Young Photini, who was then 26, became one of the best contributors to the community. She offered invaluable and tireless services with her zeal and educational background. She was assigned the responsibility of the management of the house and the care of all the members of the community. Her Christian education enabled her to guide, care and think of everyone and everything with fairness and understanding. With her kind and God-pleasing conduct she won the love, respect and confidence of all the members of the brotherhood. Very often the would turn to her to reveal to her their sorrows and to be comforted.

It must be remembered that Photini was a student and spiritual child of Jason Malbis. It was through Malbis that she was initiated into the study of the Bible. He helped mold her character and guided her in the Christian way of thinking and praying. Photini was aware of and gratefully recognized this blessing. She thanks and praised Almighty God, for through this man she had found His eternal Truth. She was never discouraged by the hardships and sacrifices she endured in the lonely and secluded life she was living. Her devotion to the unselfish service of others and her ardent faith were unusual for a young girl of her age. The brothers of the community regarded these qualities in her as an endownment of divine grace and realized that they were not to be found in many others.

Soon Phtoni proved to the be the right hand helper of jason Malbis. She knew how to put to good use her experience and ability to serve and assist him in his many difficult duties. Alas, however, this precious asset to the community was not to be enjoyed much longer. One morning in the year 1918 when she arose and prepared to travel with Jason Malbis to Chicago on business, she was heard saying to her friends, "I may never see you again. Good-by".

No one suspected or understood what she meant. Malbis, however, who listened like a loving father, understood her fateful words. He tried to cheer her up with words of comfort and encouragement.

After a few days in Chicago, Photini suddenly took ill and was confined to bed. The physician who examined her diagnosed the symptoms as those of influenza which at the time had spread to epidemic proportions and had claimed countless victims. Despite all medical efforts, her condition worsened and twelve days following her arrival in Chicago this gracious and virtuous girl surrendered her chaste soul to the Lord.

The loss of his valuable associate dealt a hard blow to Jason Malbis. But as in all circumstances of sorrow and disappointment he submitted to the will of God in faith and humble resignation. He believed firmly that nothing good or evil can happen without God wanting it to happen.

At noon the following day, Malbis left by train for Alabama accompanying the remains of Photini. At the station in Bay Minette where they arrived the following day, most of the brothers of the community, as well as a good may other friends and neighbors, were awaiting to meet them. The funeral was held the next day and she was interred in the new cemetery of the Malbis Plantation amidst much lamenting and wailing.

Photini's cherished assistance was virtually irreplaceable for Malbis, and her loss left the small children whom Malbis had adopted and loved unconsoled over a long period of time.

A few days after the funderal, Jason Malbis called all his companions to tell them: "My friends, we all know that we are strangers and pilgrims' here upon earth and we must obey and resign ourselves to the will of the Lord. True, our loss is great and almost irreplaceable but it has happened as it pleased the Lord. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord". And after these few words were said, he prayed with them, thanking God, and everyone then returned to his assigned task.

Almost twelve years had elapsed since they had first come to this location and their commercial operations were faring well, while the number of residents had increased with new comers always being received into their ranks.

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