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January 21, 1999

Dear AR Reader:

This letter is to let you know that AR71 will be delayed because John Trechak has been in the hospital for over a week. An injury on his foot led to a massive infection. Ultimately, it entered the bone, resulting in his hospitalization. The doctors were hoping that large doses of antibiotics would reverse the infection, but the damage was already too great in his right, big toe, and John has had to have it amputated. He is now facing weeks of recovery and rehabilitation. (He is still on large doses of antibiotics to try to prevent a recurrence and spread of the infection, and will have to return to the hospital every few days for awhile so that the doctors can keep an eye on the situation.)

John was very close to finishing the next AR when he became ill. (But his medical problems have sapped his physical energy and having to undergo an amputation was a real psychological shock, too.) We are hoping and praying that his recovery will be speedy and that he will be able to finish AR71 soon - especially with the most current news regarding the sale of the Ambassador College campus in Pasadena. Tkach has found a group of developers who are willing to buy the campus and develop it into apartments, a hotel, new offices, a conference center, and senior housing. The sale is pending approval of the City of Pasadena. What is to become of the millions of dollars Tkach and company are making by selling off all of the WCGs assets is of vital interest to those of us who contributed thousands of our own hard-earned dollars to make the WCG what it was.

If you have not renewed your subscription to Ambassador Report recently, now would be a good time to do so. The need for a publication like the AR has not diminished with the years. Indeed, the behind-the-scenes financial finagling of Tkach and company - not to mention the political wrangling, the power plays, and the doctrinal disputes within the WCG and its offshoots - make it all the more important that the AR be able to continue its mission to shed light on the Armstrong empire.

I want to thank all of you for your help and support in and ask that all of you keep John in your thoughts and prayers as he struggles to regain his health.

Sincerely yours,
Mary E. Jones

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