March 9. After breakfast and quiet time, I had time for walking today. My legs didn’t feel very strong, however, so walking was slow and labored.
Got the rest of yesterday’s laundry folded and put away before school. Started school about 8:15 since all the children were here early. Learned a new song in Bible class today — Heven I Gutpela Ples (Heven is a Good Place). Bonita said her Bible verse word perfect today. I was proud of her, and we all clapped for her. After we reviewed the questions from this week’s lesson, I let the children color the little story booklet about Abaraham.
We finished school a little before 11:30. Then I had Bonita stay and shell peanuts. Most of the rest of the day after nap and after supper, I worked on lesson plans for next week.
Jonaten was here today working on the bamboo drain pipes under the house. He made drain pipes for all the drains so the water now runs out to the ditch and not directly under the house.
Neomi’s mother came to visit early this evening — just before we finished our supper. She waited a little bit, and then I went and sat with her a while, and read to her from John 14. It was good to see her again. She has been sick for several weeks, and has not been able to come to lotu.
“13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” II Corinthians 11:13-15
March 10. People came on good time for lotu this morning. Daddy had Mike lead the singing and prayer time. Daddy gave a short talk on what to pray for other believers, using Colossians 1:9-11 as his text.
Right after prayer meeting, Sani Tomas stayed and wanted to get saved. Praise the Lord for her salvation!
Then I swept our bedroom. Then hunted around for the blacklines from grade 1 math so I could find some extra work papers to copy for the school students and not have to take time to make up some. I was thankful to the Lord for helping me find them. I was also very thankful to come across my Bible on CD in one of my craft boxes. I had thought that was lost, but praise the Lord it is found. Finished up lesson plans for this coming week. Swept the meeting room and also the laundry room and back porch. Then we called Christy and Connie and enjoyed our time chatting with them. After that, it was just about time to put dinner on to warm.
After nap, I had planned to work on announcements and some other things in the computer and then scrub the outside doors as they are getting pretty grubby. In the middle of working on the GIBC history, however, a strange thing happened. I suddenly got a severe pain in my right shoulder which seemed to generate from close to the neck glands and started making me feel really sick. Felt like I wanted to throw up, and started feeling weak. I shut down the computer and went and lay down. My right arm and right leg went numb. I think it was about 3:30 when I lay down. After the pain finally started subsiding, I was able to rest, and slept until after 5:00. Daddy had his supper by himself, and I ate after I got up. I still feel really tired out this evening, but I did manage to get the announcements written after doing dishes.
“3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Galatians 1:3-5
March 11. It has been a long day. I still felt quite tired and not real strong today. Went to bed around 9:00 last night, right after bath. Don’t seem to have any symptoms of anything, other than feeling tired and not very strong, so have no idea what hit me yesterday.
After breakfast and quiet time this morning, I did a little walking. Legs weren’t very strong so walking was slow. Then I wrote e-mails until church time.
In the first meeting today, Sani gave her testimony of salvation. Daddy preached from I Corinthians 11:3-16. There has been a lot of controversy about proper head covering for women because of the false teaching that has been ingrained in them from before, and the new false teaching that is being taught to some other people now. The teaching seemed to be well-understood and accepted this morning, and we are sure talk will get back to others and generate more talk against GIBC. Be that as it may, the confusion needed to be settled by the teaching of the Word.
After the first meeting, we had dinner and a short nap. Business meeting took the place of the second meeting and went until after 3:30. The church discussed the need for erecting a church building. It was decided that the structure (for now) will be about 28’ x 20’ (24 sheets of 12-foot roofing iron). As the church grows, they can always add on to it. They will build it on the hill behind our house where they have had the temporary shelter for special meetings. The people are going to collect a special offering of money and coffee, according to what each one is able to give and desires to give. In the mean time, they will start collecting poles and other materials for the building, and will start erecting it as soon as they are able to get the roofing iron.
Daddy also asked them if they wanted to have a fellowship dinner for the church’s first anniversary, coming up on April 24. They decided they not only want to have a fellowship dinner, but they want to have three days of special meetings from Sunday the 22nd through Tuesday the 24th, with the fellowship dinner on the 24th, followed by a baptismal service. They want to make this a yearly event as well as the New Year meetings.
After the business meeting, I had another little nap, a very little one. I wasn’t really sleeping so got up and got things in order for school tomorrow. Then got supper.
This evening there is soul-winning class.
“20I 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. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20,21