Six months after they settled in this new and strange land a third friend joined them. His name was John Vocolis from Chicago. His purpose was to pool his resources and efforts and SHARE his luck with that of the two pioneers. With the addition of a new friend to the group many gaps were filled and many needs of their secluded life were satisfied. Besides his meager personal funds, which Vocolis contributed to the common treasury, he had a well-rounded, encyclopedic knowledge and knew how to face many problems that they were confronted with in their daily life. Moreover he knew the principles of good housekeeping and could minister to the needs of his fellowmen.

William Papageorge - a close friend of Jason Malbis

John was an admirer and profound student of the Holy Scripture. He had a remarkable knowledge of the Word of God and of the teachings of the Gospel. The sorrows and disappointments began vanishing and the heavy burden of trials and privations was made lighter thanks to the daily study of the Bible. In this manner the three friends comprised a Christian brotherhood. They worked together with one mind and soul and closely cooperated for the success of their common cause. They ingrudgingly endured the toil and excessive heat of the sun as well as the cold of the winter. They tried to brighten the dullness of their life and relaxed from their labors with songs, jokes, and the anecdotes of their homeland. Above all, they were cheered by the words of wisdom and courage with which their friend Malbis always counselled them.

The results of their work, however, were none too encouraging and for the first few years they just about secured the bare essentials for survival. But as usual when their monetary means gave out they took recourse to friends and acquaintances in the big cities of Chicago, New York, Miami, etc., who gave them small loans which they would later repay with interest. Later, two more friends arrived from Chicago. They brought with them their small savings and contributed them to the common fund. The principle had already been established that there would be no private possession of money, but that all earnings would go into a common pool. And to this day that policy has been a basic way of life in the Malbis Plantation.

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