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I enjoyed reading the article by Kim Shippey [October 22] on Blake Schmidt, who was just about to go to Mozambique with the Peace Corps. His thoughts reflected a lot of love . . . . I especially enjoyed it because I, too, am in the Peace Corps, serving in Jamaica. More than any other experience in my entire life, the Peace Corps has tested my . . . expression of love to the core, or, as Mary Baker Eddy put it, "The furnace separates the gold from the dross that the precious metal may be graven with the image of God" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 66-67). Get ready for an article sometime soon, when I can reflect a little bit more on this experience!

I also wanted to add that, technically, someone who hasn't departed for his or her Peace Corps country of service is called a nominee. Once the nominee registers there, he or she is a trainee, and undergoes three months of training. After that, he or she takes the oath of two year service commitment, and is officially a Peace Corps volunteer. But I can see, for the sake of simplicity to your audience, why you just said volunteer.

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