keep an eye on Zester. I spoke with Timus who agreed to take her. When they arrived, they learned that Rachaelling and Jonas were planning to visit a Hugapod village. Jonas and Michaeling returned and gave a most interesting report. Timus remained with Rachaelling.

I will summaize their report. The Hugapods actually live in a series of caves on the North Side of North Woods. They are equal distance between Caperston and the larger town of Romas. Their village consists of about twenty cave homes with about 120 Hugapods living there. One interesting thing we saw was a game they all play. It is with a ball the size that we use in the Kickuml games. They do not kick the ball into a goal but they throw the ball into a basket. The basket is attached to a tree about 10 feet above the ground and a line is drawn 18 feet from the tree. You have two choices - shoot a long shot 18 feet away for two points or, for the most athletic, take a drop shot worth one point. When taking a drop shot, the tall Hugapods run up to the line and are allowed one step and a jump to reach over the basket and drop the ball in.

There are teams and each team can decide which players will take what type of shot. The first team to reach a score of 59 is the winner. Timus stated he tried the long shot four times while playing and made one out of four. The really tall Hugapods, that did the drop shot, almost never missed while those shooting the long shot made a little less than half. The competition was a lot of fun.

Marcus stated that after the dancing event a week ago he spoke with one of the Hugapod leaders, whose name is Erbert. Erbert is also the best player at the basket shooting game. He is eight feet four inches tall and a good jumper. In the game Erbert made 22 out of 23 drop shot attempts and led his team to victory 59 to 54. It was a close competition and, when his team got behind 52 to 51, Erbert made a long shot and a drop shot to go ahead. After the other team made a drop shot Erbert's teammate made a long shot and Ermert scored the last point with his 22nd drop shot. Overall Erbert scored 24 points on 24 shots with only one miss. We were told by those present that no one has ever just missed one shot while shooting 24 or more shots in a game ... it is a record performance !!!

Marcus stated that he found Erbert to speak in short replies and to be a good listener. He started to tell Erbert about the unseen ruler of whom Chihaysu speaks and he was totally surprised when Erbert replied, "You mean God".

How Forgiveness Works

Marcus asked, "How do you know about God?" and Erbert told their story. His father was the ruler of the Hugapods and many years ago had a dream. It was a very vivid dream of a man, tied to a tree up in the air. His hands were spread horizontally and, when he looked closely, he saw that he was not tied to the tree but large nails were piercing his bleeding hands. Some people were there crying but most were making fun of him saying, "He helped others but he cannot help himself". He seemed in pain but Erbert's father saw him look to the sky and say "Father God, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing". Erbert's father then woke up from his dream and spent the night thinking about those words, "Father God forgive them".

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His father noted that there had been much arguing amongst the Hugapod people recently and he said, "We need to learn to forgive". He called a meeting and told everyone of his dream and as their ruler, he called them to forgive. If they have trouble with someone, they should do as the man in the dream ... except they need to say "Father God, help me to forgive those who have wronged me".

People began doing so and the Hugapod Village became more and more peaceful. Over a generation the person people asked for assistance became known simply as "God" and every Hugapod, two times a day, leaves to go to a quiet place, looks to the sky and asks God to help them forgive. Erbert said that this has worked for a generation and it is why everyone gets along.

Marcus told him of Chihaysu's teaching and both concluded that it is the same God we are all praying to. Same God, same vision of Christ, yes, but just on the cross. No Christmas manger scene story, no miracles ... just "forgive them for they do not know what they are doing"

The sixty day decree, enforcing the marriage of Zester and Rachaeling is now over and Rachaelling will remain with the Hugapods until new plans can be made for her. Rumors are that Zester has other plans to assert his influence with Pontos.

Sav-ed remains in Romas. It has been a long tome and we trust that all is well. It was good to hear from Matthew Paul and that his foster parents have been good to him. How is everyone else?

May God be with all of us in these challenging times.

Huchfee

The beginning of this story is found in "The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston". Lee Ashford of Readers' Favorite writes ...The Chest of Visions is a well-reasoned, well-written, and intelligently conceived allegory for use as a Christian Youth Group Study Guide. It is bound to be considered quite "awesome" by the Youth Groups which use it.

It is crafted as a totally new concept for involving today's youth in Bible study. Borrowing from the contemporary popularity of Science Fiction and Fantasy fiction novels, the author has devised a correspondence across parallel universes between several teen-aged individuals on two different planets in two different universes.

If read in its entirety, and considered prayerfully, "Chest of Visions" should be acknowledged as a significant step forward in Youth Group Study Guides."

For more reviews of The Chest of Visions, and purchase information click ... Reviews Chest of Visions

November 9th

Hi Huchfee and friends ... it is good to hear of Rachealing's safety. Is she still with the Hugapods? How is Annad and his illness? And what about Sav-ed? He has been gone for so long. Is Pontos going to release Chihaysu now that the sixty days are over? Is Zester still planning to test the light guns on the Hugapods? I know ... we have so many questions.

Here we had a youth group meeting and we talked about the similarity of Chihaysu's time in the desert last February and the time our Jesus spent in the desert 2,000 years ago. They were both there for long times and both went to pray. An evil being, who we call Satan, came to see Jesus and tempted him in three ways - to change a rock to bread (yes, Jesus could do that if he wished), to jump from a tall building and have God rescue him and to bow down to Satan and he would be made ruler of earth. Jesus said, "no" to all three offers and told Satan to leave him alone.

We then noticed that after Cle-as met Chihaysu while he was in the desert that she offered him three things: a technique to heal his mother of the AHT illness,that she will be a believer if he becomes her husband and that he is to "believe in your heart that your God wishes you to be my king and our alliance to be the restoration of our planet. Commit yourself to work with me to make this a reality. Lastly, I ask you to pledge that you will love no one in this world more than you love me. In return, I pledge that your God will be my God, my dear Chihaysu". The experiences were similar but not identical and I guess this is what happens in a parallel universe. It made us all think about our Jesus and his temptation.

As I told you we also had challenges. The boys stated that the conversion of Pav-ed who becomes Sav-ed after he was converted reminded them of the conversion of Saul who became Paul. We girls pointed out that the killing of Dustin in Caperston reminded us of the killing of a young man named Stephen, who was "stoned" to death many years ago. When Stephen was killed the man Saul was present and when Dustin was killed your Pav-ed was an observer. It is all very interesting and our youth leader says if we look very carefully there are other similarities between the events in Caperston and the events in Capernaum and Jerusalem in our world.

No more information about Matthew Paul except that his foster parents state that they will bring him to visit our church during special holidays we have coming up soon on Earth.

Laura

November 12th

Hi all - I have been reading the story and I just noticed that there are swords and newly developed "light guns" on Caperston but no guns with gunpowder and bullets like here on earth. There are no planes in the sky, no bombers and we don't hear about drugs. So Caperston sounds like a safer place than earth.

Great game by Erbert making 23 out of 24 shots. I know some teams here on Earth that could use someone 8 feet 4 inches who can shoot that well.

Darren

November 15th

Hi Laura and Darren,

Thank you for sharing and we all are amazed at the similarities between our worlds. You will have to tell us more about the "guns with bullets" and "drugs". We don't know what they are and they do not seem to be good. Also please tell us about your holidays. We have a Rememberence of the Dead day, and you may remember Chihaysu challenged Pontos for using this holiday to make money from the people by selling memorials at it. It sounds like your holidays are coming soon. Please tell us some more.

Laura ... you asked a lot of questions so let me answer them. We brought Rachaeling to stay with Chihaysu's mother two days ago. She is comfortable there. Zester seems to have given up on all of his threats about using the light guns and he does not seem to be looking for Rachaeling any longer but we still feel it is safer where she is until her father Sav-ed returns.

Once we discovered the Hugapods were friendly, Jonas felt free to travel to Romas, where he met with Sav-ed. Sav-ed stated that he had much work to be done there. There is an uprising in Romas and even Princess Cle-as is at risk. He promised to return as soon as possible and sent Jonas back. Ammed is getting weaker each day. He is being looked after by Michaeling with help from Marcus' sister, Dawnling. We will be visiting with Ammed tomorrow after work.

Chihaysu remains in prison and Timus sees him once a week. We fear Zester is up to something as Timus states that he has placed a second guard to watch Chihaysu. It seems silly because Chihaysu could have left during the earthquake but did not. The guard who became a believer in God is named Lucas. After the earthquake he met us at a small prayer meeting at Michaeling's home. There we told him of Zester's threat, a while ago, to use the light guns on the Hugapod people. We told him that Zester appeared to have changed his mind but Lucas stated that he would visited the Hugapods to prepare them if Zester once again changed his mind as Zester has done so in the past. Lucas met with Erbert and even played the basket shooting game. He discovered that he was a good long-shooter and was invited to join a contest with the Hugapods next week.

Marcus is sharing with the Mountain youth the story of their jailed leaders and how they remained in jail after the earthquake. The mountain youth are very remorseful over what happened to Dustin and they are now calling him a hero for standing up for his beliefs. I will write to you after we meet with Ammed tomorrow night.

Huchfee.


November 25th

Dear friends, We are all sad.We visited Ammed last night. He was very ill but very gracious. He said, "I am ready to go". He then closed his eyes and a wisp of a cloud like substance arose from his body. Many of us were there. Michaeling and Rachaeling cried. Chihaysu's mother stated that Ammed was a good man, who was willing to admit his shortcomings and ask for forgiveness. She stated, "He is with God now. With Mattpaul, Kevin and Dustin". Marcus stated that that is good but too many people have died in too short a time.

We are still waiting for Sav-ed to return from Romas. I tried calling him on my compol but got no answer. It is probably too far away. Michaeling (she was always the smart one) stated that she heard that one of the hugapods walked for days to Romas then left Romas on the other side of their town and kept walking. He was wondering what was on the otherside of Romas and guess what he found ... Caperston. Michaeling thought about it and concluded that our world is like a giant ball and, if true, that is why our compols don't work to call Sav-ed. We are on the opposite side of the ball. That Racheaeling is smart and that is one reason I love her.

Huchfee


December 14th

Dear friends from Earth

Jonas returned from seeing Sav-ed in Romas and once more Sav-ed is delayed. Apparently there is a rebellion in Romas and even Princess Cle-as is at risk. Do you remember the scientist who developed the light machine in the "Chest of Visions" chapter eight? Somehow he came to Romas and has developed an attachment to the compols people in Romas use. Their compols are similar to the ones we use but are able to have attachments which provide all types of operations. The scientist has now created an attachment which has the appearance of a Goddess the people in Romas worship. Her name is Vendite and she is the goddess of love. There are a few other Gods in Romas but Vendite is the one most often worshipped - perhaps for what she stands for.

There is a large statue of Vendite in the middle of Romas and the scientist is selling a compol attachment that resembles Vendite. It is promised that, if people pray to Vendite through the attachment and tell her whom they have feelings of love for, Vendite will bring this about. For those that do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend this is a wonderful thing. People are paying a great deal of money for these attachments.

Sav-ed learned that the attachment has something called a transmitter in it that sends people's messages to a computer. So if a boy says he likes a certain girl the message is saved by the computer. If the girl says she likes the boy, then there is a match. The compol then declares that the goddess Vendite has chosen each for each other and they are both advised to meet at the statue. Many couples have met there and the whole city praises the Goddess of Love for brings couples together.

Sav-ed spoke out against the Vendite image and revealed it as being false. However, those who have made a lot of money making these, are fighting back. Sav-ed teaches there is the unseen God to pray to and the scientist argues that only Vendite has brought lovers together. When the scientist and his friends learned that Sav-ed had spoken with Cle-as on several occasions, they demanded that the princess and King Fester step down from the throne.

People in Romas do not know what to believe and Sav-ed told Jonas to return to Caperston to let us know that he does not know when he can return. Chihaysu remains in prison and the rumor is that, in the New Year, he will be put on trial for speaking out against the ruler Pontos. Zester is planning on making him an example of what can happen when people challenge the Ruler. The lake people of Caperston do not know who to believe while the mountain people, particularly the youth, fully support Chihaysu and oppose Zester.

Chihaysu was advised of the death of Ammed and states that he was a good man and strong. It takes courage to admit when someone does something wrong and to ask God for forgiveness. He asks the prison guard Lucas to take over Ammed�s role as treasurer. Just before he died Ammed repaid all of his debt so now there are adequate funds for us when needed.

Have you had the special holidays you spoke of in your last letter? We are very interested as we have very few holidays in Caperston.

Huchfee


December 20th

Hi Huchfee - the adventure in your world never seems to stop. We pray that Sav-ed efforts will slow the rebellion going on in Romas and we have faith that, even if there is a trial, Chihaysu will be vindicated.

In regards to our holidays - the first one was about three weeks ago. It is a time of Thanksgiving for all that God has given us recognizing how fortunate we are. We get together in our churches to worship and then with our families. Usually the family gathering is a large meal and, yes, I admit I eat too much.

The next holiday is equally special. It is called Christmas. It celebrates the day our Jesus was born. He was born to poor people in an animal stable yet grew up to be the most admired man in the history of the world. Our Christmas is special for young children. As we remember God's gift of Jesus to our world, in such a way we give gifts to one another. There is a make believe old man who children are taught brings toys to each of their homes the night before Christmas. The toys are put under a decorated tree and when they wake up the next morning ... surprise and joy. We older youth also share gifts but the surprise is not the same. Christmas is now fivedays away.

What I like the most is the service at our church the night before. It is candlelit, very pretty and we tell the story of the coming of Jesus to our world a very long time ago ... by my calculations, as you keep time in Caperston, 80 generations ago.

Did Sav-ed return to Caperston? Is Chihaysu still in prison? We will remember you during our Christmas Eve service when we think of not only the joy of our savior, Jesus, being born but of the needs of those in our world who are less fortunate than we. I especialy think of Julia and her search for a safe home to bring Matthew Paul back to.

Laura


January 2nd

Hi Laura and friends,

Well, the rumors are true and the trial of Chihaysu will begin on the fifthteenth day of the New Year which is the first day our court is open. In our world there are not a lot of trials. Every thirty days the court opens to see if anyone wants to have a trial. If so, the court hears the expressed concern and can decide whether a trial is appropriate. If so, a date is scheduled. When Sav-ed was here he was the judge for the trial. Since he disappeared (at least as far as most are concerned), Pontos the Ruler will be the judge.

The person asking for the trial is Zester and he came up with an old rule no one was aware of which says that anyone protesting to the ruler shall be tried and, if guilty, put to death. Zester will argue that Chihaysu spoke out against the Ruler's decree that Rachaeling marry him even though she did not want to. He will argue that Chihaysu encouraged her to break the law.

I finally got to see Chihaysu two days ago. We spoke for some time and I told him about your holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. He liked these and told me that the Hugapods have a type of Thanksgiving where they take time to have a feast and thank God for all he has given them. Chihaysu said that we have many things to learn from the Hugapods as their beliefs are very strong. Chihaysu is not worried about the trial and believes that God will not allow the unfaithfulness of Zester to win out over his own faithfulness. Whatever the consequence, he is mentally prepared.

Huchfee



January 4th

More has been learned about Zester's argument against Chihaysu. Zester will lead those accusing Chihaysu of saying things that are troubling to faithful leaders of the community.He will argue that someone has to be in charge and make the rules and that is Pontos. Chihaysu not only spoke out against the unfair law. He encouraged others to also do so. He is trying to take power from Pontos and using a "silly little rule" as a reason to get the people angry with Pontos. Simply speaking Zester claims Chihaysu is a revolutionary.

The penalty for being a revolutionary is death and buriel with the criminals, unidentified, alone and unvisited. When the people heard this, they gasped. No one had been killed for their crimes in many generations - back to the time of the war that freed Caperston from Romas over 10 generations ago!

Huchfee

January 9th

Dear Huchfee, our Christmas is gone. We had a nice surprise. At the Christmas Eve service the foster parents of Matthew Paul brought him to our service. He looked so different - all dressed up and he looked taller and even stronger. Those foster parents must be feeding him well. The only sad news was that Matthew Paul learned that his mother Julia had disappeared. He used to see her every seven days. Then it became twenty days and now - no visit for a very long time. He told us his caseworker (someone who tries to keep the family together while planning to reunite them in the future) said she continues to try to locate Julia but the last time they spoke was almost 50 days ago. We promised to pray for his mother and he and he said he would do the same. He also said he likes your story of Caperston which he reads on a computer he has at home. Please keep us informed about the trial. We are very, very interested.

Laura

January 12th

Dear Laura ... they had day one of the trial and not much happened. Zester stated that he will present his evidence so strongly that Pontos will have no doubt that Chihaysu is guilty. He quoted a law that was so old no one, even Pontos, had heard of it. It was written twenty generations ago and stated that the ruler had the authority to require anyone to show respect by offering his daughter as a wife to the Ruler or his designee. The problem is - the rule did not state who a "designee" was. So Zester stated that it was an appointee of the Ruler, namely, in this case, him.

Chihaysu replied that an old rule was simply that - an old rule written for a time in the past. He concluded that Caperston has new rules established by the unseen God who rules over our hearts. The real trial begins tomorrow and I will be able to observe it! I have never seen a trial.

Huchfee

January 16th

Trial began with Zester asking several citizens to speak. He asked them what they heard Chihaysu say on September 2nd and each one said the same thing. Chihaysu taught "that God created a special love - that unique feeling that a man has for a woman and a woman has for a man. This love is jointly shared and jointly chosen, ultimately leading to the lifetime commitment of marriage, a commitment through good times and trying times through times of illness and times of health. Only the couple can make this choice." The testimony seemed correct to me and Chihaysu did not dispute any of it. In fact, he said very little. This was the day for Zester to make the case against Chihaysu and Zester reminded Pontos that the choice of marriage could be made by individuals but sometimes the law calls for another action, that of obedience to, yes, the wishes of the Ruler.

At the end of the day, Zester quoted the law about giving respect to the Ruler. He argued that without respect, there would be chaos in Caperston. He repeatedly returned to that theme - chaos in Caperston. He argued that respect was absolutely needed. After he finished, I heard many people saying that Zester's argument made sense. How can anyone rule effectively without respect?

Huchfee

January 17th

Pontos let Zester begin the second day by giving a summary. Zester was very effective. He quoted another old law ..."Rulers earn respect because of their responsibility to maintain order in the community. In return citizens shall demonstrate their respect and appreciation by each offering a gift. The gift could be an annual tax or, the ruler can excuse the tax payment and ask for the hand of a citizen's daughter in marriage for himself or for his designee. If this offer is made, the marriage must take place within 60 days of the offer." The argument looked good but someone pointed out that the incident which was on trial was that Chihaysu argued against forcing Rachaeling to marry Zester. Chihaysu was not Rachaeling's father. Pav-ed was. And Pav-ed was assumed to be dead. We then realized that there was a case to be made against Zester's argument.

Later in the afternoon Chihaysu got to speak. To our surprise he did not make the argument that Pav-ed, not he, would be the one to offer Rachaeling to Pontos as an example of his respect. Rather he reiterated his belief that the unseen God gave individual's the freedom of choice in whom they would marry. He concluded, "I have faith that the unseen God will persuade you, Pontos, to make the right decision". Pontos then stated that there would be one more day of the trial - a day for the citizens of Caperston to speak. We all met to identify someone who would present the argument that Pav-ed, now known as Sav-ed, is the father of Rachaeling and only he could give the required permission for Rachaeluing to marry. No one really wanted to be the speaker until Timus reluctantly said, "I am a new follower of Chihaysu and not even an official follower. However, if no one else will present this argument to Pontos tomorrow, I will do so". We all thanked Timus.

Huchfee

January 19th

Yesterday the trial was long and event filled so I did not have time to write. It went on until the late afternoon. Timus began in the morning by making the argument that only Sav-ed could give his daughter to Pontos� designee as Chihaysu was not the father. We all knew this but Pontos could not consider this fact until it was actually presented at trial. Then several citizens spoke of Chihaysu and his teachings. They testified that Caperston was a friendlier place since Chihaysu began teaching ideas such as "Love your neighbor in a manner as you love yourself". We began to clap when we heard these things but Pontos rose his hand in their air and asked for silence so that he could think about these testimonies.

Zester was given the opportunity to question all of the witnesses and asked the question, "What makes you think things are better? Aren't the Mountain youth rebelling?" People responded that they were rebelling because he and Pontos treated them poorly and Zester responded, "Really ... are there hungry people in Caperston? Are there people without homes?"

The trial seemed to be winding down with strong arguments made on both sides. Then, without warning, we heard a disturbance in the back of the courtroom. Suddenly Sav-ed appeared. Zester's face turned white. Pontos was momentarily speechless then stated, "My friend, Pav-ed, we thought you were dead". Pav-ed replied, "Yes, my friend, Pontos. I am dead. Dead to my old ways, saved from my closed-minded ideas. I have had a vision and been given a new name, Sav-ed".

Zester saw his opportunity, "So you have had a vision and been given a new name?" He turned and faced Pontos, "My Ruler ... when I last saw Pav-ed he was on a mission you ordered us to complete. He was drinking - a lot of wine - and was babbling to himself. I saw him stagger to the side of the boat then lose his balance and fall overboard. We tried to see him to rescue him but it was dark and foggy. We could not see him but heard him continue to babble, something about the beauty of wine and how it makes you feel.

Pontos thanked Zester and turned to Sav-ed. "Pav-ed you were my friend, tell us who you saw in your vision". Sav-ed paused, "My friend and honorable Ruler. It was not see a ghost or even the unseen God of Chihaysu, who I saw? It was my son Mattpaul". There was a gasp in the courtroom. Everyone loved Mattpaul and admired him for his courage. They had also learned of the vision of Mattpaul playing in the heavenly kickuml game (see chapter of The Chest of Visions). Pontos repled, "You saw Mattpaul? And what did he say?"

Sav-ed replied, "He said 'Father, now will you believe?' And I did. One last thing, my Honorable Ruler. I was not drinking that night. I was discussing a matter with Zester when, he lost control and, in anger, pushed me over the rail of the boat. I saw him look over the boat but he made no effort to rescue me".

Zester interjected, "Pontos, who will you believe myself, your favorite appointed official, or Pav-ed who disgraced you by drinking and then falling overboard when the mission, you sent us on, was about to begin?" He then pointed his finger at Chihaysu who suddenly stood up . Zester said, "It is this man who has filled citizens of Caperston with lies. They do not know what to think and who to believe".

Pontos replied, "You are right Zester. Even I do not know who or what to believe." Just then I knew I had to speak. I timidly raised my hand and many were not aware but Pontos was. "Huchfee, do you want to testify?"

"Yes, your honor, I do."

"Then come forward to the stand. Do you promise to tell the truth?"

"Yes, I do."

"Then can you assist me in understanding the truth? " Pontos asked. I then told him how I was on the boat with Zester and Sav-ed and had witnessed their argument when Sav-ed asked Zester to reconsider his plans for the Mountain youth. I told Pontos that he had called Sav-ed a "weak old man" twice then pushed him over the side of the boat. Pontos asked me if Sav-ed was drinking and I said "No, there was no wine on the boat". Everyone gasped, then silence.

It was only a few seconds but seemed to last forever. Then Pontos spoke, "I think, no, I am sure, I know the truth. Zester ... stand up. I find you guilty of attempted murder and sentence you immediately to prison. Guards take him away."

Then he turned to Chihaysu ... "My good man. I am not sure I am ready to believe in the unseen God, of which you speak. But one thing I know. You are a good man and now you are free". A cheer went up in the courtroom.

Then he turned to Sav-ed. "My friend Pav-ed , I am overjoyed that you are alive. Come see me with your lovely wife for dinner this evening. We have much to discuss". He turned to me, "Thank you Huchfee. Your testimony made the difference".

And to everyone he turned, "Let the truth be known throughout Caperston. This trial is over. Good day everyone"

. Chihaysu left with Sav-ed to talk about all the events in Romas, before meeting with Pontos for dinner. Rachaeling and Michaeling came to me congratulating me for being brave enough to stand up to Zester. And now my friends, I am tired. I will update you soon.

Huchfee"

January 20th

Huchfee - wow. Someone should write a book about all that is happening in Caperston. We will add you, Chihaysu, Sav-ed and all the citizens of Caperston to our prayer list. Please keep in touch and we understand if you need sometime before writing again.

Here on Earth we are very worried about Matthew Paul and his mother. There is a court hearing coming up soon (sort of like your trial of Chihaysu) and if she does not appear we do not know what the judge will do. We do not want JUlia to lose Matthew Paul but our pastor stated there are rules that she has to follow. Usually she has a year to do what the judge ordered so please pray for Julia and Matthew Paul as we are praying for all of you.

Laura

The beginning of this story is found in "The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston". Lee Ashford of Readers' Favorite writes ...The Chest of Visions is a well-reasoned, well-written, and intelligently conceived allegory for use as a Christian Youth Group Study Guide. It is bound to be considered quite "awesome" by the Youth Groups which use it.

It is crafted as a totally new concept for involving today's youth in Bible study. Borrowing from the contemporary popularity of Science Fiction and Fantasy fiction novels, the author has devised a correspondence across parallel universes between several teen-aged individuals on two different planets in two different universes.

If read in its entirety, and considered prayerfully, "Chest of Visions" should be acknowledged as a significant step forward in Youth Group Study Guides."

For more reviews of The Chest of Visions, and purchase information click ... Reviews Chest of Visions

January 29th

Dear Laura and friends ...

Huchfee showed me how to communicate with you through my compol so here I am trying.

When Chihaysu was released he advised that he wanted to spend time with his mother. Of course we all understood. She was terribly worried. He advised that he would meet with us in fifteen days and that day is coming soon. There is a rumor that Chihaysu went to visit with the Hugapods. It will be very interesting to hear what he has to say when we meet with him.

Pontos will be making an announcement about some new plans he has for Caperston at the end of our month which is twenty days from now. Zester remains in prison. How is Matthew Paul doing? Has his mother been found. Now that things are calm here in Caperston we must place our prayers to benefit Matthew Paul.

Michaeling


February 6th

Dear Michaeling ... we are so happy to hear that Chihaysu is free and look forward to hear of what should be good news from Caperston. We had an unusual Friday night meeting because of bad weather predicted for the upcoming Sunday. I am happy to report that most of the youth group members are reading your story on the Christianyouthgroup website and want me to share how the freedom of Chihaysu is an answer to their prayers. Imagine that - we can pray for people in a parallel universe and our prayers are answered. What a great God we both have.

You asked about Matthew Paul and we do not have any current news. Our pastor was at our meeting and he stated that hee will contact the pastor of the church where Matthew Paul attends with his foster family. Our youth director stated that maybe some representatives of our youth group can visit Matthew Paul at his church. We hope so. Once we hear more we will let you know.

Laura

February 8th

Dear Laura, Alex and friends

Thank you for writing and we, in Caperston, are hoping that you will get to see Matthew Paul soon. We will be meeting with Chihaysu tomorrow and he has let us know he has two important announcements to make. We will let you know after we meet with him. We think one has to do with a visit to Romas but have no idea what the other will be.

Michaelling



February 11th

Dear Laura, Alex and friends

Chihaysu never ceases to amaze us. We met with him two days ago and he announced that he will be leaving for Romas in a few days but he has some important business to do. First, he asked Sav-ed if he will take over and lead us in his absence. It is a big job and he wants Sav-ed to pray about it , letting him know in a few days. Then what he said shocked us. He said that, after spending time with the Hugapods, he learned something from Erbert and his people. He learned how powerful forgiveness is. His last piece of business, before he travels to Romas, is to meet with Zester. He wants to tell Zester that he forgives him for all that Zester did to him.

We all responded, "No, don't do this. If there ever was an enemy it is Zester." Chihaysu replied, "Yes, he was our enemy but if he is ever to be our friend and companion I have to begin to reach out to him and forgive him".

February 11th: Zester Forgiven


I need to really think about this. It took all of my courage to testify against Zester at Chihaysu's trial and now he and I are to forgive Zester? Maybe I need to speak with Erbert myself.

Huchfee.

February 20th

Dear Friends from Earth,

Chihaysu met with us a couple of days ago and expressed his discouragement that Zester refused to accept his offer of forgiveness. He states that he needs time to reflect on this and other things and will be going to the desert, the area where he first met Cle-as a year ago. He hopes meditation and prayer will help him overcome his discouragement.

Huchfee


February 27th

Dear everyone,

It has been a long time since I have written and I regret that I have not kept in touch. I must say that I am very happy with the recent turn of events in Caperston and I am hoping for the same with Matthew Paul. Did you get to see him at his church?

I particularly enjoyed reading about the basketball-like abilities of Erbert. My team, the New York Knicks, could really use Erbert for their team this year. They could probably use some of his teammates too.

Friends

Forgiveness is a difficult topic. I applaud Chihaysu for reaching out to Zester. Maybe, in time, Zester will accept his offer.

May God be with us all as the trials in our world continue. Horrible things are happening in the name of a different religion to people who believe in Jesus. Please keep us all in your prayers.

Darren



March 27th

I know it has been awhile since I wrote. The events in Caperston have calmed down but my duties as chairman of the new leaders committee have not.

First I want to update you on Chihaysu. He spent almost ten days in the wilderness meditating and hoping for a vision. He did not have a vision but did have a dream on the last night there. We do not know all the details but he advised Jonas, who visited him twice while in the wilderness that his three questions were answered but he must travel to Romas before he can share their answers.

We do not know when he will return.

We had a celebration and almost all the people of Caperston, even the Hugapods, came. Pontos introduced his appointed leaders six of us. There were two Mountain People (Marcus and Dawnling), three from the Valley (Michaeling, Timus and myself) and one Hugapod (their leader Erbert). Jonas did a wonderful drawing which includes the leaders, Pontos and his secretary, Lindaling. I am sending it along with this letter.

We have had one meeting and after deciding how to identify problems to be discussed and solved, Pontos gave us a difficult one. What is he to do with Zester? Zester is still in jail and, you will remember, refused to apologize when Chihaysu offered to forgive him. Erbert suggested that he talk with him as the Hugapods have their forgiveness activities every afternoon but we decided to wait on making the decision. Racheling reminded us, as she always does, to pray about it and Marcus stated that we should wait until Chihaysu returns to discuss it with him.

So our first dilemma is before us and we want to be careful before advising Pontos of our recommendations.

So how are things on earth? Anything new happening- things seem so peaceful in your world compared to Caperston. And how about Matthew Paul?

Huchfee

April 17th

Hi Huchfee ...

We know you have a challenge ahead regarding Zester. We believe on earth that even the greatest sinners have a chance at redemption as our God is by nature forgiving. But repentence is necessary. Just a few days ago the mother of a man violently killed by a famous athlete spoke to the court. She began by stating how much she loved her son and ended by saying to the murderer "I forgive you". The courtroom, filled with angry, vengeful people found itself transformed by this amazing display of grace by one so offended by the killer's actions.

I do not know if this story helps but forgiveness is a powerful tool that changes our world and it can change yours.

You asked about Matthew Paul. He came to our church on Easter Sunday with his foster parents with whom he has lived for many months. He seemed happy yet sad that he had not heard from his mother for so long. Our pastor spoke with his foster father while we chatted with Matthew Paul. He told us he still reads your letters to us and is glad Chihaysu is free. He also recognizes the similarity between his name and Mattpaul's name. He is proud to have a similar name because he feels Mattpaul was a special person. Matthew Paul states that he loves to play soccer which is our form of kickuml. He also states that he loves to sing in the children's choir at our church. While we were talking a member of our youth group sketched Matthew Paul and we are sending it to you. Let us know if you receive it.

Laura




May 27th... The Last Vision: the Door Closes

Dear Alex, Laura, Darren and Tim,

I write to you with excitement, hope and sadness. Hope because of the changes happening each day in Caperston, excitement because Chihaysu has returned and shared with us his vision and sadness because this will be my last letter to you.

Let me update you. You know of the committee of leaders Pontos put in place. Pontos has kept his word. We are not just representatives - we are real decision makers. One decision we made is to create one school for all people in Caperston. In the past there was a school for the mountain youth and a school for the valley youth. Hence the kickuml game between the mountain and valley youth which was the subject of Mattpaul's first letter to you. Now we are all one, all considered equals and I, myself, love it as I never considered myself as anything but equal to my mountain friends. We also made a decision regarding Zester. It was the result of Erbert insisting that forgiveness is best for not only Zester but for each of us. When we told Chihaysu, he agreed. So we will forgive him and hope that our forgiveness will soften his angry, frustrated heart.

I also want to share that Rachaeling and I have been spending time together. We like to take walks and talk. One of our recent walks was to Mattpaul's grave. We both cried a little when we got there but then realized that Mattpaul's spirit lives on with the spirit of Dustin and your Kevin. And they are all playing a great kickuml game in heaven. Here is why we know.

When Chihaysu returned, he advised that he had spent seven days in the desert praying. He enjoyed a brief visit from Jonas but most of the time, he was alone. He felt close to God but had questions that he wanted answered. He said he observed a beautiful sunset on the last night he was there and felt a peace come over him.

That night he dreamed. He dreamed that he met Mattpaul and he posed three questions to Mattpaul. He said the dream was so vivid he remembered, he believes, every word spoken during the dream.

His first question was: is Dustin in heaven? Mattpaul answered, "Yes" then stated that Dustin is the best kickuml player on the team. Dustin and Kevin have become great friends and they particularly like to plan strategies and new plays for upcoming games. Mattpaul continued, "Remember we do not keep score when we play in heaven but that does not mean we do not want to play well."

Chihaysu's second question was: is Jesus, God's son, coming to Caperston just like he came to Earth many generations ago? Mattpaul's answer was clear. It was no. When God sent his son to Earth so that people could be forgiven, it was not just for people of earth. It was for people living in Caperston or for people living on any planet in any universe. This is why God arranged for the communication between those of us in Caperston and you on Earth. When Chihaysu responded to the code in the Chest of Visions and began reading the words of the man from Earth named Matthew, God knew he needed to explain His plan for all of creation. So he allowed us to communicate by giving Mattpaul the proper codes to connect with Tim and his Christian youth website. We thought it was a lucky coincidence but it wasn't. It was God's plan.

And that plan included one death of His son for all creation.

The last question Chihaysu asked was about the future of Caperston. What can we expect? Mattpaul stated that God has declared that the communication between Earth and Caperston is to cease. Mattpaul stated that God declared, "I have opened this door of communication between the people of Caperston and my followers on Earth. You have shared with each other and enriched each other. Now you must go your separate ways, though you will meet again in heaven just as Dustin, Kevin and Mattpaul have met. With the help of my Spirit all, who believe, on Earth and on Caperston will continue to grow in their faith through prayer, making a difference in their worlds. I will leave the communication open for one letter from Caperston to Earth and one letter in return from Earth. Then, at an unknown time in the future but after all living on Caperston have passed on, I will bring this correspondence to the knowledge of your descendants and open the door of communication one final time."

So this is my last letter. We, in Caperston, have been blessed by your letters and your friendship. We will never forget you - all of us will remember, Michaeling, Rachaeling, Dawnling, Marcus, Sav-ed,Timus, Chihaysu and myself. We bid you our best wishes and have confidence that we will meet again - in a different place as Dustin, Kevin and Mattpaul have met.

I am sending one last drawing by Jonas - a drawing of Chihaysu's dream.

God has allowed one response from you and we look forward to it. Please tell us the status of Matthew Paul. And thank you for the drawing. We all think he looks a little like Mattpaul. Also Chihaysu said we should ask Tim something he has learned about "uncertainty". I do not know what that means but we look forward to your response.

Our love is with you, our friends from earth, always.

Huchfee


The Last Letter: June 9, 2015

Dear Huchfee, Rachaeling, Michaeling, Dawnling, Marcus,Timus and Chihaysu,

I have corresponded with Alex, Laura and Darren and they have agreed to let me write the last response. Alex and Laura wish to say their youth group considers all of you to be part of their group. They will continue to pray for you though the correspondence is over. Darren states that he has read your story over several times and each time his faith is inspired by your perseverance in your own faith. You are on the top of his prayer list.

We, on earth, are excited for the wonderful changes which have come to your world. These changes occurred because you put your faith into action. It is something we on Earth have learned from you. We are excited that Chihaysu is free and available to continue to inspire each of you. We are glad that Sav-ed is safe and wonder about the impact of his trips to Romas but, since this is our last correspondence, we will never know. We understand that there will be one last contact years from now and I will make sure that all of our corresponding letters are documented for those in the future to read and review. Will it be our great grandchildren or even descendants further in the future to hear again from your descendants? We do not know.

You asked about Matthew-Paul and we have exciting news. His mother, Julia, was found. She was with a cousin living a distance away. Things had become very difficult for her and she called her cousin who picked her up, took her home with her and made arrangements for her to get treatment. The treatment required a placement in a facility. Julia never forgot Matthew-Paul but did not want him to know about her placement.

It took a long time for her treatment to help her overcome her troubles but she did. She was released about twenty days ago and returned to her cousin who states she appears to be herself again. She had her first conversation with Matthew-Paul last Sunday afternoon and we understand, after a few more phone conversations, a visit is planned. They have a long way to go but a wonderful re-connection has taken place.

You ask me about "uncertainty". I guess Mattpaul is referring to a discussion we had at a recent church meeting, when we faced the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" We read an emotional statement from a young boy with a deadly disease we call cancer. He is in such pain but he does not blame God for his misfortune. Rather he states that he was unfortunate to get the disease but fortunate that God is there to help him fight it.

Then we looked at what science has to say. There is a theory called quantum mechanics which states at the level of the most basic of sub atomic entities, something called quarks, that the rules of the "quarks world" are very different than ours. It would take many pages to explain this but, in essence, the theory is this: our world, at its most basic principles, is filled with uncertainty. For instance, these quarks can be in two places at the same time and no one really knows where they are or the speed at which they move from place to place.

Why would God create a world with uncertainty? I believe the answer is simple: He wants to give choice to His creation. We can chose to reach out to Him or reject Him. If there was no uncertainty, there would not be choice. And if there is no choice, there really isn't a relationship and relationship is what God seeks from us.

I hope this makes some sense and is helpful.

So we say goodbye with our words but not with our hearts. We, on Earth, are better people for knowing all of you on Caperston and we love you all - very much. God be with us all as we follow His calling.

Tim


New Book Review from Goodreads


Jun 16, 2013 ... Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite rated it 5 of 5 stars

"The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston" by Tim Ferguson is a well-reasoned, well-written, and intelligently conceived allegory for use as a Christian Youth Group Study Guide. It is bound to be considered quite "awesome" by the Youth Groups which use it, just as it is bound to be considered controversial or even blasphemous by older generations, which often comprise church leadership.

However, if it is recognized for what it is - an allegory - it should be seen as no more controversial than "Pilgrims Progress", which no doubt faced a lot of opposition when it was first released. It should also be conceded that ANYTHING which helps youth understand the Gospel better is a good tool to be used for that purpose.

"The Chest of Visions" is crafted as a totally new concept for involving today's youth in Bible study. Borrowing from the contemporary popularity of Science Fiction and Fantasy fiction novels, comics and movies, the author has devised a correspondence across parallel universes between several teen-aged individuals on two different planets in two different universes.

The correspondences are prompted by the appearance on the planet Caperston of what amounts to a missionary, spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. At first glance, one might assume the missionary is intended to imply an appearance of Jesus on another planet, by which He intends to extend salvation to the residents thereof. That is NOT the case, however. The missionary, Chi-hay-su, repeats a number of Jesus' sermons, and selects a number of "followers" who seem as if they are meant to fill the role of the Apostles, but in reality Chi-hay-su has HEARD the Gospel himself, believed it, and is doing what he believes is the most efficient approach to reach his entire planet FOR GOD.

If read in its entirety, and considered prayerfully, "Chest of Visions" should be acknowledged as a significant step forward in Youth Group Study Guides. It has my stamp of approval, for whatever that's worth.

For more information on "The Chest of Visions",

please click: Letters from the Past