November 5. A little after 7:00 p.m. Raining. It has been a busy day, but a fun day.
It was warm when we woke up this morning so Daddy did not start the fire going. The fog hung around for a while; but before too long, the sun was shining. The Lord gave us a very warm, nice morning.
MAF came in several times today and shuttled coffee to Aiyura. They told the people they would not be shuttling any more coffee unless they fixed up the airstrip and finished cutting the grass.
The first part of my morning, after breakfast and quiet time, was spent getting things set up for fun day with the students. I put the container of little treats out with slips of paper for them to write their names on and a number guessing how many items in the container. There were little colored papers to hide so each one could find all the little slips of his color. I needed to figure out where each of the relays would start and end. Also had to blow up an inflatable globe for the geography game and get a tape ready to play for the Music-Stop-Squat game. Noodles needed to be cooked too.
The students came at 9:00. Well, actually, some of them were here before that, but I had told them that I would open the door at 9:00. However, the plane came at 9:00 too, and some of them had to go help their dads with their coffee so it was around 9:15 when we actually started. Esau won the contents of the container. Phinehas won the most games and got to choose the first prize at the end of the morning. Each one got a prize, starting with the one who got the most points during the morning down to the one who got the least. We played some team games and some individual games. They all seemed to enjoy table top football the most. Steve is really good at geography. He remembered most of his geography facts and won that game.
A little after 12:00, we got things ready to eat. Since we were celebrating Esau’s birthday too, which will be next month during the school holidays, we let him serve the food. First Phinehas prayed and we sang Happy Birthday to Esau. For their “lunch”, they had sweet potato noodles with onions and tuna. It was something new, and some of them didn’t care for them. The texture of those noodles is really different, and the noodles turn into gel when they cool so it was hard to reheat them, but finally managed to get the gel form chopped up enough for it to heat through. They also had banana muffins, peanuts, juice, and a lolly.
While the students were eating, I heated up our dinner. Also put eggs on to boil to use for sandwiches this evening. Then I gave them each a gift bag with their report cards, a book, a picture, and a balloon. Esau’s bag had a few extra things in it since it was his birthday bag as well. Took pictures of Esau and also of the group before they went home. Then Daddy and I ate our lunch and had a nap. I had a looooong nap today.
After nap, the Lord sent us a big storm - rain and hail and strong winds. One strange thing was that the storm came from the west, and storms rarely come from that direction.
In the mean time, I got the name tags sewn onto the actors’ shirts for the drama. Then I cut out the pieces of Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. After supper and dishes (there were lots of dishes since I had fed nine hungry students at noon), I got the pieces of the image glued together. After they dry awhile, I will put tape on them as well to make sure everything holds together (hopefully).
“ Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 1:16
November 6. A little after 7:00. Raining.
Today has been a mostly dry day, and very warm again. It didn’t start raining until this evening, and it is just raining gently.
David led the singing in lotu this morning, and Matthew took prayer requests and prayed at the end. Daddy did the teaching today since Amos wasn’t here. He sent word up yesterday that he was going to the kunai and probably would not be back. Then Bonita said this morning that he doesn’t plan to come back until Saturday.
After lotu, and after everyone had left, we got everything set up for the drama. Nailed the “golden image” up on the wall and put a small piece of rope up so we could drape a sheet in front of it. Covered the chalkboard with a blue sheet and decorated it with a strand of stars. Tacked down the curtains that cover the changing room, except for the one place where they will go in and out, and set everything else up as we had been doing. Today they had dress rehearsal. We went through the drama twice, and the second time seemed to go much smoother. We only have one more chance to practice - tomorrow evening.
Tomorrow morning, most of them need to go to the kunai to help their parents. Then they will get food for Friday morning and decorations for the schoolroom. Tomorrow evening, they will come and decorate, and we will go through the drama at least once more. Would like to do twice, but don’t know how much time there will be.
It was a little after noon when they all left. Bonita went and got the last piece of meat for us from the haus sik freezer. We had our lunch; and after she came back with the meat, we had our nap.
This afternoon, I got my very brief speech written for Friday morning. Then I got oatmeal cookies mixed up for Daddy and started supper. We still had just enough leftover veggies for tonight so I only had to cook the spaghetti and make the sauce. We ate first. Then I cleaned up the supper table and put away the food; and then I got the cookies onto the cookie sheets and into the oven. While the cookies were baking, I washed the dishes - LOTS of them tonight.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20