December 5. It is almost 7:30. I just finished doing the dishes. It has been quite a busy day, but a good day. Daddy is waiting for the men to come for Bible school. Two of them are here, and I just heard the door open so maybe now there are three.
It has been another hot, dry, sweaty day too, yet with strong winds again in the afternoon. Early this morning, they called out for people to work on the airstrip. We thought the ground would be too hard after all this dry weather, but Daddy said it wasn’t too bad. He said about 25 men came and worked on filling in low places and making the strip so it isn’t so rough.
There was lotu this morning so no time to work on translation. However, people came a little bit late so I did have time to do a little walking and more praying. Our first class today was phonics. We went through the syllable chart again, this time having each one say all the syllables with long vowels. Then I had them write. The biggest trouble spots seem to be hearing the difference between the voiced and voiceless stops, short e and short a, short i and long e, and l and r. In math, we reviewed the 10 toea coin, and the 11-13 addition and subtraction facts. And in English, we finished lesson one on the sentence and then started lesson one in their spelling workbooks. I think they are going to enjoy the spelling lessons.
I had a lot more papers to correct this afternoon so it took a while to finish that and then make sure everything is ready for tomorrow. Then I cooked up some onions, mushrooms, and lamb mince and made a gravy. Added the leftover rice and veggies, and voila! There was our supper. I didn’t start dishes right away because I had a feeling that Phinehas and Esau would show up about that time. I had waited for them in the afternoon so I could work with them on their math facts, but they didn’t show up. They did come shortly after supper so I was glad I wasn’t in the middle of doing dishes. Just before they came, however, Graham came in and wanted to get saved. Daddy was out starting the generator so I talked with Graham until Daddy came back in. Graham said that the Lord had used one of the songs the choir is practicing to get his attention and help him think about his lost condition. I talked with him about repentance and what it means, and it seemed that he clearly understood and was ready to be saved. When Daddy came back in, he finished talking to Graham, and I worked with Phinehas and Esau on their math facts. Yes, Graham did get saved, and I am so excited. Now five of my students are safe in the fold. I will keep praying for the others to be saved.
“And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.” Mark 14:3
December 6. Still very dry, warm weather. Close to 90º today.
We finished school a bit early today -- after they did the exercises in their science lesson. It is the end of unit 3 so there was no more to go on to after that, except to study for the unit 3 test. I will have them study for that next Tuesday.
After school, Sunny and Bonita prepared some veggies for me to cook for supper. I graded papers, as I was expecting the three keyboard students to come. I finished grading papers, and they still hadn’t come so I fixed our lunch. They still didn’t show up so we went ahead and had our nap.
When we woke up after nap, we heard voices outside that sounded like Phinehas and Dallas and Philemon. It was. So we had our keyboard class. After that, I washed my hair. Then I peeled potatoes to cook for Daddy for supper and got materials together for tomorrow’s lessons while I was waiting for supper to cook. This evening, I finished looking over tomorrow’s lessons, did some photo copying, and then Phinehas came for math drill. Esau said he was going to come, but he did not show up.
After Phinehas left, I had my snack and bath.
“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” Mark 16:20