October 6. What a beautiful day the Lord gave us! Sunshine all day. I heard the lotu bell ring before 6:00. And I heard a knock on the door at 6:00. But I wasn’t up yet although soon to get up. In a little while, I was up and dressed, turned on the mobile, and was ready to start fixing pancakes for my breakfast. I wondered what Daddy would be having for breakfast this morning, but I didn’t think to ask him when he called. There were other things to talk about. I did not start the fire this morning. As soon as the temperature got up to about 70 outside, I opened the back door. I guess that was around 8:00.
After breakfast and quiet time, I finished sewing the sleeve hems of the blouse of which I had cut off the long sleeves. Then I practiced keyboard until around 9:00. Some of the children had already brought a lot of flowers, but I went out and cut some of ours too. Then I worked on the application lesson for Daniel 1-3 for about a half hour.
People started coming early for lotu so I shut down the computer and went out to talk to David who had come first.
Tomas started the song service around 10:15. There were quite a few people already here. Matthew didn’t preach today but told about God’s blessings and care for them as they went to youth camp, as they were there, and as they returned. After he talked, the youth sang “Peman I Bin Kam” (“The Redeemer Has Come”). Then Amos took a few minutes to tell the church how God had used what had happened to work in his life and give him a blessing.
Between meetings, Matthew and David met with the four youth and their fathers (except for Luke’s father who is not saved and was not here). While they were meeting, I had my lunch and even had time for an hour nap before the lotu bell rang for the afternoon meeting.
Amos had more enthusiasm in his song leading than I have ever seen him have before. That was a joy to see. Then David continued his teaching on soul-winning, talking about following the example of Christ in preaching the word, and the importance of giving them Old Testament teaching as a foundation. Also encouraged any and all to get involved.
Afterwards they decided on a time for the youth to help David’s mother plant a peanut garden, about bringing a special offering next week of things to give Maro’s mother to replace what she lost in the fire, about visiting some people in the ward, and about doing something to help Janeth who had her baby this past Monday.
When they finished meeting, I went out and said good-bye to people and also found out from Matthew how things went with their meeting with the youth. He said it went really well and all of them said that the counselors had used the Bible when they counseled with them and showed them their state as sinners and their need to repent and believe on Jesus Christ. Luke hadn’t told Matthew that before. But all of them seemed certain that they had gotten saved. Matthew kept going over and over some verses with them on assurance until they all understood how important it is to have something from the Word upon which their faith can stand.
What was left of the afternoon, I worked more on the application lesson in Daniel. Then I swept the schoolroom because it had gotten really dirty today and started setting up for school in the morning. Then I had to make some biscuits for my supper as my bread was all gone.
After supper, I finished setting up the schoolroom and then practiced the verses songs on the keyboard some more so I can help the kids sing them properly tomorrow.
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” II Corinthians 2:11
October 7. Was awake around 4:30 this morning and never got back to a good sleep. Got up a few minutes before 6:00. It was a warm morning, 59º, so I didn’t start the fire. There was plenty else to do.
Thank the Lord, there was no rain yesterday or last night. And there was no fog this morning although the sky was cloudy. We never did get much sun today, but the weather was warm, and quite humid too. We even had the door open during school, and we rarely are able to open the door without cold wind blowing in.
In Bible class this morning, I shared my testimony with the students about the struggle I had for years with doubts about my salvation because I did not have a Bible foundation for assurance. So I encouraged them to hold on to some Bible verses and keep them in their hearts. Then we sang Romans 10:9,10,13; John 3:16; and John 1:1,12,13. Then I asked them questions about the verses because I want them to understand what the verses mean. After that, we reviewed Daniel chapter 2 so they could prepare for the test tomorrow.
Most everyone had finished their math work today when the plane came. They all went to help carry cargo. Then Phinehas and Sosthenes helped bring the boxes into the kitchen while Bethuel gave out the chocolates. Then we had spelling class.
After the men brought the generator down, they worked on setting it up. It is bigger than the other one so they had to make the bed a little bigger. They had to put fuel in it and plug it up. Then Daddy tried it out. Praise the Lord, it is working! Papindo offered to try it out for him, but there wouldn’t have been time for the fuel to dry out before the plane flight. So they told Daddy if it didn’t work to just bring it back. That was thoughtful of them.
It certainly is good to have Daddy back home. A week away is absolutely too long. He did a lot of the unpacking while I was still in school, and then I did some later.
It was almost 2:00 before I got down for nap, and I didn’t sleep very well. After nap, I did more putting away and straightening up. Then I finished grading and recording grades. Made sure things were ready for classes tomorrow. Sorted out the laundry.
Daddy started the generator around 4:45, and I started the wash. Around 5:30, I started getting supper on - tuna sandwiches. Then I hung up the shirts, blouses, dresses, and towels in the bathroom before doing dishes. (I’ll hang the other things outside first thing in the morning.) By that time I was pretty tired, ready to sit down. Came to the computer to print out Sunny’s math lesson sheet for tomorrow, only to realize that I had never cropped and resized the scans and transferred them to this computer. So I had to do that first. Finally finished that and transferred them to this computer. Then I got them fixed up in Sunny’s file and printed out the lessons for the rest of this week.
In the mean time, Matthew came to talk to Daddy and tell him about the youth camp. Now it is after 9:00.
“17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” II Corinthians 3:17,18