February 19. A very warm, humid day, but so far no rain.
The injured man that came yesterday decided not to go to Okapa, but called for the medical worker in Meqauna to come and suture his arm for him.
When Daddy called MAF this morning, they said the Owena airstrip was closed because of high grass. After recess, I asked the class if they would be willing to cut the airstrip if I let them out of school for the rest of the morning. They were happy to do that so the twelve of them plus Amos and Matthew helped cut the grass. Just the 14 of them finished about a third of the airstrip. Praise the Lord for that!
Daddy packed so he would be ready to go tomorrow. Then this afternoon, MAF called and said the people who had the charter for tomorrow had to postpone it because they hadn’t paid yet and didn’t have their cargo ready. So now the flight is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon next week, which means that Daddy will still have to be in town over a weekend because he won’t have enough time to do all the shopping before Friday morning.
Praise the Lord for sending Erisa with a pumpkin this morning! It’s the first pumpkin we’ve seen in quite a few weeks. We did enjoy eating part of it with our dinner this evening. Our dinner was rice again since that’s all we have right now.
While supper was cooking this afternoon, I practiced keyboard so I’ll be ready for practice in school in the morning. After supper, I did backups, just in case MAF changes their mind again and they DO come to get him tomorrow.
Matthew is here this evening talking with Daddy.
Sunny and Graham just finished the dishes. There were lots of them tonight since I cooked a pot of rice and fish for those who cut grass on the airstrip so, besides the dishes from our meals, there were all the dishes and spoons the students used for eating plus the pot that was used for cooking the rice.
“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 14:11
February 20. Slept in a little later this morning since the students would not be coming for classes but would be coming to finish working on the airstrip. After breakfast we did the laundry - only two loads today, and then we’ll try to do two loads early Monday morning, or maybe Tuesday morning, before Daddy goes to town on Tuesday afternoon. It was drizzly out when we hung out the clothes, but we didn’t really get any rain today, neither did we get any sun. It did turn out to be rather humid and warm again. We were thankful that the clothes were dry by a little after noon, except for a handful which we hung in the house.
Some of the students came early this morning, but didn’t go right to work. They sat and looked at books until more people came. It was a little after 8:00 before others arrived and they started work. I cooked a couple pots of rice, and other people cooked, rice, greens, kaukau (sweet potato), etc. Esau left early, and others started to leave too around 10:30. I called them all together to see why they were leaving before the work was done. I had given them the day off to work, not to have a holiday. They said their hands were hurting so they couldn’t work anymore. So I gave them the choice of having school the rest of the morning or finishing the work tomorrow morning. They chose to finish the work tomorrow.
After doing laundry, I spent most of the rest of the morning working on lesson plans for next week. I’m glad to have those all done. Maybe tomorrow I can work on writing e-mails. This afternoon, I worked on the Bible lessons on marriage and also cleaned the bathroom.
There are lots of dishes again this evening. If Sunny comes to practice computer, I’ll see if she’ll help me wash them. Otherwise the rice plates that the students used will just be left until tomorrow evening when she and Graham come to do dishes anyway.
“13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:13,14
February 21. Sunny did come last night, and I was thankful to have her come. She practiced computer for about an hour first, and then she helped me do dishes. I let her wash them, and I dried. It was a good opportunity to talk with her and see how she was doing spiritually. She said that the Lord has been giving her peace regarding her difficult trial and He keeps reminding her of Jeremiah 32:27. After we did dishes, I put pictures in the computer that Daddy took of people working on the airstrip yesterday. Then Sunny and I looked at pictures until Junias was ready to go.
Matthew continued teaching in lotu this morning on Knowing the Will of God. His text this morning was Colossians 4:15 - letting God’s peace rule in your hearts.
Matthew had Sosthenes tell Daddy to announce in Bible school last night for all of them to come help finish cutting the airstrip this morning. All the school students were to come too. It only took them about an hour to finish the job. Then the students came back to the house and we practiced music for about an hour and a half. They did well singing “Ye Must Be Born Again” and are ready to sing that in church tomorrow. We spent a long time learning the parts to “Until Then.” That one is going to take a lot more time to learn, I believe, as the song is slower and the parts are not as easy.
It was 11:00 when we got done and the students left. Then I worked on journal notes for Christy and Connie until lunch time. Was thankful for an early and fairly restful nap today. This afternoon I wrote an e-mail to Lonnie and then sent it off because it was over 500KB. Took a break from the computer for a while. Cut up the popo because it was starting to get bad even though we just got it yesterday. After having a snack, I wrote an e-mail to Wylers and started one to Christy and Connie.
We had supper about 5:00. It was already getting dark because of the rain. It started raining sometime before supper and is still raining now at 6:30. Graham came just as we were finishing supper. So we let him sweep the floor and start mopping it. Then Sunny came, and she is drying the floor.
“21So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:22-23